London: Mike Nelson ‘The Asset Strippers’ at The Duveen Galleries, Tate Britain.

Looking at Mike Nelson's installation in the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain, 2019, 'a cross between a sculpture court and an asset strippers’ warehouse' that includes objects from the post-war Britain including enormous knitting machines, woodwork stripped from a former army barracks, graffitied steel awnings and doors from an NHS hospital and a variety of …

Book: Modernists & Mavericks ~ Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters by Martin Gayford

I picked this book up a few days ago not thinking it would hold much of interest as I have read a lot on Bacon and other artists of that time and I have not painted for a few years now but I tore through it in three days and I would highly recommend it …

Wish me a Wonder at Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford.

Wish me a Wonder, a group show currently at Garter Lane Art Centre in Waterford, features four fairly recent graduates, three painters and one sculptor/installation artist - Emma Hayes, Sarah O'Brien, Sven Sandberg and Liliane Puthod respectively - all of whom are represented by the Berlin Opticians Gallery in Dublin. Often, of necessity, we judge …

London: Sean Scully

I was passing London's National Gallery and saw there was a Sean Scully show on. Sean Scully is supposedly one of Ireland's greatest living contemporary painters but I have long had a low opinion of his stripey paintings, unchanged as they have remained for decades. But art is about questioning things, including opinions, so as …

London : Franz West

I was in London a few weeks back specifically to attend a lecture on Phyllida Barlow's Cul de Sac - a show at the Royal Academy which I will post about next - but my first stop was Franz West's retrospective at the Tate Modern. I didn't know much about West's work which is possibly …