Was Giacometti a sex freak?

Giacometti caught mumps as a teenager, inflaming his testicles. Swelling up, they then shrank, atrophying and rendering him infertile. He later blamed this case of the mumps on his impotence. It seismically shifted in his attitude to sex. A tapered dildo with eyes at one end. The work Disagreeable Object by Giacometti has been described as a ‘tapered dildo with eyes at one end’ and … Continue reading Was Giacometti a sex freak?

An artwork by Georgia O'Keeffe of a egg yellow hole in a large red pelvis

What is the #1 city for art in the USA?

Forget New York and Chicago. Detroit has just slipped to #2. The #1 art destination in the United States is Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here’s why. Making tracks in the Railyard Arts District. The wrong side of the tracks has been transformed into a hub for arts that’s rivalling the great art cities of the United States. There’s a suite of commercial galleries including Blue … Continue reading What is the #1 city for art in the USA?

Salty Scenes of Seattle, exclusively at Watson Kennedy.

Watson Kennedy in Seattle has been described as a ‘preview of heaven’ by the Huffington Post. Ted Kennedy Watson, the man behind the store, is ‘a Seattle tastemaker’ according to Town & Country magazine. Plus, Ted has also won the Northwest Design Award for Interior Design. Now Watson Kennedy is also the exclusive home of my Salty Scenes of Seattle series. Described by one collector … Continue reading Salty Scenes of Seattle, exclusively at Watson Kennedy.

Top 6 exhibitions you must see in Venice.

1. Simone Leigh at the USA Pavilion. The extraordinary vision of Simone Leigh at the USA Pavilion is breathtaking. She has totally transformed the space, reclaiming the pavilion in a form that’s true to her as an artist and acknowledging the weight of sacrifice that made this place possible. By far, it’s the best thing in the biennale this year and no matter how much … Continue reading Top 6 exhibitions you must see in Venice.

What are ghost signs and ghost works?

Ghost signs are old advertising signs painted on the exterior of buildings that have faded into the brickwork or timber. Many are glimpsed only when a building is demolished revealing a hidden facade. Ghost works are collages created by overpainting magazine pages with thin glazes of acrylic paint so text and images ghost through the paint. This collage technique, invented by artist Ray Monde, gives … Continue reading What are ghost signs and ghost works?

The best place to stop between Sydney and Canberra

The best place to stop between Sydney and Canberra.

Berrima is the perfect place to stop on between Sydney and Canberra. It’s just a couple of minutes off the highway. There’s no traffic and it’s the cutest Georgian town in all of Australia with fabulous places to eat and things to see. Why you must stop at Berrima on the road from Canberra to Sydney. For years we drove between Sydney and Canberra every … Continue reading The best place to stop between Sydney and Canberra.

What comes after Rauschenberg’s ‘most powerful image of anal intercourse ever’?

Art critic Robert Hughes famously described Rauschenberg’s Monogram as “The most powerful image of anal intercourse ever to emerge from the rank psychological depths of modern art.” The art work itself went through several iterations between 1955-1959. During Pride Month, almost 70 years after Rauschenberg’s creation, let’s look at what contemporary artists say about queerness in their art. Pablo Bronstein: “Queer art is about working … Continue reading What comes after Rauschenberg’s ‘most powerful image of anal intercourse ever’?

How I became a stalker to be part of art history in Seattle.

I’ve only been a stalker once in my life. I move to Seattle in early 2020 in The Before Times. Forbidden from making art in my new temporary home, I must find an art studio fast. All the big tech companies in Seattle, like Amazon and Microsoft, gobble up real estate, sending prices soaring. Google Maps shows me the way to The Good Arts Building, … Continue reading How I became a stalker to be part of art history in Seattle.