Review: outsider art comes to Mayfair

In this blog, writer Nick Moss reviews two Mayfair exhibitions showcasing work by artists who could be considered 'outside of the mainstream.' In the post, he contemplates the implications of these displays and considers what we can learn from their curation and interpretation. Two current Mayfair exhibitions appear to suggest that the Chinese wall between … Continue reading Review: outsider art comes to Mayfair

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Double Review: Face to Face with the Outsiders… and The Gravy Train

(Image Credit: Nick Blinko - not from exhibition) Recently, I participated in a bit of a London exhibition marathon. I had been planning the day for a while, hoping to fit in a third visit to the Wellcome Collection’s fantastic ‘Souzou’ exhibition, as well as popping in to various other smaller shows whilst I had … Continue reading Double Review: Face to Face with the Outsiders… and The Gravy Train

Review – ‘Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan’ at the Wellcome Collection

‘Outsider art’, although a term that is so often criticised for its ambiguity and uncomfortable sentiments, takes centre stage this spring at the Wellcome Collection in London. Despite the semantic controversy surrounding the term itself, there is nothing ambiguous, controversial or uncomfortable about Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan. Unlike the development and history of ‘outsider … Continue reading Review – ‘Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan’ at the Wellcome Collection

Review and Summary: A. L. Kennedy’s Art and Madness, BBC Radio 3

On Sunday 22nd April, BBC Radio 3 aired a programme by writer A. L. Kennedy on the supposed links between art and madness. In this post, I want to briefly summarise Kennedy's views within the programme and discuss some of the questions she raises. "Losing one's mind is a negative, terrifying experience, freeing it can … Continue reading Review and Summary: A. L. Kennedy’s Art and Madness, BBC Radio 3

Design and Display: The Halle Saint Pierre, Paris

Completely conversely to the bright walls of the typical contemporary art gallery exhibition, the temporary exhibition at the Halle Saint Pierre in Paris was shrouded in darkness. This exhibition is called 'Banditi dell'arte' (which Google Translate tells me means 'Bandits of the Art') and is the first exhibition in France of Italian Outsider Art. At … Continue reading Design and Display: The Halle Saint Pierre, Paris

*GUEST POST* The Berlin Wall East Side Gallery by Lizzie Davey

Many thanks to Lizzie Davey for this post on the Berlin Wall East Side Gallery. Read Lizzie's blog for more posts about travel and culture: Wanderful World. At 1.3 kilometres long and featuring 106 paintings by international artists, the East Side Gallery is the largest open air gallery in the world. It stands as a … Continue reading *GUEST POST* The Berlin Wall East Side Gallery by Lizzie Davey