Prettily Plinthed

It’s head down and hoodie up when I exit Southwark tube station and enter into the drizzly meteorological coagulation of wind and rain that swirls around me as I splash my way along the puddliferous pavements to get to the monstrous megalithic structure that is Tate Modern.  But then, damply entering the great cultural temple, … Continued

Outlandishly Outsized

Head down to Tottenham Court Road tube station and then swing on round to the British Museum where, thankfully, the queue to get through the security tent which, on some previous occasions has been off-puttingly long, is now, currently invitingly short.  Approaching the nothing-to-declare channel I notice a useful little notice advising that among the … Continued

Cut-Up Processing

Head off to Vauxhall tube station and then take a stroll down the Albert Embankment.  The bright sunny sunshine of the Easter holiday has now clouded over to become a rather more clammy climactic condition with a slightly oppressive ambience that’s added to by the trio of low-flying helicopters that are circling above and emitting … Continued

Daisy Roots

As regular readers may recall, a couple of blogs ago I took a journey away from the capital to go to investigate the strangely strange yet oddly normal, youngish-oldish new town that is Milton Keynes and, more specifically, to check out the freshly revamped spaces of its recently revivified MK Gallery.  And here, amongst all … Continued

Purring Patrician

It’s been quite a few years since I last read my copy of Kenneth Clark’s majesterial masterwork The Nude and, frankly, I have to admit that even after extensive brow furrowing, head scratching and nose wrinkling, I still can’t seem to recall any of the characters or plot, let alone who did it or why … Continued

Chimeric Rubric

As the earth continues on its inexorable journey around the sun and, by turning another corner, so initiates the Spring equinox to come bounding into view, once more I start to feel the wanderlustical forces of nature rippling their way through the tropospherical ether and a seasonal siren call urging me to escape the confines … Continued

Calorific Comestibles

Notwithstanding the relative serendipitous success of last week’s unpreplanned artistic perambulations, I’m reluctant to risk tempting the fates again quite so soon and, instead, decide today to organise a proper itinerary of galleries to visit, using as my guide the latest bimonthly issue of the very useful New Exhibitions of Contemporary Art*.  And so, having … Continued

Night Buffering

Today is one of those unplanned days when I haven’t had a chance to check out what exhibitions are on offer and so decide just to have a general wander around the arty bits of town, ambling slowly northwards from my starting off point outside Green Park tube station.  And I guess that I must … Continued

Corvid Calculation

Having decided to take a day trip away from pounding the mean streets of the teeming metropolis a couple of weeks ago in order to check out the artistic delights on offer among the provincial bucolic backwaters of Oxford, I now feel a mysterious cosmic force of symmetrical dimensionality compelling me towards visiting its lighter … Continued

Another Bugbear

It’s fairly easy to see the attraction of the big Bonnard blockbuster exhibition that’s currently packing crowds of art lovers into the main space at Tate Modern.  A dozen rooms filled with bright, colourful, life-enhancing evocations of the idyllic French bourgeois good-life lifestyle enjoyed by the artist his wife and lovers during a season of … Continued