Lisa Milroy, mainly


A few weekends ago I went over to Bermondsey and Old Street to check out some new art. First up these installations at White Cube. An intriguing mix of colour and texture.


Then these, which I LOVED. Clever pieces of trompe l’oiel art that really messed with your mind.


Colourful, thought-provoking, fun art by Lisa Milroy on at the Parasol Unit, north London.

At the lounge of everything

When we arrive at the lounge of everything
with our bags
handfuls of earth   the lives of our grandparents
in our memory devices
we expect an exchange of sorts, that is what
we expect
and I think everyone deep down expects
that we will not turn back
Through a high window we will connect stars
like line drawings
translate the sparkles of the poet
we will
sign the fascinating mouth of the speaker
we will sing
lyrics that someone thought were pretty good
we will sing them
and we will not turn back   we will not

Anne Kennedy’s The Arrivals

Feed of the week


While @arthusiast could easily just be another insta-formula-friendly meme, what this post doesn’t show isn’t the thoughtful, erudite and lightly-written intros to the work of each artist featured in the shot. It’s this that pulled me in and kept me coming back for more. I also like the fact that she doesn’t post a huge deal, which reinforces for me the sense that it’s real passion behind this feed.

If you like this kind of learning and fancy more, then also try @katestrasdin for textile history, @sophia_stories for world literature and poetry and @disraeli81 for the British aristocracy.

Lucy Gauge


For someone who loves colour, I do also have a lot of black answers white art, and I also like both abstract and botanical-inspired pieces. So this exhibition of Lucy Gauge’s art at Botany in East London is on my to-see list. Temptingly for sale too!

Photo by @weareherenow

Podcast of the week

My love of podcasts is still going strong, and the latest one to cross my radar (very much in a sequence of Backlisted and The Reading Women) is the LRB podcast.


The first pieces were very much in the nature of 20 minute reviews, so if you want to know what a Giorgione painting is or isn’t, and the chicanery is art attribution, or an investigation of if “international relations” is just “race studies”, then it’s here.


But there’s also a longer-form interview style that develops, so you can also hear the Asia editor of The Times on North Korea, discussing with an American South Korean author the common iconography of north and south Korea, or a riveting, freewheeling, incisive interview with Carmen Callil of Virago fame (“such a lot of short malnourished people with bad teeth”) on Angela Carter and why Bohemia is bad for women.

In fact that latter one was ringing in my ears as I went to the Rodin Museum recently and thought of Augustus John saying with complete seriousness what a “great pleasure” it must be for his sister Gwen to serve such a man as Rodin…

Musee d’Orsay


I’ve never been a massive fan of the Impressionists, but a recent trip to the Musee d’Orsay just showed me that the best of their work remains in France.


Seeing room after room of them, especially hung nearby the bland Academy-style art of their predecessors, you saw the power and inventiveness of their work.


From top to bottom:

Monet waterlilies / Berthe Morisot / Renoir / Cezanne x 2 / Monet / Renoir x2 / Berthe Morisot / Monet x2 / Manet / Caillebotte / Monet x2 / Manet / Henri Fantin-Latour / detail of a Monet portrait / Bonnard / Vuillard