Review: Art Trip to London

Category: Trips, Art

Lower Sixth Fine Artists took an early coach to London on Tuesday 4th November to view compelling artworks from three galleries: Mario Merz at Pace Gallery, Anslem Kiefer at the Royal Academy and finally Egon Schiele ‘The Radical Nude’ within the Courtauld Institute.
Arriving at the heart of Piccadilly, we travelled the length of the red carpeted Burlington Arcade en-route to meet Polly Gaer, Senior Director at Pace Gallery. Polly spoke passionately about Merz’s use of neon and igloo-like shapes, signifying the nomadism of humankind. Students took great interest in the bizarre sculptures and completed a series of drawings amongst Merz’s art.

Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy, provided us with paintings of an overwhelmingly daunting scale. Imbedded with thick paint, ash, plants, lead and even diamonds, students unanimously agreed, in terms of sheer impact, the Kiefer retrospective was an extraordinary exhibition. While students found the work mysterious and sometimes baffling, all were greatly inspired by time spent among the work of a man who clearly has a staggering compulsion to create art on a monumental scale.

Liaising with our coach, we travelled across The City of Westminster to the Courtauld Institute for our final gallery visit. Although Egon Schiele died in 1928 of influenza aged only twenty-eight, he has been described as one of the most extraordinary draftsmen of our time. While students found parts of the exhibition a little too crowded to undertake sketchbook studies, everyone took time to absorb Schiele’s challenging drawings.

Jonathan Duplock

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