Free Modern Art at Whitechapel Gallery

Jan 09

The great things about art in London is that you can see lots of it for free. And the Whitechapel Gallery in east London is always well worth a visit to see some contemporary stuff. Not all the exhibitions held in this space are free, but there’s usually a good handful that are, whatever time of year you visit.

Until 26th February you can see Rothko in Britain, that looks back at the artist’s first exhibition in the UK, at the Whitechapel in 1961. Unfortunately there’s only one original canvas to see (Light Red Over Black, 1957), but the detailed correspondence from Rothko describing exactly what shade of white the walls should be to hang his work upon make for an interesting read.

Something which caught my eye was the work of Shiraz Bayjoo, one of Whitechapel’s Artists in Residence. HisĀ Bow Boys Archive (see above) explores histories, collective memory and place. The photographs on wood with bright pastel acrylics were really striking.

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