Art

Themes and References in Joanna Newsom’s Sapokanikan

Yesterday Joanna Newsom announced Divers, her fourth studio album and her first since 2010’s beautiful and generous Have One on Me. Divers is due out on 23 October on Drag City. Accompanying this revelation, she also unveiled the video for the album’s first single. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, ‘Sapokanikan’ shows Newsom strolling, striding, and sashaying through the streets of New York City. ‘Sapokanikan’ is…

Daily Visual 01.08.15: York Art Gallery Reopens

After a refurbishment costing £8 million which has taken two and a half years to complete, today York Art Gallery reopened. Since shutting its doors in January 2012, the venue has seen its exhibition space increased by 60%, with the creation of new first-floor galleries, and an expansion into some of the rooms previously occupied by the City Archives. An enlarged café area, operated…

Daily Visual 30.07.15: Ai Weiwei and Facing History

A major Ai Weiwei retrospective will open at the Royal Academy of Arts in London on 19 September. Billed as ‘the first major institutional survey of his work ever held in the UK’ and looking back over two decades of his career, the retrospective – curated with collaboration from the artist – will also feature new works created specifically for the RA’s…

Daily Visual 22.07.15: Anthony Caro in Yorkshire

With Barbara Hepworth off visiting at Tate Britain in London, in Yorkshire a two-site exhibition opened this week, providing a thorough retrospective of the work of Anthony Caro. Indoors at the Hepworth Wakefield, Caro’s sculpture will be shown in the context of his career-long engagement with architecture, which became increasingly explicit across his later years. Meanwhile the Yorkshire Sculpture Park will take…

Woman Reading and The Oasis of Matisse

The Oasis of Matisse – billed as the largest ever exhibition of Henri Matisse’s work in the Netherlands; and as the first Matisse retrospective of any size in the country for fifty years – is currently at the Stedelijk in Amsterdam. It will run until 16 August. The Stedelijk is boasting an unusual approach to such a retrospective. The ground…

Daily Visual 24.06.15: Barbara Hepworth at Tate Britain

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World opened today at Tate Britain. The exhibition will run until 25 October. It is the first major Hepworth exhibition in London for almost fifty years. Owing to this, several previews cast the exhibition almost as the rehabilitation of a neglected artist: Hepworth brought ‘out of the shadows and back in focus’. Taking a different…

Daily Visual 12.06.15: Garage Museum Opens in Gorky Park

Today Garage Museum of Contemporary Art opened in a new space in Moscow. Founded by Dasha Zhukova in 2008, Garage took up provisional residence in the building of the former Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage: an 8,500 square-metre public garage conceptualised by Konstantin Melnikov in 1925, while in Paris for the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts, and designed by Melnikov with…

Pyotr F. Sokolov: Watercolour Portraits in the Age of Pushkin

Following my piece ‘On the Fugitive and French and Russian Poetry’ – which considered fugitive poetry in eighteenth-century France, and its influence upon the Golden Age of Russian poets including Alexander Pushkin, Konstantin Batyushkov, and Prince Pyotr Vyazemsky – I thought I would take a look at a Russian painter who encapsulated the Pushkin era. Active from the middle of…

Podcast: Banks of the Marne and Zola’s House at Médan, by Cézanne

An aural and visual composite of two pieces on Cézanne: on Banks of the Marne, which he painted in 1888, and which I first considered within the context of Cézanne’s career after viewing it during the exhibition Impressionism: Sensation and Inspiration, held at the Hermitage Amsterdam in 2013; and on Zola’s House at Médan (or Le Château de Médan), painted between 1879…