Love this: Adrian Piper Berlin Dancing video

  This video of Adrian Piper dancing in Alexanderplatz is just glorious. The 69-year-old artist and philosopher with a PhD from Harvard was born in New York and now lives in Berlin. An exhibition celebrating over 50-years of Piper’s work, A Synthesis of Intuitions 1965 – 2016, is currently on at MoMA, New York (until July 22) and moves toRead more

Rachel Howard: the artist you need to know about

Why have I never heard of Rachel Howard? Is what I thought earlier this year when a gorgeous painting caught my eye as I walked past Blain Southern’s London gallery. Curious, I did a sharp right turn and headed straight in. Where I discovered that the under-the-radar, 49-year-old artist has another larger exhibition opening thisRead more

Rachel Whiteread: at the Tate and on TV

Rachel Whiteread was the first woman to win the Turner Prize, in 1993. The artist’s life-size cast of the inside of derelict a house in London’s East End was demolished soon after. I was born in the same year as Whiteread and have followed her career; from the award-winning concrete house (House 1993-1994) to the currentRead more

Pattern and printspiration: Hassan Hajjaj exhibition

Matching and mismatching pattern and print makes for a joyful combination. (There’s a chapter on mastering contrast and colour in Know Your Style ).  I may be low-key rather than loud when it comes to wearing print, but I do admire a clash-up on other people. And in art galleries. There’s a lovely, free exhibition of culture-blending photographer Hassan Hajjaj’s work at Somerset House .Read more

A fantastic exhibition – Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius – and some fancy pants

How colours ‘breathe’ with light and change throughout the day is something designer Hella Jongerius’ work celebrates. Anyone who has bought something under fluorescent shop lighting only to get it home and find that it looks a completely different colour knows the score. But Jongerius is actually referring to (and rebelling against) ‘flat colours producedRead more

Adventures at the New Tate Modern

I expected not to like the New Tate Modern. The ginormous twisted ‘Switch House’ building is 10-floors high, would take a week to get round and there’s only so much modern art a person can take. But it’s fantastic, the new museum is big and beautiful, inside and out. And in a week where thereRead more

50-plus fashion week

When the invite for the first 50+ fashion show pings into my inbox, I feel perplexed. Having championed mature models and grown-up style for many years, there’s something about this kind of labelling that irks. I don’t want to be segregated because of my age. I want nice clothes and I want to see womenRead more

Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy

The Royal Academy has extended opening hours for the last four weeks of its Ai Weiwei exhibition. Late nights on Saturdays and then for the first time, ever, an entire weekend. Might not be so busy at 5am on a Sunday morning… Anyhow. I  like the way Ai Weiwei pulls lots of elements into his work: politics, history,Read more