Sunday, 25 January 2015

Self at Turner Contemporary Margate a first attempt at a review.

 The latest exhibition at Turner Contemporary “Self” is comprised of over 100 self portraits covering the last 400 years, no photographs I’m afraid as photography isn’t allowed.

 I reckon this is one of the gallery’s best shows and well worth a visit, here is what it has to say about it on the gallery’s website http://www.turnercontemporary.org/exhibitions/self
 I guess the most disturbing of the works is Jeremy Millar’s silicone corpse, see http://www.grantmasonfx.com/jeremy-millar-2011/ I was also quite taken by the Damien Hirst interestingly the contemporary stuff stands up well against the classical portraits.
 I had just been buying books for my bookshop, which often leaves me a bit mazed, see http://michaelsbookshop.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/new-acquisitions-for-our-bookshop-today.html so it could have been partly my state of mind, but frankly the exhibition just bowled me over, star show.
 Halfway through I had to slope off to the café for a scone and a coffee, it was pretty busy, gallery and café, so a surreptitious sketch, not very good.
One of the great advantages with Turner Contemporary is that you can get very close to the works of art and it isn’t crowded to the point of gallery rage, although frankly with this exhibition I think once the word gets around it may get very busy indeed.

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