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 …

Week 8 – One Here Now : Brian O’Doherty Murals at The Sirius Art Centre in Cobh.

Twenty years ago Brian O' Doherty, the artist, writer, theorist and author of the collection of seminal essays Inside the White Cube, thoughts on the gallery space and its role in the development of twentieth century art, created a series of murals in a square gallery space in the then young and under funded Sirius …

Week 6 : Situations-Work Ethic-Helen Molesworth & more thoughts on the socially-engaged artist.

Helen Molesworth's curatorial essay for Work Ethic at the Baltimore Museum of Modern Art in 2004 was an interesting read for me in that it threw a different light on the movements of the 1960s. While I had seen those movements-Art Povera, Performance, Conceptual Art, Land Art and so forth- as the artists failed attempt to …

The White Cube (Space Cadets:An exploration of context and its role in the contemporary artwork): Conclusion & References

As painting shifted from its role as a window of illusion in the late nineteenth century to questioning its own nature, the gilt-edged frame broke down, the sculpture came down from its plinth and the surrounding space was implicated in the work. The walls, acting as an extension of the frame, became the church of …