Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at the V&A

‘Everybody thinks they know Frida, but actually they don’t know her at all,’ Claire Wilcox senior curator at the V&A  has said.  My Frida knowledge is hazy, I’m not going to pretend otherwise. I know all the usual stuff: contracted polio at a young age (six), suffered ill health throughout her life, had a monobrow, became aRead more

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

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

Camille Walala’s colourful exhibition at the Now Gallery

Bold geometric graphics are the trademark of designer Camille Walala . And this weekend I’ll be popping to see her new interactive, Instagram-friendly exhibition at the Now Gallery in Greenwich. Born in the south of France, Walala studied Textile Design at Brighton University and has been based in London for the past 19 years. In a recent interview the artistRead more

This year’s Turner Prize has no age limit

The Turner Prize has gone ageless. I’m a bit late to this snippet of news but I have been in Book Editing Hell for the last week. Nearly there… As creativity is not limited to the young and artists often make a breakthrough later in life, removing the age limit makes perfect sense. My money is on Lubaina Himid, 62, aRead more

Celebrating the centenary of Lucienne Day

    This year is the centenary of textile designer Lucienne Day’s birth and there are a number of exhibitions on around the country, coordinated by the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation (details HERE ). I was up north at the weekend visiting family and friends and managed to squeeze in a visit to the Whitworth Gallery inRead more

Gillian Ayres exhibition (s)

  Gillian Ayres abstract paintings have the same mood-enhancing affect as Matisse’s Cut-Outs or Hockney’s Bigger Splash . There’s a lovely exhibition of paintings and woodcuts from the artist’s six-decade-spanning career at the Alan Cristae gallery , London. It’s on for another week and well worth a trip; this blast of bold colour and pattern is guaranteed to perk you right up. Ayres was 87Read more

Going to an exhibition and giving the brain a rest

Did you hear Christiane Amanpour on Desert Island Discs? (Brilliant – and still available to listen to,  HERE ). The former war correspondent, now CNN anchor and chief international correspondent was talking about balancing work and life. When work involved reporting from a war zone: taking holidays, surrounding herself with love and giving her brain aRead more