American photographer #RobertMapplethorpe is known for a vast, provocative and powerful portfolio which has established him as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Open today at The Atkinson is an @artistrooms exhibition of the artist's most iconic portraits, including of his close friend @thisispattismith and fellow artists Andy Warhol and David Hockney. Free entry.
The Christmas countdown begins! Unwrap a world of art with unlimited free entry to all exhibitions in all four Tate galleries. From Edward Burne-Jones and Vincent van Gogh to Dorothea Tanning and Olafur Eliasson, there is always something new to discover. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Next day delivery on gift membership is available until noon 21 December. Click the link in bio to order your gift today! 🎁
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Love among the Ruins 1870-1873, Private Collection, currently on display in Tate Britain’s major exhibition of the artist’s work
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.
#ArtWords: 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
'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.
#WorkoftheWeek: 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