Last year’s visit to the Baltic on the bank of the River Tyne in Newcastle gave me a chance to see the work of two artists, both new to me: Tony Swain and Ida Ekblad. It is a contemporary gallery and past visits have challenged and rewarded me. This was no different. I need your … More Exhibitions at the Baltic, Newcastle
Brisbane! I hated it at first after moving there from the northern beaches of Sydney in 1973. Rafferty’s rules seemed to apply. Rain in summer, drivers who gave way to the left instead of the right, mad untidiness, pot-holed roads patched up annually only to be washed away in the same places in the next … More Inspiring. Surprising. Brisbane.
About 60 people attended the opening of The Save Our Gulf Coalition 2013 Exhibition at the Arts Centre at Port Noarlunga on Friday evening. (That’s Gulf St Vincent between the Fleurieu and York Peninsulas in South Australia). It was not the usual opening. After doing the visual and social rounds balancing large and luscious slices … More Saving Our Gulf
(image from Wikipedia – by Gryffindor, 2007) A walk through the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC (this time last year) revealed small French treasures such as these: Derain, Charing Cross Bridge, London Derain, View of the Thames, London Derain, Mountains at Collioure de Vlaminck, Tugboat on the Seine, Chatou Marquet, Posters at Trouville. … More National Gallery of Art, DC
Sharmanka: Gothic Kinetic! This artistic trio started out in Leningrad but have been based in Glasgow since the mid-90s. If you live in Scotland (or visit), they may be familiar to you. “‘Sharmanka’ is the Russian word for ‘hurdy-gurdy’ and is a collaboration between sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky, theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya and light and sound … More Delights of Regional Museums – Sharmanka
One of the week’s oops moments and a chastening reminder that pressure can engender carelessness happened this morning. Like the beautiful Aquarius (but attired in fleecy clothing) I carted water downstairs to wash the studio window. As I put down the bucket of water with added methylated spirits I noticed that there were pools of … More The moon is waning (things are looking up)
Set in a large national park near Otterlo, the Kroller-Muller Museum and Sculpture Garden is well worth a visit. That sounds a bit tame. There is SO much top-notch art to see! The charming M. Jacques (by Oswald Wenckebach) near the entrance gate is a well-loved figure but more treasures await. The approach to the … More Aah, the Kroller-Muller!
A couple of blogs this week have inspired me to step back into Tate Liverpool. Arriving in the UK at dawn after the 21 hour journey plus the 5 hours in transit has almost ruined London for me. It is a hit-the-ground-running (on empty) experience. In 2010 it was difficult to do the Tate Modern … More HOORAY 4 Tate Liverpool!