Marilyn Monroe: A British love Affair. 25th January-17th May 2014
This is a delightful little exhibition right in the heart of campus in Newcastle’s Hatton Gallery. The exhibition features a selection of magazines and photographs of Marilyn through out her career as portrayed to the British public. Though the exhibition is rather small (only one room) it is well worth a visit, viagra giving an intimate insight into the actress, physician model, tadalafil and singers career between 1947 too only months before her death in 1962. Monroe was one of the worlds most popular and famous pin ups, the exhibition shows an endearing trace into the very early photo-shoots right through to the more iconic Marilyn that most of us would be familiar with. Featuring an array of not only photographs and magazine covers but also film posters and newspapers, no doubt there is something unfamiliar for each visitor to see and a new side of Marilyn to uncover. One of my favourite images shows Marilyn mid kicking a football, I left wanting to see more and even feeling a little frustrated you couldn’t open the magazines to get the whole story! This exhibition would appeal no matter what prior knowledge you have of Monroe, she was utterly captivating to her audience through out her career and this display is certainly not lacking in charm.
Markus Kartieb and William Cobbing.
As you walk into the Hatton you are greeted immediately with a display of sculpture works by the artists Markus Karstieb and William Cobbing. The exhibition is a display of work produced during a yearlong residency with the Newcastle Fine Art Department. Their work though not collaborative, works very well with each other as both artists are concerned with sculpture and most notably ceramics. The display is quite striking with several large ceramic
sculptures that almost act as little divides within the room. There are also smaller pieces on the floor that look almost like a metal box with a smooth exterior but has a very textured and physical inside; they each have a beautiful glassy depth to the base. Both artists have very tactile techniques creating marks using their hands using their own physical limits resulting in strange shapes that all relate to our own physicality, ie squeezing the clay with his hands. The works have been glazed with a variety of finishes and are really quite stunning objects. Markus’s work is on display till the 15th of March and William Cobbings till May- I would definitely recommend a look around!
Eduardo Paolozzi’s Bunk! 25 January-17 may 2014-02-10
This exhibition features the work of Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi who’s work is often regarded as a pre cursor to pop art, or indeed very early explorations into the movement. Paolozzi created these early experiments into pop art using images from magazines, the display features a number of collages which frankly are an unusual collection of the mildly humorous and completely bizarre. I have to say I found it somewhat disappointing compared to other current exhibitions on at the Hatton, it failed to grip my attention in quite the same way. In another smaller adjoining room there is an exhibition of contemporary artists called ‘Pre-pop to Post-Human: Collage in the digital age’ 25 january-17th may 2014. This features the works of fifteen artists who were commissioned to created work in response to Eduardo’s technique and approach to collage. The collages portray strange juxtapositions and garish colour, it is interesting to see a very current response to Paolozzi’s work. Again this is worth a visit if you are in the Hatton for the Monroe but a little disappointing in comparison.