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St Ives Tate Gallery ..have you been ?06/10/2008 - 3:23 PM
We went there for the first time this Sunday after mixed reactions from friends and a definite thumbs down from the children at my school when they went a couple of years ago.
I will probably be shouted down in flames by some but my husband and I were just amazed at some of the 'pieces of art '!!
There was one HUGE canvas that half covered a wall painted completely black and that was it..just a black canvas ! It was a very nice shade of black but apart from that a little monotonous.
Then there was another canvas that was daubed with what looked like someone trying to clean their brushes..black , white and grey...no pattern that I could see, just a brush that had been wiped to rid itself of paint !
Best of all though was one that was titled..the others didn't have a title . It was in a glass container and standing on a pedestal and it was called painted pebble...it was just that ! A pebble off the beach that had been one third covered in pink paint. A very fetching, vibrant, dark, pink paint but that was all.
To be fair there were some pieces of work that caused some interest but really not very many. My daughter did an art degree and I have always been amazed at her geometrical art and in my opinion far superior to some of the work on display. Is that because I am her mum ? I did try to fathom it out objectively but still preferred her work hands down !
There was a video in the middle of the gallery of a man with shoulder length hair wandering around on a piece of grass rather the worse for wear; either drunk or high on some substance that only he knew the name of. I did ask someone who had a label around her neck with a name on it , what it was about but she wasn't sure so I gave up at that point.
Then two coffees and two pieces of coffee sponge cost us just under £10 !! That was the last straw..the sun had started to shine so we went on the beach. Has anyone else been there..am I talking complete rubbish?