On stumbling across some work by someone you used to know on the stairs of a local hospital.
World War 1 transformed Paul Nash’s painting, from the relatively delicate pre-war landscapes to hard angular representations of the war, notably in his “memorial” painting, ‘The Menin Road’. The war seems to have made a modernist of him.
I’ve always loved Quentin Blake’s illustrations for Roald Dahl’s children’s books. They are the way we see these stories: the … More
I am in Cambridge from time to time, and stumbled across the small gallery that Downing College has opened … More
I collected a small print of Basquiat’s picture Now’s the time from the framers at the weekend. I’d bought it … More
One of Neil MacGregor’s 10 objects that define modern Germany, in the Guardian this weekend, is the inscription on the … More
The works I know of by the British sculptor and printmaker Elisabeth Frink were her birds and animals. But visiting the retrospective at Woking’s Lightbox Gallery I realised that I’d pretty much missed the second half of her career.
I don’t like the Royal Academy – it’s snooty, uptight, over-sponsored yet still expensive – but despite this I went … More
My father in law, Denis Robinson, was a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain, so its dates have a … More
One of the rules of the Guggenheim in Bilbao is ‘no photography’, at least anywhere inside. I can understand rules … More