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St Ives Tate Gallery ..have you been ?

dianah > dianah Blog > St Ives Tate Gallery ..have you been ?
06/10/2008 - 3:23 PM

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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? Smile Smile


KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 94524 forum postsKarenFB vcard England165 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2008 - 5:25 PM

Yep!! That sounds about right! Rachel went there a few years ago, when her college group had a few days down there...........she was of the same opinion - the highlight of her trip was the evening visit to the pub!

I detest and despise so called 'art', which we the tax payer pay for, i.e. 'pile of bricks' and 'unmade bed'............it all smacks of the childrens tale about 'The Kings New Clothes'!!

I do hope the rest of your weekend was successful............did you manage to get to Lands End?

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dianah  924474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2008 - 5:46 PM

We stayed at Lands End..it was lovely. Cosy hotel with superb food. The weather was awful but it really didn't matter..we just wanted the peace and quiet.

Bellie  8507 forum posts
8 Oct 2008 - 11:25 AM

St. Ives Tate has been credited with bringing money and an improvement to St. Ives. There are some wonderful places to eat there now and it seemed to help drag the town out of its bucket and spade and T shirt shop mentality.

I went... and got bored! (to the Tate that is) however I do enjoy looking through many of the other galleries dotted around the town, and enjoy the feel of the place now.

And if you next go again, try Bumbles Tea room just round the corner from the Tate - much better and cheaper!

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