The Art of David Jones: the slow transmission of cultural identity

At the start of the BBC series The Art that Made Us, Antony Gormley peers intently at Spong Man, a small fifth-century Anglo-Saxon clay figure seized by existential anguish. We next see Gormley in his studio with a small clay figure hunched by lockdown depression. In the programmes that follow, we witness many such creative … Continue reading The Art of David Jones: the slow transmission of cultural identity

California’s Dreams of Coolness: the art of Eddie Ruscha

Sapling Gallery, Mayfair, installation shot Nestled among the red bricks of Mount Street Mews - not far from the splendour of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, where Evelyn Waugh sought solace - there’s a new light filled gallery in London’s Mayfair, called Sapling. With potted plants outside, its sizeable glass façade provides a first glimpse of … Continue reading California’s Dreams of Coolness: the art of Eddie Ruscha

Grasping after Perfection: the making of Rodin

Auguste Rodin The Three Shadows, before 1886, S.03970 If you were expecting to see Rodin as the maker of finished sculptural objects, a fabricator of masterpieces in bronze or marble, a maker whose works could easily be defined and wholly encompassed by the word MONUMENTALITY, this is the wrong exhibition for you. Auguste Rodin, Hanaka … Continue reading Grasping after Perfection: the making of Rodin

Georg Baselitz and the Graspability of Hands

Georg Baselitz has been much preoccupied by the subject of hands, old hands, recently. His own hands? The hands of others? The hands drawn and painted by artists of the past? An amalgam of all three perhaps. Hands show off and encapsulate extremities of emotion – think of the reaching index finger of God's hand … Continue reading Georg Baselitz and the Graspability of Hands

That Lone Meteorite: the story of Guillaume Apollinaire

A lone meteorite called Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) slammed into Paris with his mother as an impressionable young visitor in the spring of 1899. The surname has such resonance! Shades of the glory of Apollo, Appolinaris, Appolonius of Tyre seem to crowd at its back... The surname itself was a careful contraction, and perhaps even an … Continue reading That Lone Meteorite: the story of Guillaume Apollinaire