In just over four weeks I will be taking a (extraordinarily long) flight to Cape Town to meet sofagirl. While plotting what to do over the two weeks I will be spending there – besides “elephant stalking” – she asked me whether I would be interested in visiting one of the townships on the outskirts of the city.
Tag: contemporary art
It’s not called White Cube for nothing. I walked into the large, wide space knowing little more than it was a Tracey Emin’s exhibition of new works. I have liked Tracey Emin since the unmade bed provocation at the Turner Contemporary in London in 1999: an unmade bed of stained bed sheets, cigarette butts and used condoms that represented a period of depression after a difficult breakup.
When my friend Marie first put New York artist Tara Donovan on my radar, telling me in glowing words about an exhibition she had visited in Denmark, I looked at the photos and yes, I could see what the fuss might be about, but, visually, it all seemed a bit bland.
“You really have to see it close up – the photos don’t do the pieces justice” Marie said.