JANE ALEXANDER: AFRICAN ADVENTURE

AFRICAN ADVENTURE - JANE ALEXANDER, 1999-2002

The cinematic quality delivered by the flat, dull and desaturated colours of ‘African Adventure’ by Jane Alexander combined with the eerie silence of the room do not fail to unsettle. Immediately after the first democratic election of April 1994, which ended apartheid and saw the election of Nelson Mandela as president, South Africa became a travel destination and gateway for those interested in exploring the sub-Saharan countries. The tableau gets its name from one of those first travel agencies. Returning to the theme of abuse of power, central to the…

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE AND DOROTHEA TANNING

GREY LINES WITH BLACK, BLUE AND YELLOW -GEORGIA O'KEEFFE, 1923

It just so happens that I had a very clear idea of what to expect from these exhibitions and I was proven wrong twice in the space of an afternoon. In a sort of misplaced and rather contemptible botanical association of mine, I decided to combine a visit to ‘Georgia O’Keeffe‘ at Tate Modern with ‘Dorothea Tanning: Flower Paintings‘ at the Alison Jacques Gallery. Had there been a retrospective of Robert Mapplethorpe in London, I would have added it to the marathon just to annoy the art purists out there. Despite spending a…