As an artist, it is not only fun to see other artwork, but I think it is an integral part of the process to enhancing my skills. And so, on a recent trip to London, I had to fit in a visit to an art gallery among my elaborate plans, which obviously included some traveling and, of course, eating and shopping.
I love art galleries because looking at others’ artwork is always inspiring to me. It pushes me to think out of the box; a cliché, I know, but it makes me be far more creative than I would otherwise be.
The Tate Modern is Britain’s national museum of international modern and contemporary art from around the world. This gallery, which opened in 2000, is housed in the former Bankside Power Station, by the River Thames. The awe-inspiring museum is host to amazing work by artists such as Matisse, Picasso, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol, and Bourgeois. The best part is that entry is free, except to a few exhibitions.The Tate Modern is larger than any art gallery that I have been to. That being said, I thought about two hours or so would be more than enough but all we managed was to check out the Start Display at the Boiler House Level Two, before feeling overwhelmed by all the interesting pieces.
All the artwork in the Start Display is linked by highlighting a focus on color, artworks from a range of countries, cultures and times. The display is divided into three large rooms. Room One focuses on examining the relationship between colors and the power of color in making ordinary subjects. Works by William Eggleston and Ceal Floyer make you question if we see colors in the same way, do they remind us of a particular place and time. Or is perhaps color just an idea? A pigment of our imagination?
Room Two looked at how we experience art physically. It took an in-depth look at how colors and lines arranged in a painting can express various emotions. The artists in this display, not only explored the history and mystical qualities of color but also questioned what happens to color when it becomes digital.
The final room in this display, Room Three, further explored the idea behind color and illusions.
Check out a few of the many pieces we saw in this display collection.
The Tate Modern is located at:
You can get there by tube, train, cab, boat, car, coach or bus.
The closest wheelchair-accessible station is the London Bridge Station.
All photos courtesy of Diva Shah.