Anish Kapoor New Paintings at Modern Art Oxford

The Museum of Modern Art in Oxford has a long history of displaying established artists as well as up and coming talent. The exhibitions range from those that resemble the morning after the art school party to those of sheer emotional brilliance. The current exhibition, Painting, is definitely in the latter category, showcasing new works…

Dante: The Invention of Celebrity at Oxford.

The Ashmolean occasionally stages a small specialised exhibition in its Gallery 8. I was drawn to this as it focussed on Dante Alighieri (c1265-1321), the great politician, philosopher and, of course, poet of early Renaissance Florence. I do like these one room exhibitions where one can enjoy and appreciate the work of the curator without…

Manifesting the Unseen. Contemporary Islamic Art.

Southampton is a City I have not visited for a while – June 2018 in fact when The City Gallery was recommended to me by a friend. Looking through the ‘Whats On’ guide I saw Manifesting the Unseen, a celebration of Islamic Art, which I noticed finishes this weekend so I had to make haste….

Barbara Hepworth: Art and Life at Wakefield

Wakefield is the location for this exhibition, the largest retrospective of Hepworth’s work since her untimely death in 1975. It seems months since I went to this exhibition with my ardent technophile brother, who by his own admission, finds culture presented like this quite difficult. This was probably not a good introduction to the newcomer…

Knife Angel visits Chelmsford’s Central Park in September

Hereford Cathedral was the location for Alfie Bradley’s awesome sculpture constructed at the British Ironwork Centre at Oswestry, and a few of you commented on it. My latest header features a view of the sculpture.  Chelmsford is the next location and it will stand in the City’s Central Park in September. The Knife Angel is…

Barbara Hepworth and the Rhythms of the Stones at Wakefield

Barbara Hepworth invited the composer, Priaulx Rainier, to her studio at St Ives in 1950. While there, Rainier introduced Hepworth to Igor Stravinsky’s The Poetics of Music, of which the artist wrote “His (Stravinsky’s) chapter on composition corresponds so exactly to the creation of form that a mere half a dozen words would need to…

Samson Kambalu and The New Liberia at Modern Art Oxford

Modern Art Oxford is one of those locations that thrive on celebrating freedom in whatever form it comes. So it is appropriate that it is my first public gallery visit since lockdown and vaccination. I have treated my self to the works of Samson Kambalu and his new solo exhibition, New Liberia. The works are…

Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio at the Nottingham Contemporary.

Nottingham Contemporary. This art space has been on my ‘must visit’ list for a while. Opened in 2009, and designed by the London Architects, Caruso St John, it has a great sense of concrete modernity, decorated with traditional lace. Situated in the centre of the Lace Market, in the oldest area of Nottingham, it reflects…