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The area around Cambridge railway station is being re-built. New office blocks, flats and retail spaces have appeared very quickly and fill in the gaps between earlier developments on the old Cheffins Auction site on Clifton Way, Hills Road and the Microsoft Research building. Read More >

Posted: July 1st, 2016
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The Heong Gallery, at Downing College in the centre of Cambridge, is one of several new contemporary art gallery spaces opening across the city on university sites. Read More >

Posted: June 19th, 2016
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Nam June Paik is credited with fist use of the phrase “Electronic Superhighway” in 1974, identifying the creative and cultural potential of a world connected by the new technology. The Whitechapel Gallery takes this phrase as the title for a wide ranging exhibition covering the relationship between art, technology and the internet over five decades by 70 artists. The ground floor gallery covers the 21st century (2000-2016) and discusses the impact of technology on our lives, the extent to which we are manipulated by it, the benefits it has brought, the potential for exploitation, and provokes discussions of what might come next. Read More >

Posted: February 10th, 2016
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Visited the Frank Auerbach show at Tate Britain, and the Whitechapel for Emily Jacir: Europa. But most enjoyed the Raven Row show by Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. Especially with access to the penthouse flat, sometimes used as additional exhibition space, or to accommodate visiting artists. The decor is unchanged since the 1950’s – carpet, wallpaper, lampshades, mini-bar. Read More >

Posted: November 12th, 2015
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Magali Reus “draws her subjects from the unassuming details of everyday life, from domestic an crafted objects to industrial design, colliding the messy residues of human activity with the clean-cut surfaces of mass production.” Detailed and technical re-creations of pavements with reproduced found-like objects. Read More >

Posted: September 28th, 2015
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Des Hughes’s show is an homage to Henry Moore. In 1980 Moore gave a public sculpture to the town of Castleford – Working Model of Draped Reclining Figure. The gift prompted a show of artworks by local school children – Henry Moore and the Children of Castleford. Read More >

Posted: September 28th, 2015
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UK retrospective of the sculptor Sir Anthony Caro (1924-2013). Caro was taught by Henry Moore and has along association with Yorkshire, often showing new work at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Caro experimented with industrial materials (he introducing Henry Moore to polystyrene, which saved Moore time compared to traditional plaster methods). Caro said “I’m interested in the edges of art. I’m interested in where things go over from sculpture to architecture, from sculpture to painting.” Read More >

Posted: September 28th, 2015
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Last Wednesday, I found an excuse to visit The Hepworth gallery in Wakefield. The gallery building itself was designed by David Chipperfield Architects and opened in 2011. It sits on the river Calder. The gallery spaces are varied, some low, some with tall spaces, windows framing the old industrial buildings which surround the new concrete faces. Read More >

Posted: September 28th, 2015
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Morning walk around the grounds of Jesus College in Cambridge. This year’s Sculpture in the Close show includes work by James Capper, Roger Hiorns, Thomas Houseago, Eva Rothschild and Lucy Skaer – next to the permanent collection (including Antony Gormley, Richard Long, Eduardo Paolozzi, Alison Wilding and William Turnbull). The show closes September 27th. Read More >

Posted: September 14th, 2015
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Mindful that reading about other people’s holidays is amongst the things I like to do least, here follows a short blog post about a walk I took in Menorca last week. In the background churning WG Sebald’s ‘Rings of Saturn’, itself a collection of walks down the Norfolk and Suffolk coast to places like Dunwich, Lowestoft, Southwold and Bungay. Read More >

Posted: August 28th, 2015
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