Saturday, 10 September 2016

Etel Adnan: The Weight of the World



To the Serpentine Sackler, and I was very glad that I caught this show before it finishes on Sunday. It's the work of 91 year old artist, poet and essayist - Etel Adnan. It was a really uplifting show due in no small part to the wonderful colours that Adnan delights in commiting to canvas, ceramic and textiles.




The three large tapestries above were my favourite pieces in the exhibition.






I liked the intimate scale of her canvases and the wonderful colour juxtapositions, as well as the application of paint in thick, textured impastos.


I always enjoy the combination of image and type and these accordion-fold pieces were no exception. they were very reminiscent to me of Sonia Delauney's Simultaneous Book collaborations with poet Blaise Cendrars.





The shapes, mark-making and use of colour on these two ceramic pieces brought the works of Kandinsky to mind.


Be very quick if you want to catch this show as it finishes tomorrow, the colours really are as energising as the late summer sunshine we've been experiencing.




Etel Adnan: The Weight of the World
until 11th September
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
West Carriage Drive
London
www.serpentinegalleries.org