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

Clickbaitable Allure

Pierre Bonnard’s White Tablecloth (1925) from his current Tate Modern retrospective; Richard Serra’s ‘T’ With Two (1986) minimalist metal sculpture consisting of a pair of carefully balanced hot-rolled steel plates, that was recently shown at the Simon Lee Gallery; and a still from Amie Siegel’s video Genealogies (2016) from her installation Backstory at the Thomas … Continued

Ghostly Simulacra

Decide it’s time once again to extend my rambling horizons beyond those of the teeming streets of the capital’s invigoratingly nervous hub and so determine to head off out into the great provincial wilderness and, more specifically, investigate the byways and backwaters of the fine old university town of Oxford.  And, of course, it’s pretty … Continued

Lingering Coda

While I’m not sure that it really matters very much in the greater scheme of things, for the sake of maintaining the temporal accuracy of the blogological record, it might be noted that today’s rambling offerance is by way of a bipartite continuation of that previously begun with last week’s discursive circumlocution.  And so, emerging … Continued

Formative Godfather

Head down to Green Park tube station and then stroll along Piccadilly to get to the Royal Academy for a chance to see their first blockbuster exhibition of the New Year.  And, rather like the Klimt–Schiele show that’s only recently come to a close, the Academy has decided again to forgo the idea of an in-depth … Continued

Sugar-Rush Certainty

Head down to Southwark tube station and the shallow smattering of seasonal snowflakes that were gently swirling earthwards yesterday and coating the streets with their chilly white auguries of future frostiness have all melted away.  But the biting wind remains, the sky is a duller shade of gray and even subsumed under my beanie hat … Continued

Theological Interpretations

Head over to London Bridge station which seems to be looking a bit smarter these days, now that the major refurbishment work that’s been going for the past few years has finally been completed. I’m not sure it’s had much impact on the underground lines that converge here so I’m assuming that the main benefits … Continued

Foreground Groans

Head down to Green Park tube station and call into the local Pret a Manger to treat myself to a ham and cheese toastie and a decaffeinated frothacino and then, suitably refreshed, I undertake the short postprandial perambulation required to take me to the doors of the elegant Georgian townhouse that is home to the … Continued

Cheery Composure

Since last week’s blog offered up a sort of critical review of the previous year’s worth of artistic entertainments that were enjoyed and endured in approximately equal measures by your humble correspondent, I suppose that symmetry might suggest a not unreasonable course of action would then be to follow that up this week with an … Continued

Chocolate Box

…and so another new year begins.  But filled with the anticlimatical toporific lassitude that oftentides seems to accompany this particular chronological cusp, I don’t feel that I’ve yet managed to accumulate the sufficient reserves of psycho-spiritual momentum required to shift me out of my current customary yuletide hibernatory state and into the kind of more … Continued