Approaches to Pollock, Part 2

I last wrote of Michael Fried’s scribblings on this ultra-famous painter. In 1961, Harold Rosenberg, too, wrote an article titled “The Search for Jackson Pollock” for Art News, deemed the oldest and most widely circulated art magazine in the world, with a readership that includes collectors, dealers, historians, artists, museum directors, curators, connoisseurs and enthusiasts. As an art…

Eggy & Seedy

Reading International is pleased to present: Eggy and Seedy A serialised radio play by Alastair MacKinven Episodes will air between 11.00am and 1.00pm each Tuesday and Friday on Blast 1386 from 11 April 2017 Listen live at http://tunein.com/radio/Blast-1386-s6837/ An interview with the artist will be broadcast on 11 April 2017 at 11am Alastair MacKinven’s Eggy and Seedy will go live on the Reading radio station Blast 1386…

Growing Independence

The most effective change-makers in our society aren’t waiting around for a new elected officials to make their lives better, they’re planting seeds, quite literally, and through the revolutionary act of gardening, they’re rebuilding their communities while growing their own independence. Every so often when the big election comes around, millions of people put their passion for creating…

Gianna Riccardi, Nexus

I recently had the pleasure of meeting, and viewing new work by, Miami-based visual artist Gianna Riccardi (@giannaa.riccardii), whose sunny and refined disposition is as welcoming and perceptive as her latest series of dreamy images, Nexus. All shot in Holland during Riccardi’s sojourn as an intern at Amsterdam’s Studio 13, her pairings of photographs reflect minute details…

Video Art and Digital Humanification

“In the beginning, a dark ocean washed on the shores of nothingness and licked the edges of Night.”  (Grosse Fatigue, 2013, Silver Lion Award Winner at the 55th Venice Biennale) Some time ago in Paris, I went to see two video art exhibitions that broached existential questions that have been plaguing mankind for centuries. Camille Henrot,…

Inspiring Change

Itinerant activist, incessant archivist and inspirational forerunner in ecology; very recently passed on at the age of 90, Gustav Metzger re-emerged as a legendary figure in contemporary art. Since he has remained a background, if forgotten figure, the striking and relatively recent reappraisal of this veteran agit-artist can be attributed to his vanguard ethics. As…

Babylon Ital

Our resident foodie Cedar Lewisohn joins artist Joe Walsh in donning the chef’s whites and cooking up a Jamaican feast at the Bonnington Café, Vauxhall – London’s oldest socially-run eatery. I’ve recently been experimenting with some cooking events in galleries and alternative art spaces. It’s a bit of fun. I’ve mainly been cooking vegetarian or…

Gone Mad

A series of sombre paintings from the later eighties by Corneliu Baba (Romanian, 1906-1997) recently caught my eye, depicting insane rulers of the ragged, already-gone King Lear sort. Perhaps the natural attraction I felt sprang from my lifelong affinity for things “Ye Olde Englishe-y” — medieval bestiaries, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Yorks, Plantagenets…

Experience Art Like Never Before

What would you normally associate with the brand Peroni Nastro Azzurro? Beer, Italy, sun, holidaying, relaxing, enjoyment, friends, feeling refreshed? What about ‘Art’? Is this a word that would spring to mind? It will do if you are savvy enough to visit an exciting new series of The House of Peroni events running throughout March and…