Thursday, 26 May 2011

BALTIC in London

A touring exhibition from the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art opened yesterday at the South London Gallery: George Shaw: The Sly and Unseen Day (title link). This is a solo exhibition showing Shaw's paintings of the last 15 years of his childhood home on the Tile Hill Estate in Coventry. They're painted from photographs using Humbrol model-making enamels. It's fair to assume this is the exhibition which gained Shaw a nomination for the Turner Prize 2011. I wasn't impressed by the painting shown in the shortlist, but the above work is better: Scenes from The Passion: The Cop Shop (1999-2000). What a title! At least this is representational art; the Stuckists can't grumble about that. The exhibition continues until 3 July.


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