Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK
27th October 2012 On a first very windy trip to the Turner Contemporary at Margate’s seafront, we visited the Alex Katz exhibition, running until January 2013. This is an exciting space to visit – especially as we were able to enjoy the views of the stormy sea from inside – and downstairs the children spent time exploring Maria Nepomuceno’s installation, “Tempo para Respirar” (Breathing Time); they said it was a really nice feeling walking on tiny coloured marbles which massaged their feet and they went back in for another go before we left. Upstairs we visited the exhibition, Alex Katz: ‘Give me Tomorrow’, which brings together paintings – large and small, oil studies and collages, as well as some unusual cutouts of people canoeing (painted on both sides); the works on display span the American artist’s whole career – he is now 85 – and their diversity provided lots of talking points for youngsters. If you admire Katz’s work you will love this and the gallery is an atmospheric place to see his work. ‘Black Hat’ (above) features the artist’s wife Ada who appears in a number of the works of art.
Painting above: Alex Katz, Black Hat (Bettina), 2010, Oil on linen, 152.4 x 213.4 cm Private Collection, London © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Image courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris – Salzburg.