Τhe centenary of the Bauhaus in 2019 created a unique opportunity for a re-examination of craft in the Bauhaus movement through many exhibitions in Germany and beyond.… Exhibition Review: Craft in the Bauhaus centenary and beyond
To focus on failure to overcome the limitations of the stage is actually to fail to see possibility…… Book Review: Performing The Unstageable
Amy E. Elkins reviews handiwork by Sara Baume… Book Review: handiwork’s Crafting of the New Global Elegy
In the opening of Live Form: Women, Ceramics, and Community, Jenni Sorkin leads with a new take on this tussle between two forms to argue that it was ‘modern craft and not modern art that spearheaded nonhierarchical and participatory experiences’. A sentiment we at Decorating Dissidence can get behind.… Review: Live Form by Jenni Sorkin
Tomás Saraceno’s (San Miguel de Tucumán, b. 1973) installation work at the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi straddles the line between high-concept ideas and Instagram friendly aesthetics. A combination that seeks to introduce the viewer to climate activism whilst serving gorgeously engorged balls, plant-filled terrariums, and aero-dynamic light displays.… Exhibition Review: Aria – Tomás Saraceno
‘I grew up working with my hands’, recalls Johanna Unzueta. ‘My mum always said I learned to weave and knit before I learned to read and write. Hands are tools for me and I can’t disconnect that.’… Exhibition Review: Tools for Life – Johanna Unzueta
January 2020 saw the second iteration of the London Art Fair’s Platform series, a dedicated exhibition within the Art Fair that highlights a craft process; following 2019’s spotlight on ceramics, the focus of this year’s Platform series was on textiles.… Exhibition Review: Threading Forms, London Art Fair 2020
The Modernism and Alternate Spiritualities symposium, held at the Royal College of Art, was a day brimming with rich discourse on what the focussed study of personal and organised belief systems can provide to the expanding understanding of the literary, arts and social movements of modernity.… Event Review: Modernism and Alternate Spiritualities Symposium
How much Bauhaus is too much Bauhaus?… Does the Bauhaus belong in a Museum?
‘Beyond Bauhaus: Modernism in Britain, 1933 – 66’, the exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) offers a glimpse into the 1930s, focusing on the work and influence of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, artist László Moholy-Nagy and designer Marcel Breuer.… Exhibition Review: Beyond Bauhaus: Modernism in Britain 1933 – 66
The William Morris Gallery’s compact but eye-opening exhibitions in their temporary gallery space never disappoint – and Pioneers: William Morris and the Bauhaus is no exception.… Exhibition Review: ‘Pioneers – William Morris & the Bauhaus’
As is evidenced by Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner Too?, the process of acknowledging and voicing forgotten (or erased) histories of the oppressed in order to engender a form of dignity is at the core of Kaersenhout’s artistic practice.… Exhibition Review: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Too?
In 2015, the novelist Kamila Shamsie issued a provocative call to arms to publishers: let’s make 2018 the Year of Publishing Women. What would happen, Shamsie asked, if publishers refused to publish any books by men during the centenary of women’s suffrage in 2018? In the end, only one publisher took up her challenge: the indie publisher And Other Stories, who published books exclusively by women in 2018.… Exhibition Review: Fifty Works by Fifty British Women Artists 1900-1950
We explore the relationship between material and maker in ‘Other Biological Futures’ edited by artist Dr. Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and designer Natsai Audrey Chieza…… Recommended Reading: Mushrooming Materials With ‘Other Biological Futures’
A day devoted to illuminating discussion of modernism and the garden space, based in the perfect location: the garden at Monk’s House in Rodmell, East Sussex, owned by Virginia and Leonard Woolf.… Event Review: Botanical Modernisms