Today is Armistice Day and marks the day that First World War came to an end. I thought I would share these four exhibitions with you:
The Great War – As Recorded through the Fine and Popular Arts, Liss Fine Art & David Cohen Fine Art, The Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam Street, London WC2, 12th -15th November
For those of you who went along to see this great exhibition at the Morley Gallery (see my blog of 22nd September) there is now a chance to acquire some of the items that were on view.
Philip Blacker – Farewell, Leicester Square, Thompson’s Gallery, 15 New Cavendish Street, LondonW1, until 16th November 2014
This rather special exhibition of bronze friezes by former jockey turned successful artist Philip Blacker is his interpretation of letters, poems, songs and books from the First World War.
Crossing the Field, Pitzhanger Manor Gallery, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, London W5 5EQ, until 10th January 2015
One of the specially remembered stories of the First World War is the Christmas Truce of 1914. In the week before Christmas, German and British soldiers started to exchange songs and seasonal greetings and some football games between the opposing sides were arranged and played. These “peaceful” battles are commemorated in contemporary works (in various media) by artists from Belgium, France, Germany and the UK.
Rä Di Martino: Authentic News Of Invisible Things, CØPPERFIELD, 6 Copperfield Street
London SE1, 20th November 2014 – February 12th 2015
In this, her first solo UK show, Rä di Martino reflects her interest in the story of the “dummy tanks” in World War One through video and objects. She finds the mixture of reality and fiction fascinating, especially that pilots looked down on these fake tanks and were taken in. The show is an interesting fusion of the past and the contemporary, especially the footage of a real tank being driven through an Italian town.
Wed – Sat, 12 – 5pm and by appointment at any time