Weekly Roundup 7

i. I managed to get a place on the Pop-Up Common Room curator-led tour of the Basquiat: Boom for Real exhibition at the Barbican. It was an exciting and informative morning and a nice way to finish the term.

 
 Jean-Michel Basquiat,  Dos Cabezas,  1982, acrylic and oilstick on canvas with wood supports

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Dos Cabezas, 1982, acrylic and oilstick on canvas with wood supports

 

ii. I resigned myself to the fact that I wasn't going to squeeze in any more studio time before the Christmas break so went to see Cézanne Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. Unfortunately, despite glowing reviews, I just found the show dull. I really want to like Cézanne but I just can't seem to find a way in.

iii. The term ended with a group crit where I showed some recent monotypes and talked about my wanting to return to my initial proposal (see previous blog post). This was reassuringly well received and I look forward to getting back into a practical studio routine next year.

 
 Paul Cézanne,  Madame Cézanne in a Red Armchair,  c.1877, oil on canvas

Paul Cézanne, Madame Cézanne in a Red Armchair, c.1877, oil on canvas