Monday, December 31, 2012

Four Days in London

Old concrete wall in the tanks at the Tate Modern

My four days in London before Christmas were exciting and stimulating.

As promised (previous posting) I went to see the tanks at the Tate Modern. Access is from the main turbine hall. When you pass through the glass doors the temperature is noticeably cooler, the lighting is subdued, and there is a smell of damp concrete. There are three tanks of different sizes and, as luck would have it, animations and videos by one of my favorite artists - William Kentridge - were showing in the largest tank.

William Kentridge's animations in one of the tanks at Tate Modern

These new spaces provide an unusual and thrilling venue for installation and performance art in London.

Other places I visited during my stay:

Building work in the City of London

Christchurch by Hawksmoor, Spitalfields

Christmas Fair outside the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank.

Jamaica Wharf, Bermondsey

White Cube gallery, Bermondsey

Anthony Gormley's "architecture" at the White Cube gallery.

Inside Anthony Gormley's "architecture"
Rachel Whiteread's intervention on the facade
of the Whitechapel Gallery

Victorian architecture of the St. Pancras Hotel

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