Richard Serra at the Gagosian

‘I’m involved with the evolution of form.’ Richard Serra, in conversation with Michael Craig-Martin, the Guardian,1st October 2016. At the end of 2008, only a few months after we’d met, both halves of the modern eccentrics went to see an awe-inspiring show at the Gagosian on Britannia Street. It was the first time I’d encountered…

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…

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…

The Museum of Childhood

‘We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.’ George Bernard Shaw Last week I took the car to get MOTed at the Kwik Fit on Bethnal Green Road. It takes about an hour so I took the opportunity to visit the Museum of Childhood for the first time….

The Knitting And Stitching Show

The Knitting and Stitching Show is a yearly extravaganza for all things textile related. A mecca for all fibre aficionados, the show tours the country visiting Dublin, Edinburgh, Harrogate and London. A little bit later than I would have liked, I am finally having time to sit down and try and catch up with myself….

Speed of Light – Terence Donovan

Beginnings and endings, it’s funny how often they affect the way we think about what goes on in the middle. Very often though they have little relevance to what goes in-between. ‘Speed of Light’ is the first major retrospective of the work of Terence Donovan (though there was a show of his work ‘The Eye…

Looking Forward – Design at the Helm

Blogging on the net can all seem a bit abstract and virtual, but sometimes you actually get the chance to meet the people behind the posts. Tomorrow is one of those occasions. From 12pm, those of you who happen to live in London or are passing through have the chance to come down and meet…

The Ballad of British Folklore

Candy floss, toffee apples, dodgems and waltzers; when I was a wee boy, this is what the Lammas Market meant to me. My gran loved the merry-go-round horses, and I looked at the rides for the big boys, like the rockets, with fear and excitement. Soon, I thought, I will get to climb aboard and…

Word on the Water – the Bookshop Barge

Living by Regents Canal, I have learned a lot about London’s waterways. We have a small residential community of eight boats outside our flat, and as a cyclist, I’ve used the towpaths for almost as long as I’ve lived in the city. I know a lot more about swans, having watched our local couple from…

‘Cosmic Surgery’ Alma Haser at the Photographers’ Gallery

I love the Photographers’ Gallery. My membership has been a barometer to how flush I was feeling but it was the first gallery or museum I joined when I moved to London in my twenties. In fact, one of my few true regrets involves their print room, when the gallery was in it’s old home…

Made You Look: Dandyism And Black Masculinity

As a teenager growing up in St Andrews in the eighties, The Face was my introduction to so many things –  one of my favourite bands New Order, the photographer Arthur Tress (his image ‘Hermaphrodite behind Venus and Mercury’ is burnt into my consciousness) and indeed the idea of style itself. It was also my…

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…