Entries by Barbara

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power – Tate Modern until 22 October 2017

Benny Andrews Did the Bear Sit Under a Tree, 1969 (detail) Emanuel Collection © Estate of Benny Andrews/DACS, London/VAGA, NY This brave and bold Exhibition focuses on the early 1960’s civil rights movement in America through to the later more militant Black Power rallying cry for African American equality.  The political turbulence and calls for action were […]

What is a diptych?

A painting, usually on hinged panels, often used as an alter piece, invariably small in size and portable. Here’s a brilliant example: The Wilton Diptych (c. 1395–1399) depicting King Richard II being presented to the Virgin Mary and Christ by John the Baptist and two English kings (Edward the Confessor and Edmund the Martyr).  Painted […]

Grayson Perry at the Serpentine until 10 September 2017 – ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’

Perry’s pots – Brexiteers and Remainers Grayson Perry’s new exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery provocatively – as ever the master of iconoclasm – titled The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! centres round 2 large pots which record the Nation’s feelings about Brexit: one pot representing the Brexiteers and the other the Remainers. The pots are sized […]

Summer Holiday Programme 2017

Monday 24th July:  Outing to National Gallery – Mythology in Art!  We will take sketchbooks, art materials and picnics and learn about a number of Old Master paintings which contain mythological stories – we will learn why the artist was great and the story of the painting – then we will draw it. Tuesday 25th […]

Highlights! – May / June 2017 Half Term Programme

View highlights of our 2017 May/ June  Half Term Programme, showcasing the work of kids from 5 to 13 in gouache paints, oil and soft pastel.  “The kids had a wonderful time …………… and have been inspired to visit the van Gogh museum in Amsterdam over the holidays.” “Thanks for a wonderful lesson.  [I] really enjoyed it!”  “They […]

Raphael: The Drawings at the Ashmolean, Oxford until 3 September 2017

The Heads and Hands of Two Apostles (detail), c. 1519-20 © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford The Exhibition, based on a research project “Raphael and the Eloquence of Drawing”, brings together 120 of Raphael’s drawings, demonstrating his outstanding technical and expressive mastery in ink, pencil and chalks. “His drawing is eloquent in two senses: in a rhetorical […]

Hokusai – “Beyond the Great Wave” at the British Museum until 13 August 2017 – one of Japan’s greatest artists

Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), Under the Wave off Kanagawa (detail).  Colour woodblock print, c. 1831 Katsushika Hokusai ( 北斎 ) (c. 1760–1849) is widely regarded as one of Japan’s most famous and influential artists.  Born in the Katsushika district of Edo (present-day Tokyo) he was known by at least thirty names during his lifetime.  He produced works […]

Alberto Giacometti – UK’s first major retrospective at Tate Modern until 10 September 2017

Alberto Giacometti with his plaster sculptures at the Venice Biennale, 1956. Photograph: Alinari/Roger-Viollet Alberto Giacometti was born in the Swiss Alps in 1901, eldest son of a well-known Impressionist painter.  He is famous for his tall, thin, bleak figures – humans honed almost to knife sharpness. He began his artistic career as a Surrealist but […]

Banksy – and – Brexit

Banksy, May 2017 (detail). Dover, Kent Banksy’s mural appeared over-night during the weekend 6/7 May 2017 on the entire side of an amusement arcade building in Dover, Kent, close to the cross-channel ferry terminal.  It is his first work featuring Brexit and the two-year countdown* to the UK’s exit from the European Union. * Article 50 […]

Turner Prize – Demystified

Hurvin Anderson, Is it OK to be black?  2016.  (Detail) The Turner Prize was set up in 1984 to encourage wider appreciation of contemporary art and has become one of the best known visual art prizes in the world.  Each year 4 artists are short-listed. They must be “British” which means either working mainly in […]