Two new Serpentine exhibitions

Colour. Perfect for these grey June days (what is going on?). First, there is the American painter Alex Katz at the Serpentine Gallery. The main focus of this exhibition is his landscapes, whose simple fluid lines reflect the seasons and also the poetry he loves. The flat, fluid way he paints is used to produce incredible portraits, with no superfluous detail, saturated with colour. These are mostly of his family and friends and greet you as you enter the exhibition.

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 07.39.08Poetry and writng is also a love of Etel Adnan, whose exhibition over the bridge at the Serpentine Sackler gallery is also a bright and uplifting exhibition where the first works you see are huge tapestries (pic, left) which echo the Persian carpets this Beirut-born artist grew up with. Adnan’s Syrian father and Greek mother left Beirut for California (she studied at the Sorbonne and Harvard and taught philosophy at the University of California) and now, after years commuting between the US and Paris she has finally settled in Paris. This travel is reflected in Adnan’s work, her landscapes and her exquisite leporellos, accordion-folded sketchbooks in which she could mix drawing with writing and poetry. Serpentine Galleries artistic director, Hans Ulrich Obrist, has said: “Etel Adnan is one of the world’s great poets and artists. The energy and magnetism of her work attracted me from my very first encounter with it – in one of  her leporello notebooks – and I immediately wanted to know more.”

From now until 11th September. Closed on Mondays. serpentinegalleries

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