Author: Martin Holman

Martin Holman is a British writer and former Florence resident who returns frequently to the city. He is co-selecting an exhibition in London next year to trace the impact of Arte Povera on British artists.
March 1, 2012

Thought follows words

Lawrence Weiner, one of the most influential figures in conceptual art, has created a temporary installation in Florence, his debut exhibition in the city. The American artist, who in recent years has received a major retrospective at New York's Whitney Museum and shown in Toronto, Los Angeles, Dusseldorf, Paris
February 2, 2012

Multiplying the enigma

‘Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?’ asked Andy Warhol. The story of how Warhol repeated the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico, the Italian modern master who influenced surrealism, unfolds in the paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture currently featured in the exhibition, La Neometafisica: De Chirico & Warhol, at the […]
January 19, 2012

Delayed exposure

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, photographer Brian Duffy created the look of modern, creative Britain. With contemporaries David Bailey and Terence Donovan, Duffy (he was always known by his surname) enlivened the pages of the world's leading style magazines with fashion shots and advertising images that were as restless,
December 15, 2011
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Chen Zehn in San Gimignano

Chen Zhen knew time was limited when, through the 1990s, he made the sculpture now comprising the major exhibition on view at Galleria Continua in San Gimignano. The Chinese artist was suffering from a rare 
form of anaemia. It would claim his life in 2000 at the age of

A tale of two venues

Those who make, appreciate and promote contemporary art have long found Florence a difficult place for new art: the competition with the magnificence of its cultural past can be overwhelming. Yet two venues in Florence suggest that contemporary art can find a home in Florence and that a curious public
November 25, 2011

Sara Milne

  Sara Milne took her post as director of the British Institute of Florence in March 2011. As the founder of the London-based company Science and Media, Milne worked with Britain’s Science Museum to tap the commercial potential of its collection and intellectual property. She has a strong commitment to education as well as extensive […]
September 29, 2011

Action, dissent, power and will

At the heart of Declining Democracy, the new show at the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, is the realisation that in this new century, representative governments of the western world and the people they aspire to lead are moving farther and farther apart. Of the  12 selected artists and
June 1, 2011

Surprises, delights and controversy

The Venice Bienniale, which opens the first week of June, is modern visual art's most famous and, arguably, its grandest international festival. It attracts the cream of the global art world, with high-rolling collectors mooring glamorous yachts in view of piazza San Marco.   The Biennale is also
May 19, 2011

Ming Wong: Devo partire, Domani

Villa Romana, the Florence home of the Alliance of German Artists on Via Senese, has been transformed for a unique art installation, currently running there. A bourgeois family has moved in and trouble is afoot. No one, not even the maid, emerges unchanged when a mysterious young man in white