Two new Banksy murals– an (unofficial) collaboration with the new Basquiat show

‘Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan Police – an (unofficial) collaboration with the new Basquiat show.’  (Banksy) The two new Banksy murals have appeared near the Barbican Centre to mark its opening this week of an exhibition of work by American Graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat – Boom for Real. Banksy has published an […]

Bacon Papal portrait Head with Raised Arm – offered for auction: October 2017

Francis Bacon, Head with Raised Arm, 1955. Oil on Canvas. 24″ x 20″ © The Estate of Francis Bacon Bacon worked on his Pope portraits (more than 50 canvases) for over twenty years until the mid-1960s. Although subsequently Bacon announced that he thought the works ‘silly’ and wished he had never done them, Bacon’s Pope portraits are […]

Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ – Royal Academy: 23 September – 10 December 2017

Jasper Johns, False Start, 1959 Best known for his early use of imagery from popular culture, Johns – now in his late 80’s – continues to remain at the forefront of the American art scene with works represented in nearly every major museum collection. Considered to having laid the foundation for both Pop Art and Minimalism, he is often described as a Neo-Dadaist, rather […]

Chris Ofili: ‘The Caged Bird’s Song’, Sunley Room, National Gallery until 28 August 2017

Chris Ofili, The Caged Bird’s Song, 2014–2017 (detail). Wool, cotton and viscose © Chris Ofili. Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London,The Clothworkers’ Company and Dovecot Tapestry Studio, Edinburgh. Designed by the artist, handwoven by Dovecot Tapestry Studio, this spectacular and huge – over seven metres wide and three metres high – tapestry, The Caged Bird’s Song, captures the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Painting the Maharaja” Christie’s sale (18 May – 25 May 2017)

A Seated Portrait of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala (1900-1938) as a Young Prince. North India, c. 1900. Opaque pigments on paper (59.3 x 40.4cm) One of three forthcoming Christie’s London auctions, Painting the Maharaja showcases, in 30 lots, the Indian art of portraiture. Nawabs, Maharajas and their courtesans from India’s fabled courts of Delhi, Patiala, Gwalior, Lucknow […]

Michelangelo & Sebastiano – National Gallery to 25th June 2017

Sebastiano del Piombi, The Raising of Lazarus, 1519 (detail) The exhibition explores the 25-year friendship and partnership between Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475 – 1564) and Sebastiano del Piombi (1485 – 1547) which began in 1511 as Michelangelo was finishing his decoration of the Sistine Chapel.  (Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael are considered the […]