Tell me what do you think my dear Atria? You dad clearly doesn't appreciate modern art, but I hope you will explore it for yourself and maybe one day you will explain it to me.
I thought that 80% of exhibits at Tate look like 'rubbish' I have in my shed. I was telling Anna that she should not be angry with me for the mess I create around me, because I am just an artist and my shed is my art gallery. At least we had a laugh :-)
Also the view from Tate's balcony was very beautiful and London itself is a nice city to visit every now and then. I know you have been visiting London with your Mum, but I don't know how do you like it. I would be so happy to hear from you...
For our second wedding anniversary Anna decided to take me to Tate Modern. It is a modern art gallery in London and it is the most-visited modern art gallery in the world, with around 4.7 million visitors per year. Anna said that it is a shame that we haven’t been there although London is so close. She planned a trip on 1st May and we went to admire some art. The collections in Tate Modern consist of works of international modern and contemporary art dating from 1900 until today. There were a lot of paintings, sculptures, installations - most of them abstraction, expressionism and abstract expressionism, surrealism, cubism, futurism, vorticism and Pop Art. And you know what my dear Atria - I am now sure that I don’t understand modern art. Maybe I shouldn’t say that as a father, but I absolutely don’t mean to discourage you from admiring modern art, I am just telling you about my impression. I did like some paintings by Mon et, Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons. I also thought that some ‘installations’ look nice (like the red stairs in the picture), but I didn’t understand the concept and even after reading the description I couldn’t see any connection between what I can see and what is described.
For example look at this picture on the left my dear Atria – 2 chairs with the hole and metal balls. Hmm… This is actually an artwork by British artist Richard Wentworth entitled ‘Siege’. It is made from laminated wood, steel, chrome, brass, lead and cable. And you know what the description says about it? Here we go:
Wentworth’s sculptures often utilise common objects and easily available materials, combined in extraordinary ways. ‘Like a gaucho’s bolas, one chair ensnares the other’, the artist has said of his work.The title relates to the French word for seat (siege) as well as the English idea of being under siege. Wentworth has explained thet the sculpture stemmed from ‘a very different moment in gender politics, and it is now more common to discuss how pathetic men are. I used to think most of the time that I feel pathetic – and why shouldn’t one make work about that?’
Me and Modern Art
I am your dad Atria.