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Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 – Royal Academy – to 17th April 2017

Boris Kustodiev, The Bolshevik, 1920. Oil on canvas. 101 x 140.5 cm. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow Photo © State Tretyakov Gallery The 15-years from the 1917 October Revolution to the devastating collectivisations and industrial reforms in the early 1930’s was a transitory golden age of Russian art, when State and idealistic artists had the same dream of […]

“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 […]

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 […]