My First Artist Interview: Ximena Garrido-Lecca Talks about the Cult of the Dead in The Followers

I had been mesmerized by *Ximena Garrido-Leccas´s The Followers *which I saw at the Saatchi Gallery early this year. It is a powerful visual smorgasborg of an installation that explores the adverse effects of colonialism and the cult of the dead in native Peru. Anybody who has grown up…

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Why I will not Miss This Street Art Show Bonanza: Banksy, Basquiat, Le Rat at the Opera Gallery

Wow, I am truly excited about this upcoming exhibit! From June 17 onwards, Banksy, Blek Le Rat, Haring and so many others are all going to participate in the* upcoming Street Art Show at the Opera Gallery. Street Art has definitely arrived in the shores of the famous and posh…

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Imagining Being Inside the Belly of a Whale in Anish Kapoor´s Leviathan

A friend of mine will take a few days off work just to visit Paris and see Anish Kapoor´s Leviathan, a monumental balloon sculpture at the Grand Palais in Paris. There are no pangs of envy but I wish I had cheap Eurostar tickets just to pop in for…

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Starving Myself with Joan Miró´s Retrospective at the Tate Modern

Hunger is the word I would describe Joan Miró´s retrospective at the Tate Modern. Not because I came there with an empty stomach and could hear it growling (I was starved, yes and could eat a horse, but that´s really beside the point) —  but it is really hunger…

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Triple Threat Art of Vincent Dubourg at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery

So far, in this blog, I´ve seen exhibits of artists stretching the realm of a particular medium into a sculptural language: Both Angela de la Cruz and Rashid Rana´s artworks blur the line between painting and sculpture. If you come to think of it, this is probably a…

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The Earth Moves: Momardi´s Baby Steps

[caption]Angela Gheorghiu[/caption] *Osama Bin Laden *is dead. The Americans can now, atleast temporarily, heave a sigh of relief and I am doing some form of cheering myself. The  holidays had been good, a moto trip around **Bournemouth, Poole and Swanage and while I´ve been battered by the…

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Unearthing My Own Baybayin through Philip Taaffe´s Art at the Gagosian Gallery

Born in the Philippines, migrated to Spain  and now living London, I am a perfect example of the  phenomenon of globalization. Like the rest of my people who have moved abroad and others who are also in diaspora,  there will always be a  struggle  of  maintaining a cultural identity.  I…

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I´m Fully Tanked Up with Richard Wilson´s 20:50 / The Followers by Ximena Garrido-Lecca at the Saatchi Gallery

*Photo by Mark Hogan * 20:50 is British sculptor Richard Wilson´s most famous installation at the basement of Saatchi Gallery. At first, the room seemed to be mirroring each other and divided by a thin screen of brown sheet. I tried to make out exactly what the material was…

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I´m Big, I´m Small: Rashid Rana at the Lisson Gallery

As an art form, the rise of cheap digital cameras *has put photography in a more questionable position  than ever before. For one, taking photos nowadays do not necessarily require any creative skills whatsoever. I´ve taken hundreds of photos myself but none necessarily could be called art. *How can…

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I´m A Creep: The Uncanny and Ida Applebroog at Hauser & Wirth

After checking out Lisson gallery, my new friend Barbara and I went to see American artist Ida Applebroog´s exhibit at Hauser & Wirth in Saville Row.  We were still high from meeting Angela de la Cruz and needed something as intense. This was my second time to see the…

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