Man Ray is one the oddest figures to ever appear in the world of art. His work seems so inconsistent with itself that each piece of his could be by a different artist altogether. His name carries weight though and his role in the direction of art during the 20th century is key to the development of what we now call contemporary art. With the new Marianne … Continue reading Indestructible Object (Man Ray) – Tate Liverpool.
One of the last truly great painters to come from British shores, Lucian Freud is an artist of such a high esteem that trying to coerce the experience of seeing his paintings into words seems sacrosanct in its futility. However the latest exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London demands to be seen and so an attempt at realising his paintings in words must … Continue reading Lucian Freud, Portraits – National Portrait Gallery.
With the Guardian Open Weekend having flown by at a depressingly fast velocity, a reflection on the wonderful event seems like a cathartic exercise before the sobering life of a studious student kicks back in. The weekend, which was held in the main Guardian building and is alarmingly like walking around inside an Apple Mac, was a treat for those interested in pretty much every … Continue reading Decca Aitkenhead Meets Grayson Perry – Guardian Open Weekend
Acetate Steps (In Memory of the Mix Tape) was a giant piece of installation art by artists Carol Ramsay, Pamela Sullivan and Iain Yell put together in Arena Studios. As part of the North West Visual Arts Open Festival, the installation coincided with an open studio that gave a rare chance to see into the minds of the creative soul of Liverpool. The installation itself … Continue reading Acetate Steps – Arena Studio and Gallery (Liverpool)
John Kirby is a Liverpool born artist whose work in predominantly oils has found are large audience outside of Merseyside. After attending St. Martin’s School of Art and The Royal College of Art, a decision he made in his mid thirties, he has become a successful contemporary painter whose work is extremely popular in London. This exhibition is the first of his work to grace … Continue reading The Living And The Dead – John Kirby Retrospective (Walker Art Gallery)
Martin Creed may not currently be a name familiar (unlike his most famous work) but by the time his latest Artist Rooms exhibition at Tate Liverpool has had time to settle, the association with infamy and the grotesque will probably be firmly cemented into the psyche of the people of Liverpool. Creed was born in 1968 in Wakefield and studied at the Slade School of … Continue reading Artist Rooms: Martin Creed – Tate Liverpool
Though the retrospective of Gina Czarnecki’s work at The Bluecoat finished recently after a successful stint in the gallery space of the Metropolis like building for the arts, the work has the effect on the viewer of simply refusing to leave, so it demands a write up. Mixing many different medias and visual ideas, the exhibition looked through a clinical lens at biological issues that … Continue reading Gina Czarnecki Retrospective – The Bluecoat, Liverpool.
Currently on show at the Walker Art Gallery is a diverse selection of some of the greatest literature based artwork ever conceived. Part Fauvist and part modernist, master painter Henri Matisse is a zeitgeist defining legend of his era only surpassed by Picasso. The exhibition consists of over sixty of his illustrations varying from artwork for books and poetry to his own genre defining art … Continue reading The Art Books Of Henri Matisse – Walker Art Gallery
The exceptionally sunny day that was the 24th of February saw the opening of Tate Liverpool’s latest top floor exhibition; Now or Else. The extremely open and vast gallery space is dedicated to the retrospective of New York based artist Charline von Heyl and this is the first major exhibition of her work to grace our shores. A creator of abstracts and obstacles, von Heyl is a … Continue reading Charline Von Heyl: Now Or Else – Tate Liverpool
As part of a new initiative, The National Gallery in London has arranged so called “tour dates” to showcase famous and beautiful classics of the art world in cities they have never been seen before. Titian’s splendidly powerful take on Diana and Actaeon is currently travelling around galleries all over the U.K. like a cultured hitchhiker and is well worth a visit to the Walker Art gallery … Continue reading Diana And Actaeon – Titian (Walker Art Gallery)