Metamorphosis: Titian 2012
Opens: 11/07/2012 Closes: 23/09/2012 National Gallery, LondonRoman poet Ovid's Metamorphoses have played muse to countless artistic endeavours. Shakespeare and Britten dipped in, and renaissance master Titian painted a famous series inspired by the writings. They're celebrated here as Chris Ofili and Mark Wallinger pieces go up alongside Titian's, and performances at the Royal Opera house see the myths transformed again. For more information visit: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/metamorphosis-titian-2012 Buy: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/
The Independent“The show opens out further still, into poetic and balletic responses...” It is Ovid whom Ofili loves the more, we feel. There is very little echoing of Titian in these luscious, fluid, sexy paintings of phalluses springing up from a green shade...
The Arts Desk“These are Ofili’s most complex and interesting paintings to date...” An exhibition as diverse as this is difficult to stage, but the gallery has made a valiant stab at a difficult job. Titian is a hard act to follow...
The Telegraph“Inevitably, your eye keeps being drawn back towards Titian’s paintings...” Seen in this context, they appear all the more extraordinary. Their physical richness and narrative directness are things that art doesn’t provide in our age of oblique and generally tentative views...
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