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…

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…

Cars: Accelerating the Modern World

One of my very earliest memories of my Grandpa, is bringing me a matchbox car  when he came to visit. I amassed a formidable collection of these little metal treats, which would be worth a fortune today, had they not all flown off the top of the stairs (driven by the Dukes of Hazard or…

Japanese Textile and Craft Festival

At Craft Central at the Forge this week is a very interesting exhibition celebrating the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20. The year bridges the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Japan is organising the Japan Season of Culture in the UK, and the UK will oversee the UK Season of Culture…

No 1: Painting and Drawing by Jeremy Burns

If you head down to Cass in Islington over the weekend you’ll find a great show featuring the work of Jeremy Burns in the basement gallery space. Burn’s painting is influenced by Futurism and Cubism, and this show documents the development of his work, from crisp delineated shapes towards a loser experimental approach. The other…

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

I’ve held off posting this until ‘Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up‘ had finished at the V&A. Since the show appeared to have been sold out for months, I wanted to be a spy on the wall and record it for those who couldn’t make it. I have to say that I found this exhibition…

The London Mastaba: Christo at the Serpentine

The Serpentine Gallery has become synonymous with treating us to a new Summer Pavilion every year. The year, the structure has been designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo and has been created from stacks of concrete roof-tiles. Stylish and austere in the official photographs (but now full of folding chairs and coffee machines) and with…

I remember…

It’s 25 years since my first Pride (LGB as it was then… QUEER as it should be now) and so much has changed – charging for entry, corporate sponsorship everywhere, a neutrering of political ambitions, the lack of reference to any form of sexuality in the title… Pride should be a call to arms for…

Viewpoints – A series of artistic conversations

On Wednesday, Ross and I ventured down to the Espacio Gallery on Bethnal Green Road to see our friend, Consuela Simpson who has work in the new show ‘Viewpoints’. A curated collection of photographs & artworks by six photographers and six artists, the show is the latest from the Rooftop Collective and pairs members with…

Portrait Artist of the Year

In the Art Space at Cass Art‘s flagship store in Islington, you can find a great little exhibition that celebrates the work of the artists who competed in 2018’s Sky Arts Portrait Arist of the Year. It shows work of the heat-winners in the series, and includes artworks features in the programme, as well as…

Andreas Gursky at the Hayward

Since the birth of photography, there has been a common misconception that the camera never lies. In this current climate of fake news and retouched multi-limbed Vanity Fair cover stars, the question of what is real and whether we can believe what we see has never been more pertinent. Andreas Gursky has manipulated his images…

Mark Making at Be Smart About Art

On Monday evening, Ross and I delivered Mark Making workshops as part of Be Smart About Art‘s ‘Meet the Experts’ event. Consisting of 1-2-1 mentoring and round table discussions on a vast number of topics, these were hosted by art dealers, agents, independent curators, legal experts, tech gurus, journalists, business coaches and fundraisers! As part…