Author: Helen Cobby

Helen is an independent art critic and curator with an MA in The History of Art from UCL. Her research interests include nineteenth-century French art and ephemeral objects, Rodin’s sculpture and his developments in photography, and contemporary studio craft. She also keeps a blog - and a Twitter account: @HelenCobby

We are watching your culture too. Captured

Captured highlights the premise that embracing diversity is essential for the continued development of Native American art....

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The celebration of – and craze for – textiles and stitching

dropcap style=”font-size:100px; color:#992211;”H/dropcapeart Space Studios is a lively and unusual gem in North Bristol with a variety of textile classes on offer. Peyote stitch beaded...

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Arboretum : Royal West of England Academy

Fittingly, many of the paintings also included in this show are left raw and unframed, exposed to the elements – and artistic scrutiny....

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Palestine: What Hope Peace? [Film]

There is nothing left of 'Palestine', just small and disconnected pockets of pain. Further divisions and segregation will not work....

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Contemporary Sculpture, Zabludowicz Collection

At the Zabludowicz Collection, it is not just our perception of different media that is challenged, but also our relationships to time, scale, colour, form and materials...

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British Folk Art at Tate Britain

Challenging our perceptions of art and viewing rituals in art galleries : British Folk Art....

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Dale Chihuly : Halcyon Gallery

Going Beyond the Object into Shadows of Pure Colour: Dale Chihuly’s Glass Sculptures at the Halcyon Gallery...

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Matisse Live : Tate Modern

Here art is about joy, tranquillity and hope. Not all art can be like this, but when it is, it is often at its most beautiful and poignant...

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Cutting his Way to Freedom: Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is a must-see for so many different reasons. The Tate director, Nicholas Serota, claims it will be “the most evocative and compelling show that London has ever seen”....

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Late Turner : Painting Set Free

Tate Britain’s Late Turner keeps Turner on the stage rather than focusing on his exit. As co-curator Sam Smiles said, these are “paintings with subjects that have resonance”. ...

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Ruin Lust : Tate Britain

Ruins can point towards futures, potentials, opportunities and constructions of the new, as well as to endings...

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TJ Clark : Picasso and Truth

Clark interprets Picasso’s output in the 1920s as a time marking the end of intimacy and proximity – the end of ‘close-ups’ to things one knows in daily life. ...

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Gromit Unleashed (RWA, Bristol)

The Gromit trail acted as an excuse to explore the diverse areas of Bristol. It encouraged us to walk round the city, disguising exercise as fun entertainment. ...

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Sarah Sense : Weaving Water

Photography in Weaving Water acts as a political statement, and stands for the social and technological integration of different cultures. ...

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