In honour of International Women's Day, I'm posting this 60 Second Tour featuring the works of the Blue Rider Group (Der Blaue Reiter). Those who have an art history degree will associate this group, formed in 1909, with expressionist artists Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. However, female artist Gabriele Münter was also a founder. She [...]
The Renwick Gallery is part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. After a period of closure for renovation, it has re-opened with an exhibition called WONDER. it future 9 amazing installations by artists who use unusual materials (yarn, tree branches, index cards, tires) to create large-scale, awe-inspiring works of art.
For some reason, Somerset House is not a place I go for evening or weekend fun. This is my loss, as the venue has greatly expanded its public offer over the past 10 years. It sits on the Thames across from the Southbank Centre and National Theatre, but does not compare in terms of footfall. It now has [...]
Those who are reasonably well informed know that Raqqa (also known as Al-Raqqah, Rakka, Ar-Raqqah) is the city in Syria that is the ISIS stronghold and focus of Western forces’ air strikes. It currently holds immense symbolic power – a successful military campaign in Raqqa would be a major defeat for the Islamic State. But [...]
As a cultural professional working in a research-intensive university, I’m keenly interested in the interplay between arts and sciences: How can artistic creativity inspire scientific problem solving? How can we use art to articulate scientific principles and discoveries? How can scientific techniques inform new modes are artistic representation? How do we balance the abstract with [...]