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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 […]

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 […]

America After the Fall – at The Royal Academy until 4th June 2017

Edward Hopper, Gas, 1940. Oil on canvas. 66.7 x 102.2 cm. Collection of Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund, 1943 Photo © 2016. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence The Fall  was the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 which triggered the greatest economic depression in US history. […]

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 […]