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Another artistic response to an historic building…. thumb

Another artistic response to an historic building….

I travelled to the north-east during the middle of August to catch up with family and friends.  I was encouraged by some of my artist friends living and working in the north-east to pay a visit to Wallington Hall to see the exhibition Unfinished Business. It was also a good reason to see where some […]

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The shape of things to come: new sculpture thumb

The shape of things to come: new sculpture

The sculpture exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea is the latest exhibition made up of a mix of old and young sculptors, making their anarchic presence felt in the space that was once an army barracks. There are works by David Altmejd, John Baldessari and Rebecca Warren to name but a few. In the […]

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Tracey Emin: Love Is What You Want thumb

Tracey Emin: Love Is What You Want

Now showing at the Hayward Gallery in London until 29 August, Tracey Emin’s new show is all about love or so she says! This exhibition covers every period of her career including some works seldom seen. There are some new sculptures made especially for the Hayward Gallery. A frank confessional approach to her work is […]

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Louise Bourgeois: Death of the Spider Woman thumb

Louise Bourgeois: Death of the Spider Woman

It is just under a year since the French-born American artist, Louise Bourgeois died of heart failure at the age of 98. She gained recognition and fame quite late in a long career. At age 70 her psychologically charged abstract sculptures, drawings and prints had a galvanizing effect on the work of younger artists and […]

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Why is Nancy Spero so angry? thumb

Why is Nancy Spero so angry?

The rallying call of Spero raised questions for me and the OCA students who came to the Nancy Spero exhibition. Spero confronts in her installation Maypole Take No Prisoners II which is made from steel, silk, wood, nylon filament, handprint on aluminium. It’s composed of hand-printed severed heads with protruding tongues attached to the maypole […]

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Cindy Sherman: Master of Disguise thumb

Cindy Sherman: Master of Disguise

Cindy Sherman has had a profound effect on the artists of her generation. Her work can be described largely as repellent and yet it is alluring at the same time. There is also the added ingredient of humour instilled in the way she treats issues of femininity, the role of women in society, sexuality and […]

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What next in the Turbine Hall? thumb

What next in the Turbine Hall?

Tacita Dean is the third British Artist chosen to take part in the Unilever Series in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall; she is one of the Young British Artists generation. Following in the footsteps of Anish Kapoor in 2002 – with his vast trumpet-like Marsyas – and then Rachel Whiteread in 2005, when she filled the […]

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Eileen Cooper: life laid bare thumb

Eileen Cooper: life laid bare

Eileen Cooper is a painter and printmaker and Head of the Printmaking at the Royal Academy Schools.  Her unique style is one that penetrates the mind and stays with you long after you have visited an exhibition of her work.  See life laid bare as we view naked women neither to skinny or to fat […]

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Susan Hiller: Death, Desire and Language thumb

Susan Hiller: Death, Desire and Language

The work of artist Susan Hiller is described as being radical, provocative and inventive dealing with issues around death, encounters with UFOs, E.S.P., automatic writing and the artist as shaman. She cites major influences in her work as being Minimalism, Fluxus, aspects of Surrealism and her previous area of study in anthropology. Using postcards, photomat […]

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Gallery visit: Nancy Spero thumb

Gallery visit: Nancy Spero

Well worth a visit: On Saturday 2 April I will be hosting a visit for six students to the Nancy Spero retrospective at the Serpentine Gallery. Entertaining, challenging and stimulating, a good day out is on offer. If you would like to go please email enquiries@oca-uk.com to secure your free place. We will meet at […]

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