Surprise in store at the Walker

The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool is one of my favourite places to visit.  Countless gems in there and I was under the impression that I had explored it all.  Yesterday, I found I was wrong - Rooms 1 and 2 were unknown to me, so with a skip in my step, off I went … Continue reading Surprise in store at the Walker

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

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

La Mitrailleuse as muse

When your favourite band decide to pay tribute to your favourite war painting and produce a video to compliment the musique concrete on offer, well it would be rude not to include it in the blog! Yesterday, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark released a track from their forthcoming album, The Punishment of Luxury (named after … Continue reading La Mitrailleuse as muse

John Moores Prize 2016 @ Walker Art Gallery

Made my regular visit to Liverpool to check out the winners and the competitors for this influential prize. The highlights for me were really not in agreement with the jury - only one of the prizewinners was in my top 5: Selma Parlour's One, The Side-ness of In-Out: Loved the palette for this and the … Continue reading John Moores Prize 2016 @ Walker Art Gallery

Well I Never!

Browsing through my page likes on FB, and the National Gallery popped up with an advert  for their new exhibition about the connections between painters and the paintings they possessed:  'Painters' Paintings'. This  Titian:  'Portrait of Gerolamo (?) Barbarigo' was the image they used: I recognised this and was here wondering where on earth I'd … Continue reading Well I Never!

Liverpool Biennial August 2014 Part Two

Started early the next day with a trip out to Port Sunlight and the Lady Lever Art Gallery to spend a little time with dear Gabriel: Seven: Rossetti's Obsession: Images of Jane Morris'      ...explores the role of Jane Morris as Dante Gabriel Rossetti's chief muse and the embodiment of Pre-Raphaelite beauty. This exhibition brings … Continue reading Liverpool Biennial August 2014 Part Two

Liverpool Biennial August 2014 Part One

THE CHALLENGE: To visit 10 exhibits linked to the Liverpool Biennial Getting Started Success for any trip is a good hotel. Stayed at Z Hotel on North John Street. Room was comfy, staff were friendly and there was complimentary wine and cheese in the evening. It was rude to refuse!   First Stop: The Old … Continue reading Liverpool Biennial August 2014 Part One