Category Archives: Art

Having a Tiki Time at Musée Quai Branly, Paris

I was visiting Paris from elsewhere in France with just a few hours to play before catching the Eurostar back to London. Poking around Quai Branly was an excellent way to spend my time. Continue reading

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10 Years of Musée Quai Branly

Musée Quai Branly – one of Paris’ coolest museums, and one of my favourites (in Paris and the world) – will celebrate its 10th anniversary with two special exhibitions and an anniversary weekend of free festivities 25-26 June. Continue reading

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Wiener Demeanour: Galleries, Art and Design

Schönbrunn Palace … St Stephen’s Cathedral … the Belvedere … the Albertina … even a cursory list of Vienna’s top attractions packs the sort of artful wallop that would delight even the pickiest of culture vultures. And by all means as many of these (and so many other) places should be included in any sightseeing itinerary of the historic Austrian capital. But that doesn’t mean visitors to Vienna must relegate themselves to an urban escape set only in the past. Continue reading

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Day Trip to Margate

Over Easter weekend, Kemey and I had a really fun time visiting Margate. It was the first time down that way, but it’s safe to say we’re both now keen to return. Already fans of a few fantastic destinations in Kent (Whitstable, Folkestone and Canterbury in particular), we were so glad to say we could add Margate to our list of preferred places within easy reach of London – about 75 miles drive or an hour and a half train ride from Central London). Continue reading

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Unseen City: Photos by Martin Parr at Guildhall Art Gallery

Unseen City: Photos by Martin Parr opens today (4 March) at Guildhall Art Gallery offering a view of age-old and often secretive happenings in the City of London through the lens of famed Magnum photographer Martin Parr. Continue reading

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Mark Wallinger Id at Hauser & Wirth London

Id, a solo show of new paintings and multi-media works by Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger, opens today at Hauser & Wirth London, with large-scale pieces featuring prominently in both of its Savile Row spaces. Continue reading

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Betty Woodman: Theatre of the Domestic at ICA

Theatre of the Domestic, the first UK solo exhibition by American contemporary artist and ceramist, Betty Woodman, is on now at ICA enlivening its galleries with a playful and vibrant collection of mixed media works created within the past ten years. Continue reading

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By me William Shakespeare at Somerset House

Go deep into the life and times of William Shakespeare and get a close look at original documents related to his career and personal affairs at a new By me William Shakespeare exhibition at Somerset House. Continue reading

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WOMEN: New Portraits by Annie Leibovitz

WOMEN aims to look at the way the roles and notion of womanhood have changed over time. After a shoot with Caitlyn Jenner, Annie describes, “It was like creating a new person, around the idea of what a woman is… what is, who is this new person?” The concept first fascinated her decades past, after shooting Vegas showgirls inside and outside of their makeup. “They were so normal looking [out of costume]… my [showgirl] photos represented how women dressed up to be women.” But what happens when you dress the concept of womanhood down? Continue reading

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Lucio Fontana at Newly Opened Tornabuoni Art, Albemarle Street

Opening just in time for October’s Frieze Art Fair frenzy, the Lucio Fontana exhibition at the newly launched Tornabuoni Art London gallery in Mayfair promises to delight the art world scenesters soon to descend upon London and to carry on impressing fans of contemporary art until the show closes in early December. Continue reading

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My Mini Grand Tour: A Great Stay in Gruyeres

A most memorable part of my recent visit to Switzerland was the time spent in and around Gruyères. In a lot of ways, the area was an ideal stomping grounds for me. Offering access to amazing art, great regional food, … Continue reading

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New for Paris: Frank Gehry’s Louis Vuitton Foundation (OneTravel)

Opened October 2014 in the Bois de Boulogne public park on the western edge of Paris, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is the city’s newest art museum and cultural center – and is making waves more for the building itself than … Continue reading

