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

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

The Orders of the Night – Anselm Kiefer – Royal Academy of Arts

From the lingering drone that opens Wagner’s ‘Das Rheingold’ to the riotous satire of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Three Penny Opera’, German culture is nothing but consistently stirring and the work of Anselm Kiefer stands at the forefront of the Germanic cultural panorama. But in the years since the Second World War, this stack… Continue reading The Orders of the Night – Anselm Kiefer – Royal Academy of Arts