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

Creative Women: Lucille Lewin on fashion, art and achieving an MA in ceramics at 69

  A thirst for knowledge and continual learning is what drives Lucille Lewin. ‘I really hate not learning and wanted a goal,’ the 69-year-old artist tells me in her London studio. Having recently completed an MA in Ceramics at the Royal College of Art  (RCA) and been awarded The Young Masters Grand Ceramics Prize,  the South African-born artist has certainly achieved her objective. While provingRead 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

Creative Women at Work: Lubna Chowdhary, V&A ceramics resident

‘I am always trying to combine ideas and aesthetics from the eastern and western worlds,’ London-based artist Lubna Chowdhary tells me, ‘the eastern influence is a very strong part of my identity but I like to bring both sides together to tell a story.’ Born in Tanzania to Indian parents, Chowdhary grew up on the outskirts ofRead 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

Cornelia Parker on the campaign trail

I’m interested to see what the official artist of the general election 2017 Cornelia Parker comes up with. Maybe her exploding shed is a clue… ‘Everything I look at now seems political,’ she told Mishal Husain on the Today programme (video clip HERE ), ‘even the debris on my kitchen table.’ This could be the perfect role forRead more

Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel, Happy Holidays…

  This year’s virtual Christmas card to friends, followers and other random folk is a painting courtesy of artist Janey Sharratt. Or New Friend Janey, as I like to call her. I thought it was impossible to make new friends beyond a certain age but the internet and pilates proved me wrong. Aside from allRead more