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Online “Lockdown” Outings

When we can return back to “normal” your Committee will be putting your peace of mind, health and safety at the forefront.

But in the meantime, we will continue to keep in touch with you by our weekly Online “Lockdown” Outings to regions beyond which we normally visit.

Last week we visited Montacute House in Somerset, and now travel deep into Cornwall to St Ives and visit Tate St Ives.

The Tate Group in 1980 started to manage the Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden and open a museum to showcase local artists, especially those already held in their collection. In 1988, the group purchased a former gasworks and commissioned architects to design a gallery in a similar style to the gas works.

Tate St Ives

Sara Hughes, the Curator of Tate St Ives, guides us through the historical relationship the gallery has had with the Porthmeor studios, with reference to the artists that have worked there and are exhibited at the Tate.


Tate St Ives: Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018

Celebrating the important contribution of 20th-century artists who lived and worked in Cornwall, Tate St Ives reopened last year following a £20 million redevelopment which has doubled its gallery space.


The Dark Monarch at Tate St Ives

Cultural commentator and exhibition co-curator Michael Bracewell welcomes us to Tate St Ives for The Dark Monarch exhibition. This explored the influence of folklore, mysticism, mythology and the occult on art in Britain.The major themes look at eerie landscape photographs by Paul Nash, a complex painting by contemporary artist Clare Woods, and a haunting film by Derek Jarman.


Virginia Woolf at the Tate St Ives

St Ives was one of the many influences behind  Virginia Woolf’s writings. Woolf’s affinity for the rocky, windswept landscape set the tone for three of her novels: Jacob’s Room, To the Lighthouse, and The Waves.



Online “Lockdown” Lectures

Lockdown Lecture No.20 – Francis Picabia 

Francis Picabia( 1879 –1953) was a French avant-garde painter and poet. After experimenting with Impressionism and Pointillism he became associated with Cubism. His highly abstract compositions were colourful and rich in contrasts. He was one of the early major figures of the Dada movement in America and France.  He was later briefly associated with Surrealism, but would soon turn his back on the art establishment.

Picabia once said, “If you want to have clean ideas, change them as often as your shirt.” And he lived by that motto.

Francis Picabia at New York’s Museum of Modern Art

His work encompassed many different mediums and spanned some of the key artistic movements of the 20th century.The full-spectrum of his ideas is on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.


How to  see Francis Picabia 

MoMA curator Anne Umland explains how Picabia vigorously avoided any singular style, and instead found inspiration in painting, poetry, publishing, performance and film.


Unravel the Mysteries of Francis Picabia’s Surrealist Vision

Rich in imagery and historical references, Francis Picabia’s ‘Atrata’ is a mystic vision made of layer upon layer of overlapping imagery.See where Picabia drew his inspiration from and see how those overlapping layers reveal a variety of faces, figures, fruit and foliage.


Picabia: Art and the Machine

Before Dada, the machine was considered a subject unworthy of artistic consideration for several reasons. Francis Picabia turned all that on it’s head when he started making machine drawings and giving them enigmatic titles, thus altering our perception of the image.

William Camfield discusses Francis Picabia’s interest in machines as an art source, dating back to just before WWI,and the peculiar names given to these paintings and how that changed our perception of it as a work of art.


To find out more about  Francis Picabia