David Hockney, the iPad and the joy of landscapes at the Royal Academy

David Hockney is undoubtedly one of the most important of contemporary artists; all the more so because, like that other contemporary great, Gerhardt Richter, he hasn’t been seduced into the ever increasingly ridiculous nonsense that goes under the rubric of contemporary ‘conceptual art’.  His latest exhibit at the Royal Academy in London is focused on …

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Cultural Response To Climate Change – David Buckland and Cape Farewell

The creation, expansion and success of Cape Farewell maybe represents the most ambitious, most far-sighted and most successful effort to date to place the arts front and center in the debate about climate change.  Created by David Buckland in 2001, Cape Farewell brings together artists, scientists, educators and the media in a series of expeditions …

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Lemn Sissay at the Royal Academy in London

Lemn Sissay’s performance video of his poem WHAT IF? was, for me, one of the highlights of the Royal Academy’s current exhibit entitled EARTH – Art of a Changing World. The exhibit “sets out to consider the impact of climate change, and our transition to a new world, on the practice of a broad range …

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