This is a thought provoking exhibition that aims to go beyond the surface of simply putting faces to the famous names. It suggests an art form that continues to find ways of revealing the self but also reveals the artist as a conduit for all human emotion.
Norbert Hirschhorn finds mythic significance behind a word & image collaboration between an artist and a poet
Jill Harris enthuses about a remarkable tapestry on show at London’s Fleming Collection
Jacqueline Saphra’s new pamphlet collection may not take long to read – but it leaves a lasting impression on Rosie Johnston
Matisse’s original idea of producing this cut and paste art form in the 1940s, was a major breakthrough in minimalism. The genius of a great artist is to make complex work in a simple way.
What exactly is the essence of Belgium? Far harder to pin down than French chic or English sang-froid, the nation’s uneasy mix of Walloon and Flemish, surreal and down-to-earth, all miraculously held together, is perfectly encapsulated by the Atomium – a giant, futuristic structure on the northern edge of Brussels.
Norbert Hirschhorn takes a long cool look at a new poetry & art volume from Australia
This exhibition includes examples of David Harker’s project Species of Trees and drawings, paintings and prints from his portfolio of landscape imagery.
Matisse’s Startling Late Works: The Cut-Outs. Tate Modern, 17 April – 7 September 2014 No wonder Henri Matisse is well loved. His works are sensuous, jubilant, gorgeous: they envelop and immerse the viewer in voluptuousness, in light that finds itself materialised as coloured form, coloured space.
The Future-Past: Competing Temporalities of the Ruin. Ruin Lust, Tate Britain, 4 March – 18 May 2014.
A fascination with ruins has not always been with us. It presumes, for one, a linear notion of time, in other words the idea that the past is irrevocably lost. It is also born of a forensic – or archaeological – interest in history, one that sees in broken remains the traces of past acts and endeavours.
Merryn Williams is thankful that many poets remain unconvinced about the necessity of war and find compelling ways to say so in this new anthology
One of the more unlikely joys of Brussels life is the rotating EU presidency. Every six months, a different member of the 28-strong European Union takes on the task of presiding over policy-making. For the citizens of Brussels, it’s a chance for a cultural mini break without the expense and inconvenience of braving the airport.