Simon Longman

Simon Longman is a writer from the West Midlands now based in London. He holds an MA in Theatre Studies from the University of Manchester and rides a bike.
"My broken heart only wishes her well": Henri Lartigue's Bibi at The Photographers' Gallery

Bibi is a collection of photographs that artist Jacques Henri Lartigue took of his marriage to Madeleine Messager. Although brief, this exhibition is simple, clear and a testament to the power of storytelling.

Monday 21st October 2013 Read more...
City spaces and devastation: Architecture of War at the Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum partially reopens with an exhibition of war painting and photography, Architecture of War. Curating works of art from the IWM's collection around the subject of architecture and space is a bold decision, and one that works well to show how war can shape or devastate buildings and urban landscapes.

Monday 29th July 2013 Read more...
Sound Histories at the British Museum

Over 200 students from the Royal Northern College of Music performed at the British Museum for Sound Histories: An Evening of Live Music, a sonic journey through the museum's collection. This is the sort of idea that should certainly be developed for the future.

Friday 12th July 2013 Read more...
Mathematical loneliness: Jiro Takamatsu at Stephen Friedman Gallery

Japanese conceptual artist Jiro Takamatsu's influence outside of his homeland is sadly overlooked by galleries and critics. Exciting, then, that Stephen Friedman Gallery has put together a small retrospective of his work and career, allowing for a brief insight into the work of this complicated artist. 

Friday 14th June 2013 Read more...
London Contemporary Orchestra in Aldwych Underground

Using the out-of-use Aldwych Underground station as a concert venue, London Contemporary Orchestra created a unique atmosphere for this evening of contemporary classical music. This is a brilliant way to marry these sounds with a space which can grow, influence, and, in certain places, inspire.

Tuesday 28th May 2013 Read more...
The architecture of history: Julie Mehretu's Liminal Squared at White Cube, Bermondsey

Julie Mehretu's Liminal Squared at White Cube, Bermondsey is a powerful exploration of the interaction between space, architecture and power. Using clean architectural plans as a base, Mehretu builds up a chaotic and dizzying aesthetic that challenges to the viewer to consider the contested space where architecture meets the community it is intended for. The result is stunning.

Friday 17th May 2013 Read more...
Reason and reality: Dan Voinea's A momentary rise of reason at Beers Lambert Contemporary

A Momentary Rise of Reason at Beers Lambert Contemporary showcases Romanian artist Dan Voinea. Taking street performers as his subject, Voinea's is a bold aesthetic of manipulated traditionalism reworked intelligently to tell stories – to explore the fantasy of human interaction, and to present a visual theatre of surrealism.

Friday 19th April 2013 Read more...
Concrete emptiness: Rachel Whiteread's Detached at the Gagosian Gallery

Detached, an exhibition of concrete and resin sculptures by Rachel Whiteread at the Gagosian Gallery in London, creates a sombre and melancholic mood using the common garden shed, doors, and windows as her subjects. As an exploration of space, and of the relationship between nature and the city, this exhibition is at once fascinating and, at times, frustrating.

Monday 15th April 2013 Read more...
Alive in the shadows: Geoffrey Farmer's The Surgeon and the Photographer

Geoffrey Farmer's exhibition at the Barbican Curve, The Surgeon and the Photographer, is made up of hundreds of handmade puppets, each constructed from newspaper and magazine cuttings stuck onto a cloth body. The exhibition immerses the viewer into a fantastical world created by the manipulation of mass-produced and common material to wonderful, unsettling effect.

Monday 1st April 2013 Read more...
Manipulating the sky: Jan Dibbets' Land Sea Colour at Alan Cristea Gallery

As a pioneer of abstract photography, Jan Dibbets has established himself as a well-respected and influential artist working in the medium of photography. In Land Sea Colour, though, his abstract exploration into the organic nature of colour feels, sadly, empty. At Alan Cristea Gallery.

Monday 25th March 2013 Read more...
Behind the Eyes of Genius: Man Ray Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery immortalises the genius of Man Ray. A star-studded event, with over 150 images and a career spanning decades and continents, Man Ray: Portraits features uncompromising vulnerability and creative poignancy.

Monday 11th February 2013 Read more...
Lost in the silence: Disappearing into One at the Zabludowicz Collection

Disappearing Into One includes works in a variety of media which all seek to investigate the idea of sleight of hand. The effect is a dizzying and mournful series of works, which challenge and submerge the viewer into a world of chaos and illusion.

Tuesday 22nd January 2013 Read more...
Elixir of Life in a plastic bottle: Michael Smith's Fountain

Michael Smith's latest exhibition Fountain is a concise but touching exploration of the fleeting potency of youth and one man's search to find it again. That search takes him to the most unusual of locations, allowing us to see that youth is something that is a reward for those who look for it, but a reward that is never found. At Hales Gallery.

Monday 14th January 2013 Read more...
The breathing city: Olivo Barbieri’s site specific_ at Ronchini Gallery

The latest in a series of aerial photographs of cities, site specific_ London 2012 are heavily-manipulated images that attempt to explore the nature of London's buildings. Rather than showing London as living organism, however, Barbieri's buildings seem more like sterile architectural plans. At Ronchini Gallery.

Monday 3rd December 2012 Read more...
Stories of the stranger: A Handbook of Modern Life at NPG

Humphrey Ocean's A Handbook of Modern Life at the National Portrait Gallery immortalises people of the everyday – people you might see on a bus, or in a waiting room, who fill the space between faces we recognise. These portraits pick out women and men from the crowd and leave the viewers to wonder who they are, and what their stories might be.

Wednesday 28th November 2012 Read more...
Check-out in the Fire: Heidi Locher's Hotel Kalifornia

Hotel Kalifornia explores the relationship between the hotel space and the inhabitants who finds themselves within it. The three rooms of this exhibition all direct us to focus on the fleeting longevity of our experiences within a space that forgets us so quickly.

Thursday 15th November 2012 Read more...
McMinimalism, behind the golden arches: Keith Coventry's Junk Paintings at Pace Gallery London

Keith Coventry's Junk Paintings unsettle viewers by playing with the white space of the all-too-familiar McDonald's logo. These paintings are reminiscient of Russian Constructivism, but explore the ways in which capitalist branding has visually infiltrated the public consciousness. At Pace London.

Friday 9th November 2012 Read more...
Tom Wood: Men and Women at the Photographers' Gallery

Tom Wood's photographs from the 1970s to the 1990s take us on a tour of Liverpool and Merseyside's urban landscape and the people who inhabit it. His gentle, poignant images capture everyday lives in a style that is at once documentary and poetic.

Tuesday 23rd October 2012 Read more...


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