Modern Couples

Visited the Barbican for the first time for Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde. While Waldemar Januszczak loved it, and I love what he said about it: http://www.waldemar.tv/2018/10/modern-couples-barbican-elmgreen-dragset-whitechapel-gallery/ However, I can't get as excited as he was. For me, there were too many artists to explore, the 'booths' were too small, and although it … Continue reading Modern Couples

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Roderic O’Conor

A post by Sotherby's brought this Irish artist and this work to my attention: SEASCAPE, ORANGE AND RED ROCKS Born in 1860 in Ireland, O'Connor spent most of his adult life in France. Friends with both Van Gogh and Gauguin, whose influence is apparent, O'Conor was being 'fauve' before the Fauves! An exhibition at the … Continue reading Roderic O’Conor

Why Magritte Was Fascinated with Bowler Hats

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-magritte-fascinated-bowler-hats This article has made me realise I have never written about Magritte, despite having one of his works in my local gallery; seeing him as part of a surrealist show in Edinburgh; finding a wonderful work in Peggy Guggenheim's place in Venice; an exhibition in the Pompidou centre and finaĺly, an afternoon in Musee … Continue reading Why Magritte Was Fascinated with Bowler Hats

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Share Mind-Boggling New Video | News | Clash Magazine

https://www.clashmusic.com/news/orchestral-manoeuvres-in-the-dark-share-mind-boggling-new-video Anyone reading this blog will know that I am a little bit in love with Leonora Carrington and her painting and writings. Chloe Aridjis, author and curator, turned her hand to a docudrama entitled FemaleHumanAnimal, in reference to the anthropomorphic, mythical creatures that populate her paintings and fill her stories. The end titles has … Continue reading Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Share Mind-Boggling New Video | News | Clash Magazine

Mandy Payne: Out of Place

I came across Mandy Payne's work in 2014 at the John Moore's Prize at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool with 'Brutal'. I can distinctly remember walking into the room and spotting it from a distance.  As approached, I was struck by the way you are drawn onto the walkway.  Realising that it was painted onto … Continue reading Mandy Payne: Out of Place

Master of gore: the violent, shocking genius of Jusepe de Ribera | Art and design | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/sep/19/jusepe-de-ribera-art-of-violence-master-of-gore-dulwich Another trip to London is on the cards , not least for another viewing of Ribera' s Apollo and Marsyas! https://travelswithmyart.wordpress.com/2018/08/09/royal-museums-of-fine-arts-of-belgium-highlights-2-the-gaze/

Highlights from Vienna 4: Franz Sedlacek

Another artist I had explored before seeing any of his works was Franz Sedlacek: https://wp.me/p5AHEA-Yn The Albertina art gallery was the source of being able to look closely at the brushwork. This is Winter Landscape, from 1925, which reminded me of Breugel's painting. I loved the detail of snow on the trees, in particular. These … Continue reading Highlights from Vienna 4: Franz Sedlacek

Highlights from Vienna 2: What do you mean, you’ve never written about Paul Delvaux?

I'm in Vienna - yes, showing off now and I booked in a visit to the Albertina as was excited to find that one of my favourite 'only ever seen on a screen' works was here. I juat checked on the blog to see what I must have said about this painting and discovered, to … Continue reading Highlights from Vienna 2: What do you mean, you’ve never written about Paul Delvaux?

Highlights from Vienna 1: Evil Mothers – Giovanni Segantini

Early last year I wrote a piece for Daily Art Magazine on Symbolism in Victorian Art One of the paintings under discussion was Evil Mothers by Giovanni Segantini, an artist I have a love/hate relationship with! As with much of the art I talk about, it has probably only been viewed through a screen, although … Continue reading Highlights from Vienna 1: Evil Mothers – Giovanni Segantini

Kyffin Williams…in the flesh!!

I wrote this article for Daily Art after being introduced to Kyffin's work, but hadn't actually seen any .. until today! As I was in Swansea, I thought I would pop in to Glynn Vivian Gallery to see what they had on display! Oh joy, oh rapture (to quote The Scarecrow) Also bought the monograph-early … Continue reading Kyffin Williams…in the flesh!!

The Singh Twins

A current exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery was today's trip out. The Slaves of Fashion exhibition explores the history of Indian textiles and weaves the story of Empire, slavery and the way consumerism gas impacted on a global scale. A series of 11 panels tell this story in a stunning way. Each panel is full … Continue reading The Singh Twins