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Sunday blues

I do get it sometimes and don’t really like it. To avid it I try to do something fun at the end of Sunday, it usually works.

Yesterday we went to the farmers market and got a great deal on basil, a massive bag for 2 quid since it was the end of the day. It needed to be processed very fast to avid wilting and after a brief deliberation I decided to make a copious amount of pesto. Since then I’ve been adding it to everything.

First meal was chickpeas with pesto dressing, tomatoes and French sourdough.

Followed by pasta pesto with buffalo mozzarella for dinner. Next is couscous with pesto dressing and veg for lunch. And I still have half of it left in the fridge.

In the late afternoon we decided to hop on the bikes and go to Tate Britain. We felt pretty confident we could do two exhibitions in 1.5h.

First was Classified, a selection of works by contemporary British artists. For the first time I saw The Great Bear – Simon Patterson’s spin on the London Tube Map. The same room had Mark Dion’s wonderful cabinet of items and objects, all found near the Tate on the Thames Bankside. Another room had some paintings by Gillian Carnegie, it’s so refreshing to see paintings. There are also some works by Damien Hirst including the Pharmacy. The last room has got a selection of tribal sculptures with heavy references to McDonald’s by The Chapman Brothers. The exhibition reminded me of a show from a couple of years ago when Tate did a retrospective of the Turner Prize winners. Overall, a selection of very good works, well worth a visit.

We spent way too much time at Classified and had 10 minutes to see the Richard Long show, it wasn’t enough. I had a look at some of the pictures and installations but was chased out of the gallery so will have to go back soon.

One of the best things I ever got was the Tate membership, we can go to all the exhibitions for free and skip the queues!

Back at home we indulged in Seinfeld marathon, must be my favorite comedy show.

Autumn Exhibitions – London

It’s only the 2nd of September but it feels like autumn has been with us for a while. Rainy days, cold wind, Wellington boots and umbrellas are the daily reality.

I love autumn, in fact it is my favorite season, but I feel I didn’t have enough sunny days this year.

So what’s out there to look forward to? Well, there is great fashion, few good movies coming out, stodgy food, golden leaves and open fire, there are also few very exciting exhibitions coming out.

Victoria and Albert Museum presents Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970. This exhibition will focus of post war design from around the world, it will show how design was shaped by history and the difference between the West and the Iron Curtain. It will cover design, architecture, film and art of that period. Opens September 25th.

The Hayward Gallery will be showing Andy Warhol Other Voices, Other Rooms from October the 7th. It will be a major retrospective of the artist’s films, TV programmes, painting and illustrations. I wonder what the connection with Capote will be?

Francis Bacon exhibition starts on 11th September at Tate Britain. It will include the triptych Thee Studies for the Crucifixion and portraits of Pope Innocent X. This is something I am really looking forward to see. Furthermore the Turner Prize is back.

Tate Modern – Rothko exhibition opens on 26th September, perfect for everyone who likes big canvases with soft squares.

Royal Academy will show two big exhibitions: objects from collection of the Fondation Maeght by MirĂ³, Calder, Giacometti, Braque from October 4th, and Byzantium 330-1453 from October 25th.

From 15th October National Gallery will treat us with great masters in Renaissance Faces – Van Eyck to Titian.

Apart from the current blockbuster Hadrian at the British Museum look out for Babylon exhibition starting on 13th November.

National Portrait Gallery will have few shows, one of them is a must see – Annie Leibovitz A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005. Starts October 16th.

Additional treats are the opening of the new Saatchi Gallery in October and ICA scrapping their entry fee.

This autumn will be exciting!