Cultural Wednesday Wishes: What to See in London This Week

Welcome to Wednesday Wishes, my pick of what to see in London this week and a book to read on the way.    

Skyline view of the City of London seen from Charing Cross with graphics reading Wednesday Wishes

Welcome to Wednesday Wishes, my pick of what to see in London this week and a book to read on the way.  

Ship of the Week

Earlier this year I was captivated The First Supper by Tavares Strachan that took up temporary residence in the courtyard of the Royal Academy.  Now he has a whole show to himself at the Hayward Gallery.  Tavares Strachan: There is Light Somewhere explores more overlooked people, celebrates exploration and has a ship floating on the roof terrace.  It is a beautiful, thought provoking exhibition.  In the shop is the usual range of merchandise but with a difference, the clothes and patches are made in collaboration with communities in the Bahamas and proceeds go back to those communities.  I will be visiting on repeat thanks to my Southbank membership.

Photography of the Week

London seems to be awash with photography exhibitions at the moment.  The Courtauld seems to have got the memo because it has just opened its first ever photography exhibition.  Roger Mayne: Youth showcases the work of the self taught photographer with shots of young people in London in the late 50s and then his own children in the 70s.  Like looking at a vanished world.  Alongside the always excellent permanent collection is also a small show focussing on Henry Moore, his wartime tube shelter drawings and how they went on to influence his inclusion of sheltering walls in future work.  Do you have plans for this evening?  

Gagosian has two Mayfair galleries, one large and airy and the other more of small shop at the moment they are home to two contrasting exhibitions.  In the smaller Davies Street space is REMEMBR, an AI generated artwork by Alex Isreal, you can load up your photos from your phone and have them randomly displayed across a series of giant heads or just watch other random images.  Over on Grosvenor Hill, The Body as Matter: Giacometti Nauman Picasso has an impressive selection of sculptures of the human body from the three artists.  Interesting, beautiful and free.  

Japanese Prints of the Week

It is a family affair at the Dulwich Gallery this summer.  Three generations of the Yoshida family are on show.  Yoshida: Three Generations of Japanese Printmaking starts with Yoshida Hishoshi with well known 19th century artist.  We then meet his wife and sons  (and their wives) also artists.  Finally Yoshida Ayomi, their grand-daughter has created a cherry blossom installation.  

Book of the Week

Last Friday I headed down to Petersfield (take a look at my substack for details of the excellent Peggy Guggenheim exhibition I went to see there) and on the way home tried to find a lupin field in the care of the National Trust.  I failed in lupin mission but returned home inspired to re-read Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim.  When I first read it the Iron Curtain was firmly closed and landscapes described were firmly out of bounds, now I have visited old East Germany and love the landscapes.  Essentially Elizabeth marries a German count and then goes to his estates to live, once there the life isn’t much to her taste and she cultivates a garden in which she finds solace.  Interestingly E M Forster was living on the von Arnim estates when the book was written but remembers no garden rather acres of lupins planted as a crop, hence my re-reading.  If you go to Petersfield and find the lupins or read and enjoy the book, do let me know!

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Where will you wander with Cultural Wednesday Wishes this week?

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