The Easel

5th March 2024

Thomas Hirschhorn

Hirschorn’s current show is described thus, “a den of mass delusion … long rows of [cardboard] workstations [surrounded by] binge paraphernalia.” One critic, more succinctly, calls it “clusterfuck aesthetics”. This is “social sculpture that gets its energy from the spontaneity of the street”, a mix of “the real and unreal”. Some find it “condescending … wilful, perhaps even undignified. Hirschorn’s art is an irritant [but] that might help us see the world more clearly”. A video of the artist (6 min) is here.

Lee Krasner’s Radical Reinventions

Art history’s gushing praise for Jackson Pollock left Krasner in the shade. That oversight is slowly being corrected, most recently in a show of her early work. Created during the turbulent Long Island years, it is a testament to her creativity. Starting with her grids of glyph-like symbols, she moved on to “brushy geometric abstractions”, then rectangular colour blocks and finally the angular abstractions of her mature style. “What courage it takes to turn heel and continuously become who you are.”