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…

Miralda's Stateside Perceptions

If there’s one lesson to learn from travelling abroad, it’s the fact that all of us are the product of one culture or another, the product of specific national histories, ways of thinking and behaving heavily determined by where we have lived much of our lives. When artists in particular travel, they take with them…

Feet of Steel

Back near Tarragona with a lumpen pack and feet wrapped in sturdy boots, I realised I had been looking for La Pobla and had taken a wrong turn at the junction with the twenty-four hour garage. Left, along the bend, ’round the ringroad and when I sat down I realised I was still in Spain,…

Expressionism Bites Back

When it comes to bashing modern and contemporary art, expressionism and its inheritance generally seems to take the most brutal walloping. A fact both understandable and restrictively short-sighted. Understandable, because, well, for the longest time artists had stuck to painting, chiseling, sketching and eventually photographing what they saw — the objects, vistas, faces that surrounded…

Time to Socialise

Fear not, my fellow introverts, this post isn’t making a plea to get out there, to start mixing and mingling. Rubbing shoulders, hobnobbing and working rooms aren’t my expert-iest areas of expertise. Recluses have more fun, anyway. So perhaps to the relief of some, I’m here to briefly bring up the social approach to studying art history,…

Ladies of Surrealism

These days there are lots of art shows, all around the globe, that are seriously considering the profiles of women who have effectively contributed to art history, not only as muses or lovers of male geniuses, but as creators of new, fascinating, self-supporting pieces of art worthy of study. Following this trend, the Galeria Mayoral in Barcelona…