Abstract Expressionism

So I finally made it to the Abstract Expressionism show at the Royal Academy on the very last day. And I’m glad I braved the cold and cycled into town as what a great exhibition it was. Often these shows are billed as a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity, but this really was a chance to…

Yayoi Kusama: sculptures, paintings & mirror rooms

Spots! Welcome to the wonderful world of Yayoi Kusama. Women artists have often been dismissed as eccentrics or second class citizens in art, airbrushed from history. Like Lousie Bourgeois (whose artists room has just opened at the Switch House, Tate Modern), Kusama’s distinctive voice and relentless drive, has produced a body of work so unique…

Walter De Maria at the Gagosian

How minimalist or conceptual do the British public like their art? I would say not very, judging but the lack of crowds at the Walter De Maria retrospective at the Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street. This is De Maria’s first solo show in the UK and it spans work from across from the early 70s till…

PRISM Fracture – closing weekend

This weekend is the last chance to see Fracture, PRISM’s 2016 art textiles show at the Hoxton Arches, Cremer Street. The exhibition has been a resounding success with great feedback, as well as a healthy collection of sales, always welcome in a maker’s life. If you can, and you haven’t managed to visit the show…

PRISM – Fracture at the Hoxton Arches

So, earlier this month I was looking forward to ‘Fracture’ opens at the Hoxton Arches. This is the second exhibition running this month that includes the work of @spottedhyenas, the other half of moderneccentrics. I wrote that with exhibits exploring subjects as wide ranging as the loss of biodiversity, beauty in imperfections, social relationships and…

MISSONI ART COLOUR at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Prepare yourself for an overload of shades, tones and colours – the spectrum is almost infinite, and the experience is breathtaking. The Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey and the MA*GA Art Museum, Gallarate, have collaborated to produce this overview of the work of Missoni, the Italian family firm founded in 1953, and famous for…

In Search of the Absolute – Alberto Giacometti and Yves Klein

Pairing seemingly disparate artists together can often highlight similarities that may not seem immediately obvious. This interaction often produces exciting exhibitions, such as the recent Gagosian (Britannia Street) Show ‘AVEDON WARHOL’. These two artists had never been shown before, even though they worked in the same city at the same time, mainly in the field…

Looking Forward No1 – Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum – Poetic & Political Installations, Tate Modern, 4 May – 21 August 2016. I first discovered Mona Haltom’s work at the Turner Prize exhibition in 1995. While the winner became THE celebrity artist for the 21st century (and has poisoned museum guards across the globe with his leaky formaldehyde tanks for good measure),…

The Experience of Colour
: Astrazione Oggettiva

The Estorick Collection in Islington is a hidden gem, with a permanent collection devoted to modern Italian art. It is currently showing an exhibition of abstract artists who formed a collective movement in the 70’s. They manifesto set out to reinvigorate Italian abstract art, with their main focus the exploration of colour. The movement was…