Slip is an exhibition of work by collaborators Julia Crabtree and William Evans. Entering the gallery, I am confronted by Gullet, 2017. There is a rug I can walk on, a carpet with a pattern reminiscent of a hypercolour t-shirt I owned in the 1980s; seeping colours, modelled on a…


When I started my undergraduate art degree in 2001 the YBA’s were big news. One of them was Michael Landy, who filled the former C&A building on Oxford Street in London with a Scalextric-like contraption, viewable from the inside and out. Everything Landy owned chugged along a conveyor belt like…


Illustration © Lizzie Donegan 2020

On entering the Henry Moore Institute, I first see a collection of framed portraits. Drawings of faces and assorted body parts are captured in ink and watercolour. Their soft edges point, for me, to the fluidity, the validity, the inherent absurdity, of all bodies. …


© Lizzie Donegan 2019

For Yorkshire Sculpture International, The Hepworth is showing sculptures and installations exploring the notion of ‘truth to materials,’ including Tau Lewis’s handcrafted fabric works.

Lewis’s hand stitched, patchwork quilt, The Negril Coral Reef Preservation Society, hangs on the wall behind two of her large and imposing, puppet-like sculptures. In this…


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For YSI, Jerusalem born and Amsterdam based artist Tamar Harpaz has created Current, a softly unsettling installation, at the Henry Moore Institute.

Everyday objects, each abundant with their own set of references, are conduits for electricity. Connected by wire, they buzz, beep and clang in a predetermined rhythm. The layout…


by Lena Andersson

This book is a precise and lightly mocking exploration of the special kind of agony generated by unrequited love. Its protaganist, Ester Nilsson, a poet, has consciously set up a neatly ordered life for herself, maximising the time she has for her preferred pursuits of reading, writing…


Renee So’s exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute is made up of stoneware sculptures, machine knitted images and tiled, mosaic pieces, which detail aspects of a fictitious character she calls Bellarmine. Her character’s namesake is a domestic jug used in the Rhineland area of West Germany, in the 16th and…


© Lizzie Donegan 2018

This sweet book is an affectionate study of Judy Garland’s complicated life; a meandering treasury of in-depth research and Judy-centric imaginings, ingeniously interwoven with episodes straight from the author’s own lived experience. It is a tender tribute; a diaristic, non-linear story, which investigates phases from the lives of both women…


© Lizzie Donegan 2018

Threshold to the Kingdom (2000) is a film by Mark Wallinger of people arriving at London City Airport through the International Arrivals gate. Classical music replaces the hubbub of passengers and those awaiting them. The footage has been slowed down and arrivees appear to be walking on the moon. …

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