I recently took a trip to the art gallery of Hauser and Wirth in Somerset, to see the garden and the exhibition by Rashid Johnson. Its a very unique and interesting place in the middle of rolling English countryside, we got lost in a few little villages on the way!
“The exhibition takes its title from an essay ‘Stranger in the Village’ by James Baldwin. Originally published in Harper’s Magazine in 1953, it is the account of Baldwin’s experiences as a young African-American man, living in a small village in Switzerland.” (https://www.hauserwirth.com/exhibitions/3169/rashid-johnson-stranger/view/)
The first room was what struck me the most with forest like installations mixed with abstract sculpture. I really like the primitive element with the rough sculptures and drawings that looked like they had been done by hand. The whole thing makes me think of hammer hitting a brick, its very in your face and uncompromising with thick black lines and edges. The most interesting thing was the black soap and shea butter that were used in the artwork. Using such an unusual material such as black soap made out of ash from West African trees and plants is very interesting and should have advertised better rather than a note at the end of the gallery.
now i don’t normally write things like this, i want to keep a degree of professionalism 😉 But this may be one of the biggest achievements of my artistic career! Yesterday i took a day trip to Brussels and went to the Musee Magritte museum. It was a gorgeous collection of work and in the last room i came across a painting that was very familiar. Magritte has been a favourite artist of mine since i was a child. Yesterday i realised that throughout my travelling i have had the pleasure to see the Empire of light series.
1. in the Peggy Guggenheim collection in Venice (family holiday in 2010)
2. The museum of modern art in New York (i visited with my Foundation course in 2015)
3. The royal museum of fine arts of Belgium (i visited while on an university exchange in Belgium)
i feel very lucky that i have had the opportunity to travel around and see so much amazing art.
In my trip to Paris the things that stood out most was my trip to the Centre Pompidou. On the outside it doesn’t look that impressive, i was most expecting the inside to be a building site but was very excited by the outside escalator. But it houses on the most impressive collections of art that i have seen with up to date temporary exhibitions and an very impressive permanent collection. I felt a bit like i was in a maze, every new room i walked into was full of more and more amazing art. Pieces that i have studying in books and seen on the internet. every time i think its finished there was another room filled with even more beautiful art.
Tijdens mijn reis Parijs was het centraal gelegen Pompidou het allerbeste ziet het er neit zo indrukwekkend uit, ik verwachette dat het een bouwplaats was, maar was erg enthousiast over de outdoor roltrap. Maar het huisvest de meest indrukwekkende kunstcollecties die ik heb gezien met up to date tijdelijke tentoonstellingen en een zeer indrukwekkende permanente collectie. Ik voelde me alsof ik in een doolhof was, elke nieuwe kamer die ik liep was vol met meer en meer geweldige kunst. Stukken die ik heb gelezen in boeken en gezien op internet. Elke keer dat ik denk dat hat klaar is, was er een kamer vol mooie kunst.