We are so privileged to live in London and having access to a wealth of art and musical events but the main problem with London is that there is a huge concentration of people living there who want to do exactly the same. Tickets to shows sold out at impressive speed, no matter what your preference is, everything is busy in London. Exhibitions are no better, in fact they are worse as the tourists add their numbers to the millions of Londoners queuing for art. Viewing an exhibition in London is a nightmarish experience. Having to beat the crowds, fighting for a corner free of heads covering the artworks is a horrible experience. I remember a recent Van Gogh exhibition where we felt like runners at the start blocks, starting our visit with the first slot of visitors on a lazy Sunday morning, we ran through the whole exhibition to get some breathing space and viewing space. It was a horrible experience. That is when I said, enough is enough, I’d rather travel to Liverpool
once a year than viewing artwork in horrible conditions in London. That is why when confronted with the option to view Georgia O’Keefe’s exhibition vs Wilfredo Lam at Tate Modern, I did not hesitate, Wifredo Lam won pants down. And it was worth it. I was intrigued to discover the artwork of this contemporary of the greatest modern European painters, born to a Chinese migrant and a descendant of Congolese slaves in Cuba. Though his Chinese heritage is completely absent, the magical, mystical, dangerous world of Cuban’s spirituality is fully revealed together with a first hand depiction of geometric angular and totemic figures clearly inspired by the discovery of his African heritage. The darkness of the historical and personal events marking his lifetime take centre stage and Mr Lam’s paintings are as dark as they can be. A dark soul inside into a dark mind.
2 October 2016 – Exhibition: Wifredo Lam, Tate Modern