Battered, bruised, and horrified today. But it’s more important than ever to make it clear that this was not in my name. Not in my name, and not in most of yours, if my Facebook and Twitter feed are anything to go by. I’ve never felt more upset by an election/referendum decision (despite having never… Read More Leave has won. But fear won’t.
This book aims to provide a means for digital designers to reflect upon the processes that have shaped their profession. It takes the form of an anthology of key texts, spanning a period from 1961 to the present, with informative introductions by Helen Armstrong. Throughout, design informs as well as illustrates. Keetra Dean Dixon’s visual… Read More Book Review: Digital Design Theory, ed. Helen Armstrong
Aiming to answer the question ‘what is curating today?’, this new book is constructed as a series of responses. Its four sections – on curating beyond the White Cube, rethinking the Biennale model, working with institutions in a radical manner, and transcending existing boundaries – are structured around interviews with curators from all over the… Read More Book Review: The New Curator, ed. Natasha Hoare
Nicolas Grospierre’s Atlas begins and ends with photographs of 1970s Crimean bus stops, which is telling: the architectural forms Grospierre focuses on are bold but far from grand. Many were built for the common good, and all have a purpose — or, at least, had a purpose. Some are now disused and neglected. This book… Read More Book Review: Modern Forms: A Subjective Atlas of 20th-Century Architecture, by Nicolas Grospierre
Lucian Freud’s realist portraits of figures from Kate Moss to the Queen will be familiar to many. Less so, perhaps, are a pen and ink drawing of Loch Ness from Drumnadrochit (1943), or views of the back of residential London streets (Wasteground with Houses, Paddington, 1970-2). Virginia Button’s new critical survey of Freud’s life and… Read More Book review: ‘Lucian Freud’ by Virginia Button
This mid-career retrospective of Nari Ward accompanies an exhibition at the Pérez Art Museum, Miami. Sun Splashed is the largest exhibition of Ward’s work to date and the publication is correspondingly rich. Both the book and the exhibition are organised thematically rather than chronologically, allowing them to effectively engage with issues central to Ward’s practice.… Read More Book review: Nari Ward, Sun Splashed
This new release from Phaidon on the representation of the body in art is both comprehensive and compelling. An impressive range of work is discussed, from the ancient to the modern, and covering sculpture, painting, performance and more. The book opens with a critical essay by Jennifer Blessing which is accessible and engaging. The following chapters… Read More Book review: Body of Art