Who’s Afraid of Drawing?

The Estorick Collection is a hidden gem of an art gallery just minutes from the bustling Highbury Corner. Housed in a restored Georgian town house, the collection is best known for its Futurist works though there is so much more to it than that. Being Britain’s only gallery devoted to modern Italian art, it also…

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…

Looking Forward – The Serpent Eats Its Tail

If you are in Berlin in September, then visit Ludwig, a neighbourhood pub that first opened in 1909 which now also encompasses an exhibition and art space. It should be worth your while. ‘The Serpent Eats Its Tail‘ is the first solo show of the artist Russell James Redwood Harris. Examining ‘primordial transformations and the…

Musée Soulages

I think it is rare to be so surprised by a regional gallery or museum, yet that is exactly what has happened to me on my visit to my friends Penny and Annie, who live in Southwest France. I knew the work of Pierre Soulages from a catalogue Ross has of his work, but to…

Connor and the Kabakovs

Yesterday I took Connor, who is staying with us from South Africa, to Tate Modern. He is about to start his 4th year studying Fine Art at Wits University, Johannesburg. A student led effort to ‘decolonialise’ the University and it’s culture has been laudable, but this idea seems to have also resulted in the near…

The Archive Project @ The Cello Factory

On Friday, Ross and I headed down to visit The Archive Project at The Cello Factory, in Waterloo. Though the show has now finished, I felt that the work and thinking behind the show was really worth sharing. Conceived in 2016, ‘The Archive Project’ was set up by Poppy Szaybo, Mary Morris, Debbie Lyddon and Denise Jones…

Robert Rauschenberg, Tate Modern

This show is like a starting point. Art movements in the second half of the 20th Century, seem to have sprung from ideas explored here, and each room posts it’s own ‘what if we…?’ question. This retrospective show, currently at Tate Modern and moving to MOMA in May, is filled with works that radiate imagination and…

Walhalla, Anselm Keifer at White Cube

Walhalla, Anselm Keifer at White Cube Sometimes trying to describe art is a self-defeating exercise, as it is the atmosphere and emotions created by experiencing the work that are key. If you are in London this weekend try and get to see this Anselm Keifer exhibition at the White Cube, Bermondsey. ‘Walhalla’, as the title suggests,…

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…

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…

Conceptual Art in Britain (Images of Oxygen Molecules)

Coventry is known for a number of things, not all of them complimentary – where you’re ‘sent to’ when no one wants to talk to you, Lady Godiva and her naked horse ride, Sir Basil Spence’s Cathedral, Europe’s first pedestrian shopping area (both the result of the extensive bombing of the city in the second…

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…