|What's the story of these graves?|
By it's nature the chance to see new works can be a bit of a hit and miss event and I'm sure I will revisit and re-evaluate the works that are on show.
|On the way in|
So you may realise that I was less than blown away and was reminded that most of the new is not great for me the works by Henry Taylor had some merit but I found Eddie Martinez's revisiting of the graffiti riff unexceptional (he's no Keith Haring that's for sure) and the naivety of Makiko Kudo was a little overdone.
For me the most enjoyable/intriguing work that I was introduced to was that of the Russian photographer Denis Tarasov - I'm not sure when photograph becomes art (when it's on show in an art gallery I suppose) but this was close to documentary and made me want to know more about the story between the gang warfare that caused so many deaths and so much monumental stone-masonry.
Tate Britain rebornNow not all new work is technically disappointing, prior to seeing the Body Language show I popped in to Tomma Abts managed to create in her her abstract works (Zebe 2010 being a good example), I also liked Simon Ling's explorations of the real battered architecture of the London I know but wish he hadn't gone down the 'untitled' avenue of not describing his works.
|Well I'll go to the top of the stairs|
Gillian Carnegie was showing some technically strong works too - there was (for a me) a hint of Patrick Caufield in the paintings that had no people in them.
It was good to see that painting is far from dead and that women are playing such a big part in modern painting.