• I recently visited mima in Middlesbrough, where I was able to visit the gallery store in order to view the painting by Max Chapman illustrated here. It is one of several paintings I will write about in my piece on Chapman for Art UK, to be published later this year.
Whilst at mima I saw their excellent show of paintings by Basil Beattie, which continues to 12 June. http://www.visitmima.com/
• Last week I accompanied Gordon Samuel and Barby Chhohan of Osborne Samuel on a visit to John Blackburn at his studio in Canterbury, where we selected work for the artist’s forthcoming show at the gallery. A substantial group of canvases and works on paper made in 1969 will form part of the show, along with more recent paintings, including a large triptych and diptych. I am to write about the work for the exhibition catalogue. An update will follow in September.
• The renowned collector Ronnie Duncan is mounting a show of paintings by John Blackburn at his gallery in Yorkshire, opening later this month and continuing until 19 June. Visits are by appointment only. If you would like more information please email me.
• Photograph: Max Chapman ‘Wings’, 1968, acrylic on canvas. Collection and courtesy of: Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art – mima