'We interpret the world through stories... everybody makes in their own way sense of things, but if you have stories it helps.' - Paula Rego
Paula Rego, The Dance 1988, on loan to Musée de l’Orangerie (Paris, France)
Have you seen Tate Britain's #MonsterSlugs
Artist Monster Chetwynd was inspired by a #DavidAttenborough
documentary that revealed the glowing mating ritual of leopard slugs. Chetwynd wants to remind us that the darkness of winter could be a time of renewal & rebirth. 🐌🐌
Visit the slugs during Saturday's free Winter Fair for the perfect festive day out. There will be pop-up stalls, food, craft makers, live music and more.
: Decalcomania (from the French décalcomanie) is a blotting process whereby paint is squeezed between two surfaces to create a mirror image. Today, the shortened version is "decal."
These works were made by Cornelia Parker in 1996, as part of a series entitled 'Pornographic Drawings 1995–2006'; each delicate image presents a symmetrical and organic composition in tones of grey and black. The works were made by dissolving pornographic video tapes in solvent and dropping the ferric oxide ink onto paper, before folding. Although body parts are suggestive, the shapes occurred by chance. ‘I selected this particular set because I felt that they worked as pornographic drawings... but of course they’re very innocent. A child could look at them and see something quite benign.' - Cornelia Parker
What's your earliest memory?
Sir William Rothenstein, Mother and Child 1903, Tate collection
'If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.' - Vincent van Gogh
In March 2019, Tate Britain presents The EY Exhibition: #VanGogh
and Britain, a major exhibition of Van Gogh's work and the largest collection of the artist's paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. Tickets on sale now (link in bio). Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait 1889, National Gallery of Art, Washington.
'Distillation' was painted partly in household enamel paint and partly in oil colour. Ayres applied the paint with rags and brushes; it was also poured from the can and squirted from a tube. Ayres aimed to balance the different elements of her paintings 'so that nothing is more important than anything else.'
Gillian Ayres OBE, Distillation 1957, Tate collection
‘Put your hands on the ice, listen to it, smell it, look at it – and witness the ecological changes our world is undergoing’ - Olafur Eliasson
As a result of global warming, more icebergs are being produced and sea levels are rising. Artist Olafur Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing have installed 'Ice Watch' — 24 blocks of ice, fished out of the Nuup Kangerlua fjord in Greenland, now melting outside #TateModern
See the ice melting outside Tate Modern before 20 December. #IceWatchLondon #ClimateAction @studioolafureliasson
‘I work to feel better. I produce things to help me to live... Living and working is a matter of coming to terms with, to face up to, what comes to you’ - Martin Creed
Martin Creed uses wit and playfulness to challenge and question how we perceive everyday objects, gestures and actions. Through subtle interventions he celebrates the ordinary and brings humour and idiosyncrasy to what might otherwise seem strictly ordered. By identifying his works primarily through a numbering system, Creed gives them equal status, regardless of size or material.
Martin Creed, Work No. 890: DON’T WORRY 2008, glowing in Martin Creed’s free @artistrooms
display at Tate Britain until 10 March 2019.
: Esther Lahr was born in 1898 into a family of Jewish refugees in London. Esther worked in a cigarette factory in the East End and was politically active, becoming a well known open-air speaker during the war. Esther later purchased and ran a bookshop called the Blue Moon Bookshop in Holborn where this portrait, commissioned by her husband Charles, hung from 1925 to 1940. Shortly after the painting was moved to the couple's Muswell Hill home, the Blue Moon Bookshop was destroyed by bombing.
William Roberts, Esther Lahr 1925, Tate collection
That Sunday feeling...
Helen Beatrix Potter, The Tailor by the Hearth c.1902 🔥☕
: A term first used by British artist and art critic Roger Fry in 1910, post-impressionism is a term which describes the changes in impressionism from about 1886, the date of the last Impressionist group show in Paris. The movement extended Impressionism while rejecting its limitations: artists continued using vivid colours and real-life subject matter, but were more inclined to emphasise geometric or distorted forms and use unnatural or arbitrary colour.
, Balcon à Vernonnet 1920, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Brest. On display from 23 January in The C C Land Exhibition: Pierre Bonnard — The Colour of Memory at Tate Modern.
Burne-Jones is the most elusive of artists. The myths and legends that inspired his creations – from the quest for the Holy Grail to the Sleeping Beauty – have become part of culture, but that does not make his art easier to understand. There is a strangeness to his vision that lifts it beyond pictures & into the realm of mystery. The Golden Stairs for example depicts a group of near-identical maidens holding musical instruments, treading down a staircase into a courtyard — the purpose & significance of their movements is unknown.
The painting epitomises Burne-Jones' interest in investigating a mood rather than telling a story.
Edward Burne-Jones, The Golden Stairs 1880, on display in Tate Britain's #BurneJones
exhibition until Feb 2019