Tacita Dean RA (1)

Since I didn’t manage to see Tacita Dean’s exhibition Still Life properly last night, I thought I should have a proper look at it today.   It’s an intriguing mix of old and new, starting with the continuities in the depiction of Still Life, with a group which includes work putatively by Chardin from the collection of the National Gallery, a Still Life by Henri de la Porte from the York Art Gallery, a Rose-Crested Cockatoo (1917) by William Nicholson and a print of Bread (2004), surprisingly by Cy Twombly (no photography).   These are then juxtaposed with a very beautiful watercolour of Apples by William Holman Hunt and a film by Dean herself which examines slowly and tenderly images of the spotted surface and stalk of a pear in a glass bowl, itself severely mottled and dirty, in microscopic, but out-of-focus detail.   Next door is a Zurbarán next door to a Wolfgang Tillmans, and a Sienese mountainscape next to Thomas Jones’s miniaturistic Wall in Naples (c.1782), interrupted by bird song.   It’s all about the slow intensity and record in the observation of ordinary things, now and then.

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3 thoughts on “Tacita Dean RA (1)

  1. What an amazing collection of artists, brought together by one of the outstanding Academicians of today, appropriately on the Academy’s 250th Anniversary ! Congratulations !

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