As ever a broad range of contemporary portraiture – some you love, some less so. As ever, a good base for discussion and the development of students ability to critique work.
It made a pleasant change to see a happy smiling person (by Wendy Carrig) on the front of the catalogue – not very Taylor Wessing at all!
Some criticised the nationalism implicit in the image but I saw it as a celebration. Let the discussions commence!
Personal high spots were (in no particular order) were Michael Birt’s Hilary Mantel, Antonio de Ras’ displaced migrant worker (very powerful!), Peer Lindgreen’s Julie Hill, Clare Smart’s Bosnian women.
I was really pleased to see Lydia Panas (a contemporary favourite) selected and was really impressed by Alma Haser’s The Ventriloquist (apart from the title – could have done without that). Shame it only won Fourth Prize!
Really good to see so many female portraitists selected!
Great day out, the students loved it and lots of fertile discussion in seminars ahead.
On till the 17th Feb
Also saw Juergen Teller’s Woo at the ICA but missed the first floor galleries – great signage ICA! No surprises but great to see.
Also my first visit to the new Photographers Gallery – started at the top and was underwhelmed until the discovery of Geraldo de Barros’ really impressive collages. Really exciting to discover such inspired new (old!) work.