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

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

Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005 at the National Portrait Gallery

Published in Richmond upon Thames College Magazine, April 2009. Annie Leibovitz is one of the most acclaimed and popular photographers around, making her name by shooting the world’s most famous and working for magazines such as Vanity Fair, Vogue and Rolling Stone. If you hadn’t heard of her before, you probably have now, as her … Continue reading Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005 at the National Portrait Gallery