Tacita Dean’s takeover of London is now complete with the opening of her third and final exhibition last night at the Royal Academy which I was lucky enough to attend. Her sister, Antigone, is one of my closest friends and the new film Antigone, part of the Landscape exhibition is dedicated to her. It really is quite astonishing how well she’s done. I’ve known her for over thirty years when she was just starting out as a young artist…and look how far she’s come.
As the Royal Academy is celebrating it’s 250th anniversary this year as well as some beautiful additional spaces, designed by architect David Chipperfield RA, it seems fitting that they have chosen an artist with such good taste. Tacita Dean’s installation “Landscape” is the first exhibition to be shown and completes her other two multi-part explorations that kicked off last month at the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery respectively with “Still Life” and “Portrait”. As an artist who is passionate about 35mm film and analogue photography she is becoming fashionable again with the interest in this medium experiences a resurgence. She focuses on real life art and nature in general and the display of four, five, six, seven and nine-leaf leaf clovers lovingly collected as a child is a joy to behold and says a lot about her personality and her attention to detail.
I would highly recommend a visit:-
Here she is being presented with the honour of being a Royal Acadamician with a document signed by the Queen:-