I am sitting in Florida, after Art Miami, watching the results of the election in the UK for which I submitted my postal vote two weeks ago. It looks like a Conservative victory in England but with a new headache in Scotland as the political map swing strongly towards Scottish Independence. A nation which has held strong links with Europe going back centuries, and has been ignored by England politicians in discussions on Brexit, will see that it has greater potential as being independent with strong links to international communities, rather than tied to an increasingly insular England.
To remind us of just one of Scotland’s contribution to modern art, Eduardo Paolozzi’s sculptures, collages and drawings from the first 15 years of his career have been on display in ‘Hollow Gods’ at Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert in Mayfair, London linked to the agreement for the gallery to represent his estate. Here Pop Art integrated into works which act in many ways as an overture to his later career, in London best seen in the major public art installations at the Design Museum, the British Library, Pimlico Station and Tottenham Court underground station, to name just a few, while Tate Modern has a good selection of his work there, perhaps to make up for the relative paucity of work by Scottish artists in Tate Britain.