Venice Biennale 2013 – Part 2: The Arsenale

Click HERE for Part 1. The Arsenale side of the Biennale charts a progression from natural forms to the manifestation of the digital age. Welcoming us to the 16 room exhibition is Auriti’s Encyclopedic Palace, standing boldly in the centre of the room, almost exerting its glory like the White House does in D.C. InContinue reading “Venice Biennale 2013 – Part 2: The Arsenale”

Venice Biennale 2013 – Part 1: The Giardini

Taking Marino Auriti’s Encyclopedic Palace as its theme and title, this year’s Venice Biennale presents us with 88 national participations in 76 pavilions scattered throughout the ‘Floating City’, including several new participations like the Holy See. This Encyclopedic Palace – a model of which can be seen in the Arsenale – is an imaginary 136-storyContinue reading “Venice Biennale 2013 – Part 1: The Giardini”

Summer Exhibition 2013 – slightly different from usual…just ‘slightly’.

A few months ago I was welcomed home by a rather strange envelope from the Royal Academy of Arts. I wondered what it could be. Turns out I was invited to the buyer’s viewing of the 245th annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Having never been formally invited to such events, I was feelingContinue reading “Summer Exhibition 2013 – slightly different from usual…just ‘slightly’.”

Michael Landy – where creation meets destruction, where the old meets the new

Recently, the National Gallery has become a little bit more…noisy. Queues of people are lining up in the Central Hall surrounded by 16th century Northern Italian paintings, while others exit into the Spanish room where Velázquez’s ‘Rokeby Venus’ (1646-51) resides. Something’s happening in the Sunley Room, and this time, Michael Landy takes centre stage.

“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice…

After an amazing sunny day of sailing at Whitstable on Friday, I decided to continue my coastal trend with a visit to Margate, specifically to the Turner Contemporary. But before entering the modernist wave-evoking structure, I took a small detour to find Tracey Emin’s I Never Stopped Loving You…or at least what was left ofContinue reading ““Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice…”

‘Good’ art isn’t always that expensive! Phew! – Affordable Art Fair Battersea, Spring Collection 2013

Mist and fog…why on earth did I expect the sunny weather from the beginning of the week to actually last? Also, not to mention the pouring rain! Anyhow, after a somewhat tired train journey from Canterbury East to Battersea Park, followed by a short walk in the rain, I finally arrived at Battersea Evolution. AtContinue reading “‘Good’ art isn’t always that expensive! Phew! – Affordable Art Fair Battersea, Spring Collection 2013”