Barbican Show of Sculptor and Lighting Designer Isamu Noguchi 1904-1988

In 1988, in the last year of his life, Japanese American artist, Isamu Noguchi, remarked “Art for me is something which teaches human beings how to become more human”. Having just visited the Barbican Centre’s Noguchi show, I can see to what extent art was therapeutic for him. In his sculptures he seems to have…

The American Art Tapes. Voices of Twentieth-Century Art

In 1965, English artist John Jones, set off to the US, his objective, to spend a year interviewing America’s greatest artists.  The resulting taped interviews provide the material for The American Art Tapes. It’s been a while since I’ve been so gripped by an art book. All of America’s key artists take part in these interviews…

Boakye’s Show at Tate Britain Alluring and Enigmatic

    The Matters 2016   Of Ghanaian descent, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was born in London in 1977. Now into her fourth decade, she has already achieved so much as an artist. Her oil paintings are to be found in museum collections across the world and since 2015 she has had solo shows in London, Munich, Basel…

Rencontre avec France Mitrofanoff

Depuis ses débuts dans les années 70, France Mitrofanoff n’a cessé de peindre. D’abord inspirée par le mouvement Cobra, avec ses créatures étranges, elle s’en dégage pour peindre dès Villes, constructions chaotiques où se cachent les habitants, ombres dissimulées derrière les murs. Plus récemment elle a porté son regard sur la nature, en particulier les arbres….

Kollwitz’s War and Grief at the British Museum

‘Woman with Dead Child, 1903. Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945)   Käthe Kollwitz, née Schmidt, is not a name I had come across in the art world until the British Museum’s show.  Born in 1867, in Königsberg, East Prussia, Kollwitz established herself as a leading, influential graphic artist by the time the First World War came about….

Olafur Eliasson’s Show: Pioneering and Powerful.

  Beauty 1993 A trip to the Tate Modern almost always involves me taking a left at the Turbine Hall where I know I will end up in familiar art territory, one which preferably involves paint! Going right on the other hand, into the Blavatnik Building, constitutes more of an art departure for me: tech art…