LEIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM

  Leighton House Museum, the house Frederic Leighton built for himself in Holland Park, which I visited yesterday, will start a big improvement programme soon, due for completion in 2021. Leighton House is famous for its Orientalist decoration, furnished from Leighton's travels in the near East, and notable for walls covered in Iznik and Persian tiles … Continue reading LEIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM

QUERUBIM LAPA

On a visit to Lisbon I found that the azulejo tradition is not only more deeply rooted in Portugal's culture than I realised but that it remains alive and is being continually renewed. The Lisbon metro has been decorated in azulejos over the last twenty years, using modern techniques like screen printing and styles and … Continue reading QUERUBIM LAPA

"ALTERNATIVE VISIONS", CHELTENHAM

Max Frances, HiddenI was in Cheltenham at the weekend, exhibiting at Handmade in Britain in Cheltenham Town Hall, a well-chosen craft fair with very good quality work in all media. While I was there I went to The Wilson, Cheltenham's museum and art gallery, which has a famous collection of Cotswolds Arts and Crafts, which … Continue reading "ALTERNATIVE VISIONS", CHELTENHAM

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

RACHEL WHITEREAD AT TATE BRITAIN

My preparation for Handmade in Britain is in on track, so I went to see the Rachel Whiteread retrospective at Tate Britain (above). Whiteread has shown remarkable consistency over the thirty years since her Slade graduation, casting objects and the space around them to give us surprising views of the familiar world. Her high profile works, … Continue reading RACHEL WHITEREAD AT TATE BRITAIN