A Visual Autobiography: Thomas Ruff at Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Gallery is white-walled, trendy and modern. Despite being a gallery with lengthy history, having opened in 1901 for the residents of the East End, and possessing a façade in the Arts and Crafts style – the environment inside feels very studious and youthful. The institution’s reopening in 2009 brought spaces such as the research… Read More A Visual Autobiography: Thomas Ruff at Whitechapel Gallery

Reflections

Procrastinating before a 72-hour-exam is a must. I bored of trawling Instagram, desiring something (marginally) more productive…And a blog post is good essay-writing practice, right? Today I finally caught ‘Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites’ at the National Gallery.  It explores the influence of the famous (or infamous, through its numerous kitsch reproductions, which doubtless… Read More Reflections

Review: Paul Nash and the Uncanny Landscape

A self-proclaimed “war artist without a war,” Paul Nash’s words made me feel a little uneasy the first time I read them. The artworks by Nash and his featured contemporaries do not depict war-torn, rubble-adorned landscapes, but instead portray rather sombre scenes of pastures and industrial towns. As the exhibition’s title suggests, there is definitely… Read More Review: Paul Nash and the Uncanny Landscape

Arthur Jafa: Love is the Message, the Message is Death.

Arthur Jafa’s work entitled ‘Love is the Message, The Message is Death’ is a seven and a half minute video exploring different elements of the African American experience. One reaches the roof after ascending three floors of an office block and is met by a huge black tent. Jafa has said that the tent is… Read More Arthur Jafa: Love is the Message, the Message is Death.