Saturday, 1 August 2015

I will be taking part in The Undead Painters' FLASH SALON on August 14th. The Undead Painters Forums aim to provoke discussion about prominent issues in contemporary painting by bringing together some of the most skilled and knowledgable painters working in and around London today. Founded by James Petrucci and Alastair Gordon in 2013 the Undead Painters meet several times a year to conduct forums and exhibitions.

FLASH SALON takes place at Bond House Gallery, ASC Studios Entrance 2, Bond House, Goodwood Road, London SE14 6BL: 6-8.30pm

More information here

My article on Agnes Martin at Tate Modern is now online on AbCrit, an excerpt is below:

Agnes Martin said that inspiration found her and that she could take no credit for it, she just emptied her head – especially of thoughts of herself – and inspiration would come into her ‘vacant mind’. She maintained that her personality and experiences were irrelevant to her work, a belief that has commonly been reinforced by the few people allowed to witness her sitting for hours, waiting for inspiration to appear in the guise of a minute but fully formed mental image. Martin’s gallerist (and eventual friend) Arne Glimcher wrote, “…she was extremely self-effacing and separated her persona from her art. She believed that she was the locus where her art happened, rather than its creator.” Yet critics and curators seem less easily satisfied: who was the reclusive Agnes Martin, and from where did her ‘inspired’ paintings develop? 

Read the full article here