Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900

The idea of Vienna as a world of opera, steaming coffee and sachertorte, gilded decadence and Gustav Klimt was the wanderlust fantasy that encouraged me to travel there in 2012.  However, the reality… Continue reading

No Foreign Lands, Peter Doig

Closing at The National Gallery of Scotland this weekend is No Foreign Lands, the show of painter Peter Doig, and it’s well worth a visit.  Doig’s career spans over three decades, and with… Continue reading

The Drang Gallery, Salcombe

You might not have heard of Salcombe, a small seaside town in Devon, but you’ve probably heard of one of its more famous exports – Jack Wills.  I have spent a portion of… Continue reading

The Vandalism of Culture and the Culture of Vandalism

I have written two previous posts about the vandalism of art, but unfortunately this has now become a hat trick.  Following, the yellowist assault on a Rothko last October, the conspiracist attack on… Continue reading

Art AND/OR Culture?

Men’s Health, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, FHM, Tatler, Aesthetica.These are all glossy magazines, full of information and compelling images, and I don’t believe that compelling is too strong a word for Jason Statham’s abs.They are… Continue reading

Going. Going. Gone to W4rh0lF4nB0y.

Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth It’s the beginning of a new month, and for students and those in employment this means one glorious thing: money. Suddenly my cup-a-soup lifestyle comes to a crashing halt and… Continue reading

Vandalism and Vegetables: The Delacroix Debate

As published in The Saint, February 19th 2013 Apparently your little finger is as strong as a carrot, and biting through it would be just as easy were it not for your mind… Continue reading

Duchess sits for portrait after heavy Lizard lash

As published in The Saint, February 7th 2013 “I wake up in the morning feeling like K Middy”… words sang neither by Ke$ha nor me. Whilst Kate and I studied the same degree… Continue reading

Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde at Tate Britain

I really like the Pre-Raphaelites.  I say this in a confessionary manner, because I feel that after nearly four years of studying for a degree in Art History it’s a bit of wimpy… Continue reading

‘Global Art World’ Letter to The Times, 5th November 2012

The problem is not a “modern colonialism” in the art world, but the perennial elitism of influential institutions such as Tate Modern Sir, The idea that a global art world is something new… Continue reading