Review: BBC Reith Lectures 2013 – Grayson Perry

The award-winning artist Grayson Perry presents the 2013 BBC Reith Lectures, titled Playing to the Gallery. Across four programmes he discusses what makes him an artist, the limits of contemporary art, how to gauge the quality of new artworks and the future of the avant-garde. The long-running and incredibly worthy annual lecture series on the…

Art: The Museum of Everything

“Hidden from view around our world, humble pockets of creativity bustle: dynamic studios where self-taught artists discover, form and make.” “The Museum of Everything presents Exhibition #4, the world’s largest survey of progressive studios for self-taught artists from across the planet, plus Exhibition #4.1, the exclusive Judith Scott retrospective, recently featured on BBC2’s The Culture…

Review: Exit Through the Gift Shop

There’s a 1966 Peter Sellars movie, After the Fox, in which Sellars’ master criminal Aldo Vanucci (aka the Fox), posing as a famous director, persuades the entire population of a  coastal village that they are the stars of his latest art-house movie, the cover story for smuggling the “gold of Cairo” abroad. Exit Through the…

Art: Toni Goffe

Toni Goffe is a painter, freelance illustrator and jazz bassist. We found his work in the gallery space at Gilbert White’s House in the village of Selborne, Hampshire. For pure joy, vivid colour and a child-like view of the world, this is among the best art we’ve seen in some time. Toni’s animal figures are…

Art: Ali Lindley

Ali Lindley is a creative artist specialising in watercolour and mixed media work. We particularly like Ali’s free-flowing abstract style and use of strong colour. An elected member of the Society of Women Artists and the Society of Floral Painters her artwork can be seen at various exhibitions in the south of England. Ali recently…

Review: Tate Modern Part II – Collection

“Challenging art – keep an open mind.” Having citiqued the building in Part I, what about the contents of Tate Modern? The Tate Modern prides itself on its unusual grouping of art works by theme rather than by artist, movement, or timeline, so you will find Braque and Picasso works scattered through several spaces, not…

Review: Tate Modern Part I – Spaces

Tate Modern was created out of the old Bankside (Southwark) power station, a monumental piece of twentieth century industrial architecture, once full of furnaces, turbines and generators supplying a good chunk of London’s energy until 1981. Built in phases between 1947 and 1963, Bankside Power Station was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, as was…

Exhibition: BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery

BP Portrait Award 2011, now until 18 September 2011 National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London. “The annual BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait competition in the world, promoting the very best in contemporary portrait painting. Over the past thirty-two years the Award has proved the launch pad for the careers of many…