The Great War in Portraits: War at the National Portrait Gallery

Imagination, n.:  A warehouse of facts, with a poet and a liar in joint ownership. Ambrose Bierce  Who should win?  The Poet or the Liar? Does it even matter, and are they always destined to be co-owners? This exhibition revolves around contrasts and difficult questions.  It is an incredibly fitting portrayal of a war which … Continue reading The Great War in Portraits: War at the National Portrait Gallery

Art, Antlers and Exploration

O, what a world of profit and delight, Of power, of honour, of omnipotence, Is promis’d to the studious artisan! Doctor Faustus.  Faustus, the protagonist of Christopher Marlowe’s play; the ever aspiring scientist who sought mastery over nature through intellectual means, would probably have enjoyed Antler’s latest exhibition!  Its starting point is ‘human technology and … Continue reading Art, Antlers and Exploration

What’s the point of it? – Martin Creed at Tate Britain

The point of what? Art, life, love, ….bodily functions!? Last week I counted myself lucky enough to see Martin Creed’s latest exhibition, a retrospective at the Southbank Centre. This exhibition brings together an enormous amount of his previous and current work, reflecting different thoughts, emotions and materials.  The themes flow wonderfully into each other, a … Continue reading What’s the point of it? – Martin Creed at Tate Britain

Moore and Rodin – Modern Sculpture at Compton Verney

Compton Verney, a beautiful stately home in the midst of the Warwickshire countryside, has been home – as of late – to two giants of modern sculpture: Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin In the Capability Brown landscape, the two sculptors sit side by side – evidencing the remarkable parallels, contradictions and dialogue between their works.  … Continue reading Moore and Rodin – Modern Sculpture at Compton Verney

Success in Failure: Art in the City – Bristol Artist Talks

Simon and Tom Bloor A few days ago, I was lucky to attend a talk (hosted by Arnolfini), given by the artists Simon and Tom Bloor, two brothers (and identical twins) from Birmingham, on their recent work.  The Bloor brothers primarily deal with sculpture – on a large scale – often directly placed into the … Continue reading Success in Failure: Art in the City – Bristol Artist Talks

Walking the Corridors: Archival Photography

Part IV: Walking the Corridors:  Williams, Power and McKee. This is the last installment on ‘Building the Archive’, a symposium designed to highlight, promote and understand the connections between ‘Art’ and the ‘Archive’, or more specifically – Photography and its relationship with its own aftermath; the static stores of libraries, galleries and museums.   It has … Continue reading Walking the Corridors: Archival Photography

Understanding the House: What does ‘Archive’ Mean?

I had intended to stop at three installments – ‘understanding the house’, being the last piece on the ‘Building the Archive’ symposium.  However I felt Professor Golding’s talk had so much information, so many points for further thought, that it left plenty for the reader to mull upon.  It was a fantastic talk in its … Continue reading Understanding the House: What does ‘Archive’ Mean?

Rising from the Rubble: ‘Reference Works’ at Birmingham Library

Part II: Rising from the Rubble: Lacon and Whipps For Part I, see ‘Viewing the Building Site.' The second part of discussion at ‘Building the Archive’ was led by two photographers, Andrew Lacon and Stuart Whipps.  They both partook in the Reference Works Project, and both discussed their contributions to Birmingham’s evolving photographic collection. The … Continue reading Rising from the Rubble: ‘Reference Works’ at Birmingham Library