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…

Bowie/Collector – Sotheby’s Preview Exhibition

On his 69th birthday, on the 8th of January this year, David Bowie released the album ‘Blackstar’. I bought it immediately and spent the weekend listening to it. I thought it a strange and beautiful work, ambitious, experimental and intriguing. And then days later he was dead and the album was suddenly reassessed by the…

Scott Thornley at Le 15 ter Galerie Méli-Art, Gourdon

I’ve been a wee bit quiet this week, as I’m in the Lot in south west France for a break with my sister and her family. Not many exhibitions to review or natural dying workshops going on here, or so I thought. It’s an area that I know reasonably well, having been here two or…

Textile Foundation 2016 Part 2 – The Exhibition

Before the Private View last Wednesday of Morley College‘s Textile Foundation 2016 Exhibition, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to see the show before it opened. For this final exhibition, the students are given free reign to showcase their talents and explore their interests. This year the subjects ranged form the idea of the Palimpsest to the view from…

Peter Jones: The Small Things Matter

On Monday morning, I roused myself as I used to and hopped on my bike for a cycle to Clifford Chance on Upper Bank Street, Canary Wharf. I was heading down to see this year’s Annual International LGBT Art Exhibition. This is the ninth year Clifford Chance have hosted a global exhibition across 8 offices…

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…

TATE Modern Switch House Extension

I am a bit sore, and definitely a little bit smelly. I really should have put on a clean t-shirt this morning, rather than sniffing the one I was wearing yesterday. And the reason for my aching thighs and stinky pits? I spent my entire visit to the Switch House climbing and descending the stairs…

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…

Found – An Exhibition curated by Cornelia Parker

Watching DANGER! Cornelia Parker, the imagine profile, again last night, I was reminded what a talented and imaginative artist Cornelia Parker is. And this wonderful program just reinforced my respect for the woman herself. The show touches on Found, her curated show at the Foundling Museum, London, but also looks at the process and creation…

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…