‘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.


Here comes the Mirror Man – reflections on the work of Michelangelo Pistoletto

Michelangelo Pistoletto is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated Italian artists of a certain age and perhaps the star turn of the Arte Povera generation. The review of his current exhibition at Simon Lee in London, for Wall Street International, can be found here.


‘Etruscan holding up a Mirror’ (1976). ©Courtesy the artist Image result for fair use logo

Frida Kahlo – Beyond the Myth

February 1, 2018 to June 3, 2018 at the new Museum of Cultures (MUDEC) in Milan, Italy  (www.mudec.it). 


Photo credit: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera courtesy of Doppel Standard.

 I don’t profess to be an expert on Frida Kahlo, and I guess it took me a long time, many years in fact, to be persuaded towards her particularly raucous Latino-Mexican aesthetic. The exhibition ‘Frida Kahlo. Beyond the myth’ at MUDEC in Milan is bold in attempting to explode this artist’s very particular myth, provocative and enjoyable; read about it here.


The art and science of small numbers

A brief insight into a particularly English cross-section includes many of Flowers’ more established artists, but is none the less interesting for that. Gavin Turk, Nicola Hicks, John Carter, Clyde Hopkins and Maggi Hambling are just few of those who have staked a claim in a very British version of recent art history. As we live out some kind of Groundhog Day re-acclaimation of the merits of the ‘new art’, there is an endearing sense of refuge to be found in the works inhabiting Flowers’ understated confines. Read all about it here.

Small numbersNatalie Arnoldi, Untitled, 2017, Oil on canvas Image credits: Images © the artist, courtesy of Flowers Gallery


In Absentia – Luciano Fabro at Simon Lee, London

Luciano-Fabro-Simon-Lee-Gallery-London-2017I remember being mesmerized on seeing Luciano Fabro’s L’Italia d’oro (1968) for the first time back in the early 1980’s. Fabro’s portrayal of Italy, hung inverted like some heretical carcass, ironically gilded and sacrificed, seemed to me at the time to be the epitome of a disrupted nationalism. Read about Fabro – and what we have all been missing – in this article about this incarnation at Simon Lee Gallery in London, here.

Image courtesy of Simon Lee Gallery and the Estate of the Artist 2017.


sic transit… Sugimoto at Marian Goodman

Please see here a link to my brief November article for WSI, ‘sic transit gloria mundi’, which looks at the stilled collapse of the cinematic in the work of photographer, artist, pastoral fantasist, thinker and de facto architectural historian, Hiroshi Sugimoto. An array of works are currently on show at Marion Goodman in London and Paris.


Image: Hiroshi Sugimoto: Paramount Theater, Newark, 2015 Gelatin silver print, Copyright the Artist, courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery.


Una vista d’Inghilterra in Nero (‘avvitata’)

‘A View of England in Black’* (left) after Luciano Fabro’s L’Italia dell’oro (right) ready to start its tour before joining Benetton’s permanent art collection in Treviso, Italy. Read into the screws (that form the UK), what you will in terms of repression – literary or otherwise. More later as it starts its travels.

Una vista in Inghilterra in nero 2fabro

Image credits: Left: © Neil Powell.  All rights reserved 2017. (Photo: the artist). Marine ply, woodscrews, paint. Right: © Luciano Fabro “L’Italia d’oro” (1971). Collezione ARTIS, Flash Art.

*with apologies to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but the titular artistic license/Fabro reference comes first here.