The new Tate Modern extension

Tate Modern extensionThe new extension to the Tate Modern opened this week. It’s a ten story brick structure called the Switch House, that towers over the original six story Tate Modern, now called the Boiler House. Naturally, I headed down there as soon as I could, to take a look before the shine wears off. Here’s what I found.

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Conflict:Time:Photography at the Tate Modern – Hiroshima Memories

I know, it’s a bit odd to write about Hiroshima in January. The time to remember the atomic bomb that was dropped there, bringing the War in the Pacific to an end, is August, the anniversary of the event. But I’ve been thinking about Hiroshima because of a visit to the Conflict:Time:Photography exhibition at the Tate Modern which shows the legacy of war as artists and photographers have captured it in retrospect. Looking at the recollections of Hiroshima in the show brought back my memories of visiting the city. Continue reading

New work by Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama - Thrill of Love 2013 detailYou probably think of Yayoi Kusama as the Japanese artist who paints spots. And you’re right, she does, and very successfully too. In her new exhibition at the Victoria Miro Gallery on the Clerkenwell/Shoreditch border there are plenty of spots, on large colourful canvases and quirky ‘sculptures’. The overall effect is joyous. Continue reading