Skip to main content

My London Hood - The Tate Modern

Modern Gallery make you think of the world as it is today. I just wandered around the exhibitions in the Tate modern and  seemed focused on oppression of humanity - focusing on the poverty, wars, sexuality, violence, conflict, the underdog and gritty.



This was a picture that captured my imagination because it looked so modern. This is a painting by German artist Christian Schad  called Agosta, the Pigeon-Chested Man, and Rasha, the Black Dove 1929 is a large portrait-orientated oil painting of two funfair performers. https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/schad-agosta-the-pigeon-chested-man-and-rasha-the-black-dove-l02264 So in typically America-speak when I saw my people, I had to stop and take a picture, therefore homegirl, Rasha, the black dove is headlining my blog. In those days, I guess the only work she could get was as side-freak show but she is very beautiful, modernly so. It also made me think of what happened to all the black people or people of colour during Nazi Germany, they all had the same fate in concentration camps.




Simple drawings have an impact. Like this comic book style painting, it easily takes up a whole room with high ceilings. If you think of a concert in a large arena this can easily be the backdrop. This is  Whaam! 1963 by the American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. However just looking at it in the room which is bare and stripped you feel that is another person just obliterated. The pilot probably had family, people who were concerned etc. It's a close up on the impact of war. It was very poignant.

These pictures are very large so prints and pictures in books don't do them justice.

It actually reminded me when me and Big Momma when for a Star Trek convention and exhibition in Hyde Park. They had life size sets of the space craft, you could sit in Captain Picard's seat, but all of a suddenly it hits home this series is about war on the frontline. It was so realistic it was scary, and I think it put Big Momma off watching Star Trek.



Before I digress off again, the Tate Modern is a gallery situated on the London South Bank area in an old powerhouse. It feels like an abadoned space ship or sparse dystopian world. All grey and concentre but the exhibition spaces are large and wonderful. You can also see wonderful sites of the city from the upper levels. There is no entry free but they appreciate a £5 donation, they even have contactless payment terminal as you can see above.


Another poignant painting, again oppressive. It's hard to find anything of beauty without an underlying message. Even the colourful and bright stuff had an underlying gritty message.


What captured me about this oil painting was the sterile effect the painter managed to create. You can't see it but he used blobs of white paint for effect. Like I said, pictures don't portray the sheer genius of this. I didn't get the artist's name. However again it's another large painting. I guess if I stood next to them, you'll get a feel for how large there are.


This was a tower of radios, all sorts of radios. I think this was about media and therefore communication. There was a sinister undertone.

These where the rest I wandered round. The Tate Modern is a gallery for the thinking person, the layout, hanging and exhibitions are done so one is thoughtful. It has an impact...to avoid thinking, I'll suggest you can head for the upper decks to see great views of the St Paul's Cathedral, have a glass of wine in the bar, and head for the gift shop.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

My African American & Black Love Romance Adventure Nearly Ready After Four Years.

Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to read this. This post is going to be about my upcoming black love and African American contemporary romance release, which I think tentatively will be late this year or early 2024. It will be a six-part serialised novel, and I'll reveal the date nearer the time. It has been five years since my last black love romance novel. I have two novellas published on Amazon, and I'm  pleased to finally say, I'm about to publish again. It's been a long time.  I planned to release this book in February 2019, but after a long writer's block and other things, it had taken me this long to complete it.  If you follow this blog on and off, I've spoken about it a lot over the years. I'm thinking maybe I should relabel those blog posts as a series of how it developed.  The Story Description The names have changed well from Angelica to Pippa but it's fine.  Everyone wants someone special but PIPPA MILLER thinks not her. She

HAPPY NEW YEAR - LET THE GOALS ROLL

Hello all. Happy New Year! So last year was awesome for me because I managed to achieve one goal. The biggest goal which was to get a new job. And that came with financial reward as well. Yay! It was hard, challenging, horrible. I hate change but I had to get out of the rut I was in. Dudes, I was desperate to move. So I dug deep, did my interview practice, attended a number of interviews and hit one. Yay. Now longer gaming. I didn't need the escapism with my new positive work environment. I also abandoned the iPhone family and went Android. To cut a long story short, I got bought an iPhone 8 but it was faulty - however Apple weren't transparent about their return policy - ALWAYS ASK ABOUT RETURN POLICY. Nor did they believe the phone was faulty. It was. Anyway I was so disgusted the arrogance of the 'apple people', I decided instead of getting a replacement to spend my money elsewhere. I'm still part of the Apple family. But the Apple Store sales assist

Up Date on Happenings: Newly Single & 17% pay raise.

Hey Everyone, So update since my last entry. Well I had a brief fling with Mr Sexy Guy and decided he wasn't the one for me. He was cool but I learned the difference between lust, chemistry and personality. It just didn't tango for me. I'm still grossly overweight, well, fat. I don't think there is anything wrong with being called fat. I am fat. I need to lose weight but that means getting organised and stop eating delicious food. Then again my knees are hurting me and joints feel the ache. I also haven't been to the gym in three months despite paying for it. But when I do, I normally go for the sauna, hot tub and   steam room session. I've thought of cancelling the exorbitant membership but in the climate apart from bills it's the one thing that is just for me...that when I use it. Work is fine, managed to get a 17% pay raise. A big thanks to my boss who also pushed for it. It's good to work for people who support you in that matter. I think tha