“Praxitella” and “The Little Seamstress”

  As I walk around the room my eyes turn from single portraits of men to groups of them, all heads down with white hats on. I push on further and am suddenly struck by two paintings side by side. I think, besides me, they are the only other women in this part of the gallery. My eyes flicker and scan the tittles placed at the right of either painting. Praxitella and The Little Seamstress.. A stone woman glares down at me, demanding questions or answers, whichever I have. It seems almost like a reversal of Medusa, only this time…

Queen & Country: Art and Memorial

In 2008 the Turner Prize-Winning artist Steve McQueen produced the artwork Queen & Country. Having been commissioned in 2003 by the Imperial War Museum to create a piece commemorating those who lost their lives in the Iraq War, McQueen finally came up with his exhibit. Queen and Country consists of a sheet of 150 postage…

‘Art Hides His Art’: Thomas Hutton at Studioli

The temptation is to touch. The glowing white surface hypnotises; it appears to emit its own light. This pure light is reflected distantly in the deep blackness of the surrounding wall mirrors. There the glowing pillows appear to float alone in outer space, eerily

Feeling, Not Looking

A personal exploration of my experiences with the collaborative work, Do Not Abandon Me, by Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin.

Making Art by Accident

By Noah Schmutz   I went to Tate Modern this weekend. Among the paintings displayed on the walls, there was a notice, different from the usual notice of the paintings, some kind of advertisement for another level of the art gallery: “Can a work of art be made by accident? Discover more on level…” (I…

Belfast Street Art: Curating the Urban Space

by Rebecca Gill   Belfast has been plagued by political unrest for many years, the conflict reaching its peak between the 60’s and the 90’s. Like Berlin and Bethlehem, a city divided by walls built up from the political strife, the city’s troubles are traced onto the urban space through its murals marking out Protestant…

Teju Cole’s Instagram Art

by Anna Shave       Our consumption of art in the contemporary moment has, without question, been altered by the growing and pervasive influence of Instagram. We are more inclined to be searching for that perfectly ‘Instagrammable’ shot to capture and upload when surrounded by art, potentially fed by a desire to gain ‘likes’…

“Image Anarchism” in Digital Curatorship

By Esther Vincent   Undoubtedly, the democratic and accessible facets of internet platforms tend to appeal to both artists and consumers alike. Particularly when regarding the rise of content sharing platforms such as Tumblr, internet users are increasingly sharing visual content as a way of constructing their own identity. This raises its own series of…