REVIEW: Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century at the V&A

Wall Street, 1915 The Paul Strand retrospective, on at the V&A until July 3rd, rewards a second visit. I’d been a few weeks ago, but the exhibition puts so much emphasis on Strand’s politics th… Source: REVIEW: Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century at the V&A Advertisements

When Warhol meets Mars

There are two exhibitions currently on – Warhol at Firstsite Gallery in Colchester and Other Worlds at the Natural History Museum in London. Both are great shows, one small and intimate, the other more epic. The Warhol show is an intelligent collection of some of his death-themed imagery over a period of about three decades…

Edgelands of England

For a few more days at The Museum of East Anglian Life at Abbot’s Hall, Stowmarket, you can see an interesting exhibition of photography by Tom Owens ARPS. Owens explores the buffer zones between urban and rural environments, challenging the notion of officially designated areas of beauty by conveying our mundane environments in a favourable…

Saul Leiter – photo impressionist

In the revamped Photographers’ Gallery just off Oxford Street, until April 3rd you can see some great work from the 40s, 50s and 60s by a New York poet of colour film – Saul Leiter (1923-2013). His colours capture the luminous pastels and vivid saturation of the bustling city, often seen through the grisaille of…

Suspended animation -Alexander Calder

I recently went to the Tate Modern show on Calder’s early/mid years: 1940s/50s/60s. The wire portraits were exquisite – how can anyone be so assured with wire, to put a kink at the perfect point, never wavering with distances and relationships, curving delicately or with knots, always elegant and true. Conjuring a solid form from…

Constable and HDR

Today I visited the exhibition at Christchurch Manor, Ipswich, to see the big Constable: “Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows.” I was amazed by its scope and scale and the power of its emotive energy – painted soon after the death of his wife Maria. The sky is as well painted as the cathedral and river…