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Rachel Whiteread – newly opened Retrospective at Tate Britain until 21 January 2018 – Don’t miss it!

Chicken Shed  (2017), inspired by a chicken shed in Norfolk. Photo: Rachel Whiteread/Tate Whiteread is a contemporary English artist who creates mainly sculptures, usually casts of the inside of objects – negative space – which bear the marks of every day human use – eg “One Hundred Spaces” (pictured), an installation of 100 jewel-like resin […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]