Tatlin’s Tower + Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture

Tatlin

Tatlin Tower at the Royal Academy

Vladimir Tatlin’s unrealised monument to the Third International a scaled re-recreation by Jeremy Dixon in Annenberg Courtyard at the Royal Academy.

Also showing Nicholas Hawksmoor: Architect of the Imagination

4 February – 17 June RA

Includes striking buildings of English Baroque

Christ Church, Spitalfields and St.Georges, Bloomsbury

Our Kerry Downes books on Hawksmoor, the Whitechapel Gallery show catalogues and Baroque architecture are all held in our ASD collections at Holloway Road and Commercial Road Libraries

David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture

What hits you when you walk in is the smell of paint and sense of work in progress. This alone makes the show exciting right here right now.

Hockney’s operatic scale is a Wild Wold Walk in the Woods and it is amazing with plenty of colour, humour and wit. The huge screen with scenes from his native landscape and dance with Wayne Sleep impishly skipping through all make for an interesting day out out.

Hockney + Reynolds RA

Hockney + Reynolds RA

The dedicated iPad room and humongous paintings of Yosemite National Park also show impressive use of technology and shed loads of sponsorship. Hockney’s illustrative prowess is best with his tree drawings and watercolours that are truely beautiful. His large panels of painted trees tempt our stiff city necks to crane themselves upwards and invite us to sniff the breeze. His perspectives are clever and seductive. As for “Action Week” and Hawthorne’s big show that’s when his Pop Art really kicks in with fun and music hall zest with rib tickling know-how almost like Matthew Bournesquelike dance paintings. If you like the human push and pull of London Town’s January sales this show and the people who come to stare are teeming with life and energy.

Hockney holdings at LMU

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