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…

Leonora (& Me) in London

I had a fabulous time at Treadwell’s spreading the word of Leonora Carrington and The Hearing Trumpet. Thanks so much for the invite, Christina! The enthusiastic audience really made me feel welcome. I have so much more to say about this book — I’ve actually pitched two more conferences with related pieces for next year. I think…

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…

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.

Dorothea Tanning at @TateModern

Oh my! If you can get to London you must see this show. Hypnotic, mythic, arresting, inspiring — words fail. This is just the tip of the iceberg. So amazing.

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…

Tove in Tokyo

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

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…