The Realms of Sexuality, Love & Death

Alina Szapocznikow  (1926-1973)   Written by Melissa Budasz & Moira Jarvis for ArtSabre, January 2018   Alina Szapocznikow’s retrospective Human Landscapes (Oct 2017-Jan 2018), recently held at The Hepworth Wakefield, is a long overdue survey of one of the most important post-war artists of the 20th century. Through this re-examination, it is clear that her work has a strong…

LEONOR FINI: Artist, Libertine, Provocateur

Portrait of Leonor Fini by André Ostier (1951)   “I am independent. I am free. I am not a surrealist and beyond classification.“ Leonor Fini (1982)   Unconventional, free-thinking and experimental, Leonor Fini was once the ‘it-girl’ of Paris and was one of the most photographed women in the art world. Known more perhaps for her…

Making Connections With Louise Bourgeois

I was reading what Louise Bourgeois said about her abstract v her realistic drawings and I understood immediately, “… The abstract drawings come from a real need to achieve peace, rest, sleep. They relate to unconscious memories … In contrast, the realistic drawings represent the overcoming negative memory, the need to erase and to get…

Making Connections With Jean Rhys

“When I was excited about life, I didn’t want to write at all. I’ve never written when I was happy. I didn’t want to. But I’ve never had a long period of being happy, Do you think anyone has? I think you can be peaceful for a long time, When I think about it, if…

Nasreen Mohamedi – The Met Breuer, New York – 18 March to 5 June 2016

Nasreen Mohamedi, Untitled, ca. (1975) Ink and graphite on paper, Sikander & Hydari Collection   Nasreen Mohamedi is given a worthy retrospective that inaugurated The Met Breuer in New York this year, an extension of the Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to modern and contemporary works. Melissa Budasz discovers her work for the first time and…

Georgia O’Keeffe – Tate Modern 6 July – 30 October 2016

Georgia O’Keeffe 1887-1986 Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 1932 Oil paint on canvas, 48 x 40 inches, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art,, Arkansas, USA Photography by Edward C. Robison III © 2016 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/DACS, London “I seem to be hunting for something of myself out there … something in myself that will give…

In conversation with artist Liliane Lijn

Stardust Ruins, Ruins of Kasch 2008. Photo credit: Liliane Lijn Born in New York in 1939, Liliane Lijn is an internationally acclaimed artist who has had a prolific career spanning 50 years. After studying archaeology and history of art in Paris, she began experimenting with pictures based on jigsaw puzzles, and shadow paintings made by…

La Toilette Naissance De L’intime Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris

12 February to 5 July 2015 François Boucher, La Jupe relevée 1742 ? Ou début des années 1760 ? Huile sur toil 52,5 x 42 cm Collection particulière © Christian Baraja The Musée Marmottan Monet sits on a quiet, leafy corner of Paris, on the left bank of the Seine in the sixteenth arrondissement. Boasting…

Death And Transition

HECATE’S WRATH (2015) © MELISSA BUDASZ For the past few months my thoughts have focused on destruction, death and renewal as I have been looking at William Blake’s work in connection to the theme Death and Transition and also for the special event I am organising in The Crypt at St John’s Church, Waterloo on Saturday 25 April…