Chihuly at Kew Gardens – dialogue between nature and glass

Until 27 October you can see the work of Seattle-based glass artist Dale Chihuly in the grounds and gallery of Kew Gardens, London. The show is called Reflections on Nature and his glass is unmistakable and flamboyant. But he has managed to integrate his vision of the world of natural forms in glass into the…

Organising Chaos – a review of the recent Design by Accident exhibition

The recent exhibition at Wivenhoe Printworks featured the work of three visual artists working in three discrete media: clay, printmaking and glass. The theme of the show alludes to the ability of an artist to use their imagination and materials to respond very directly to the visual world, not seeking to impose order onto it…

Three artists approach the theme of organised chaos

What do pottery, print and photography have in common? The ability to make an impression in time, an expression of space, and a direct response to the physical universe. This show will attempt to bring three artists perspectives and different art media together in a gestalt of impressions and creative responses to the concept of…

Kiss and Tell – Rodin at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

I invent nothing, I rediscover – Rodin. Check out this great little exhibition in Ipswich, which has Rodin’s The Kiss at its centre and retells the story of the tortured lovers depicted so famously in white marble by the master of 3-D sorcery. There are also works by several other important artists from William Blake…

The seductive beauty of glass becomes conceptual…

Art of Glass was an exciting exhibition of various leading British glass artists recently curated at The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford, Lincs. The NCCD and National Museums Scotland worked together to explore the work of established and emerging glass artists working in Britain today. I’ve made a personal selection from the work…

Brian Clarke – the art of light

Brian Clarke recently had a major exhibition of his contemporary glass works and sketch books at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich (June to October 2018) and the raw and exquisite power of his work was on spectacular display. His place as one of the most important artisits working in glass since the 1970s is clearly…

Thirty pieces of silver – the betrayal of mankind or the world?

This exhibition of work by graduates of TOMA in Southend is a powerful response to the slick prefessionalism of most shows up the river in London. The title of this recent show was Everyone Must Go and it was housed in the old Havens department store which dates from 1920, now taken over by Age…

The compass of eternity – Richard Pousette-Dart at Kettle’s Yard

Richard Pousette-Dart (1916–92), working in New York in the 1940s, created beautiful, layered paintings as well as experimenting with drawing, photography and sculpture. Playing a key role in the genesis of Abstract Expressionism and the New York School, which transformed American art in the post-war years, Pousette-Dart’s contemporaries included Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman…

Shape of Light – 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art, Tate Modern

Antony Cairns, LDN5_051, 2017 This amazing exhibition takes as its starting point the fact that photography has for the past century existed alongside the fine arts, sometimes overlapping and sometimes clashing with their objectives and styles but usually remaining in the shadows of the showmanship of painting and printmaking. It’s a great show because it…

When Warhol meets Mars

There are two exhibitions currently on – Warhol at Firstsite Gallery in Colchester and Other Worlds at the Natural History Museum in London. Both are great shows, one small and intimate, the other more epic. The Warhol show is an intelligent collection of some of his death-themed imagery over a period of about three decades…