Frieze Sculpture in Regent’s Park

Neptune by Matthew MonahanHappy New Year! It’s 2017 and you need something to do on Bank Holiday Monday, so here’s a suggestion for you. A walk in Regent’s Park taking in the Frieze Sculpture Park in the English Garden. There are seventeen sculptures by some top names so you’re bound to find one that you like. Continue reading

Chu Enoki at the White Rainbow Gallery

Chu EnokiI was in two minds whether to go and see the Chu Enoki exhibition at the White Rainbow gallery. The thing is, it’s mainly about guns. Not something I feel a need for in my life, to be honest. Unlike Enoki, who seems to have had a lifetime obsession with them, beginning when he was a child in the fifties, after the Second World War. But anyway, I took a look, and found that the effect was not what I had expected. Continue reading

The Fiendish Innocence of Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo NaraSometimes I like to go to art shows by myself and sometimes I like to go with other people. For the Yoshitomo Nara show at the Dairy Art Centre, it was a sociable outing with regular visitor to this blog Yannick and new Twitter friend Allie. Which means I can share their perspective on the show with you as well as mine – some interesting insights to come. Continue reading

Bronze pumpkins in a garden – must be Kusama!

Kusama pumpkinsYayoi Kusama is best know for her spots. Her collaboration with Louis Vuitton a couple of years ago was all about spots. But they’re not the only major theme in her work – another one is pumpkins, three of which have now arrived for a stay at Victoria Miro in Shoreditch. They’re rather different from the characteristic child’s-drawing bright colours of her other work. They’re dark and handsome and bronze. Continue reading

Taku Aramasa and Yoshishige Saito at Annely Juda Fine Art

Yoshishige SaitoIn my search for Japanese artists showing in London it’s always exciting to come across an exhibition at one of the big west end galleries. So you can imagine how I felt when I discovered that Annely Juda Fine Art were showing not one but two Japanese artists. Their work forms a fascinating contrast: Yoshishige Saito is an abstract sculptor in the Constructivist mould while Taku Aramasa is a photographer with a special method of printing his work. Continue reading

Yutaka Sone – sculptured islands and more

Yutaka Sone

The exhibition of Yutaka Sone’s sculptures at the David Zwirner Gallery is a game of two halves. Downstairs are polished white marble shapes, cool and precise with a very Bond Street Gallery feel. But climb the elegant staircase and turn a corner and you’re suddenly confronted by something very different – so different you wonder if it can possibly be by the same artist. It’s a shock, but actually there’s more connection between upstairs and downstairs than you might think.  Continue reading