Chatsworth, Arcadia, Now

The US edition of Chatsworth, Arcadia, Now, published by Rizzoli, arrived here in Suffolk last week. I slightly prefer the cover to that of the UK edition (published by Penguin), not because it has my name on it (although that is of course a factor), but because it shows one of my favourite views of […]

The Choice of Hercules

RICHARD HAMILTON ONCE DESCRIBED THE TWO PRINCIPAL FIGURES in his 1956 collage, Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, as being contemporary versions of Adam and Eve, placed in an American consumerist paradise. It occurred to me some time ago that the bodybuilder figure (in fact a photograph of Irvin […]

A Natural History of Painting: Gerhard Richter

SOME YEARS AGO I WAS COMMISSIONED by a well-known London arts publisher to write a short book – what is known as a monograph – about the life and work of the German painter Gerhard Richter (born in 1932). As an art student in the early nineteen-nineties, I was fascinated by Richter’s art — by […]