Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Double-frozen Still Life

Alaskan Wolves (1994), Hiroshi Sugimoto © Hiroshi Sugimoto

Alaskan Wolves (1994), Hiroshi Sugimoto © Hiroshi Sugimoto

Sometimes I go looking for art in small, hidden galleries; sometimes I trek off to the farthest reaches of London; but for this exhibition, all I had to do was stroll round to the back of the Royal Academy on Piccadilly, go in through the grand portals of their Burlington Gardens gallery, ignore the imposing staircase straight ahead and take a sharp right into the Pace Gallery where the work of Hiroshi Sugimoto is currently on display. Continue reading

Cartoons into art

Pace GalleryWhen I saw the Pace Gallery were having an exhibition exploring the influence of the cartoon on contemporary art, titled Everything falls Faster than an Anvil, my mind immediately filled with images. Astro Boy, the boy robot with rockets in his boots, the creation of manga genius Osamu Tezuka; Totoro, the irresistibly cuddly wood spirit from My Neighbour Totoro, the masterpiece of Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, and much more. I was keen to see all that translated into contemporary art. But it just shows how having a certain mindset can send you down the wrong path, because what did I find? Continue reading

Mingei at the Pace Gallery

Pace Gallery Mingei

The Pace Gallery in Soho surprised me, perhaps because I’m used to seeing their website, which has a big international gallery feel, and their new and imposing flagship gallery in Burlington House, shared with the Royal Academy. So I didn’t expect a discreet, almost hidden door down a back street behind Piccadilly Circus. But I duly rang the bell and climbed to the first floor to find a spacious gallery which has apparently been there for years without my noticing. And a remarkable exhibition of Mingei. Continue reading