Frank Bowling: The Possibilities of Paint are Never-Ending

How fitting that Tate Britain's first solo retrospective about the 60-year career of Guyanese-British painter Frank Bowling, OBE, RA (b. Bartica, 1934) should be titled and themed around his own words: "The possibilities of paint are never-ending"- Frank Bowling, 2017 Detail from one of Frank Bowling's map paintings from the late-1960s featured in Room 3... Continue Reading →

Thin Black Lines: marking time – on faces, within networks, and in exhibition spaces…

As I stood in front of Jelena Bulajic's large-scale portrait of Alise Lange (2013) mesmerised by the network of fine wrinkles covering her face,  my momentary thoughts merged with memories of another contemporary artwork that came back to mind in sharp focus – the image of Lubaina Himid's topological art map, Thin Black Line(s) (2011). In Bulajic's work, her mixed-media artistic cartography of facial lines... Continue Reading →

A review of the Tate Britain symposium, “The Black Subject: Ancient to Modern”

On 20th and 21st February 2015 Tate Britain hosted a two-day event to explore a number of themes about representations of African and Asian people and their diasporic descendents within European art history. The symposium was scheduled to complement the display ‘Spaces of Black Modernism: London 1919–39’  – co-curated by Dr Caroline Bressey and Dr Gemma Romain (The Equiano Centre,... Continue Reading →

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