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

The new Damien Hirst gallery

London has changed quite dramatically since I moved here from Up North, in the late eighties. Mostly this is a good thing, but there are some aspects – like the rise of hideous office blocks  and multi-million pound penthouses – that completely ignore local needs and spoil the London skyline. So, even though I’m not a huge DamienRead more

Barbara Hepworth at the Tate

Having been to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in St Ives and The Hepworth Wakefield, I have to admit I was disappointed with the Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World exhibition at Tate Britain. The first room contains lots of the artist’s smaller sculptures in glass boxes –  I think this is to stop visitors touching them (?); Hepworth’s smooth stoneRead more

Sonia Delaunay at the Tate

Sonia Delaunay saved my jumper. Having seen the retrospective at Tate Modern a couple of weeks ago, I was mid-decluttering today when in a ‘What would Sonia do?’ moment, the orange and navy hounds tooth sweater jettisoned onto the charity pile, earlier, bounced its way back into my moth-proof box. More colour and pattern required.Read more

Matisse: The Cut-Outs at Tate Modern

  I’ve got a severe case of Matisse Mania. After seeing the exhibition at Tate Modern, my head is swimming with colourful shapes and swirling patterns. Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is a joy. Brilliant, beautiful and full of vitality. The show brings together around 130 works, created between 1937 and 1954, when ill health preventedRead more

Inspiration: the Dries Van Noten exhibition

Dries Van Noten. Photo: New York Times   One of the highlights of our recent trip to Paris, apart from a special anniversary celebration, was a visit to the Dries Van Noten retrospective at the musée Les Arts Decoratif. Aside from drinking champagne with Mr That’s Not My Age, the first major exhibition of theRead more

David Hockney exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery

As a big David Hockney fan I’m dead chuffed there’s an exhibition of his work just down the road from That’s Not My Age Mansions. Hockney, Printmaker at  Dulwich Picture Gallery  celebrates the 60th anniversary of the artist’s first print show. All the highlights are here, from his mother, the local chip shop and the English weather to LA swimming poolsRead more

Grayson Perry, Alan Measles and The Walthamstow Tapestry

Grayson Perry is 49 years-old, his female alter-ego Claire is 34 on the 5th November and teddy bear, Alan Measles (named after the boy next door and a bout of measles in winter 1963), is 45 years-old. Making their average age 42 and a half, perfect subject matter for That’s Not My Age. So, theRead more