Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Painters’ Painters at the Saatchi Gallery London

Painters’ Painters at the Saatchi Gallery London

Painters’ Painters is a good exhibition with much to commend it, but the Saatchi Gallery has again created a problem with its title. Painters’ Painters firstly suggests that this is an exhibition of artists that are particularly admired by other painters, whilst the subtitle informs us that these are ‘Artists of today who inspire artists of […]

by × January 16, 2017 × 0 comments

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Colorama at the Southampton Arts Centre, New York State

Colorama at the Southampton Arts Centre, New York State

In 1950, the Eastman Kodak Company installed the first Colorama on the interior east wall of Grand Central Station. These advertisements were billed as the world’s largest photographs and were indeed huge: 18 feet high and 60 feet long, requiring more than a mile of cold-cathode tubes to light them […]

by × December 7, 2016 × 0 comments

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Ragnar Kjartansson & Barbara Kruger, The Hirschhorn, Washington DC

Ragnar Kjartansson & Barbara Kruger, The Hirschhorn, Washington DC

Arriving at the eye-catching and doughnut-shaped Hirschhorn Museum one can hardly miss its wonderful recent sculptural acquisition. Still Life with Spirit & Xitle from irreverent artist Jimmie Durham sits right outside the main entrance wittily capturing the clash of ancient and modern spirits – a lump of Mexican volcanic rock painted […]

by × November 28, 2016 × 0 comments

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Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy

Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy

Abstract Expressionism was a watershed moment in the evolution of 20th-century art, yet remarkably, there has been no major survey of the movement since 1959. It is a movement that has been tainted with the political interference of the American Government who sought to position the movement, and by association, […]

by × November 14, 2016 × 0 comments

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Bowie/Collector Sothebys London

Bowie/Collector Sothebys London

Any passing thought that David Bowie was a casual collector of art disappears within moments of viewing his remarkable collection, shortly to be sold at a special three-part sale in Sotheby’s London. In his own words David Bowie was an an ‘addictive and obsessive’ collector observing that it can “change […]

by × November 5, 2016 × 0 comments

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Beautiful Disorder – CASS Sculpture Foundation, Chichester

Beautiful Disorder – CASS Sculpture Foundation, Chichester

Having had the recent pleasure of a wonderful short break at the Goodwood Hotel nearby we took the opportunity to revisit the CASS Foundation (see post from previous visit). Actually located within the Goodwood Estate it displays large scale sculpture in a beautiful woodland location. The works are distributed along woodland trails, whilst […]

by × October 26, 2016 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Books

Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements ed. William A Ewing

Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements ed. William A Ewing

Nature transformed through industry is a predominant theme in the work of Edward Burtynsky. He searches for subjects that are rich in detail and scale yet open in their meaning: recycling yards, mine tailings, quarries and refineries. These are all places that outside of our normal experience and are meant as metaphors to […]

by × October 5, 2016 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Books

William Eggleston Portraits – The National Portrait Gallery, London

William Eggleston Portraits – The National Portrait Gallery, London

Think of a William Eggleston photograph and it most likely will not feature any people. You most likely may recall simple slices of rural American life: a tangle of wires on a red ceiling, a child’s bike, a coke machine, old gas stations or simply a patch of wall. His work celebrated for the experimental […]

by × September 12, 2016 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Travel

Inside – Reading Gaol Opens for Tours, Talks & Art

Inside – Reading Gaol Opens for Tours, Talks & Art

Each narrow cell in which we dwell Is foul and dark latrine, And the fetid breath of living Death Chokes up each grated screen, And all, but Lust, is turned to dust In Humanity’s machine. The Ballad of Reading Gaol, Oscar Wilde For the very first time in its history, […]

by × September 2, 2016 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Fashion

Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe at Buckingham Palace

Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe at Buckingham Palace

A Queen does not dress to impress. Having no social superiors she does not need to. Visitors to this year’s Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are in for a sartorial royal treat. Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe will see an […]

by × July 26, 2016 × 0 comments

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Wolfgang Tillmans – The Maureen Paley Gallery, London

Wolfgang Tillmans – The Maureen Paley Gallery, London

Wolfgang Tillmans’ approach to image-making is fascinating in its non-hierarchical approach to both subject and theme. This, along with his constant desire to push the boundaries of photography as an artistic medium, makes him one of the most interesting and innovative artists working today. A solo show at the Serpentine […]

by × July 25, 2016 × 0 comments

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Cecily Brown, Madrepora – Thomas Dane Gallery, London

Cecily Brown, Madrepora – Thomas Dane Gallery, London

‘I want there to be a human presence without having to depict it in full’ – Cecily Brown Located mid way on the short stroll between two of St James’ art heavyweights – Christies, King Street and White Cube, Masons Yard – are the two spaces of Thomas Dane Gallery. It is […]

by × July 24, 2016 × 0 comments