Oceania at the RA Part 2

‘Oceania does not shy away from the interactions between Islanders and Europeans from the 18th century onwards – far from it. Towards the end, the exhibition tackles this important part of the story with sensitivity and nuance.’ Alastair Cooke One of the fascinating things about this exhibition is how it includes the creative responses of…

Oceania at the RA Part 1

In the autumn of 2018 ‘Oceania’, a once in a lifetime exhibition, opened at the Royal Academy. An awe-inspiring show that encompassed the entire Pacific Ocean – one third of the Earth’s surface, ‘…its waters were a sort of conduit, facilitating communication and cross-fertilisation between seafaring peoples.’ Alastair Sooke. Rather than grouping the exhibits by…

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…

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…

Food: Bigger than the Plate

Do you want to save the world? Is the smorgasbord of extinction level events (both natural and man-made) that 21st century seems to be providing us with getting you down? Along with the usual threats of volcanic eruptions, coronal mass ejections, meteor impacts we now have biological annihilation, overpopulation, over-consumption, and of course climate change. Our…

Mary Quant

It’s rare in fashion for a designer to be so associated with a certain garment or period of time, but in popular culture Many Quant is inextricably linked to both the miniskirt and the Sixties. Along with Carnaby Street, The Beatles and Vidal Sassoon, Quant’s name brings to mind the moment when London became the…

V&A Diary 101-120

These are a bit late and it’s only now that I am sitting on holiday that I have had time to get this post together. Here are another 20 images in my V&A Diary project, looking at the astounding breadth of content in the V&A collection. One of the wonderful things about spending so much…

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…

Artefact at the Packington Gallery

It’s been wonderful week for us here at moderneccentrics. The private view was a great success with many people dropping by over the two hours, both locals and friends from farther afield. As always, we were a touch anxious at the beginning of the evening as there is always that worry that no-one turns up….

Looking forward: Artefact at the Packington Gallery

Excitement is reaching fever pitch here at Moderneccentrics as Ross prepares for his first solo show. In a week you will be able to see the evolving Artefact series together in one place for the first time. Ross works with the materials he finds around him and these pieces are created with found objects and…

Studio 21: Colour Notes

Studio 21’s current exhibition ‘Colour Notes’, celebrates the group’s 21st anniversary  and explores how each artist expresses and interprets their own response to colour through narratives and memories. Launched at the Knitting and Stitching Exhibition in October 2018 (where the majority of these shots were taken) to great acclaim, Colour Notes comprises a broad range…

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams‘ opens this weekend and it is a brilliant exhibition, one that impresses with its scope and a design that proves to be the perfect setting for the Haute Couture extravaganza. The ultimate Dior collection. This is a new version of the exhibition which drew over 700,000 visitors to the Musée des Arts…