Browsing Category: modernism

  • Toilet of Modern Art, Vienna

    I’m not even going to mention the most famous toilet in modern art, but here’s another pretender to the throne, no pun intended. Hundertwasser was an Viennese architect. His quirky creations are a guide book mainstay, with their undulating floors and irregular windows. Coach parties love him. Just streets apart in the East of the …

    December 13, 2011
  • Gordon Matta-Clark, Splitting (1974)

    Novelist Philip Roth is known for having said: “When a writer is born into a family, that family is finished.” And this work by Gordon Matta-Clark suggests a comparable model for artists. The house which he literally saws in two is described in a caption to the film of the event as a “typical family …

    March 6, 2011
  • Rory Macbeth, The Wanderer by Franz Kafka, 2011

    Looking at art and reading can seem poles apart. Galleries are public spaces in which we move from one room to another. Reading is usually sedentary and usually in some way private. But The Wanderer by Franz Kafka, by Rory Macbeth, suggests otherwise. The title promises a mobile activity, while the reading which took place …

    February 1, 2011
  • Preview: Modern Times at Kettle's Yard

    Modern Times – Responding to Chaos, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, until March 14 2010 Attempts to build a world order invariably result in chaos. Some of the outcomes can be seen at a new exhibition at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge. Modern Times: Responding to Chaos is the first of a series of shows in which creative protagonists …

    January 28, 2010
  • Preview: Sanity Assassin by Amanda Beech

    Spike Island will hold the first major solo show in a public space for Amanda Beech. The West Country gallery promises a nightmarish trip to America’s West Coast. Sanity Assassin is a three screen video installation with a sinister sculptural element, a series of chainsaws atop a mirrored plinth. This display, based on a real …

    January 23, 2010