Mark Sheerin

Mark Sheerin, UK
Mark Sheerin is a journalist, writer and blogger from the UK. He holds a degree in English and Spanish American Literature from the University of Warwick, and an MA in English Literature: Critical Theory, from the University of Sussex. A former copywriter, Mark retrained in 2009, gaining an NCTJ certificate in Magazine Journalism from City College Brighton. Since then he has written for Hyperallergic, Culture24 and The Arts Desk, interviewing the likes of Yinka Shonibare, Jake Chapman, Glenn Ligon, Mary Kelly, Nathan Coley, and Marcus Coates. The latter story was syndicated by Whitechapel/MIT for their book Documents of Contemporary Art: Nature. He is also author of the art blog criticismism. In 2014, criticismism appeared in top ten blog lists from Cision, Creative Boom and CreativeTourist. Between 2009 and 2011 Mark also covered live music events for best-selling paper News of the World.

Articles (19)

The theatre of history Lubaina Himid shows in Oxford and Bristol
Article date: Monday, January 30, 2017

The theatre of history Lubaina Himid shows in Oxford and Bristol

As an emancipated white male, writing this as Trump takes office, it can only feel that we white males are wrecking everything. Minutes after swearing in, the new US president was telling the motley crowds on Capitol Hill that migrants or foreign nations will have no part in his vision for America’s future. Now he is planning his wall. In the UK, our own government’s liking for foreigners does not even extend to our cross-channel neighbours. And so, unless you are a writer, an artist or perhaps a footballer, it is no time to be a migrant.

Life stories of artworks reveal plenty about their creators
Article date: Monday, December 5, 2016

Life stories of artworks reveal plenty about their creators

Perhaps it is because we do not fully understand art, that writers on the subject have such frequent recourse to accounts of encounters with the artists themselves. It is a genre as old as art history; so when Georgio Vasari chronicled the renaissance it was not painting by painting, but painter by painter.

So last century: the radical collection of Hermann and Margrit Rupf
Article date: Friday, December 2, 2016

So last century: the radical collection of Hermann and Margrit Rupf

If you were looking for a stereotypical cultural conservative, you might well choose someone Swiss, or someone with their own haberdashery store, a petit bourgeois like Hermann Rupf. But the fact of the matter was that this unlikely and unwealthy private individual was one of the first to see merit in the work of the cubists, fauve André Derain, and abstract art.

Symbolism in Art: The Bird
Article date: Friday, November 4, 2016

Symbolism in Art: The Bird

The most striking elements of this poetic scene are incomplete without a look at the background. The lone table tennis player may exemplify Doig’s interest in human character and form. And the abstract backdrop to his one-sided game may well bring to mind the modernist architecture which the Scottish painter has famously explored elsewhere. Together they form a puzzle, an unfinished narrative, and an arresting visual image that really defies paraphrase.

Jolijn Baeckelandt wins the 2016 KoMASK Award for painting
Article date: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Jolijn Baeckelandt wins the 2016 KoMASK Award for painting

The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts has tastes less grandiose than you might think. KoMASK or Koninklijke Maatschappij ter Aanmoediging der Schone Kunsten, as the body is more commonly known on the continent, has awarded their annual painting prize to an inspired piece of abject irony.

Symbolism in Art: The Butterfly
Article date: Friday, October 21, 2016

Symbolism in Art: The Butterfly

Bas Meeuws (1974) is a photographer from the Netherlands, who has won international acclaim for his richly detailed studies within the traditional Dutch genre of floral still life. Close to home his work has been exhibited in public and private institutions such as the Museum Jan Van Der Togt (Amstelveen), Rockoxhouse (Antwerp), and others.

Beyond bias, within expectations: Brighton Photo Biennial 2016
Article date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Beyond bias, within expectations: Brighton Photo Biennial 2016

Like most festivals of visual art, Brighton Photo Biennial likes to tell stories about the host city. But the Brighton-inspired work this year feels a bit familiar. It is one or two surprise stories from around the world which provide the highlight of BPB16.

Extending Tate Modern: a modest proposal
Article date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Extending Tate Modern: a modest proposal

As they put the finishing touches to the museum’s £260 million extension, you might be forgiven for the following heresy: Tate Modern would be better if they made it smaller rather than larger. At the latest estimates, the gallery draws 5.7 million visitors each year. It was designed to accommodate less than half that number. So clearly there is a numerical need for more space, and there is a well founded belief that if you build such things as this, they will come. If six million people want to visit Bankside each year for the express purpose of looking at art, who could possibly object?

The crowded room: a Q&A with Gillian Wearing
Article date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The crowded room: a Q&A with Gillian Wearing

Earlier this year, 700 people looked out their windows and saw a chance to participate in one of the largest collaborative films ever. Artist Gillian Wearing, who holds both a Turner Prize and an OBE, has a knack for coaxing performances from the public. Indeed she has elicited more confessions than a hellfire priest. But this time her request was a simple one: open your blinds, your shutters or your curtains and please film what you see.

A Serious Man: Graham Fink talks art and advertising
Article date: Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Serious Man: Graham Fink talks art and advertising

A man spends his days exploring demolition sites in China. He takes continual photographs, literally thousands. He selects the best photographs, selects resonant details, prints them and paints them with varnish. He does this freehand; it requires five layers, so the painting on each takes two days’ solid work. He frames the results, beautifully it must be said, in reclaimed wood from the field and shows them in a credible Soho gallery.

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Museo Jumex (a private art collection based in Mexico City, Mexico) / David Chipperfield. Image © Simon Menges

Museo Jumex (a private art collection based in Mexico City, Mexico) / David Chipperfield. Image © Simon Menges

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