‘Behold all is vanity and vexation of spirit’ – Art at the British Museum

This was the title Count Christian Dürckheim, who donated almost all the works on display, would have preferred for the British Museum’s showcase of 90 examples of German, modernist art.  Eventually titled Germany Divided – A Search For Identity, the exhibition is more than a mere exploration into ‘modernism.’  Germany Divided represents a very particular moment in the 1960s…

Art, Antlers and Exploration

O, what a world of profit and delight, Of power, of honour, of omnipotence, Is promis’d to the studious artisan! Doctor Faustus.  Faustus, the protagonist of Christopher Marlowe’s play; the ever aspiring scientist who sought mastery over nature through intellectual means, would probably have enjoyed Antler’s latest exhibition!  Its starting point is ‘human technology and…

What’s the point of it? – Martin Creed at Tate Britain

The point of what? Art, life, love, ….bodily functions!? Last week I counted myself lucky enough to see Martin Creed’s latest exhibition, a retrospective at the Southbank Centre. This exhibition brings together an enormous amount of his previous and current work, reflecting different thoughts, emotions and materials.  The themes flow wonderfully into each other, a…

THE BRIEF IS ALWAYS WRONG – Artist talks at Arnolfini

‘Design and Use’ at Arnolfini. Yesterday, Wednesday 5th February, Arnolfini hosted the first of their Art and Design talks for the new year – ‘Design and Use’. The panel consisted of Jeremy Hutchison, a London based artist who ‘designs situations that interrupt the circulation of objects through industrial production and consumer ideology’, and Emily Pethick,…

Make, Share, Mobilise! – Turning Point West Midlands

Midwest to Midville: repositioning the visual arts in the Midlands This Monday saw the thoroughly enjoyable, thought provoking and inspiring symposium, ‘Midwest to Midville’ held at Birmingham’s IKON Gallery, co-hosted by ‘Turning Point West Midlands’.  It was an especially encouraging day and unusually for a large event, there was a real community, collaborative atmosphere.  It…