David Hockney Exhibition Catalogue Review

Originally published in The Courtauldian. Hockney. He doesn’t need his first name. The hair, the glasses, the colours – his art is as recognisable as it is ubiquitous. As Chris Stephens comments in the catalogue that accompanied Hockney’s retrospective exhibition at Tate, ‘his work reaches audiences otherwise largely untouched by high art’. The catalogue explores … Continue reading David Hockney Exhibition Catalogue Review

In Praise of the Baileys Prize on International Women’s Day

Originally published in The Courtauldian. Firstly, happy International Women’s Day! Secondly, before you ask, International Men’s Day in on the 19th of November. Today is also the day when the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction announce their longlist, which this year comprises of sixteen titles rather than the usual twenty. This is apparently due to … Continue reading In Praise of the Baileys Prize on International Women’s Day

The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss

Illustration by Britanny Richmond Originally published in The Courtauldian. The Tidal Zone is book that feels very close. It is about the pain of a loved one almost being taken away in seemingly random circumstances, and what that can do to family. It’s about the NHS, further education, politics, love and the first world problems … Continue reading The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss

Art in Fiction: Autumn by Ali Smith and The Muse by Jessie Burton

Illustration by Ema Inigo-Jones Originally published in The Courtauldian. When fiction attempts to incorporate art and artists, it can often end badly. Descriptions of the act of creating can read like bad erotica, or pages of too much art historical detail disrupt the flow of the story. Both feel like the author is showing off how … Continue reading Art in Fiction: Autumn by Ali Smith and The Muse by Jessie Burton