In Brussels, art nouveau found its most complete expression in the architecture of Victor Horta. Now the Brussels’ Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts has devoted a huge new “Fin-de-Siecle” section, a museum in itself, to the artistic context in which he thrived.
I first came across the work of Delhi born artist Dayanita Singh in an exhibition and book, Myself Mona Ahmed (2001), a photo-essay about an aging eunuch transsexual (hijra) living in a graveyard in Old Delhi. In this extraordinary body of work – the book contains various different kinds of text alongside the photographs) – one sensed not only compassion, but a collaboration between the person in front of the camera, and the one looking through the lens.
* This issue of London Grip features new poems by: *Murray Bodo *Ian House *Louise Warren *David Cooke *Benjamin Smith *Kerrin P Sharpe *Stephen Claughton *Martyn Crucefix *Sue Rose *Carol DeVaughn *Stephen Oliver *Merryn Williams *Sarah Glaz *Brian Docherty * Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya *Graham Burchell *Nancy Mattson *John Snelling *Vaughan Rapatahana *Kate Foley *Martin Burke *Robert […]
It is always interesting to pinpoint the moment when one becomes conscious of a change of mood or orientation in contemporary artistic practices. Something has emerged that offers quite a different tonic. This ‘something’ might be termed ‘mindful matter’: it is materialism with a twist, or with a new twist.
* This issue of London Grip New Poetry features poems by: *Rodney Wood *F.M.Brown *Rik Wilkinson *Sissy Buckles *Robert Etty *Antony Johae *Ruth Bidgood *Elizabeth Smither *Elizabeth Barrett *Sonam Chhoki *Deborah Tyler-Bennett *Shadwell Smith *Jonathan Taylor *Bruce Christianson *Robert Peake *Robert Nisbet *Pam Job
The Alternative Guide to the Universe, Hayward Gallery, 11 June – 26 August 2013. Souzu – Outsider Art from Japan, Wellcome Collection, 28 March – 30 June 2013.