Tuesday 19. 11. 13 Just back from a week in the UK. Stayed in London at an interesting new hotel in the East end called Qbic located just off Whitechapel High Street near Brick Lane reasonable prices and quite funky. Did the usual galleries – particularly enjoyed the Australia show at the RA. Took the boat to Greenwich from Westminster, saw the Christmas windows on Oxford St. Rented a car for the weekend and tried to explore the Thames estuary but it is difficult to actually access the river. However went to the new Turner gallery at Margate which is a wonderful building right on the beach. A good show there of various Brit artists who worked en plein air – Constable, Cotman and of course Turner. Stayed overnight in Broadstairs and came back via Southend and Canvey Island. Brief but stimulating as always.
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Saturday 05. 10 .13 Just back from 5 days in Venice, a magical city. The Biennale was stimulating and overwhelming. Did a great workshop there on a new process for printmaking which I’m looking forward to exploring and experimenting with.
Saturday 23. 03. 13 Just back from a whirlwind trip to London. Highlights: Art of the Ice Age at the British Museum, Phantom Ride by Simon Starling at Tate Britain and George Bellows at the RA. Also explored the Tanks at the Tate Modern. Got caught in snow storm in Luton en route back today.
Sunday 05. 08. 12 Went to Séte for lunch today with Gisèle and Jonathan. Had an excellent lunch on the quay and then went up to the Chabaud expo at the Musée Paul Valéry. Interesting show of an artist whose work I did not know, including an excellent half hour video which alone is worth the price of admission!
Saturday 25. 02. 12 Just got back from my short trip to London where I met up with Polly, Maryann and Alan & Lea. Saw several expos, the first with Maryann was the Picasso and Modern British Art – an excellent well-curated show showing works of Duncan Grant, Francis Bacon, David Hockney etc. On Thursday went with Alan & Lea to see the Hockney show at the RA in the morning and the Freud at the NPG in the afternoon. The Hockney was luminous and spectacular in scope and size, perhaps the best show I have ever seen. The Freud was also good but I was disturbed by what seemed to be his exploitation of his models. He was such an aggressive painter exposing their vulnerability. On Friday we went south of the river to the new White Cube in Bermondsey. A Great exhibition space which showed off Keifer’s work brilliantly. Much food for thought.
Friday 10. 02. 12 It has been cold here this past week with freezing winds and even ice in the canals around Clermont. Today I went into Montpellier and saw the Bioulés show at the Musée Fabre – a bit of a retrospective. Got some new ideas for painting techniques and approaches. There were lots of sketches which as always revealed how the artist’s mind worked. I also went to an expo of photos of devastated cities from Dresden to Detroit at the Pavillion Populaire – a bit sad but with some dramatic photos. Had lunch with Claire and her mother and saw some of Claire’s new work which has taken an exciting new direction.
31. 12. 11 Saturday Took my two grandaughters out to dinner last night. It has been a busy season so far. Besides the usual festivities I have managed to catch The Guard, The Artist, Tintin and Tinker, Tailor plus the Chagall show at the AGO and the Jack Chambers and an expo of 19th century Industrial photos.
Tuesday 06. 12. 11 Have just spent a wonderful day in Sète with Claire. We started with the Agnés Varda show at the Musée Paul Valéry and then went on to MIAM where we saw a show called My Winnipeg featuring 70 artists from Winnipeg. The Varda show is magnificent – everything she does has a depth, a diversity and an integrity, well worth the visit. The Winnipeg show, not so much. In between we had lunch at the Bistrot de l’Horloge excellent food at amazing prices, 3 courses including glass of sangria for 9.90 euros.
Friday 07. 10. 11 It has been a busy week. I brought David and Carla with Joan’s sister Mary-Ann to Clermont on Tuesday. David, Carla and I had lunch with Carol and then we had a tour round the lake and a tour of Joan’s studio before I took them back to St Mathieu. Wednesday went with the group to Avignon for the day and we saw an excellent expo at the Collection Lambert there. Yesterday evening I went with Kevin and Emma to St Mathieu where we heard all the artist’s presentations and Kevin and Emma interviewed Jacques and David.