Museum of New Zealand/Te Papa Tongarewa. Review by Barbara Lewis. In their desperation to get New Zealand’s founding document signed, the British in undue haste drew up a Maori version of the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi that is disputed to this day.
Casa Balla. Review by Carla Scarano. Giacomo Balla was an Italian painter, who moved with his family to 39b, via Oslavia, near piazza Mazzini, in June 1929. Balla, his wife, Elisa, and his daughters, Luce and Elica, transformed the house into a work of art, a workshop of sorts in which he experimented with his futurist theories.
Feminine Power: the divine and the demonic. Review by Carla Scarano. The Citi exhibition at the British Museum is a thought-provoking and diverse display of more than 80 artefacts and contemporary artworks that draw from the museum’s collections, loans and new commissions. They reveal the complexity of the representation of more than 5,000 years of femininity in cultures and religions around the world.
By Carla Scarano • art, drawing, exhibitions, history, installations, painting, religion, sculpture, society, tapestry, textiles, year 2022 • Tags: art, Carla Scarano, design, drawing, exhibitions, history, religion, sculpture, society
Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2022. Review by Carla Scarano. ‘Climate’ is the theme of the Summer Exhibition 2022 at the Royal Academy of Arts, an unmissable event. The urgency of the climate crisis and global warming has inspired interesting and original pieces that sometimes explore and at other times defy and protest against such an important issue that is putting at risk our life on the planet.
Crazy: The Madness of Contemporary Art. Review by Carla Scarano. The thought-provoking and engrossing new exhibition at the enchanting Chiostro del Bramante in the centre of Rome near Piazza Navona absorbs the viewer well before the entrance of the exhibition and beyond the exit.
A Fine Day for Seeing: ten artists/ten poets. In the wide art world, artists are often inspired by literature and writers write about artworks. This exhibition focuses on the collaboration between ten internationally known artists and ten renowned poets.
By Carla Scarano • art, drawing, exhibitions, film, installations, painting, photography, poetry, poetry reviews, textiles, year 2021 • Tags: art, Carla Scarano, drawing, exhibitions, film, photography, poetry
The Arctic: Culture and Climate: Resilience and an enduring thriving culture characterise the population living in the Arctic, a large area in the North Pole comprising Greenland, Alaska, some of the northern territories of Canada, and parts of Siberia and Scandinavia.
St Michael and All Angels Church, Berwick: Should we be in need of a reminder, lockdown has provided it: our appreciation of a work of art can depend on experiencing it in the context for which it was created; the vacuum of an online viewing is no substitute.
Farleys House and Gallery, Home of the Surrealists, Muddles Green. Review by Barbara Lewis. In pandemic times Farleys House visits have slowed to a trickle, throwing the economics into jeopardy.
The risk for any exhibition at Two Temple Place – a glorious late Victorian mansion at Temple, central London – is that the wood carving and stained-glass beauty of the building will steal the show.
By Barbara Lewis • art, design, exhibitions, fashion, history, installations, tapestry, textiles, year 2020 • Tags: art, Barbara Lewis, design, exhibitions, fashion, history, installations, tapestry, textiles
One million plastic bottles are bought every minute and most of them are not recycled. It’s a stark reality Claire Davenport and Grioghair McCord were moved to explore after a trip to a Shetland beach littered with plastic bottles.