Picasso's People

Barcelona has art history in her DNA, and as many of you know, Pablo Picasso, among many great others, spent a pivotal part of his life in the city. During an already culturally exciting moment, the show Picasso. Retrats has just opened at the Museu Picasso de Barcelona in the El Born neighbourhood. Realised thanks…

Marbled Harmony

True transformations rarely take place before our very eyes. That’s mainly the reason weight loss companies still depend on not-very-subtly Photoshopped before-and-after photographs to advertise their fat burning capacities, why flowers can only be seen bursting from bud to bloom in warp-speed stop motion videos. Though there’s an art form quite like alchemy that many in the West know…

Now on View: Embrace by Aisha Cahn

From today until 22nd March 2017, the Saatchi Gallery is proud to display Embrace, a new series of work by British artist Aisha Cahn inspired by the science of cells and the artist’s mother’s terminal battle with cancer. After her mother’s passing Cahn began researching cancer cells for her artwork, spending time at laboratories at Imperial…

Approaches to Pollock, Part 1

In 1965, Michael Fried wrote an artitle titled “Jackson Pollock” for ArtForum, an international publication that specialises in contemporary art. The language in Fried’s article suggests that it was written for a broad readership, given that the magazine has content that ranges from in-depth articles and reviews of contemporary art and newly released books, columns on…

All in Jest

Being sharp of wit and quick with a joke will serve one well in life; humour is a triple-edged sword of sorts that can stopper shut the flapping mouths of foes, win others to your ways of thinking and praise or deride with a slash. A hearty supply of laughter will also keep you well-fortified during…

Chatting with Gino Rubert

Gino Rubert, a painter born and raised in Mexico, now splits his time between Barcelona and Berlin. His process results in a striking combination between painting and photography. While painted elements showcase a vast array of vivid colours, photorealistic details in black and white emerge to to create a perfect, hypnotic juxtaposition. Usually focusing the…

Still Don't Get It?

When in the presence of challenging art, the proclamation, “I don’t get it!” is often on the lips of some flustered viewer or another, and even lurks quietly, fearfully from time to time in the fact-addled heads of those formally educated in theory and criticism. If a piece doesn’t serve its ‘purpose’ of being beautiful,…

Silver Birch: A People's Opera

I am delighted to be working with the Garsington Opera on a brand new production, Silver Birch: A People’s Opera. Silver Birch is an original story bringing modern day soldiers’ experiences and issues of war and family to the forefront, combined with echoes of the past through war poet Siegfried Sassoon, a regular visitor to Garsington Manor during…