Friday, February 27, 2015

Tate Modern London

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This was a brief visit to Tate Modern, time to see the vast exhibit in the Turbine Hall. Described as ‘mountains of fabric’ and ‘waves of saturated colour’, this is a vast installation by the American sculptor Richard Tuttle. I was lucky to be there before the numerous school and bus parties started arriving.  You can see how large it is by the size of the figures.

Richard Tuttle  'I don't Know - The Weave of Textile Language'.

I can only go by my gut reaction which at the time was one of feeling underwhelmed. It made me think of some of the images in what is one of my favourite books, ‘The Art of Manipulating Fabric’ by Colette Wolff. The book and the techniques described are a source of fascination, but despite that some of the images are a bit ugly representing dated techniques, which are there to inspire new adaptations..
 I am sure I missed the deeper meaning of the installation.

When I look at the photographs I actually feel more impressed and interested than I did at the time.


  1. As ever an interesting post but I am afraid that I can't say I will be rushing to the Tate Modern to see this!To me it is just a waste of fabric and plywood that could have been put to a better use somewhere else!

  2. You're not the first person I've heard express disappointment at it, and I have to say that when I was at Tate Modern to see a different exhibition the other week, what I saw didn't draw me in to take a closer look, even though you usually can't keep me away from a textile installation. I'm looking forward to this instead - a bit closer to home for me too!

  3. I'm sure I would enjoy a visit to the Smoke...but I might give that expo a miss. Hope you had a great time there!!

    x C


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