Category Index
Books About Big Art
  • A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    by John Richardson
  • Sarah Lucas: A Catalog RaisonnĂ©
    Sarah Lucas: A Catalog Raisonné
    by Yilmaz Dziewior, Sarah Lucas
  • Grayson Perry
    Grayson Perry
    by Jacky Klein
  • Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    by Pim Milo, Kathy Ryan
  • David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    by Marco Livingstone, Margaret Drabble, Tim Barringer, Xavier Salomon, Stuart Comer, Martin Gayford
  • Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    by Robert Leonard, Anthony Gardner, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Blair French, Glenn Barkley
  • Yayoi Kusama
    Yayoi Kusama
    by Midori Yamamura, Jo Applin, Yayoi Kusama
  • Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Prestel Publishing
  • Wall and Piece
    Wall and Piece
    by Banksy
  • Mark Rothko
    Mark Rothko
    by Mr. Jeffrey Weiss
  • Louise Bourgeois
    Louise Bourgeois
    by Robert Storr, Paulo Herkenhoff
  • Damien Hirst
    Damien Hirst
    by Ann Gallagher
Join the Big Picture

A blog that aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing works of art

Historically, artists have always worked big, and nowadays those boundaries are being pushed to the limits.

Large-scale art, whether in the form of photos from the Hubble space telescope, sharks floating in tanks of formaldehyde, rooms full of dots, concrete sculptures cast from Victorian buildings or hand knitted blankets wrapped around trees, large-scale art is all around us. Join the Big Picture aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing these works.

All content by Karla Thompson, an ex-pat Aussie living in East London. When not working on Join the Big Picture she is part of the backbone to the Leonhard Pfeifer brand.

Read an interview about Join the Big Picture here.

 

Karla Thompson
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www.leonhardpfeifer.com
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Detail of Yarn Bombing UK

Entries in UK (3)

Tuesday
May012012

Fight the nothingness

Fight the nothingness by David Shrigley

New work at the Haywood Gallery, Southbank, London until the 13 May 2012. This message is really speaking to me as I have given up drinking coffee. And with the rain still coming, drinking coffee would be a wonderful way to spend my time. But no, have to fight the nothingness.

 

Tuesday
Feb212012

Yarn Bombing

 

On my way to our studio this morning I overheard a little person's voice in the bus "look mummy, the trees have blankets on..." and sure enough, I looked up from my phone to see all the trees in Hackney Town Hall Square wrapped up snugly with blankets.

From what I can make out, the blankets are courtesy of a group called Yarn Bombing UK and on each tree a delightful message read "Please treat this art with love".

I had never thought of knitting as an art form before, but in this context, have to agree. Yarn bombing, according to Wikipedia is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth rather than paint or chalk. Nice.

As an enthusiastic knitter and artist of sorts, I love the idea of yarn bombing. Though given it has taken me almost 1 year to knit a simple pair of socks, I'm guessing it will be awhile before I am able to yarn bomb Christo and Jeanne-Claude style.

Yarn Bombing at Hackney Town Hall

 

 

"Please treat this art with Love! It will be taken down soon."
Comments: yarnbombuk@gmail.com

Friday
Jan272012

Abraham Cruzvillages at the Tate Modern

Abraham Cruzvillages Autoconstrucción, 2008, Mixed Media.

After an epic flight back from New Zealand, travelling with a small person and an execptional amount of stopovers, we are back in London and back into our work-nursery-school routine. Feeling particularly sad about being back, I headed to the Tate Modern to soak up some inspiration. And found it in Abraham Cruzvillages Autoconstrucción, 2008, Mixed Media piece.

Lent by the American fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee with additional assistance from Jack Kirkland 2009. The body of work shown at the Tate Modern as part of the Energy and Process collection.

Autoconstrucción consists of over four hundred pieces of paper painted red, whose arrangement across a corner resembles a kind of urban sprawl. These were originally various flyers, gallery invitations and other cards accumulated by Cruzvillegas over the course of his residency at Cove Park, on the west coast of Scotland in the Summer of 2008.

Abraham Cruzvillages Autoconstrucción, 2008, Mixed Media. Tate Modern, London. Photography by Karla Thompson.