Maria Lassnig at the Hauser & Wirth London

The Self
Marisa Lassnig was a painter (1919 – 2014) an Austrian by birth she painted in a period when the act of painting was starting to be seen as dead from the 1950s onwards. She worked in both abstract form and figurative, experimenting developing an idea of something that she wished to know about “self”. She was exploring the idea of being aware of one self and physical sensation that one has through the body. read more

Abstract Minimalism artist Jim Isermann

The industrialists have all but emerged into privateers a digitalis manifesto of software coders, the fantasy of virtual reality, and robotics which all but now rules. The weird thing is the minimalist still fits but has an element of a cult following. It is ‘design’ that brings it kudos the ultimate questions of abstraction seem less relevant breaking down forms, minimalism is beautiful, symbolic, and abstract. read more

Unseen – London, Paris, New York 1930s-60s

Unseen – curate Katy Barron

A group show of three renowned living photographers Wolfgang Suschitzky, Dorothy Bohm, Neil Libbert whose work show the past as it was in Paris, London and New York picturing the everyday. All the photographs are black and white as you would expect of pre and post war era showing people going about their daily lives in respective cities. They were taken by photographers who were new to these cities without any preconceived expectations arriving with little or no knowledge of the problems that lie under the surface of most countries. read more

Review of Picking up the Pieces

An exhibition at the Grosvenor Gallery: Picking up the Pieces – Collage in Post War Britain

This exhibition of collage at the Grosvenor gallery put together representing the artists whom are now mostly no-longer with us. In a time when there was still rationing in the UK and a lot of poverty in the cities which were only starting to rebuild after the extensive war damage. read more

Alberto Giacometti at the Portrait Gallery

The presence of Giacometti

Although Giacometti is formally connected to surrealist and cubist ideas as a sculptor the show currently at the Portrait gallery shows his work on canvas and board that is painted with a few sculpted pieces. The beginning of the show is enlightening one can see his early struggle with depicting a face on a flat surface. It is this that sets something off that makes one visualize the artist’s thoughts on what he was trying to see. It was a fight to place the character of a person in to a different form. read more

Frank Auerbach at the Tate Britain

To Mornington Cresent

Frank Auerbach was born in 1931 Germany and sent to Britain by his parents to escape the Nazi regime that had established itself and remained becoming a British citizen as many other people had done in this period. It is said he is not a German expressionist painter although one might think that he was influenced by it. He is not interested in the spiritual or emotion of expressionism. read more

Jean-Etienne Liotard at the Royal Academy of Arts

The Pastelist

The 18th Century artist Jean-Etienne Liotard from Switzerland is little known today in the UK although he spent two years here and was in contact with Royal Stuart family and Hanoverians whom gave him many commissions. Much of his work is in private collections and in some way part of the reason for his obscurity. He made portraits of rich society people who had either established themselves as business merchants, were in law or were Kings, Queens, and Sultans. read more