New Art for a New Age

Now, can I first say, it’s not that I desire to play off two [wonderful] Midlands exhibitions against each other to the detriment of one. But, when two exhibitions crop in just six months, exploring a similar area of art history, comparison seems only natural. I thoroughly enjoyed Tate-touring exhibition ‘The Indiscipline of Painting’ (at … Continue reading

The Indiscipline of Painting at The Mead Gallery

The Indiscipline of Painting is a telling title. It tells how this period of art, the abstraction of the 1960s onwards, proposes a playful alternative to the discipline, or tradition, of painting for hundreds of years before. And like any young teen acting up, it’s wonderfully, but harmlessly cheeky. You can feel the adolescence of … Continue reading

George Shaw ‘I Woz Ere’

George Shaw’s paintings of his childhood council-house-haunt are the talk of the art scene. This week it was announced Martin Boyce pipped him to the post, claiming the 2011 Turner Prize. When people hear of George Shaw’s paintings, many assume that his remarkably neat-around-the edges approach to the fraying and untidy suburbs will result in … Continue reading

Hubert Dalwood

The Mead Gallery this term presents an extensive collection of the works of the 20th century sculptor Hubert Dalwood. This prolific, but not widely recognised post-war artist, worked every two to three years towards a showcasing opportunity with a differing approach to sculpture, never resting in on the unsatisfactory, always challenging and changing. The Mead … Continue reading

‘Carved, Cast and Modelled’ – Sculpture from the Barber Collection

‘Carved, cast and modelled’ could be described as an antipode to the capacious sculpture exhibition currently held at the Royal Academy of Arts in London – ‘Modern British Sculpture.’ That is, if the Royal Academy show questions what sculpture is and should be in the future, the Barber Institute efficiently envisages a definition of the … Continue reading

Hannah Starkey ’29 pictures’

Hannah Starkey, celebrated British contemporary, is currently exhibiting a collection of photographs that from the entitling: ’Twenty Nine Pictures,’ would seem fit for a mindless assortment, and yet this retrospective is a highly cohesive, well-formed and prima facie, thematic show of stalwart pictures. As an important aside, before I launch into an account of the … Continue reading

The Dizzy of Art

Banksy most be one of the most well-known artists of our generation. Street art as a whole is quickly becoming the twenty-first century’s pop art – the Dizzy Rascal of art. In Coventry, is an exhibition dedicated to the celebrated genre – ‘Street Art: Contemporary Prints from the V&A’, at the Herbert Art Gallery and … Continue reading

Women – Female Virtue

I am desperate to discuss with you the most beautiful work of art I’ve seen in the last week, and the most intellectual and morally inspirational work of art I’ve seen in the last week. The absolutely perfect coincidence is that they have something in common, Female Virtue. The work of art who’s beauty is … Continue reading

It has to be this Way2, Lindsay Seers at the Mead Gallery

Whether or not people agree art is becoming increasing inviting, it is becoming increasing involving. The way of contemporary art, and so much of the work exhibited at the Arts centre’s Mead Gallery, is to immerse its audience into the varying 3D and multi-media format of the art. It seems logical that this should become … Continue reading