‘Unspeakable, Mysterious Night’ – The Photography of Bill Henson

Bill Henson is the maker of modern myth cast in available light. The distinctive Australian artist has a long history of creating dramatic images in the twilight, images that, although serious, are never harsh, but instead are always beautifully, if not glossily presented. A collection of Henson’s photographs ‘1985’ has recently been released by Stanley/Barker,… Continue reading ‘Unspeakable, Mysterious Night’ – The Photography of Bill Henson

The Desert Song – The Barjeel Art Foundation Collection at the Whitechapel Gallery

The construction of the Aswan Dam in the 1960s was, like seemingly everything in that era, a Cold War altercation between East and West. America and Britain refused to pay for the building of Aswan, which fans out into the blue Nile like the Art Deco proscenium arch of the Hollywood Bowl, its desert shades… Continue reading The Desert Song – The Barjeel Art Foundation Collection at the Whitechapel Gallery

His Fortress was a Faithful Heart

The flickering outdoor light cast a milky pattern across the back yard pond Oonagh had dug on her forty fifth birthday. Michael stared at the water and remembered the dirt piling up beside the wooden deckchair he had sat in while she worked. Oonagh had the habit of making household rearrangements to mark milestones. On… Continue reading His Fortress was a Faithful Heart

Adventures of the Black Square – Whitechapel Gallery

A century has passed since Kazimir Malevich’s Black Quadrilateral was unveiled in Russia and the painting forms the starting point of the Whitechapel Gallery’s Adventures of the Black Square, which examines the influence the painting has had on abstract art in the years that have followed. Malevich developed his artistic style to the point of… Continue reading Adventures of the Black Square – Whitechapel Gallery