LUNES, EL SIETE DE DICIEMBRE, DOS MIL NUEVE
If I had a spare couple of grand, I'd be heading over to London to see 'The Sacred Made Real' at the National Gallery in London. I've had a look through the catalogue and although having had seen some of the works already in the Prado and Nat Gall, it would be educational to see all the works together in the space - the paintings playing of the polychrome carvings and vice versa.
I emailed a friend in London the other day and he mentioned he'd been to see it a couple of weeks ago, "...was fascinated, not just by the technical skill but the morbidity (the Spanish still have it in shovelfuls) which I loved..."
I'd also been keen to see how the curator organises the work in the show, whether it recreates how the art relates to the each other as it would in a church, or pairing them up by their saintly identity, or by pure aesthetic similarities.

below: Gregorio Fern├índez and unknown polychromer, ‘Dead Christ’,
c. 1625–30, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.
DOMINGO, EL SEIS DE DICIEMBRE, DOS MIL NUEVE
A drawing of mine on a friend's wall (you have to scroll down a couple of images)
SABATO, EL CINCO DE DICIEMBRE, DOS MIL NUEVE
Andrea du-Chatenier at Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington. There's better quality images on MNG site, but this is my favourite work from her Earthseed exhibition. The 'primitive' African-type sculpture (made out of polystyrene, covered in flocking) is wearing a pair of Jimmy Choos. This is the type of exhibition and work that I love - work that pinpoints a specific culture, asssesses contemporary art/fashion and combines the two in a new context to create a new reading from the pattern-recognitions brought by the viewer. It reminds me of the scene in Cannibal Holocaust when the film crew discover the Yanomamo tribe using the film reels of the previously cannibalised film crew around the necks of the tribesmen and hanging on poles as signifiers of prevailing evil.
This is an excellent show, probably the most excited I've been in an art gallery all year. Get in to see it before it closes (24th of Dec).

Blog Archive