Patrick Caulfield Exhibition @ Tate Britain

6月5日から9月1日まで、テート・ブリテンでは、Patrick Caulfield展とGary Hume展を同時開催中。各展は小規模だけれど、1枚のチケット(大人で£14.50/寄付なし£13.10)で、時代が異なるイギリス人コンテンポラリー・アーティスト2人の作品を観ることが出来る。

Patrick Caulfield(パトリック・コーフィールド)は、大胆でシンプルな筆致とカラフルな色使いで知られたアーティストで、静物画など伝統的な絵画ジャンルを独自の作風で表現。また家庭やカフェ、レストランなどのインテリアを主題として、好んで描いた。この展覧会では30以上の作品を展示、コーフィールドの絵画スタイルの変化を追っている。1960年代の初期の作品は、Still Life with Dagger (1963)に見られるように、対象物の線画に平坦な色使いが特徴。70年代になると、After Lunch (1975)のように、トロンプ・ルイユなど異なった手法を組み合わせた、より複雑な絵画に移行する。ちなみにAfter Lunchは、Looking at the View展の私の好きな作品の一つでもある。

主な見所は、Portrait of Juan Gris (1963)、Pottery (1969)、 Interior with a Picture (1985–6)など。また、余り知られていないBend in the Road (1967)やTandoori Restaurant (1971)、後期作品のBishops (2004. photo galleryの6番目の作品) や、遺作となったBraque Curtain (2005)も展示されている。

このブログでも何回か書いたが、私はシンプルでカラフルなアート作品が好きだ。なので、コーフィールドの作品も嫌う理由が全くない。彼のより抽象的な作品(特に後期に多い)は彼の持ち味があまり感じられず好きではないが、Dining Recess (1972. 写真下) や Window at Night (1969. 最下写真にあるバナーにも使われている) は、すごくいいと思う。

Patrick Caulfield exhibition, in parallel with Gary Hume exhibition (I will write about it tomorrow), has currently been running at Tate Britain from June 5 to September 1. With one ticket (Adult £14.50/without donation £13.10), you can see the exhibitions of two British contemporary artists in different generations, though each one is not in large scale.

Since 1960s, Patrick Caulfield has been known for his bold and vibrant paintings of modern life that reinvigorated traditional artistic genres such as the still life and interiors, both domestic and social scenes such as café and restaurant. This exhibition, showcasing over 30 works, traces the development of his artistic style. His early paintings in 60s are characterised by flat areas of colour with objects defined by simple outlines, such as such as Still Life with Dagger (1963). In the 1970s he began to combine different artistic styles including trompe l’oeil to create more complex paintings like After Lunch (1975), which is one of my favorite work at Looking at the View exhibition.

Highlights include Portrait of Juan Gris (1963), Pottery (1969), and Interior with a Picture (1985–6), alongside with lesser known Bend in the Road (1967) and Tandoori Restaurant (1971). Also you can see his later paintings such as Bishops (2004. 6th in the photo gallery) and his final work, Braque Curtain (2005). 

As I have written several times in my blog, I like paintings with simple brushstrokes and vivid colours. So there is no reason to hate Caulfield’s work, though I am not very passionate about his paintings which are more abstract, especially as seen in his later time.  Some of my favorites are Dining Recess (1972. photo below) and Window at Night (1969. Used in a banner as seen in the last photo).

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Dining Recess (1972)

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