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…

A Female 007

Headlines this week as word leaks about the 25th Bond film: a female 007! And she’s black! Cue fan boys screaming. Awesome for Lashana Lynch! But the truth is she’s just taking James Bond’s job, not Daniel Craig’s role (and alas, no Idris Elba? Sigh). But who reads beyond the headlines? And does it matter…

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…

Eve Fowler @DCADundee

I dropped by the DCA to check out the latest exhibit by Eve Fowler, ‘What a Slight. What a Sound. What a Universal Shudder’ — pieces all influenced by Gertrude Stein’s writings. I was unprepared for how hard it hit, even in the first piece, ‘with it which is as it if it is to…

Out-Create the Destruction

Thanks to the fabulous Pam Grossman mentioning this in an interview, I have been recharged by the great quote from the always delightful Tori Amos: “You have to out-create the destruction – it’s the only way.” (By the by, have you been listening to Native Invader? It’s really terrific.) I realise that this is what…