9 August 2021

Rachel Whiteread: House 1993 Significant Works – Sue Hubbard

Rachel Whiteread approached the last tenant, retired docker Sydney Gale to explain her desire to make an artwork out of his old home.

Paula Rego: The Policeman’s Daughter 1987 Significant Works – Sue Hubbard

In an era when modernism was dictating that painting should abandon all connection to narrative, Paula Rego

24 May 2021

Eileen Agar: A Surrealist Trailblazer Whitechapel Gallery – Sue Hubbard

As a new young arts writer, I once went to Eileen Agar’s flat in Kensington. I honestly didn’t know who she was at that time. The flat was quite conventional, except for a few collages on the walls and her famous Bouillabaisse hat – constructed of cork and decorated with a large orange plastic flower, a blue plastic star, assorted shells, glass beads and starfish – sitting on a stand.

13 May 2021

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Cecily Brown: The Girl Who Had Everything 1998 SIGNIFICANT WORKS – Sue Hubbard

What would Turner think? Would he even have recognised the artist collectives nominated for this year’s prize in his name as art?

9 February 2021

Tony Bevan RA Head 2004 – Significant Works – Sue Hubbard

Among contemporary painters, none has investigated what it is that makes us individual and human more eloquently than Tony Bevan.

2 November 2020

Jock McFadyen RA Popular Enclosure, 2005 – Significant Works – Sue Hubbard

Jock McFadyen is the psycho-geographer of the visual art world. ‘The laureate’, as Ian Sinclair has suggested, ‘of stagnant canals, filling stations and night football pitches’.

8 October 2020

Royal Academy’s Free Of Bombast Summer/ Winter Exhibition  – Sue Hubbard

The Royal Academy Summer Show has an unbroken record. Still, this year, due to the pandemic, it’s being held in the winter rather than the summer

1 October 2020

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Rachel Howard: Suicide Drawings – Significant Works – Sue Hubbard

Rachel Howard’s Suicide Paintings were first shown at the Bohen Foundation in NY, in 2007 and the following year at London’s Haunch of Venison gallery. Left shocked and devastated by the suicide of an acquaintance who was found kneeling in an almost prayer-like position, suicide was, she realised, one of the last taboos.  

1 September 2020

Significant Works: A New Series Of Contemporary Art Essays By Sue Hubbard

In this new series, Sue Hubbard explores single works by leading contemporary artists.

9 February 2020

Hugh Mendes: The Inverted Gaze – Sue Hubbard

In 1972 John Berger suggested that “The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.” The male gaze, he argued in Ways of Seeing, for centuries defined the way we looked at the female subject.

22 January 2020

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London Art Fair’s Positive Spin On A Diverse Range Of Work – Sue Hubbard

Being asked to write about an art fair is a bit like being commissioned to write about Waitrose and compare tins of baked beans with sardines or chocolate biscuits.

20 November 2019

Dora Maar: Shedding The Muse Label – Sue Hubbard

In 1998 the first sales of the Dora Maar collection were put on sale in Paris. They revealed a life dedicated to photography, painting and poetry, executed in the city’s avant-garde milieu of the 1930s.

21 March 2019

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Preservation Of A Much Loved Waterloo Public Art Poem – Sue Hubbard

In these grim times, we need all the art we can get. Public art feeds the soul as well as the mind. It provides spaces for contemplation in a gritty difficult world.

28 January 2019

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Jock McFadyen Reveals His Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Vision – Sue Hubbard Interview

Jock is late for our meeting in the Academicians Room at the RA. Very late. He was stuck on a bus. I’ve known him for more than 20 years and figure that if we don’t have time to talk now we can always meet up in his home in Bethnal Green where, for ages, a group of us met to watch films on a Friday night

17 January 2019

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London Art Fair 2019 Returns With Solid Foundations – Sue Hubbard

The New Year revels are over. It’s January, and the art world is back to work. The first sign of this stirring is the London Art Fair 2019 that returns to the capital from 16-20 January.

12 April 2018

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Gillian Ayres My Fiercely independent Friend – Sue Hubbard

Yesterday the art world not only lost one of its finest and most loved abstract painters, but I lost a great friend.

20 January 2018

London Art Fair 2018 Sue Hubbard Has The Last Word

There was a time when the London Art Fair was the glitziest thing in the capital’s art world calendar.