Books

Arts & Culture, Books

The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology ed. William Ewing and Barbara Hitchcock

The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology ed. William Ewing and Barbara Hitchcock

Remember that time, not so very long ago, when we all rushed down to the local Boots to drop in our films for printing? From this frustration of impatiently waiting anything from an hour (for those willing to stump up extra) to a week, to see the results of all […]

by × July 3, 2017 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Books

USA. California. 1967. On the set of"The Planet of the Apes." © Dennis Stock/Magnum Photos

Magnum Manifesto edited by Clément Chéroux

Any history of photography would be incomplete without substantial mention of the famed photographic agency Magnum, now celebrating its 70th anniversary. Within its 1947 origins are both the reasons for its success and for its often rocky journey: the diverse founding group included both Robert Capa who represented the ultimate in involved photo-journalism […]

by × June 26, 2017 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Books

40 Tage by Gerhard Richter – Heni Publishing

40 Tage by Gerhard Richter – Heni Publishing

There is a temptation to think of Gerhard Richter solely in terms of his painting. Everyone knows the colourful squeegee paintings that feature regularly in the big ticket sales of the major auction houses. Other works may repetitively visit a single theme: the notorious blurred October 18, 1977, black and […]

by × June 6, 2017 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Books

Bailey, NW1 – Heni Publishing

Bailey, NW1 – Heni Publishing

In pride of place in the CELLOPHANLAND* office hangs David Bailey’s iconic black and white portrait of Paul McCartney and John Lennon. John poses behind and above Paul, hands draped over his shoulders. Both gaze impassionately, almost arrogantly, at the camera. Shot in high contrast against a white background, the […]

by × March 24, 2017 × 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, Books

100 Works Of Art That Will Define Our Age – Kelly Grovier

100 Works Of Art That Will Define Our Age – Kelly Grovier

We’re usually a tad sceptical about anything featuring numbered selections. Nowadays hardly anything seems to reach the pages of a magazine or a TV screen without being reduced to a seemingly arbitrary list. At best, it can be of modest help where information has been distilled from something extensive or […]

by × February 25, 2016 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Books

Art Visionaries by Mark Gertlein & Annabelle Howard

Art Visionaries by Mark Gertlein & Annabelle Howard

Art Visionaries is the latest publication from Laurence King Publishing, specialists in publications on the creative arts. This handsome and substantial softcover carefully lists seventy five of the ‘most influential figures in the history of art’ with an admirable clarity. Each artist is introduced on a double spread with a full […]

by × January 13, 2016 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Books

30,000 Years of Art – Phaidon

30,000 Years of Art – Phaidon

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Our historic – and largely still current – curatorial approach to archaeological and artistic objects has been to divide and classify, to separate and categorise. This has its advantages, but those institutions like the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford where form is privileged over origin, and […]

by × January 10, 2016 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Books

Bill Viola, Thames & Hudson

Bill Viola, Thames & Hudson

Bill Viola is one of the most important artists of our time and the foremost video artist of the era. He has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art, and in so doing has helped to greatly expand its scope in terms of technology, […]

by × November 19, 2015 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Books

700 Nimes Road by Catherine Opie

700 Nimes Road by Catherine Opie

Rooms, hallways, closets, rugs, shoe boxes, scents, clothing: what does any of it mean when the body that has helped shape such a world – has given it value – dies, disappears? Those rooms and objects become totems to aura, and that is precisely what the renowned photographer, Catherine Opie, […]

by × November 9, 2015 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Books

Derek Boshier: Rethink/Re-entry, Thames & Hudson

Derek Boshier: Rethink/Re-entry, Thames & Hudson

Derek Boshier is one of more enigmatic figures of British Pop Art. He was an vital figure at its inception and yet has been one of the less recognised British Pop Artists since that time – an oversight that is beginning to be addressed, not least by this substantial and beautifully […]

by × October 22, 2015 × 2 comments