Re: Moving Pictures – Luciano Fabro

np(c) The Brooklyn Rail September 2018

In writing this short piece for The Brooklyn Rail about Luciano Fabro, I seek to posit a fresh and possibly perverse approach to re-viewing the received wisdom and conditions for understanding the artist’s oeuvre. read on…

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Empty Vessels

‘Mastaba’ at the Serpentine, Hyde Park in London Christo and Jean-Claude’s latest mega (lomaniac) foray into the public eye takes its formal inspiration from the eternal houses of ancient Egypt. The idea is traceable in C. and J-C’s drawings from the late -1960’s, and like so many of their major projects, has a gestation, provenance and resilience that are difficult to contest. In writing this brief note, I came to the startling realisation that I have adored Christo and Jean-Claude’s for absolutely years, they were effectively the visual soundtrack to my late teenage years…read the article

Mastaba. Courtesy of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Photography: Wolfgang Volz © 1969-2018 Christo

Mastaba. Courtesy of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Photography: Wolfgang Volz © 1969-2018 Christo

To Infinity and Beyond

Towards Infinity at Simon Lee Gallery London presents us with a delicious slice through the mid-1960s to early ‘80’s. I don’t say delicious with any sense of irony given that this congregation of artists would probably be the basis of a show that I would have loved to have curated. read on…Giovanni-Anselmo-Infinito-1971-1973

Giovanni Anselmo – Infinito 1971-73 courtesy Simon Lee Gallery London

Strange Love Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love art

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Here I take a closer look at Deyan Sudjic’s recent comments on BBC ‘Front Row’ on how craft has been burdened by expectations of utility – this against a(n) alleged hierarchical backdrop of the arts. And why I have come to regret reading R.D. Laing’s ‘Knots’ at the age of 8. Read the article in Wall Street International June 2018.

Image credit: Meret Oppenheim. Object, 1936. Fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon, cup 4-3/8 inches in diameter; saucer 9-3/8 inches in diameter; spoon 8 inches long,” ( Courtesy: The Museum of Modern Art, NYC).

 

‘Hymn’ Damien Hirst in Norwich

Delighted that we were able to successfully install Damien’s monumental anatomical model in St George’s Street yesterday. See his work at Houghton Hall simultaneously. Supported by NUA, the City Council and Houghton. Thanks to Damien particularly for the generous loan of this work from his own collection.

image: Neil Powell 2018.