|From of the Tate Modern from the outside (same side as the Thames).|
Some highlights include...
|A really cool wall-sized timeline of art from right right before the 1900s to a little into the early 2000s.|
|It also had lots of photographers featured throughout the timeline!|
|Film Star by John Latham, 1960.|
|Mitch Epstein...didn't get the title of the series, but this photo was taken in California.|
|Boris Mikhailov. These photos were taken in the Ukraine during and after the Soviet era.|
|Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, Umberto Boccioni. Part of the futurist movement. One of the pieces I studied in my Western Art History class...was kind of excited to see it, even if I'm not a fan of this movement.|
|Didn't see the cross until I saw it from this angle and in-person, which really changes the meaning of the piece...definitely one of the pluses to seeing work in-person instead of in a textbook.|
|Clarinet and a Bottle of Rum on a Mantlepiece, Georges Braque, 1911.|
|The Window, Pierre Bonnard, 1925. Love this!|
|Installation in process!|
|We interrupt this artwork for a view from the 4 or 3 floor of the Tate Modern :)|
|Man Ray's Cadeau|
|Mountain Lake, Salvador Dali, 1938|
|Poor kid...death by art museum...|
|The Entire City, Max Ernst 1934.|
|Outside the Tate.|
I also went to the National Gallery and to the National Portrait Gallery. I was originally going to try to make it to the Tate Britain, but due to lack of time and an interesting poster advertising a photography exhibit at the Portrait Gallery, the Tate Britain will have to wait for another day. The National Gallery was amazing - the architecture alone was gorgeous and very ornate. And the variety and vastness of their collection was amazing. However, I was honestly a bit overwhelmed. I do not have much background in studying paintings, so when I walked in, I didn't know where to start. Luckily their rooms are organized by time period, which really helped. Regardless, due to my limited time and to feeling so overwhelmed, I spend most of my time in the more recent rooms, the 1800s and the 1900s, as well as with a couple of the rooms with Spanish art from the 1500-1600s as I am currently taking a class on Spanish art history.
I'd recommend this gallery to anyone who loves older, more traditional paintings. For someone like me, what I did know and recognized, was amazing to see, but the rest was a bit much - I just didn't have the knowledge or historical background to appreciate it, unfortunately. My loss, I'm sure.
I didn't spend too much time in the National Portrait Gallery either. I spent most of my time at their photography exhibit, The Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize, which is only on until 12 February. While not there, I spent the remainder of my time oodling over the different photography art and theory books they had for sale in their bookshop, and looking at their "Victorian" portrait collection - which included photographs of Charles Dickens. I really should go back here if I have more time, but I will probably try to make it to some other museums and historical sights before I get the chance to go back.
|The National Gallery!|
|Entrance way with columns.|
|Inside of the entrance to the gallery...this was taken before I got yelled at for taking photos. I honestly didn't see any signs - I looked, but I think they were all blocked by other people since it was kind of crowded that day.|