Dorothea Tanning

‘Women artists. There is no such thing—or person. It’s just as much a contradiction in terms as “man artist” or “elephant artist.” You may be a woman and you may be an artist; but the one is a given and the other is you.’ Dorothea Tanning, 1990 As I have previously written, with specific reference…

Chance and Control – Art in the Age of Computers

Isn’t it great when you accidentally stumble across a show that you didn’t even know was on? I was heading to the Devonshire Hunting Tapestries on the third floor of the V&A  the other day when I came across the print rooms. Revisiting them yesterday I discovered ‘Chance and Control – Art in the Age…

In the Long Evenings . . . Colour and Light

Last week I headed home to drop off some work to the Junor Gallery in St Andrews, Scotland. Tomorrow evening is the Private View for ‘In the Long Evenings . . . Colour and Light’.  This is the second show for the owner Beth Junor, who studied at the University, and has longed to return to…

A Playdate with Mona Hatoum

I’m going to be honest with you, I nearly missed this wonderful exhibition and part of the reason was reading a couple of average reviews, in a newspaper I trust. There is always so much to see in London and so little time to fit it all in and this retrospective always seemed to be…

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…

‘Painting with Light’ at Tate Britain

There is a general opinion that using photographs as a resource for painting is somehow cheating, that drawing or painting from life is purer. The snobbery connected with using photos for reference is a subject that came up when I interviewed Sadie Lee about her portraits of Holly Woodlawn. Here at Tate Britain is a…

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016

I must confess, I’ve fallen rather behind with my blog posts. The photos from this exhibition were taken exactly a month ago today. In my defence, we have had my parents staying for over a week and we’ve been preparing for three exhibitions that include @spottedhyenas’ work (Inspired By… PRISM Fracture and the upcoming ‘Textile…

And Then He Was A She – Paintings of Holly Woodlawn by Sadie Lee

As I write this, a memorial service for Holly Woodlawn, the Warhol Superstar, is being streamed around the globe on howlround. On this side of the pond, an exhibition ‘And Then He Was A She’ is showing at the Ply Gallery, Hornsey Town Hall. Holly’s life was full of extremes, and I first discovered her…

Erota – Jenny Saville

‘I’m trying to see if it’s possible to hold that tipping moment of perception or have several moments co- exist… Like looking at a memory.’ —Jenny Saville I have loved Jenny Saville’s work since the Sensation exhibition where I first saw her paintings. Her challengingly direct work around the human figure has been an influence…

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),…

Line of Beauty – Winter Pride Arts Award 2016

So having been unable to attend the opening private view and awards ceremony (the cruel hand of fate intervened), it seems ironically fitting that when I eventually did arrive, it was half an hour before the exhibition was being taken down! Apologies as it’s now too late for you to go and see this great…