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“Painters’ Painters” at the Saatchi Gallery extended to 22 March 2017

Richard Aldrich, Future Portrait #49, 2003 Acrylic on panel 30.5 x 30.5 cm At Saatchi Gallery to 22 March, this exhibition showcases the work of 9 contemporary artists, all of whom work with paint in an art world currently dominated by more modern media such as video, installation and conceptual art – paint was entirely absent […]

Australia’s Impressionists: National Gallery – and – KidsArt! Competition

“A Holiday at Mentone”, Charles Conder, 1888. Oil on canvas 46.2 x 60.8 cm. Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide South Australian Government Grant with the assistance of Bond Corporation Holdings Limited through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation to mark the Gallery’s Centenary 1981. © Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide The Australian Impressionists were a […]

Abstract Expressionism – Royal Academy

Jackson Pollock, Blue poles, 1952. Enamel and aluminium paint with glass on canvas, 212.1 x 488.9 cm. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation ARS, NY and DACS, London 2016. Don’t miss the Royal Academy’s fantastic new blockbuster exhibition. Abstract Expressionism was the first all-American art movement or, as the RA explain, “art phenomena” – not […]

The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame, 1908 – first illustrated edition, 1931

Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, 1908 later illustrated by Ernest Shepard The first edition of Wind in the Willows was published with a frontispiece illustration only.  Later editions, illustrated by Ernest Shepard who had famously illustrated the Winnie the Pooh  series, quickly became more popular.  200 of the first illustrated editions were produced and no. […]

The American Dream: pop to the present – British Museum from 9 March to 18 June

Ed Ruscha, Standard Station, 1966, Colour screenprint.  Museum of Modern Art, New York © Ed Ruscha From the explosive pop art in the 1960s through to contemporary works, the Exhibition covers one of the most dynamic and turbulent periods in US history: from JFK’s assassination, Apollo 11 and Vietnam to the AIDS crisis, racism and gender politics.  Featuring […]

Royal Academy – “America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s” opens 25 February 2017

Grant Wood – American Gothic, 1930 (detail). Oil on beaver board. 78 x 65.3 cm. Friends of American Art Collection 1930.934, The Art Institute of Chicago The 1930s was a period of intense social and economic deprivation in America, starting with the Wall Street Crash (1929) which led to over a decade – the Great Depression – of high unemployment and poverty, with […]