Love, Laing Art Gallery

25th April 2008 at 01:00
Art. What is love? If you're at a loss for an immediate answer, you clearly need the help of Tracey Emin, David Hockney and Yoko Ono

Art

What is love? If you're at a loss for an immediate answer, you clearly need the help of Tracey Emin, David Hockney and Yoko Ono. These are three of the artists whose work on the subject is on show at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle (until July 13, free admission) as part of Love, a National Gallery touring exhibition.

All kinds of love - romantic, familial, divine - are explored through a huge range of work, from the 15th century to the present; with Raphael (above) and Vermeer rubbing furtive shoulders with more contemporary interpretations by the likes of Marc Chagall. The sculptor Marc Quinn's massive new work Kiss will, literally, get a room - the gallery's Marble Hall.

Yoko's contribution carries the baton (or the bouquet?) for conceptual art. Bring along a picture or a message about someone you love and it will be added to her new and presumably ongoing work called Secret Piece III. After Newcastle, it's London that will be getting all loved-up as the show comes to the National Gallery (July 24 to October 5)

www.twmuseums.org.uklaing.

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