London’s Cultural Banquet. What to Feast your Eyes upon in the coming weeks.

Here is my pick of some things to go and see over the next week or two…

James Turrell at PACE Gallery (Green Park)

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PACE Gallery offers up some of the most exciting cross-medium art events and exhibitions world wide. Last year Jay-Z graced their New York space for 6 hours to perform his song ‘Picasso Baby’ whilst Marina Abramović circled him like an ethereal bird, alongside other many other performative artists. Sounds strange – but it was fascinating. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMG2oNqBy-Y&feature=kip) The gallery showcases and represents some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today; James Turrell being one of them. I first encountered Turrell’s work in Venice during the Biennale and his work utterly astounded me.  Working mainly through the medium of LED light in installed spaces, Turrell’s work is mesmerizing and completely immersive. Intensely bright rectangles of changing colours seep out of their ‘frames’ towards you. Upon experiencing his work ‘Acton’ a friend of mine actually back away in shock from the uncertainty of not knowing where his art begins and ends.

At the PACE gallery’s space behind the Royal Academy, Turrell’s work is currently on display. His pieces are beautiful, immersive and refreshingly different. Go and take a look. Continue reading

Life inside a Cabinet of Curiosity: Sitting on the Sofa with Sir John Soane and Mariano Fortuny

Domenico Remps (1620–1699) (photo from WGA)

Philip Hoare wrote a great article a few weeks ago for the Guardian (my fave) about the resurgence of curiosity for the Cabinet of Curiosity in museums today. He highlighted upcoming exhibitions and new forms of curation that reveal a taste for stuffed animals and objects of naturalia within the realm of fine art. In recent years the type of objects and means of display pioneered within the Renaissance Wunderkammer (aka Cabinet of Curiosity) has gained momentum due to artists such as Damien Hirst reinventing them. The structure of the cabinet is intriguing and to have a single art piece or show based on it is fascinating. However what I am more interested in is what happens when you build your Wunderkammer around you in your home and you become the central object? Continue reading

My Desert Island Artworks

In an interview a few weeks ago I was asked which five works of art I would chose to own if I was a collector. A work of art from any period in history. It sounded to me like my very own desert island discs hit list, the ultimate fantasy forage, despite the fact Kirsty Young wasn’t sat in front of me.

I am basing this on the radio show and so have chosen 7 works of art to take with me to put on display in my hand built wooden shack gallery space on my desert island. Here are my Desert Island Artworks:

1. Valentin Serov, ‘Ida Rubinstein’, 1910

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Without sounding too cheesy, this is the first painting that ever caught me be surprise. Continue reading