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Constance Morton

I just bought a delightful picture by her, of farm buildings in watercolour with pen and ink. Unframed. The internet says not much more than her dates. Anyone know more about her?

James Pope-Hennessy

Wondering whether James Pope-Hennessy might make a good book. The only problem is that he has some overlap with Watson, so he may have to come later after some other book or books.

Michael Craig-Martin at the Serpentine Gallery

I went to this solely on the basis of a review in the FT; otherwise I would have casually assumed that he wasn’t for me. in fact it was a fascinating show, even for someone knowing nothing about the artist. I suppose it is trite to say that there are similarities with Patrick Caulfield’s work. That may at least guide [Read More…]

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Books My first book, British and Irish Art 1945-1951 From War to Festival, was published in 2010, and a biography of Peter Watson, written with Jeremy Dronfield, was published by John Blake on April 2nd, 2015. Queer Saint: The Cultured Life of Peter Watson Reviews Editor’s Choice, British Art Journal, Volume XVI No 1 Summer 2015 “…most enjoyable and revealing…” [Read More…]

Gerald Wilde at the October Gallery

I don’t think I have visited Old Gloucester Street before. It isn’t an obvious route anywhere. It has something about it which screams “typical Central London back street”. There are many such streets north of Oxford Street for example. It contains many types of buildings, shuffling rather uncomfortably together, the mix a result of post-War planning decisions maybe a little helped by [Read More…]

David Jones at Pallant House

Visited the show in Chichester on Saturday. It is the usual excellent Pallant House show, with exhibits carefully chosen to show the artist’s development. There is a slight problem conveying the multifarious nature of this particulr artist’s output, as he worked in a number of mediums and was also a well-known and highly regarded author. It makes it difficult to [Read More…]

Brian Sewell

Yesterday I attended his Memorial Service in St James’s, Piccadilly. Despite its 17th C origins, this always feels like a brand new church inside, with its rebuilding after the War and its clear glass. It certainly has no feel of the 1680’s, apart from the amazing Grinling Gibbons carving around the altar. Anyway, for some reason it was felt to [Read More…]

Gerald Wilde

It is always exciting to note that a new show will open in London of an obscure but fascinating artist like Gerald Wilde. It does the Gallery in question great credit that they are prepared to promote someone whose reputation is, by definition, a little challenged. I for one am very much looking forward to seeing what promises to be a [Read More…]

Edmond Brock at Mount Stewart

On our annual visit to Northern Ireland we visited Mount Stewart, as usual, and saw the largely invisible reconstruction that has taken place (as recorded in 6 programmes on UTV.) Everything spick and span, but not too modern-looking. A peculiar form of reinstatement of some imaginary period chosen as the house’s finest moment. Such are the vagaries of curatorial taste [Read More…]

Kenneth Rowntree. A Centenary Exhibition

I have a plan to get to distant Chichester to wonderful Pallant House right at the end of the current Rowntree exhibition. There are some rare Chekhov plays showing at the Festival Theatre and my wife and I are going to combine the two cultural experiences. In the meantime, I have read and perused the catalogue and what a joy [Read More…]