I have chosen Baud Postma’s photograph to wave farewell to 2017. A tender embrace. A gentle touch of ambiguity about the bond that brings two men together. Because mystery, sensitivity and sensuality are three things I hope for in the New Year. The photograph is on show at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize until February 8th. Go and see it these holidays.
I am heading to Colombia to capture inspiration and ideas for new projects. Follow the adventure on Instagram.
I wish you a wonderful festive season and I will see you in 2018.
Summer brings a profound tension between chilling in the sun and making the most of the time off to explore art galleries and museums. My mantra: always minimum compromise. Before I pack for the holidays, these are a few must-do art exhibitions that you can enjoy by the Med, as you sail your summer away. See you there or back in September!
Photo London opens next week on Thursday 18th until Sunday 21st at Somerset House in central London. In its third edition, the fair has gained momentum and photography is settling into London’s annual art calendar. To accompany the fair, three exhibitions by Mat Collishaw, Isaac Julien and Taryn Simon will also open at Somerset House. Since the coming week will all be about photography, May’s gallery highlights are commercial exhibitions on the medium. Expect pleasure-seeking from a young Maisie Cousins, a look back at Renate Bertlmann’s feminist wit and timeless elegance on the nature of desire and the gaze by Isaac Julien.
Two to check out this month if you are hungry for images. Two exhibitions of works on paper, photography and collage respectively, that turn the focus onto the medium itself. Two group shows that offer a historical foundation in dialogue with current art practices. Both key for their relevance in our image-saturated age and also for their serendipity in showing works from different periods by the same artists. Just a hint: See Barbara Kruger’s powerful shout-out large frames at Skarstedt and then have a peek of a rare-to-catch small collage at Luxembourg & Dayan.