MATTHEW McCLURE, FREELANCE CONTENT CREATOR
What’s your best holiday memory?
Visiting the original site of the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania. The art collection moved to Philadelphia in 2012, but the gardens, originally cared for by Albert Barnes’s wife Laura, remain spectacular. It was the height of summer, so all the flowers were in bloom and full of scent, the lush greenery of the foliage highlighted against a cobalt-blue sky. I remember thinking I hadn’t ever seen colours that vivid before…
Although Matthew has spent the majority of his career in lifestyle print media, he remains an art historian at heart – which means that when he’s not behind his keyboard, you can find him at a gallery, in an art theory seminar or excavating new research for his PhD. For this issue, he explored the beginnings of an exciting new South African art project, the Grootbos Florilegium (page 190).