Category: Art history

The Bureau of the Centre for the Study of Surrealism and its Legacy

Mark Dion at the Whitechapel Gallery, London

For our modern age – prone to jump to the defence of science, of data-driven evidence – there is something unusually wistful about the art of Mark Dion….

Corner of the House (1922), Oil on canvas

David Milne at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Canadian artist David Milne was born in 1882. By all accounts he was a modest man with a leaning towards the austere. Raised in a log cabin…

Coventry railway station

Coventry Railway Station: A Murky Masterpiece

I’ve never been sure about Coventry railway station. Bold perpendicular lines of grey concrete, shifting mezzanine levels, fierce observance to geometric spatial qualities. I could always see it…

Andreas Gursy, Montparnasse

Andreas Gursky

Gursky likes to print his images on very large scale paper. Think Monet’s water lily series at the Orangerie, Paris. So as you approach a work it fills your horizontal field of vision. As well as enveloping you, the technique also has the effect of encouraging you to forget about edges of the picture, to disregard what lies beyond, and to overlook the very deliberate cropping that Gursky undertakes.

Review of ‘The Human Document: The Photography of Persuasion from 1930s America to Present Day’ at Mead Gallery, Coventry

There are few social-documentary photographs more well known, nor more heavily plundered for significance, than those of rural America from the era of the Great Depression. Black-and-white shots…

A Weimar Woman: Lotte Laserstein

The recent acquisition of Lotte Laserstein’s Evening Over Potsdam (Abend über Potsdam, 1930) by the Berlin National Gallery offers the opportunity for the public to view a painting…

Max Slevogt’s “Visions” at Leicester’s New Walk Gallery

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the New Walk Museum & Art Gallery in Leicester. Enjoying this very fine museum, and paying particular attention to the German…

Review of “BBC Four Goes Abstract: When Art Broke Free”

Does it matter if an abstract painting is hung the wrong way up? This question is not as facetious as it sounds. In one of the programmes under…

Mischievous Folk: “What the folk say” at Compton Verney

Compton Verney has raided its own collection of folk art in an attempt to open up its collection to new and multiple interpretations. Artists and curators have been…

Two Paintings in the Leamington Spa Art Gallery

– A discussion of Summer by Winifred Nicholson and The Pulpit by Roger Fry. The artist Winifred Nicholson once wrote of Piet Mondrian’s work that it offered ‘more…