Art review: Grayson Perry at NPG and Late Turner at Tate

Long-term readers of this blog may remember my time at Washington Life Magazine covering art and theatre in and around the DC-area. It was such an enjoyable period, and I always hoped I’d be able to do something like that again.

It looks like I may have found my chance. I recently wrote a couple of articles for Phoenix Magazine and wanted to share them here.

The first covers a new exhibition of Grayson Perry at the National Portrait Gallery and seeks to explore age-old questions around identity. “Perry says that portraiture does what a thousand selfies can’t. We need someone else’s eyes, the theory goes, to see ourselves clearly, and throughout the project Perry frames himself as detective rather than dictator. Margaret Forster once wrote that ‘portrait painters gave up being intimidated long ago. Now they can make their own feelings known and dare to be boldly suggestive’, and Perry certainly moves from representation to interpretation – with mixed results.” You can read the full article here.

The second covers the Late Turner exhibit at the Tate Britain – an amazing celebration of the art produced in the later years of J.M.W. Turner. “The six rooms in the exhibit explore Turner’s sweeping themes and daring formats, and the effect is extraordinarily moving. His work is rooted in literary traditions, dealing with religion and mythology, epic gestures, the beginnings and endings of stories. Some pieces are saturated with urgency and high energy, others display a real delicacy and a lightness of touch.” You can read the rest of that article here.

Really looking forward to seeing what comes of this new opportunity and I’m excited to see London through a new project.


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