Squiggly Ripple

Whither painting?  It’s a question that’s been cropping up and bearing down on the kind of sad serious souls who have sufficient schedule space to consider such existential cultural conundrums, for a very long time. Certainly, at the start of the Modernist era it came to the fore when the first technological revolution gave rise … Continued

Lamentable Limitations

When it comes to the taxonomic classification and categorisation of art and artists from the Modernist age, while I may not be quite up to the neurotic specialist subject levels of the typical atypical Mastermind contestant, I still like to think I’ve got a pretty good understanding of who’s who and what’s what. So, I … Continued

Override Buttons

Head down to Charing Cross tube station and exit onto the Strand, where I call into a Pret a Manger to munch through one of their soggy bacon and egg brioches before continuing on and turning into Somerset House, crossing the Palladian piazza to get to the South Wing entrance, whereupon I pick up a … Continued

Tenuous Thematic

Head down to Piccadilly and the Royal Academy for the first big blockbuster exhibition of the New Year and I’m pleased to be able to report that the show is a good one. Picasso and Paper fills the dozen or so galleries of the main exhibition space with a cascade of works – drawings, cut-outs, … Continued

Blind Tasting

After the last couple of New Year blogs that have almost exclusively featured the work of women artists, normal service is now being resumed with a quick dash around half a dozen private galleries all of which are exclusively now showing sculptures, paintings and prints by men. Clearly, it’s a situation that reflects the wider … Continued

Felicitous Phrasing

In the Review section of last week’s Observer Sunday paper – along with all the usual bland reports from the in-house critics, plus the mini-interviews with semi-celebrities that I’ve never heard of and the sudoku puzzles that I can never quite be bothered to finish off – there was a whole great cut-out-and-keep supplement devoted … Continued

Meaty Spectrum

Getting on the tube heading off to Tottenham Court Road, I pick up one of those free Metro papers that are scattered around the capital every morning in order to try to tempt commuters to forgo their daily digital routines of swiping through video clips, updating profiles and deciphering emojistic pictograms, and switch instead to … Continued

Orpheus or Edith

Having ended last year’s final blog by exiting the Royal Academy under the steely gaze of Lucian Freud‘s penetrating vision, I thought I’d risk turning round and, just like Orpheus or Edith, take a metaphorical look back and try to hack together a sort of review of the last year’s fifty or so trips into … Continued

Short Trousers

Head down to Piccadilly and up to the Royal Academy for the last blog of the year which, by happy coincidence is, arguably, going to be about one of the best shows of the year.  The exhibition in question being an interesting, entertaining and rather cleverly curated display of self-portraits that have been drawn, doodled, … Continued

Succulent Comestible

Today, in a rare twist of the current wintry meteorological trends, the heavens have shed the grim gray shroud that has recently been providing that depressing sense of seasonally affective disordering and replaced it instead with a shimmering cyanean skyscape through which now shines a fiercely penetrating orb of sheer golden brightliness.  And as for … Continued