POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
Phoebe Unwin is a painter who was born in 1979 in Cambridge, studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, and lives in London. A former “Saatchi star” in the lead-up to the opening of his new gallery in west London, she creates paintings from observations of familiar objects and gestures, such as an airplane meal or a pair of sunglasses falling off a face. (Caption and photo via: The Independent)
An early showcaser of art stars such as Damien Hirst, Chris Ofili and Sam Taylor-Wood, The British Art Show, held only once every five years, released participating artist names to The Independent. Named after HG Wells’s utopian novel In the Days of the Comet, 39 artists and artist groups will tour Britain this October.
I don’t have too much to say about the artists discussed in the article — I’m not overly familiar with anyone but Sarah Lucas — but I do think New York would benefit from following the lead of The British Art Show and taking shows like Greater New York to other cities. It’s great exposure for the artists, as it means their art will reach far more people. It would also reinforce the name and reputation of New York City as a center for the arts.