Reflections on art and life from Pulitzer-prize winning memoirist and novelist Hisham Mater
AMERICAS AND THE CARIBBEAN This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tate Britain awarded a Turner Prize bursary award to 10 artists, including Barbados-born artist Alberta Whittle, in place of the normal Turner Prize. She is a previous recipient of the Margaret Tait Award and this year also won the Frieze Artist Award for a […]
Ivorian photographer Joana Choumali laces her images with embroidery to prize-winning effect
THE AMERICAS AND THE CARIBBEAN I have long admired the work of acclaimed American artist Edward Hopper, probably most famous for his work Nighthawks. His life and work has been written about particularly evocatively by Olivia Laing in her book The Lonely City. That book talked about the effects of loneliness on creativity, and on […]
My review of the moody art of Léon Spilliaert
AFRICA till 21st June 2020 @ Horniman Museum, London The art world remains hugely Eurocentric, and even living in London it can be really tricky to find shows of work by artists and photographers from outside Europe. The wonderful, slightly eccentric Horniman Museum in south London is currently hosting a small exhibition of work by […]
I went to see the work of “one of Finland’s best kept secrets”, artist Helene Schjerfbeck.
The greatest artist you’ve never heard of?
Exhibition @ Tate Modern, London, UK from August 2019 until July 2020 EUROPE “Generally I am not as interested in the finished work as I am in the way it comes about, which is to say the question of realising a task that I have set myself, the idea” – Dora Maurer I went to […]
EUROPE I’d seen reproductions of Swiss artist Félix Vallotton’s work posted up all over the London transport network to advertise the recent exhibition of his work, and was determined to make it to the Royal Academy before the show ended on 29 September 2019. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Vallotton left home for the French capital, […]
@ Tate Modern, London, UK from July 2019 until January 2020 DENMARK – ICELAND : EUROPE Olafur Eliasson, born in 1967, is an exciting and accessible contemporary artist, who was brought up in Denmark and Iceland. In the 1990s he moved to Berlin, Germany, where he established the Studio Olafur Eliasson. In 2003 I visited his […]