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Good Stuff #45

Good stuff? Great stuff! And so much of it I’m having trouble keeping track and sharing the best of it in a timely manner. But don’t let my inadequate ability to blog efficiently get in the way you having a wonderful time. Have a look a this list of fine things to see, sip or savour – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Running From Greenbaum: Andy Hollingworth Portraits at Snap Galleries

Two decades worth of photographer Andy Hollingworth’s portraits of comedians are on view now at Snap Galleries just off the Piccadilly. The show, Running from Greenbaum runs until mid September. Pop our head in for a looksee that’s sure to … Continue reading

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Richard Long: Time and Space at Arnolfini, Bristol

Time and Space, a major new exhibition of work by Richard Long, opens today at the Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts in Bristol. As part of city’s celebration as 2015 European Green Capital, the show features new works and recreations of previous ones by the Bristol-born artist who still calls Bristol his home, as well as a new offsite work located on The Downs near the house where he lived as a child. Continue reading

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Experience ‘the Wrath of Gods’ This Fall in Philadelphia (OneTravel)

This fall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian. The focus of exhibition will be one of the finest works by Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), Prometheus Bound, … Continue reading

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Ian Francis | The Chosen Form of Your Destroyer | Lazarides Rathbone

With each piece appearing to vibrate off the canvas with moody apprehension, Bristol-based artist Ian Francis’ exhibition of new mixed media works at Lazarides Rathbone (his third at the gallery) suggests that nightmares can be beautiful too. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Tropical Readymade | Radames “Juni” Figueroa | Edel Assanti

Tropical Readymade | Radames “Juni” Figueroa | Edel Assanti

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Carsten Höller: Decision at Hayward Gallery

Multi-storey isometric slides, flying mushrooms, upside down goggles, roaming beds, and more – all accessed via opaque “Decision Corridors” – artist Carsten Höller brings a large scale interventionist good time to the Hayward Gallery with the promise of a delightful disorientating experience with his show, Decision on now through the summer before the gallery shuts its doors for a couple of years of renovation. Continue reading

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Art for a Cause: Artists Team Up with Rolls-Royce to Battle Breast Cancer

At the Rolls-Royce Showroom in Berkeley Square, passion, support, and community were affectionately curated for the benefit of breast cancer patients. The Breast Cancer Care Art Auction, brought together by Breast Cancer Care and supported by Rolls-Royce, invited twelve stunning contemporary artists to create an impactful piece that would push the boundaries o modern sculpture while showing great respect and care of the theme. I was honoured to attend the preview of the auction on May 19th, and deeply touched by the philanthropic efforts of all involved. Continue reading

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Le Vie della Zagara: Ceramic Dynamic Caltagirone

Caltagirone was one of those places where soon into my time there I started wondered about the price of local property. Could I afford to chuck it all in and relocate? How could I make such a transition work – and what kind of work would I even be able to do if I actually did settle there? Such a feeling of immediate attraction to a place often used to overwhelm me when travelling in my 20s and early 30s. It’s a less frequent – but much deeper and more exacting – experience when it hits me these days. No, I don’t think I’ll actually up and move to Caltagirone (and I very much love my life here in London), but that possibility lingers still in my thoughts as I remember it. And I sorely hope I’m don’t have to wait too long to return there for further exploration. Continue reading

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Preview: The Goblin King’s Masquerade Ball 2015

The Goblin King’s Annual Masquerade Ball is a themed costumed ball “of mischief and revelry” exploring the darker side of fantasy through promenade theatre, live music and DJs, cabaret, interactive creatures, puppetry, art installations, goblin markets, hot tubs, “hidden experiences” and loads more surprises in “suitable goblin habitable locations.” Continue reading

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Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House

There’s a whole lot of photography on view now at Somerset House with the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition with a good assortment of eye catching and poignant works to see. Continue reading

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A Myriad of Marks: Dragica Carlin at Lollipop Gallery

