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Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up – at the V&A from Saturday, 16 June 2018

Frida Kahlo, communist revolutionary and feminist icon, was born in Mexico in 1907 and is one of the most recognised artists of the 20th century.  As a young child she contracted polio so her right leg was thinner and shorter than the left which she tried to conceal with large-skirted dresses.  Tragically, as a teenager, […]

Rachel Whiteread – newly opened Retrospective at Tate Britain until 21 January 2018

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 […]

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 […]