A Van Gogh masterpiece in the laboratory....
‘I, indeed, before, others, have taken the sunflower,’ wrote Vincent Van Gogh to Paul Gauguin on 21 January 1889 with remarkable assurance for a man of such febrile temperament. Ever since, the whole world has inclined to agree with him. The name Van Gogh has become identified with his various painted representations of it. Without … Continue reading The Molten Force of the Sunflower****
read Michael Glover on Kiss My Genders at the Hayward Gallery, London
Michael Glover reviews Goncharova at Tate Modern
The sheer oddness of the angle of view is what appeals above all things else. Too pent? Too wonky? Too side-on? The painter Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) lived for much of his life in a variety of rather small apartments in Paris, hugger mugger with his mother and his sister... The Family After the Meal (1891), … Continue reading Those Long Afternoons in Paris: the voyeur’s view of Edouard Vuillard ****
Michael Glover reports from the 58th Venice Biennale in FEATURES
For art's sake: visitors mass on press day outside the Arsenale Henry James once described Venice as infinitely sad; touchingly, agonisingly haunted by the loss of its own once great significance as one of the greatest maritime empires the world has ever known. And a journey after nightfall up the Grand Canal by Vaporetto Uno … Continue reading Bingeing on the Biennale’s Bellinis
Scully (b.1945) the Irish bruiser's back in town. He's not been long away. His most recent show of new paintings, on display at Blain Southern in Hanover Square, closed just a few months ago. He's a man who regards himself - you can hear it in the rough-edged way he talks; observe it in how … Continue reading Sean Scully: the Bruiser’s Back!***