MAURIZIO CATTELAN’S "AMERICA": TEN LAYERS OF IRONY IN A GOLD TOILET

It's quite a hoot that the Guggenheim Museum offered to lend the White House Maurizio Cattelan’s America - a functioning gold toilet - after turning down their request for a Van Gogh landscape.  There are ten layers of irony in this:A toilet made of gold.A gift of a toilet made of gold to a man … Continue reading MAURIZIO CATTELAN’S "AMERICA": TEN LAYERS OF IRONY IN A GOLD TOILET

PHOEBE CUMMINGS, WOMEN’S HOUR CRAFT PRIZE

I eventually got to the exhibition of the Women's Hour Craft Prize at the V&A. I liked the prize piece, Phoebe Cummings' Triumph of the Immaterial, a construction in unfired clay of beautiful flowers, reminiscent of Dutch flower painting. There is a short video in the exhibition which shows Cummings using historical reference material, so … Continue reading PHOEBE CUMMINGS, WOMEN’S HOUR CRAFT PRIZE

HIGH & OVER AND THE SUN HOUSES, AMERSHAM

We went to see High & Over and the Sun Houses in Amersham, modernist houses at the far end of Metroland in the stockbroker belt of Buckinghamshire. These four uncompromising buildings were the work of Amyas Connell, the New Zealand born architect who is credited with introducing the International Style to British domestic architecture. They … Continue reading HIGH & OVER AND THE SUN HOUSES, AMERSHAM

NICHOLAS VERGETTE TILE PANEL DISCOVERED (2)

I posted earlier about the discovery under a false wall of tile panels by Nicholas Vergette. I went to see them recently and was bowled over: they are interesting and a beautiful thing to have in a house. One panel decorates a chimney breast, another the lower half of a wall in a sitting room. They … Continue reading NICHOLAS VERGETTE TILE PANEL DISCOVERED (2)

TENERIFE NATIVITY

We stayed in Santa Cruz de Tenerife for Christmas and discovered the elaborate nativity scenes that institutions and neighbourhoods make, each outbidding the other in size and complexity. The Canarian belén portrays imagined street scenes and trades of Bethlehem, and potters are often included. I liked these, with their small, perfectly made terracotta and maiolica … Continue reading TENERIFE NATIVITY

NICHOLAS VERGETTE TILE PANEL DISCOVERED

A hitherto unknown tile panel by Nicholas Vergette has been discovered in a house in England. I was contacted by the owner who wanted to authenticate it and from the photos he sent me I am almost certain it was made by Vergette. I have yet to see it, but there is little doubt it … Continue reading NICHOLAS VERGETTE TILE PANEL DISCOVERED