What’s New AGAIN @ Tate Modern, LONDON

So two weeks later more NEW works have been put on display through all the construction at  Tate Modern. Besides the ROTHKO room reopening THANK GOODNESS, some truly CONTEMPORARY pieces are now being shown on display. Could Tate Modern now be collecting for the future, and this Contemporary Art that is on display be the future work of the past? Think about it…

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Be Curious. Contemplate. What is your he(ART) telling you?

XX, DP

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What’s NEW at TATE MODERN: LONDON

So I don’t know if it’s me or all us ART fans out there love going to the same museum 1000x just to see their favourite works… but this last time I went to visit the Tate this past weekend, I got a MASSIVE SURPRISE. While much of the Tate is under construction, that did not stop them from bringing out their A Game. See for yourself:

To begin Gerhard Richter’s 11 Glass Panes is now on display. Put 11 planes of glass together and what do you get? A FABULOUS mirror (obvi take a SELFIE in it when you’re there – it is the cool thing to do)!

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Ellsworth Kelly has a WHOLE room – while I am only showing one piece it is because I am encouraging you to go and see the rest! They are LARGER THAN LIFE and truly BRILLIANT minimal pieces of art.

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Lastly, another new piece I came across was Tracey Emin’s Hate and Power Can be a Terrible Thing. What a tragic past she had, but what a GENIUS way to express her emotions.

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Get inspired. Express yourself. Love He(ART).

XX,

DP

Apparently This is How To Become Art

At two of the most famous art institutions in London – Saatchi Gallery and Tate Modern, these two men decided to take it upon themselves to make themselves into piece of art.

Is it art? Performance art? Installation art? The BEST part about this is that whomever was guarding the rooms at the time was probably just playing their crossword puzzles -in PENCIL obviously, because PENs are forbidden in museums – aka you can’t erase whatever mark it would leave should it fall out of your hands and g-d forbid create something as EXTREME as Yellowism. Or maybe they were just reading their Kindle… Just saying from experience of going to several museums and watching the room attendants – they tend to be in their own world at times.

Lesson of the day – keep your eyes open. Who knows what you will come across???!

XX, DP (@dpayt / @CultureHeARTs)

It’s ARTISTA: The Interview

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There is no doubt that from this website you can tell that since moving to London, I have become inspired by the work I see on a daily basis – not in museums, but rather on the STREETS. This artist, Kayleigh Doughty aka Artista (@ItsARTISTA) captured my eye from the first time I saw one of her works in the flesh. And after several months of following her work on Instagram and seeing it around London, I decided I would go for it and ask to do an interview (hey, it never hurts to try) ! GO FOR IT!

Read the Questions below followed by her FABULOUS answers:

1.     I have seen your work all over London and I would just like to say THANK YOU for brightening up the grey skies with your colourful additions to the streets of London. What inspires you to make your murals bright and colourful – is it just your personality in general, is it another artist, or is colour your means of reaching out to people? The use of colour in my work defiantly reflects my personality, bright colours are something i’ve always used right from the start and when painting I literally love watching all the colour hit the walls.

2.     Your work often has ice cream cones in it (yum) and turtles – what do these symbols mean to you? The cute symbols in my work often refer to experiences or people that exist in my personal life, other than that a lot of my work is based on things that are inviting, like Ice-creams and cake.

3.     How did you get started? Did you have a background in the arts or just decided one day you wanted to bring your talents to the community? I  was a creative child, winning art competitions since the age of four. Art was always something I enjoyed and the only thing people ever really said I was good at so I ran with it

4.     Are you solely based in London or do you travel around Europe and the States? Where is your favourite place to work? Im based in London, I have traveled a little bit around Europe and did spend alot of time in the states, but I was just getting a feel for those places and do intend on going back to push my work further.

5.     Which piece if your favourite work? Where is it and what is it of? I don’t really have a favorite piece of artwork, Im producing work and coming up with new ideas all the time, if I choose a favourite I feel like I’ve settled and I don’t ever want to settle I wanna keep it fresh. (FYI I too found it incredibly hard to pick a favourite – when I first asked ARTISTA this question, she asked me to choose my favourite one – so I sent it to her… and then I sent her two more – I couldn’t decide they are just so FUN, ENERGETIC, FULL OF LIFE, FRESH… you get the picture)

6.     If you could collaborate with any other artist who would it be and why? Over the last few months I have been collaborating with all types of artists, all of which have been so much fun! The one person ive always wanted to work with was Keith Haring. I was lucky to have been recognised by The Keith Haring foundation in 2009 via The Tate Modern, but one of my future goals is to do something bigger with them. Keith to me was and still is a absolute legend, he didn’t just paint brightly coloured pieces, his motives and how he connected with people was so empowering.