Bubbles and bulk white walls greeted me, as The Lollipop Gallery provided its typical minimalist space to showcase the art. Set across two floors of industrialist space with plank wooden floors and the smell of sawdust, the intimate gallery has the feel of wandering into a painter’s study, rather than an exhibition of work. That personal tone was further set by there being no plaquards asride any of Carlin’s pieces, no Titles or information on mediums, a rare treat that invited guests to use their senses to understand and analyse the abstract works. Continue reading

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4 Artistic Reasons to Visit London Right Now (OneTravel)

At any given moment, there’s great art on view in London – and for whatever reason there are some especially amazing shows on right now. Here’s a look at four ace exhibitions I’ve come across recently that are currently running … Continue reading

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Eastern Exchanges at Manchester Art Gallery

I had a splendid afternoon crashing the press preview of the newly opened Eastern Exchanges: East Asia Craft and Design exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery yesterday. More than a few standout pieces – as well as a chance to peek at a couple of other shows now on and to have a look at the gallery’s impression permanent collection – made my northward daytrip well worth the time on the train. Fans of design would do well to follow suit before the show closes at the end of May.Continue reading

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Alexander McQueen: Inferno

Stepping off the elevator into The Gallery on the fifth floor of Foyles booksellers at Charing Cross, a curiosity awaits. The usually timid space that shepherds people off to the uptempo cafe and wine bar beside it has grown into something remarkable. A landscape of gargantuan black and white photographs with irrepressible imagery that commands attention. Enter the Inferno. Continue reading

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Anish Kapoor at Lisson Gallery

Now open to the public, an exhibition of new works by celebrated sculptor Anish Kapoor at Lisson Gallery is very much worth taking a good long gander at. Continue reading

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From Her Wooden Sleep … Ydessa Hendele at ICA

On show now until mid May at the Institute for Contemporary Art, From her wooden sleep … is a major new work by German-born Canadian artist/curator Ydessa Hendeles. Described by the artist herself as a “cultural composition,” the exhibition marks the first time Hendeles’ art has been shown in London. Curated by Philip Larratt-Smith and comprised of more than 150 wooden antique manikins from the artist’s own collection arranged alongside an assortment of historic objects, the exhibition casts a distinctive mood and presents the chance to browse the thoughtfully paused moment of an intriguingly situated tableau vivant. Continue reading

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Syngenta Photography Award Exhibition: Scarcity-Waste at Somerset House

Syngenta Photography Award winners have been announced and their works are now on show in an exhibition at Somerset House centred round the themes of scarcity and waste. Continue reading

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Kimonoé Kyoto at Atomica Gallery

New to the Atomica Gallery Soho from March 9th, Kimonoé seeks to weave together the threads of ceremonial Japanese fashion with modern utility to find a place for a new breed of kimono in fast-paced, multi-cultural London. In artist Tomo Shinya’s debut show, contemporary luxury and traditional elegance are the bywords. Maddie Salters shares her experience from a recent Kimonoé presentation at the gallery. Continue reading

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Interview with Chris Osburn (Artsper)

Contemporary art site, Artsper, got in touch recently to see if I was up for an interview? Gab about art, photography, London and my humble self? Sure! Continue reading

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Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album on Now at Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House

Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album, a new exhibition opening today at Courtauld Gallery, presents the first time a whole Goya album in its original sequence has been reconstructed. Continue reading

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Sponsored Video: Institute of Sexology … Chris, Should We Talk?

So here’s something funny. Invited to publish this promotional video on my blog to help raise awareness of the Wellcome Collection’s The Institute of Sexology exhibition, I was sitting in bed viewing it when something came up and I had to step away from my laptop, pausing the clip at about 50 seconds into it. Then Kemey came to bed, inadvertently giving my screen a glance. Continue reading

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The Republic of Užupis & Its Strange Constitution (OneTravel)

  Oddball? Poignant? An uniquely Lithuanian blend of both? The Constitution of the Republic of Užupis, listed in its entirety below, has got to be one of the quirkiest founding documents to ever be penned. The Republic of whatzit? Yeah, … Continue reading

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