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.

The Mall Galleries – Portraits, portraits and even more portraits!

Prior to leaving the house, I found out from the National Gallery’s Twitter feed that they were launching the Titian Experience with the Art Fund that afternoon. I decided I would make a small detour to check it out. Alas, when I arrived I had already missed the last public viewing.

Souzou – a kind of Surrealism…or maybe not.

I remember the last time I went to Euston was to catch a train for a 5 hour journey to Aberystwyth, Wales. Last week, I went there to visit a gallery I had never heard of until a month ago for their latest exhibition. The Wellcome Collection’s Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan features the creativeContinue reading “Souzou – a kind of Surrealism…or maybe not.”

London Original Print Fair 2013

There’s so much Bacon! I’m overwhelmed by all this Bacon! – My friend Liliana. The above quotation sort of sums up our first-time experience visiting the Royal Academy of Art’s London Original Print Fair 2013. Taking up most of the Main Galleries – 10 out of 13 rooms – the fair exhibits the print collectionsContinue reading “London Original Print Fair 2013”

Ansel Adams and his Love for Water

Personally I’ve never really been much of a fan of photography exhibitions, especially those focusing on landscapes – quite ironic, since I usually take pictures of landscapes – but the National Maritime Museum’s latest exhibition was actually rather brilliant. As well as being increasingly popular! I went in with about 5 people behind me; IContinue reading “Ansel Adams and his Love for Water”

Landmark: The Fields of Photography

After realising it was too late to try and get tickets for the Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery, I ended up coming across this rather large exhibition at Somerset House. Exhibiting in 17 rooms (!), the showcase focuses on the use of landscape in all areas of photography. The displays varyContinue reading “Landmark: The Fields of Photography”

Federico Barocci – where Renaissance meets Baroque

This Wednesday just happened to be the day of Baroness Margaret Thatcher’s funeral service, of which I took the opportunity to witness first-hand. I arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral shortly after 10am and struggled to find a nice spot that didn’t have at least 10-12 people in front of it already. Also I was ratherContinue reading “Federico Barocci – where Renaissance meets Baroque”

Don’t step into the light!

Aside from the London Eye which is relatively close by, the Hayward Gallery has been attracting quite a lot of attention to its Light Show exhibition…and there’s a very good reason why it’s named a light ‘show’ rather than ‘exhibition’.

Manet and Parisian Modernity

“Manet…join[s] to a pronounced taste for reality, for modern reality…that active and spacious imagination, both sensitive and bold, without which…even the best talents are only servants without masters, agents without authority.” –          Charles Baudelaire, 1862 Well, it’s the first ‘proper’ week of my Easter break, so I decided to make my first trip to theContinue reading “Manet and Parisian Modernity”

Easter break exhibitions!

Hey all! So, Easter break is coming up in a few weeks, which means an entire month to see some more exhibitions! Here’s what’s hopefully coming up in my Easter posts: Manet: Portraying Life – Royal Academy of Arts, http://www.royalacademy.org.uk Barocci: Brilliance and Grace – National Gallery, http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 – The CourtauldContinue reading “Easter break exhibitions!”