I review Andrew M Hurley’s second collection, The Unusual Death of Julie Christie and other stories at The Lancashire Writing Hub.
After watching a Culture Show (BBC2) special on the Royal Academy Summer Show last night and allowing myself to get all riled up about the art bollocks issuing from the judges’ lips while discussing artists shortlisted for the Wollaston Prize, I stayed up to watch Alan Yentob’s programme on Louise Bourgeois (Imagine, BBC4) and hoped it would be better. And it was. But it was Louise Bourgeois, not the programme in particular, that I enjoyed. Did Bourgeois talk art bollocks? […]
My review of Clifford Garstang‘s debut collection of short stories, In An Uncharted Country is now in the The Short Review. Left: Along the Cliff Top. Chromographic print by Diane Becker.
Found at bus stop. Went to see a new exhibition, Revolver by artist David Newton, which includes a number of portraits, some recently exhibited at the Admiral Lord Rodney pub in Colne. The pub website states that Newton’s work is ‘concerned primarily with the associative nature of image and context’ and (it continues) the motto for his work and life is ‘watch where you’re walking’. An apposite sentiment, I thought, given the initiative (above) by the local council to remove […]
Artist Grayson Perry curates Unpopular Culture – an Arts Council touring exhibition currently showing at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston. Perry’s selection of figurative painting, documentary photography and bronze sculpture is a personal narrative of Britain from the late 1940s to the 1980s. Brilliantly conceived, it juxtaposes stark black and white images of the working class – pub-goers, beauty pageants and harassed dads – alongside vigorous and lyrical paintings by Auerbach, Burra and Carel Weight and bronzes by […]