Helene Schjerfbeck @ RA

The Helene Schjerfbeck exhibit at the Royal Academy is stunning. I do wonder if there is something genetic that makes me particularly partial to Finnish artists, but sacrilegiously, I don’t like coffee or liquorice, so perhaps not. There is something utterly engaging about her use of light, even when she paints in Cornwall, which by…

Olafur Eliasson @ Tate Modern

If you can’t get to the Tate Mod, be sure to watch the BBC programme on Eliasson’s preparation for the exhibit (and also the Cindy Sherman one even though I had to miss her exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery — sob!). The exhibit is immersive and experiential so it went far too fast. Speaking…

Lee Krasner at @BarbicanCentre

Go see this. Don’t just take my word for it, look/listen to all these artists, too. More pix on FB; as always, click to embiggen.

V&A Dundee

It’s true I mostly hibernated over the break — some days I never even left the house — but I did finally make it down to the V&A to experience the much-anticipated glory inside it. The outside, I already knew, was gorgeous. I mean really just lovely. But inside, too, many wonders awaited. Lots more…

Leonor Fini: Theatre of Desire, 1930-1990

Over on the ‘book there is an album of photos from this exquisite exhibit. It was so much more than I’d even hoped. I bought the catalogue but the show itself is so much more than the catalogue. I wish I could have taken¬†everything home with me including the films and the wardrobe. Here’s a…

NYC, QoE, Hilma & Me

Part one of photos from the latest shenanigans in the city that never sleeps featuring fab gal pal the QoE, swanky lunch at the Campbell, and Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim. Part two will be the further shenanigans at the Leonor Fini exhibit! If you can get to NYC at all, you must see…

Talking Tove in Tokyo

The 20th Anniversary Conference of the Finnish Institute in Japan was devoted to Tove Jansson: Visual Artist. Writer. Landscape Enthusiast. Woman. I was delighted to give a keynote lecture on living art everyday like Tove. It was the one thing I didn’t get pictures of! I have started the overwhelming task of uploading all the…

Tove in Tokyo

I have been invited by the Finnish Institute of Japan to give a keynote lecture…

Empty Met & Heavenly Bodies

Thanks to Bertie, we headed down to hit the Met before hours to enjoy the last day of the Heavenly Bodies exhibit, then ran up to the Cloisters to see the other location. Oddly enough the medieval setting worked well with the fashion inspired by the church. And there was even a good bit of…

Thoughts Right Now

Fifteen hundred years right here Oh, burning witches, burning books Burning babies in their looks Yes, indeed Burning everything that’s sacred in my genes It’s a tough week for a lot of women you know, whether you know it or not. Maybe they’ve shared their horror stories with you: maybe you have some yourself. I…