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.

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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.

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Always Look on the Dark Side of Life – words on Rachel Whiteread

Please see here a link to my October 2017 article for Wall Street International, ‘Always look on the Dark Side of Life’, which looks at some underlying themes in the work of sculptor Rachel Whiteread.

Her works are currently on show at Tate Britain.

With special thanks to Hans van Houwelingen, without whom the story would not have been possible.

Click here to read the article and best wishes as ever.

Photo credit: Rachel Whiteread ‘Untitled (Pink Torso)’, 1995, plaster

© Rachel Whiteread Photo: © Tate (Seraphina Neville and Mark Heathcote)

Source: Always Look on the Dark Side of Life – Wall Street International

BALLOT on tour

Like some forgotten sputnik, there is a chance of a rare sighting of the BALLOT boxed portfolio as it makes a fleeting but significant appearance in the celestially creative haven of Norwich, England.

BALLOT is also about to open in Naples, Italy as part of the SURVIVAL festival at CAM (23 Sept.)). Images ourtesy of Carl Rowe, Nunn’s Yard and Created and Contested Territories (CACTus).

Proof of Life – Boltanski at MAMBo

Despite the apparent titular reference to the time-critical proof provided by kidnappers to show that their hostage is still alive, my context for this is slightly different. I hope that my appreciation of Boltanski’s Italian retrospective for Wall Street International (Sept 17) proves that the reports of the author’s demise have been greatly exaggerated…

Christian Boltanski at Museo d’Arte Moderna Bologna, Italy

Source: Proof of Life – Wall Street International

Naufragio con UNO Spettatore – ancora!

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I took this shot through a gap in the ancient door frame of the deconsecrated Chiesa di San Marcellino in Parma, Italy last week. Somehow Claudio Parmiggiani’s incredible, but now vestigial, installation, being closed to the public gaze, lends a new sense . It stands intact, secret and forlorn, a derelict even more potent for its lone solemnity. I hope someone will salvage this before its too late.