Browsing Category: performance

  • Preview: Art Must-Sees in Museums at Night 2010

    Museums at Night is a nationwide campaign running the weekend of May 14-16, organised by Culture24. Here are my picks of the best after-hours activities in the world of contemporary art: Light Night at the Bluecoat, the Bluecoat, Liverpool, Friday May 14 Local musicians with world influences bring rhythms of the night to Bluecoat. Sit …

    April 15, 2010
  • Interview: Marcus Coates

    Marcus Coates, The Plover’s Wing, 2009. Courtesy the Artist and Workplace Gallery. Marcus Coates arrives wearing neither badger fur nor stag antlers. He drinks tea, not peyote, and does not bark, yelp or fall into a trance. In fact there is no evidence at all this man has a hotline to the animal kingdom. His …

    March 11, 2010
  • Art must-sees this month: March

    Here are my visual arts picks from around the UK for March. Written for Culture24. Richard Hamilton – Modern Moral Matters, Serpentine Gallery, London 60 years after his first solo show, Richard Hamilton is still making loaded images. His show at Serpentine is a mixed media commentary on conflict in Northern Ireland, the Middle East …

    March 4, 2010
  • Preview: Tom Pope – The Escapades of the Higher Man

    Exhibition: Tom Pope – The Escapades of the Higher Man, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, until April 18 2010 Having foreseen the coming of the Higher Man, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche had, surely, grand deeds in mind. He could not have predicted a photographer from Bristol would come along and try to catch a bucket of …

    February 25, 2010
  • Preview: Anthony Schrag – Wrasslin'

    Exhibition: Anthony Schrag – Wrasslin’, The Punch and Judy Gazebo, Margate Beach, February 20 2010 Scrapping on Margate beach sounds like the antithesis of art, but this Saturday artist Anthony Schrag will be on hand to wrestle with the public. Advance publicity offers the chance to use him as a “human punchbag”. It claims that …

    February 18, 2010
  • Review: Marcus Coates – Psychopomp

    Exhibition: Marcus Coates – Psychopomp, Milton Keynes Gallery, until April 4 2010 It is amazing what Marcus Coates gets away with. A film called Journey to the Lower World shows him inform tower block residents that he has been to the spirit kingdom to consult animals about their fate. To get there, he reveals, he …

    February 16, 2010
  • Interview: David Blandy – Work of Fiction

    Picking up his gong in the Breakthrough category at The Times/South Bank Show 2010 Awards, artist David Blandy might have thanked the man who dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. During WWII, his grandfather was a prisoner of war and Japan’s surrender is said to have saved his life. “How do I reconcile my life and …

    February 16, 2010
  • Preview: André Stitt – Substance

    Exhibition: André Stitt – Substance, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, until March 6 2010 The 1970s and 1980s were André Stitt’s formative years. He lived in Belfast. Conflict and trauma may be his greatest artistic influences. In a city where people took sides, Stitt chose a truly committed medium: performance art. His work is hard hitting, …

    February 6, 2010
  • Preview: Richard Grayson at De La Warr Pavilion

    Exhibition: Richard Grayson – An Exhibition, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, until March 14 2010 The show is simply called An Exhibition, but music and words feature as heavily as visual art in this five-year retrospective of works by Richard Grayson. A Country & Western band, from Australia, play tunes that occasionally borrow …

    February 6, 2010
  • Preview: Simon Whitehead – Afield & Louphole

    Exhibition: Afield & Louphole by Simon Whitehead, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys, February 6 – April 7 2010. With a background in both geography and dance, Simon Whitehead has an unusual CV. But it does mean he is well placed to stage physical encounters with landscape. Whitehead has been using ‘pedestrian practices’ to investigate the …

    February 4, 2010