I always thought I knew what I like in art! But now, I’m not so sure…
I’ve been back home this weekend. Visiting Manchester City Gallery and wandering the city centre with a camera. I remember clearly the first time I went to the gallery as a child. I was fascinated by the Pre Raphaelite collection in particular. Ford Maddox Brown’s “Work” had me spellbound. As a work of social comment, it’s still powerful. I looked at it this time and it still moves me. But not in the jaw dropping way it used to. Maybe it’s too familiar now, I’m not sure…
Manchester’s City Gallery has doubled since I last went, far too many years ago for me to remember. But when I was still living in Manchester. It’s also changed it’s content noticeably since my last visit. Sure, it still shows the traditional 18th and 19th Century pictures. But it now shows “modern art” shock horror! Or should that be Contemporary Art?
I find with contemporary art that I either get it and love it! Or hate it with a passion! Secretly my “inner teacher” wants to write “must try harder” right across it with red pen. But I suspect the museum curators might disapprove! Shame! No amount of persuasive argument will get me past my dislike of poor quality execution. I can understand their ideas and concepts but they lack the Wow factor!
The traditional painting of Greek mythology, landscapes, portraits I can appreciate for their technical skills, dramatic compositions. Yet they don’t excite me in the way that contemporary art can. So, what did excite me most? Possibly this Antony Gormley figure, made from welded steel rings.
More fabulous pictures of the installation here
It may be nostalgia, but I love the atmosphere in these paintings, coupled with the familiar setting –albeit not with the horses!
The buildings haven’t changed much, just what’s in the square. But it’s not foggy! Or raining!
But I think this is my favourite photograph from the day! The gorgeous Triangle centre!
My quest to educate myself continues! Next week motivating ideas for sketchbooks!