#WHM: Tove, Frida & Alice

Women’s History Month is fast evaporating and there are several things I ought to get to but haven’t. Time being short and my memory even shorter, here are some films I didn’t immediately write up and can’t access again to double check impressions so I will be vague but enthusiastic. TOVE (2020) Director: Zaida BergrothWriter:…

More Hilma in Hudson

In the midst of all this uncertainty, we can be certain that art restores our souls [feel free to insert a less fraught word if you are uncomfortable with that one]. The Hilma af Klint exhibit in Hudson though modest is glorious. At the heart of it are her notebooks, meditating on the meaning and…

Dora Maar @ Tate Modern

Although my main goal for the flying visit to London in January was Blake, there were plenty of things to be seen. And going from Tate to Tate is always a good excuse to hop on a boat. It’s more expensive than taking the tube or busses, but you can’t beat the view. I was…

The Fall Symposium: The Words

[pictures anon…] 9.00 Introduction Always Different, Always The Same: Introduction, Professor Eoin Devereux, PMPC UL.  9.10-10.30 Session 1    We are The Fall…    Chair:   Dr. Elaine Vaughan, UL.  Michael Murphy–Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology: The Fall in Ireland: A Microhistory                      John Fleming–Irish Times: Dead…

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…

10 Ways to Wear it Like a Surrealist!

Over at the Fox Spirit blog, I have a piece up on how to dress like a surrealist. Red is dead, blue is through, Green’s obscene, brown’s taboo. And there is not the slightest excuse for plum or puce — or chartreuse. ‘Think Pink’ from Funny Face (lyrics by Leonard Gershe) Looking for that quel-que chose for your summer or fall…

Leonora Carrington @Treadwells: 1 Aug 2019

How are you spending Lammas? You could be in London listening to me wax rhapsodic about Leonora Carrington and The Hearing Trumpet! Yes, following up on my all-too-brief presentation at the Magickal Women Conference, I will have the opportunity to say much more about both this wonderful artist and her transformative novel. Gracious thanks to Treadwell’s…

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…

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…