Transitional Object (Murder Barn)

‘Transitional object’ is a term borrowed from developmental psychology describing things like comfort blankets that children adopt as mother-substitutes, as props to test reality.’  Sam Jacob With art galleries and museums closed all over the country, and indeed all over the world, I am using this as an opportunity to go through my photo library…

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

With most of the country heading towards total lockdown and the V&A currently closed, now seems the perfect time to virtually escort you round the wonder that is ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk‘. A traditional unisex and utilitarian garment, literally meaning ‘thing to wear’, the kimono has over the past four centuries become synonymous with Japan…

V&A Diary 261-280

This next set of 20 images I’ve taken around the Victoria and Albert Museum feature designers and objects close to my heart. The model of the Villa Stein-de Monzie, Garches, France, by Le Corbusier reminds me of my first trip to Paris at the age of 19. I went with my friend James with whom I was…

Dora Maar at Tate Modern

This is the last weekend to see the wonderful show at the Tate looking at the work of Dora Maar. The most comprehensive retrospective of her work ever staged, it examines her entire career – influential photomontages, street photography, her painting and her role as Picasso’s muse. During the 30’s Maar worked as a professional…

Japanese Textile and Craft Festival

  As part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20, Erna Janine of Freeweaver Studio has organised the third Japanese Textile and Craft Festival at Craft Central the weekend (the 13-15th of March). The show is exhibiting the work of a variety of artists and craftsmen, all of whom take direct or indirect inspiration from…

American Pastoral

The ‘American Dream’ holds a popular place in western imagination, and probably dates back as far as the first European settlers themselves. The idea that anyone can work hard, apply themselves and make their fortune is almost universal, but the people of the USA have made it their own. The flip side of this though…

Troy – Myth and Reality

It is a while since I’ve visited an exhibition at the British Museum so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I certainly didn’t expect to be greeted with Troy written in large red ‘Elvis Comeback’ letters in the entrance hall follows by an Anthony Caro installation, a Cy Twombly painting and an urn from…

V&A Diary 241-260

This next set of 20 images I have shot around the Victoria and Albert Museum coincided with Christmas and my first visit to the V&A in Dundee. This wonderful Kengo Kuma designed northern outpost is ‘Moored’ by the Discovery on the Dundee waterfront and the building is an imposing addition to a slightly haphazard skyline. Inspired…

Bridget Riley

As a big fan of Bridget Riley I do try to get to any and every exhibition of her work if I can and this career retrospective at the Hayward is one of the best yet. She really is an artist whose work is best appreciated in person. Photos don’t do justice to the optical…

V&A Diary 221-240

Here is the next set of 20 images I have shot around the Victoria and Albert Museum. Two exhibitions feature in this selection, ‘Cars – Accelerating the Modern World‘ and ‘Hope – The Prix Pictet‘, both of which I have written about previously. ‘Cars: Accelerating the Modern World‘ is a great show and runs till…

Hope – The Prix Pictet

Perhaps in our ability to carry on in adversity lies hope for us all. Hope that, despite the catastrophic damage that we have visited upon the natural world and upon the lives of our most vulnerable citizens, it is not too late to reverse the damage that we have done. Kofi Annan (1938-2018), Hon. President,…

Antony Gormley

Firstly, go and see this show NOW as it is only on till the 3rd of December… Few contemporary sculptors working today are as involved with the human form as Antony Gormley, who describes the body as ‘a place of experience, emotion, consciousness, memory and imagination.’ The Royal Academy’s autumn show is invariably a ‘blockbuster’,…