I came across this exhibition by accident on a quick visit into Liverpool Central library to drop my books off. I always like to have a look round as it is lovely and I am very glad that I did.
Tonight At Noon is a series of exhibitions and events to celebrate 50 years since the publication of ‘The Mersey Sound’ by Liverpool Poets Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten. I discovered Brian Patten’s work in my early 20’s after splitting up with a boyfriend. I read Love poems until the spine fell out of the book, but I still have it and I occasionally revisit it.
The first thing you notice is the amount of colour in the exhibition. All 60’s fonts and mixed colours and there is a sense of deep nostalgia looking through it all. The exhibition has been curated by Catherine Marcangeli, who is the partner of the late Adrian Henri My quick visit turned into an hour and it was the best hour.
The font on this book and the design is beautiful and is completely timeless.
I like on this cover, that all bases are covered, Birkdale for the golf, Runcorn Bridge, New Brighton, Bidston. I looked to find out more about the festival as I wanted to see the artworks and literature they used and what was shown but there doesn’t seem to be that much. There are mentions HERE and HERE. I will keep looking.
Look at this cover! I have been looking for a copy ever since but it is not this one I have seen. I have lots of bases covered so it will be mine one day.
Summer with Monika, I read years ago and I think there is still a copy in the loft. It is weird really how much I associated this exhibition with things in my life from years ago. Maybe as Liverpool is near to me or that my family are from there, the places I used to go to or the company I kept. I don’t know.
The atrium of Central Library.
I took a small trip before I left to see my favourite book cover of all time. George Maws- The Genus Crocus. I have always been fascinated by it and Faith Shannon’s cover design is perfect. She is someone I really admire and the breadth and design of her work is wonderful. You can read more about her HERE.
Exhibition leaflet- The exhibition is on until the 15th July 2017 in the Hornby Library. More about the events surrounding it are HERE. There is also a radio show on BBC Radio 4 where Roger McGough and Brian Patten discuss the making of The Mersey Sound. Listen HERE.
All websites and links accessed- 13th June 2017.
As I have been visiting places,taking pictures of them, collecting leaflets and then acting like I never went in the first place, I have decided to look back on my last years visits and get myself in order.
I am going to try and start 2017 by writing about places I visit the same day I have been but I say this a lot and I will probably be here this time next year writing the very exact words about things I saw six months earlier.
So firstly working through the list is Francis Bacons– Invisible Rooms at Tate Liverpool.This was the biggest exhibition of his paintings displayed in the north and as I had only ever seen the odd one or two pieces of his work it was exciting to go and see such a big exhibition. I was a little overpowered at first as there was so much to see,over 30 of them all starting from the early 50’s onward.
Francis Bacon, 1909–1992 Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne Standing in a Street in Soho 1967 Oil paint on canvas 1980 x 1475 mm © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2016. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie. Acquired by the state of Berlin-Taken from –www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/exhibition/francis-bacon-invisible-rooms
I wasn’t sure if you were allowed to take pictures so I very quietly got just this one on my phone. It was really busy and there were two big audience talks on so I felt I couldn’t do the proper gallery thing of standing and looking for a long time at the pictures. This is completely my own fault for going in the last week of it and not being bossy enough.
‘An opera of gaping mouths and writhing figures’: Triptych, 1967 by Francis Bacon. Photograph: © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All Rights Reserved. DACS 2016- Picture © Emma Graney
I really enjoyed the pictures I saw, even though a lot of them I did just stare at and have to move from. I especially liked the glass cabinets full of his diaries, drawings and letters. I would have liked to have looked at these longer but it was a rolling road of walking going on and I couldn’t take pictures.
‘Outstandingly sinister’: From Muybridge, The human Figure in Motion: Woman Emptying a Bowl of Water/ Paralytic Child Walking on All Fours, 1965. Photograph: © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2016
I wish I had read more about his papers as they were really fascinating and lots of them were only discovered after his death.
Figure Crawling c.1957-61
© The Estate of Francis Bacon. All Rights Reserved. DACS 2016. Image courtesy Tate- Taken from –http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/exhibition/francis-bacon-invisible-rooms/five-reasons– accessed 21st November 2016
I did however get a nice guide and some postcards.
I hope something like this comes back up north again and I will plan a better visit as it was definitely a two visit trip. I didn’t see the Maria Lassnig exhibition as I had to go quick as I didn’t have enough money left to pay for the parking. I had spent it all earlier on, on postcards and some treacle toffee.
There are lots of things to read about the exhibition here;