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…

Edgelands of England

For a few more days at The Museum of East Anglian Life at Abbot’s Hall, Stowmarket, you can see an interesting exhibition of photography by Tom Owens ARPS. Owens explores the buffer zones between urban and rural environments, challenging the notion of officially designated areas of beauty by conveying our mundane environments in a favourable…

Saul Leiter – photo impressionist

In the revamped Photographers’ Gallery just off Oxford Street, until April 3rd you can see some great work from the 40s, 50s and 60s by a New York poet of colour film – Saul Leiter (1923-2013). His colours capture the luminous pastels and vivid saturation of the bustling city, often seen through the grisaille of…

Suspended animation -Alexander Calder

I recently went to the Tate Modern show on Calder’s early/mid years: 1940s/50s/60s. The wire portraits were exquisite – how can anyone be so assured with wire, to put a kink at the perfect point, never wavering with distances and relationships, curving delicately or with knots, always elegant and true. Conjuring a solid form from…

Constable and HDR

Today I visited the exhibition at Christchurch Manor, Ipswich, to see the big Constable: “Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows.” I was amazed by its scope and scale and the power of its emotive energy – painted soon after the death of his wife Maria. The sky is as well painted as the cathedral and river…