Morgan Falconer’s new work Painting Beyond Pollock is a sensitive exploration of the medium. Beginning with abstract expressionism, and ending with the ‘Pop Romantics’ – the latter encompassing post-1990s figurative painters such as Peter Doig and Elizabeth Peyton – it is a more delicate and thoughtful book than the rather bold title suggests. Indeed, Falconer… Read More Book review: Painting beyond Pollock
At first glance it’s difficult to tell what’s different about the landscape photography featured in this new book from British artist Darren Almond. The extra-sharp snow and all too smooth waterfalls have something disarming about them, some strange sense of movement and stillness at once, but the light is clear and the content reassuringly romantic.… Read More Book review: Darren Almond, Fullmoon
Parisian photographer Robert Doisneau (1912-1994) is best known for documenting everyday life in twentieth-century France, from factory workers to romantic street scenes. This beautifully produced new book, compiled by the artist’s long-time friend Jean Claude Gautrand, showcases the vast array of work produced by Doisneau over his 60-year career. The book begins with a preface… Read More Book review: Robert Doisneau
We all know that maps can help us to tell stories. I have spent many happy hours watching and listening as people point out the street they grew up in, their school, favourite beach, settings for bicycle adventures – you name it, I’ll want to see where it happened. And the maps themselves have stories… Read More Maps, stories, places
I made these! Hello, new hobby (/obsession).
For anyone wondering why this blog has been so neglected for so long, here’s a tiny insight into what I’m up to at the moment. I’m doing my PhD research in the Bartholomew Archive at the National Library of Scotland and although I’m not working with the maps themselves just now (I’m starting with the… Read More Where I’ve been
If there’s anyone who knows that it’s all in the timing, it’s dancers. So it should come as no surprise that Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby is fortuitously appearing a mere two months before Baz Luhrmann’s much-anticipated adaptation of the 1925 novel. This is a canny decision: the company will undoubtedly benefit from the hype,… Read More Review: Northern Ballet, ‘The Great Gatsby’