I really, really liked Barbara Hepworth @tate.

It was nearly as good as Agnes Martin @tate modern.

But this wasn’t nothingness. This was… thingness.


Some words: balls, string, paint, tension, very busy, surgery, women, animals, marble, bronze, wood, walking all the way round things, inside, outside, love.


It starts of with a room with lots of different sculptures by different people.

I liked the onyx toad the best.

Then there is a room that is all drawings and paintings of her.

Then it’s things actually by her.

5 Colin Stars.


Martin xx 



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Agnes Martin @tate


Some words:

I love the whole world

Happy holidays

Mid winter 

One that looks like a face





The Heavenly Race

The Garden

Burning Tree




Untitled #1


Untitled #14

Untitled #12

Untitled #5



Oo a rhombus

But of purple

One that looks like an alien

“Titles such as Summer or The Peach might be seen to allude to the beauty of nature.”

Homage to life


Martin xx


Shel Silverstein, ‘The Missing Piece.’

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I was just thinking to myself: “History painting has a reputation as a conservative art form.”

Then I’m told: “History painting has an undeserved reputation as a conservative art form.”

They are right @tate #fightinghistory.


With all the loud marching outside this was right on the button…

A film on the battle with trade unionists at orgreave (a video display I actually watched) showed a fight with a Conservative government.

“It was winner takes all.. We lost and they took it all.”

In fact it was all brilliant. I found myself actually reading all the labels.

And after the shootings in Charleston it was interesting to see Richard Hamilton’s ‘Kent State’

“Too terrible an incident in American history to submit to arty treatment… Yet it seemed right too that art could help to keep the shame in our minds.”

Some reviews have said this exhibition isn’t very good but it is.

They are wrong and I am right.


Martin xx 


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This a post I wrote for a doggy social network- ‘The Dog House.’


I’m a man (dog) about town.

London Town.

A dilletante, a flaneur, a bon viveur…

And as the weather improves there are a million more big and small things to enjoy in London.

My owner and I like nothing better than to glide around inside the capitals cultural hubs as well as in those tucked away gems… The shiny massiveness of the Tate Modern or the quirky and inspiring (and free) galleries of Bethnal Green.

But equally we enjoy the outside from the grandness of the royal parks to little gems like the Brunswick Road Green space in South Tottenham (my manor… You don’t know it…)

And there is no better excuse for a walk than a dog. To get out, to see, to contemplate… What’s on your doorstep.


Martin – ‘The Dog What Blogs.com’ xx



Today we walked round York.

First we went to York St Mary’s.

It was a church. There was art there.

Some words: “Through the refashioning of these inanimate objects we confront our own spacial presence within a collective soundscape.”

It was free.


Yesterday my mum and dad got married.

Some words:

‘Understand, I’ll slip quietly

Away from the noisy crowd

When I see the pale

Stars rising, blooming over the oaks.

I’ll pursue solitary pathways
Through the pale twilit meadows,

With only this one dream:

You come too.’
Rainer Maria Rilke, from “First Poems.”


Next we we went to the Castle Museum.

Some words: quality, old, stuff.


Some very special words:

Edward Monkton, ‘Love Monkey.’

“Come here,” she said. “I have something for you too.”

In her hand was a tiny golden heart. It was as worn and as scratched as Love Monkey’s own

…and it was the most precious thing that he had ever seen.

Love Monkey put his arms around her and they held each other for a long, long time.

“I shall treasure this heart for as long as I live,” said Dream Monkey, running her fingers over its ridged and dimpled surface.

Then they looked into each other’s eyes and, feeling the joy of truth in their souls for the first time, they began to laugh.

And often they sit together still, holding each other’s hearts in their warm hands, lifting them to the light…and laughing.


Martin xx



So what do you think of this?

Load of old balls?

#supersymmetry @ a car park in soho.

Some words: no lift.


Martin xx

PS it’s something to do with molecules ok? Google it if you’re that interested.

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Oo it’s a retrospective.

I’m never going to remember all these people’s names.

Oo some of them are famous.

20 years @Zabludowicz_Col Collection.


Some of their words:

Hd video, steel viewing platform, monitor stand, paddling pool, cat litter, coloured cables

That’s just one piece.

Some of mine:

Cleopatra, rubber, Central Line, butterflies, Victoria Line, spam, Bakerloo Line, shag pile, buy my wife? legs, football, splats, is that Mick Jagger?


“Do you continue to talk even when you know no one is listening?”

All the time.


‘I kiss you.’


Please remove heels.


Martin xx


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You can get lots of good ideas @woodcraftfolk.
And very few of them are to do with wood craft.


Some of them are to do with splattering paint.
A lot of them are to do with making a mess.
All of them are to do with being creative and letting children take the lead.
Martin xx

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Oo a lot to take in.

Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America.

The Revenge of New Art from Africa and Latin America.

I preferred the original.



Anyway a lot to take in.

Camil: Some words: Vases

Herrera: Some words: Splodges, colours, good

Imbache: Some words: Trees, delicate, very good.

Solomon: Some words: Alone.

Berliner: Some words: Nah.

Cervantes: Some words: “Why is it SO big??”

Kamuanga: Some words: Squares, hmm, new, old.

Adebe: Some words: Yes.

Kanbouhi: Some words: Nah.

Da Cunha: Some words: Hats, tires

Ospina: Some words: Tired, now, the Internet.

There was some other stuff with lines.


Martin xx


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Er um er I think I see.

#christopherwilliams #theproductionlineofhappiness @_thewhitechapel


Some words: plyboard, exposed sockets, vertical unfinished paint stripes, metal tubing frames, sellotape…

….this was just the gallery…

…or was it??

I need things explaining.

I’m just a dog.

There was also a rude one if that’s your cup of tea.


Also – a cross continental art show, nature, a children’s protest.

I need to lie down now.


Martin xx


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