Edward Bawden at Dulwich – until 9 Sept. 2018

Brighton Pier – linocut, 1958 awarded first prize in the Giles Bequest competition for colour prints from linoleum and wood Edward Bawden (1903-89) master printmaker, illustrator, watercolourist and designer, best-known for his commercial work for companies, including Twinings and Fortnum & Mason*, and his linocuts of English every day life. The F&M 1957 Christmas Catalogue cover […]

Tomma Abts at the Serpentine Sackler – until 9 Sept. 2018

Fimme, 2013 Small (48cm x 38cm), perfect, mesmerising, geometric patterns and optical illusions, this exhibition brings together works over the last 10 years of Tomma Abts (b. 1967, Kiel, Germany), winner of the 2006 Turner Prize. ‘It is a completely open process, starting from a point of nothing, with no guaranteed outcome, every single time.  […]

Banksy – Draw the Raised Bridge!

Banksy’s latest stencil appeared earlier this year on a disused, permanently raised, river crossing, the Scott St. Bridge in Hull – the city with the highest pro-Brexit vote – depicting a young child wearing a colander for a hat and brandishing a toy sword with a crayon bayonet. Another anti-Brexit message; another example of art and […]

Rare Tintin cartoon watercolour sold for over €600,000 at Paris auction – 3 May 2018

Cover for King Ottokar’s Sceptre, Tintin’s seventh adventure, published in the youth supplement to Le Petit Vingtiéme (the Little Twentieth), a Catholic monthly, in 1939 (20cm x 20cm) (detail) The illustration, in Hergé (Georges Remi)’s typical clean line style, shows Tintin fleeing from the kingdom of Borduria to safety through the Balkans into the fictional state of Syldavia, clutching a […]

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) – Six Self-Portraits

Andy Warhol – Six Self-Portraits, 1986. © 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by DACS, London Completed just months before Warhol’s sudden death in 1987.  Each portrait is just 22″ square.  Sold for: £22,261,250 (including buyer’s premium) at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, London – 8 March 2018 […]

Cave drawings in Spain re-dated to Neanderthal age – the oldest cave art in the world!

One of over 600 images covering the walls and ceilings in the Grotte de Lascaux (Lascaux Caves), nr.  Montignac, Dordogne, France: a fine example of early cave art Studies of cave art and shell artifacts found in Spain has recently dated the works to c. 115,000 BC, long before the the arrival of Homo sapiens in Europe some […]

Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy – at Tate Modern from 8 March to 9 September 2018

Pablo Picasso The Dream (Le Rêve) 1932, Private Collection © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2018 (detail) Considered the 20th century’s most influential artist, the Exhibition showcases more than 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings, with photographs and other objects from Picasso’s personal life.  Three paintings of Marie-Thérèse Walter, Picasso’s mistress – created over a period of just five days in […]

The Bayeux Tapestry – coming to England on loan from France … but not until 2022!

The Bayeux Tapestry – scenes 43, 44, 45 and 46 hIC TRAhUNT(UR): NAVES: AD MARE (Here the ships are dragged to the sea) ISTI PORTANT: ARMAS: AD NAVES (These (men) carry arms to the ships) Over 230 ft. long,  just under 20 inches high, comprising 89 embroidered scenes in eight sections with decorative borders along the top and […]

Michael Armitage: The Chapel – at the South London Gallery until 23 Feb 2018

Michael Armitage, Exorcism, 2017, © Michael Armitage. Photo © White Cube (Ben Westoby). Courtesy of the artist and the Harry and Lana David Collection (detail) Armitage – London-based, Kenyan-born – explores the multi faceted contemporary culture of East Africa and the collision, often disturbing and brutal, between religion, folklore and modern life. Painted on Ugandan lubugo […]

Reflections: van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites – National Gallery until 2 April 2018

The Arnolfini portrait (Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife), 1434 Jan van Eyck William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, founders of The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood  in 1848, all became fascinated with The Arnolfini Portrait and the use of a mirror in domestic scenes to explore narrative and drama.  What can you see in the […]