Recently I visited the White Cube Gallery in Bermondsey. I stumbled in there by accident really. There wasn’t an exhibition to see but I discovered that the artist-photographer Andreas Gursky was setting up a show. Of course I was intrigued and so I hung around watching big burly men taking out large canvases from a very big burly truck. Needless to say, I looked very suspicious and probably a little weird too. I was star-struck and felt this urgent desire to know what happened behind the scenes of an art space so fancy and high-end as the White Cube. Now if you are not familiar to the White Cube gallery, I highly recommend you familiarise yourself with it. Even if you disagree with its clinical minimalist ethos, it’s worth glaring into for purely entertainment purposes. I myself, am not however against this clinical-minimal approach the art world takes. There’s a lot to understand about it, like, what is it that artists are trying to say today? Are they part of the package of consumerism? Are they critics of modern society? Are they puppets? Who knows, they could be all these, then again, we could all be all of these. These are all exciting ideas that I will explore more on this blog as the days progress.
When I got home later I looked up Andreas Gursky and the White Cube gallery. My verdict is, I quite like his work, and I quite like the white space of the White Cube. However, I have a few friends who like to associate themselves with a contrary movement which is rather anti-conceptual and anti-YBA’s – or anti-Young British Artists. The YBA’s are formed of artists such as Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst. In particular, it is probably Damien Hirst who brought the White Cube into existence. The movement in opposition to the YBA’s are the Stuckists. Now that’s a future article, but for now, I’ll say that while I agree there is much to criticise about postmodern art as there is about postmodern culture, the majority of the art that makes up the White Cube is intellectually stimulating and often (not always) visually and aesthetically pleasing. Every image speaks a thousand words of contemporary life. The white space is also, quite nice.
Gursky’s show opened up at the White Cube in Bermondsey on the 30th of April 2014 and will go on until the 6th of June 2014.