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…

Art for What's Sake?

For the culture lover, the realisation (and you will have this realisation), that a fair share of your fellow human beings will simply never, never give a damn about the fine arts can feel more than a little disheartening. No matter how you huff and puff and exclaim over the flat, fearless brushstrokes of the…

Peter Hujar: Speed of Life

Displaying almost 160 photos, mostly on loan from the Morgan Library in New York, the Fundación MAPFRE in Barcelona is showcasing the work of the American photographer Peter Hujar to the European public with an impressive exposition held at the Casa Garriga i Nogues (a wonderful Modernista building in the neighbourhood of the Eixample). Peter Hujar was born in…