Art galleries in UK: #TateBritain , #TateModern , @tateliverpool & @tatestives. We aim to increase everyone's enjoyment and understanding of art.

#WorkoftheWeek : To create this painting, Per Kirkeby laid an unstretched canvas out on the floor of his Copenhagen studio. He began by painting the four corners of the work before moving towards the centre, stepping on the canvas as he worked. Faint footprints are just visible below the deep blue area of paint 👣 The painting's title 'The Siege of Constantinople' refers to the capture of the city we now know as Istanbul, by the Ottoman army in 1453. The red and orange evoke the battles and fires of the conflict, while the thin intersecting lines give a sense of fragmentation, or maybe recall the layout of a city. Per Kirkeby, The Siege of Constantinople 1995.
☕️🥛🥄🥣🍶☕️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mrs Mounter was Harold Gilman's landlady from 1914-1917 and proved a fascinating figure for the artist. Appearing in five of his paintings, she gave form to his belief that 'nothing but life can imitate the real'. Find Mrs Mounter on display in The EY Exhibition: #VanGogh and Britain, as Gilman was one of the many artists inspired by the work of Vincent. Harold Gilman, Mrs Mounter at the Breakfast Table, 1916-17, currently on display at Tate Britain.
For our disabled visitors, there are three more early morning opportunities to visit The EY Exhibition: #VanGogh and Britain before gallery opening, with ticket sales reserved for you and an access companion. 🌻 3 June, 1 July and 5 August, 8.30–10am 🌻 Vincent van Gogh's Self Portrait, painted in Autumn 1889, National Gallery of Art (Washington). On display at Tate Britain. 'They say—and I am willing to believe it—that it is difficult to know yourself—but it isn’t easy to paint yourself either.' - Vincent van Gogh
‘I can't work because everything seems so mixed up — so inconsistent — I cannot really be any one thing enough to want to say anything about it — everything seems to be whirling or unbalanced — I'm suspended in the air — can't get my feet on the ground… It is like a bad dream.’ - Georgia O’Keeffe in a letter to her friend Rebecca Strand. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To mark #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek we’re looking at the connection between art and well-being. Many artists have described art as an aid for recovery, meditation or consolation, including Georgia O’Keeffe, who suffered significant periods of depression and anxiety during her lifetime. Her biographers describe how art remained her best long-term antidote. ‘I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way — things I had no words for.’ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #GeorgiaO 'Keeffe, Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 1932 © 2016 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/DACS, London. 💚
Will you be spending time outdoors this weekend? 🍃 George Lambert, Francis Hayman, View of Copped Hall in Essex, from the Park 1746, on free display at Tate Britain.
Keith Haring (1958–1990) used his art to fight for LGBTQ+ equality and safe sex education in a way not seen before or since. Despite his fame and celebrity, he remained fiercely committed to social change, donating his time and work to groups and causes like #NationalComingOutDay , #WorldAIDSDay and ACT UP. He wanted to reach as many people as possible through his work. 'Art is nothing if you don’t reach every segment of the people,' he said. 'Art is for everybody.' Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. #IDAHOBIT #IDAHOBIT2019 🏳️‍🌈 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #KeithHaring , Boys Club, NYC, August 17, 1987 © @keithharingfoundation. On display from 14 June at @tateliverpool.
‘My fear of life is necessary to me, as is my illness. Without anxiety and illness I am a ship without a rudder. My sufferings are part of my self and my art. They are indistinguishable from me, and their destruction would destroy my art.’ - Edvard Munch To mark #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek we’re looking at the connection between art and well-being, and reflecting on the damaging myth of the ‘tortured genius’. Many artists have described art as an aid for recovery, meditation or consolation — including Edvard Munch. Edvard Munch, The Sick Child 1907
Play with papier-mâché pieces and perch on questionable furniture inside the crude and wonderful world of Austrian artist #FranzWest (1947–2012). Best known for his unconventional sculpture and objects that you can sit on and pick up, Franz West's work was a turning point in the relationship between art and its audience. West has been a vast influence on younger artists — his friend and collaborator Sarah Lucas has contributed to the exhibition’s design. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Closes 2 June at Tate Modern.
The first major #DavidHockney exhibition to travel to Asia is open @seoulmuseumofart in South Korea. The exhibition spans 60 years of Hockney's life — from his time as an art student in London to his iconic depictions of southern California. Hockney's Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy 1970–1 is one of 125 artworks from Tate's collection on display in the exhibition. It's one of a series of large double portraits which Hockney began in 1968. This portrait is of his friends, the fashion designer Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell, shortly after their wedding at which Hockney was Ossie's best man. Percy sits statue-like on Mr Clark’s knee, looking out over Notting Hill Gate. 🐈
‘I fight pain, anxiety and fear every day, and the only method I have found that relieves my illness is to keep creating art… I followed the thread of art and somehow discovered a path that would allow me to live.’ - Yayoi Kusama To mark #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek we’re sharing the work and words of artists who have drawn connections between making art and their mental well-being. Kusama had her first hallucination aged ten, and started drawing as a way to process and manifest some of her experiences. Art has since been a form of therapy for Kusama, as well as a method of inspiring joy and happiness in others. Yayoi Kusama, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins 2016. Explore Kusama's life, work and well-being by reading our WePresent article in today's bio.
#WorkoftheWeek : To create this image, Weston carefully balanced and photographed two shells on a semi-reflective surface. He photographed them using a long exposure time of several hours, creating intense contrast between light and shadow in the image. The work's title prompts the viewer to look closely and identify the divisions between the carefully placed shells, which may be mistaken for one. Can you see both shells? 🐚🐚 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Edward Weston, Shells 1927
‘Art is to console those who are broken by life.’ - Vincent #VanGogh To mark #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek we’re looking at the connection between art and well-being. Many artists have described art as an aid for recovery, meditation or consolation, including Van Gogh, who struggled with mental health illness throughout his life. See our recent IGTV video to learn more. Vincent van Gogh, At Eternity's Gate 1890, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo. This work inspired the title of the 2018 biographical film about the artist's final years, starring Willem Dafoe as Van Gogh. On display in The EY Exhibition: #VanGogh and Britain at Tate Britain.
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