Finally some good news:

I’d like to think I can represent all those artists who heroically have kept going and are successful, but are not recognised or acclaimed. —Phyllida Barlow Can it be true, as some say: Old women are replacing young men in the art world  We can at least hope! After having been overlooked for decades, the…

Art on art

When your head gets filled with too much theory – try art: A SHORT TALK ON THE END What is the difference between light and lighting? There is an etching called The Three Crosses by Rembrandt. It is a picture of the earth and the sky and Calvary. A moment rains down on them. The…

Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May … (cont.)

Still working on my rose-text, today I will show you a contemporary version of the motif: Cy Twombly: The Rose IV (2008). Acrylic on plywood, 252 x 740 cm. Cy Twombly’s The Rose is a cycle of five paintings, numbered I – V, the paintings are variations of each other. Cy Twombly: The Rose V (2008). Acrylic on plywood, 252 x 740…

Roses

reading up & sketching down; roses in art (cont.)   Virgin Mary and Jesus is, one could be tempted to say, a standard motif in Western art. However, most portraits depict the virgin looking at her child. In this picture, by British/Austrian Marianne Stokes, Mary looks up and out, as if to introduce her young child…

Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May …

reading up & sketching down; roses in art ….? Some historical fragments: Botanical symbolism has its origin in the literature of antiquity, where plants are often used in metaphors for virtue and vice. In classical mythology, human beings are transformed into plants as a reward or punishment, as in the story of Narcissus, the vain…

Neue Sachlichkeit

“It’s important to see things the way they are.” —Otto Dix Almost by accident (my favorite mode of living these days …) I discovered the art of Albert Renger-Patzsch (1897–1966). His photographs immediately struck me as very strong and somber. Renger-Patzsch is often associated with the style of art called Neue Sachlichkeit. Albert Renger-Patzsch, Shoemaking Irons, Fagus Works, Alfeld, 1928….

Beauty is the sharpest tool in the box

I wrote a short note on Richard Mosse some time ago. The Enclave, as presented at Foam in Amsterdam, is the most remarkable exhibition I have seen in a very long time. Richard Mosse is showing his work all over the world, and if he turns up in a place near you – you should not miss…

This is how it works

– or at least how I work Some notes on writing a review   My preconceptions about an exhibition – what I expect to see, feel and think – rarely turn out to be in accordance with how I actually experience a certain show when in it. When I exit an exhibition I have to…

naturalistic aesthetics

– looking at art from a darwinistic point of view Ellen Dissanayake says: Art is not a set of objects or compositions or paintings Art is the behavior that leads to a set of objects or compositions or paintings Art is not handed down only to a select few sensitive souls. Art, she says, is “making…

What is art for?

Clarifying By now you all know about my grant (whether you are interested or not…). I was awarded this grant to make an outline for a book very much inspired by Alain de Botton & John Armstrong’s Art as Therapy. Actually my intention is to try to test some of their hypothesis in praxis – not as they do,…

from art – with love

Yoko Ono I have a complicated relationship with conceptual & post-conceptual art. Just trying to define the field – CONCEPTUAL ART – is to most of us … well; nearly impossible. Conceptual art is based on the notion that the essence of art is an idea, or concept, and may exist distinct from and in the absence of…

on my desk

My desk tends to be a rather crowded place. But every now and then I try to tidy up, mainly to clear my thoughts. The next couple of weeks I will be writing a short essay on art and feminism. It’s a commissioned work, with limits in words and a set time. An enjoyable and…