Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye

The powerful contemporary Norwegian painter Edvard Munch‘s exhibition consists of sixty paintings and a rare display of his film and photography work along with his fascination of optical technology.

The Tate Modern is showcasing the symbolism of the artist through modernism and everyday life from his intense use of objects and passion for human behaviour including street scenes and reportage.

The Scream. Edvard Munch. 1983.

The House is Burning 1925–1927 reflects a mesmerizing view of a real life event of people fleeing from a burning building. Celebrated works including  The Sick Child 1885–1927, The Scream 1893 and Girls on the Bridge 1902–1927 are also shown in different variations.

Most of the time, Munch portrays artwork with prominent psychological themes as a way to visually stimulate the mind and soul of a viewer. Munch significantly influenced and progressed German and European expressionism along with experimenting with naturalism and impressionism. Munch’s life with his emotional themes are often highlighted in his work to show social awareness of personal encounters and global issues.

During the early 20th century, Munch focused highly on self-portraits following his development with an eye disease, he used this experience to depict poignant pieces that conveyed the effects of his degenerating sight.

The exhibition is open now until 14 October. Admission is £14 and concessions are available. Closest tube: Northern or Jubilee line.

Fast Girls!!

The drama film, Fast Girls observes a streetwise runner and a wealthy young athlete who have their ups and downs as their lives intertwine during preparation for an international athletic event in London.

Chasing their dreams, a group of four British female athletes compete on and off the track to make their relay as smooth as silk to win a medal at the fictional 2011 world championships.

GBR team in Fast Girls. Photo: The Guardian.

The ambitious underdog Shania Andrews (Lenora Crichlow) struggles with her local coach, Brian (Phillip Davis) to develop her game in a sport dominated by class, money, advertisement and privilege, all attributes of her fellow teammate, Lisa Temple (Lily James) who comes from a White suburban middle class background with an assertive Olympic gold medallist father, David Temple (Rupert Graves).

After being pushed by their GB coach, Tommy (Noel Clarke) eventually a sense of unity arises between the girls relay team before their 4x100m race when they remove their heels and outrun a quartet of misogynistic men who taunt them while in a nightclub. There’s aggravation, growth and redemption.  The film slightly resembles Bend It Like Beckham with a team theme and determined mindset.

Directed by Regan Hall, Fast Girls was well shot and consisted of an upbeat soundtrack with artists including Labrinth, Example, Avicii, Tini Tempah, Tinchy Stryder,  and Emeli Sande to match the dramatic and competitive scenes. This film represents a pipe dream for the British sporting establishment with only 30 days left in the countdown for the London 2012 Olympics.

To Rome With Love.

To Rome With Love is a modern-day romantic tale featuring four vignettes.

Director Woody Allen released a comedy of predicaments revolving around youthful endeavors among a variety of generations.

The four short unrelated stories focus on a retired American opera director (Woody Allen) that discovers singing talent during a visit to his future in-laws. Second, one about a recently married Italian couple and the prostitute (Penelope Cruz) who somehow comes between them.

Another follows a very boring Italian clerk, Leopoldo (Roberto Benigni) who becomes famous for no reason at all. Also lastly a romantic triangle Jack (Jesse Eisenberg) who is torn between his girlfriend, Sally (Greta Gerwig) and her flirtatious and lively best friend, Monica (Ellen Page) who befriends John (Alec Baldwin) while he reminisces about his youth on vacation.

There’s a playful script for the cast to match the humourous scenes at the Spanish steps, during traffic Vespa jams and architectural discussions in the Eternal City. Each adventurous encounter alters the characters’ lives.

To The Light by 小野 洋子

The major exhibition, TO THE LIGHT is celebrating the renowned Japanese artist, Yoko Ono in London.

The Serpentine Gallery is showcasing Ono’s new and past archives, films, installations, films and performances.

‘Helmets’ by Yoko Ono at Serpentine Gallery. Photo: Getty Images.

Ono’s original work challenges traditional norms by allowing the artist and viewer to develop a relationship. At times, one who is observing becomes the observed through a mental and physical state of being. It’s a wonderful approach to creating new forms of artistic expression and progressing conceptual art.

Also Ono is promoting her #smilesfilm, a global project that encouraging participation as a new way for people to connect by freely uploading images of their smiles across the world and hash-tagging#smilesfilm on Twitter or Instagram.

“Our smiles change moods and opinions as they radiate positive energy out into the world, creating joy, healing and peace, changing the Universe for the better,” Yoko Ono said in a statement while announcing the application.

Serpentine Gallery viewers can visit a specially designed booth to submit their smiles that will later be displayed in digital form on smilesfilm.com.

Yoko Ono is recognized as a multimedia artist, film-maker, musician, peace activist, performance artist, poet and writer in the creative industry. The Guardian features an interview with Yoko Ono about her creativity and drive to change and amaze viewers with her artistic perspectives.

The exhibition is associated with the London 2012 Festival, a 12-week UK-wide celebration acknowledging internationally-renowned artists from Midsummer’s Day on 21 June 2012 to the end of the Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012.

Paires et séries de Matisse.

Influential twentieth century French artist Henri Matisse‘s work showcased his characteristic style in an exhibition of pairs and sets in Paris.

At the Centre Georges Pompidou, the display was composed of sixty paintings and thirty drawings based around the same subject repetitively to feature his work from 1899 to 1952.

THE KING’S SADNESS. Guache on paper cut outs. Musée National d’Art Moderne. Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. 1952.

Matisse is noted for his expressive and free style of painting to express the use color and touch in his drawings that progressed contemporary art which was highly reflected within the media.

As a leading revolutionary for developing painting, Matisse is recognized in the same category as Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp.

Matisse innovated style by providing ways to experiment with bright colors in abstract art forms. Henri escalated the avant-garde movement for composition and structure of color use that linked the term, Fauvism to him. From there, Matisse focused on les papiers découpés (paper cutouts) that began to define printmaking.