7.     Where can we purchase the clothes with your work I see on your instagram?! What a great way to reach a broader audience I may add! A range of my artwork can be purchased on garments via my website store @ www.kayleighdoughty.co.uk –> YOU MUST CHECK IT OUT, MAY I SAY!! (picture of AWESOME denim jacket below – how much cooler can it get?!)

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Well Kayleigh, THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking your time not only to answer the questions, but for giving us a unique insight into your work! Can’t wait to see what you have in stock for us in the future!

XX, DP (@DPAYT / @CultureHeARTs)

Francis Bacon’s Muse – Isabel Rawsthrone

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You may think something is wrong with this person’s face… but it is Francis Bacon’s way of creating a portrait – which can be found in the TATE (Modern). It is a portrait of Isabel Rawsthrone. Bacon and Rawsthrone were close friends and after Rawsthorne’s death in 1992 Bacon admitted they had an AFFAIR (even though he was gay – apparently – who knows, who cares, but tres scandalous). In a statement to Paris Match confessed, “You know I also made love to Isabel Rawsthrone, a very beautiful woman who was Derain’s model and Georges Bataille’s girlfriend.” As such, unlike any of his other female sitters of which could only be counted on one hand, Rawsthorne became his MUSE.

Bacon had no FORMAL training. Bacon’s earlier portraits were created by means of having his subject present. His portraits beginning in the 1960s were developed based off of photographs and focused in on facial features. Bacon only painted those who he knew intimately – Lucian FREUD, George Dyer, Henrietta Moreas, Muriel Belcher, and Isabel Rawsthrone to name a few.

While his brilliant portraits evolved from photographs taken by John Deakin, the final result was one that which could be described as phenomenological – the idea that his paintings go beyond the physical attributes of the exterior and exemplify inner truths.

Bacon’s portraits could further be understood as influenced from Surrealism and Abstraction, where a duality exists within each painting: between thought and form, life and death. Nevertheless, Bacon captures Rawsthrone’s physicality such as her arched brows, high forehead, and accentuated cheek bones; however, he has done so in an intriguing way that navigates the cusp of abstraction and figuration in relinquishing the human form through his distorted yet incredibly powerful techniques of portrayal. Bacon elaborates in his discussion with Sylvester, “What I want to do is distort the thing far beyond the appearance, but in the distortion to bring it back to a recording of the appearance.”

The artist’s ENERGETIC brush strokes are contrasted with smudged contours and blurred boundaries as if he is trying to reveal an open form that is trapped within its own subsistence. Bacon removes screens and veils to uncover truths about existence through fusing the notions of paint and the idea against a stark background, which brings the portrait to appear to have a floating appearance. The artist’s work of his dear friends in the 1960s exhibit and suggest a psychological rendering.

Check out this work at our FAVOURITE museum in London – Tate Modern. Embrace those around you. Find your muse. Go with the flow.

XX, DP

Dots on Dots on Dots on Dots – Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective at Tate Modern

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Expect to be blown away. WHAAAM. BAAAM. Not by one painting. But by 125 of his creations. From Lichtenstein’s earliest works, with his experimentation with Abstraction to his picturesque, larger than life benday-dot paintings – be prepared to be amazed. The show is breathtaking. Captivating.

It seems like it never ends, and you never want it to end. There are his nude females and beach scenes, his Chinese landscapes, his mirrors, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and MORE – like his infamous comic book scenes. KAPOW. The paintings (and sculptures too) vary in size from A4 dimensions to paintings (and sculptures) that are over 6 feet tall and 10 feet long – if not bigger. OMG I just can’t get enough. And you wont be able to either.

I want YOU to GO and experience the magical-ness of his dots on dots on dots on dots. Oh, and primary colours. They just POP.

I seriously he(ART) this retrospective and am so lucky to have been in London to witness it. The show is on until 27 May 2013. For more information regarding tickets and such click here. (WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO BOOK IN ADVANCE.)

XX, DP

A Bone to Pick with Mr. Hirst; My Spiel

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Ever since the Tate’s exhibit of Damien Hirst (which ran from April 4-
9 September 2012), I have had a bone to pick with this so-called
“artist”. Maybe I am romanticizing the notion of what art should
be, but I believe whole-heartedly that art should be done for the sake
of art! Hirst has twisted this and has created art for the sake of
profit – YES, I SAID IT. Don’t get me wrong. He is an
amazing marketer and perhaps, if stretching it, you could call his marketing “skills” a type of
artform… BUT to call his shocking pieces “art” would discredit the
practice altogether. To shock the public with “Mother and Child” or
his 65 ft. Pregnant Women (which created controversy – picture above) is an easy thing to do.
Why not come up with something admirable, beautiful,
conceptual…Oh wait, you had a Butterfly Room at Tate Modern, and then you were called the “Butterfly Killer.” Your work has become too commercialized. GO AWAY!!!

Peace Out, K.