Entries by Barbara

What is “Cubism”?

Cubism is an art movement which began in Paris around 1907 and became hugely influential in the period to the start of the first world war (1914) and thereafter. It broke away from centuries of traditional painting by rejecting a single viewpoint and showing people and objects in multi-dimensions.  Cubist artists fractured their subjects into geometric forms […]

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 […]

Easter 2017 Art Camp

Monday 3rd April: – Landscape Art – Learn about foreground, midground and background, create a realistic landscape using charcoal and then a vibrantly coloured whimsical landscape.  There is currently a major exhibition at the Royal Academy “America After the Fall : Painting in the 1930s” which includes wonderful American landscape paintings – click here Tuesday […]

February 2017 Half Term Art Camp – Highlights!

View highlights of our 2017 February Half-Term Art Camp from Harry Potter to Pop Art, van Gogh to Banksy, showcasing the work of kids from 5 to 13 in paint, oil pastel, watercolour, stencil print and clay.    “Hi Barbara. Thanks for this morning. L and S really enjoyed themselves” “Thanks so much. The girls loved every second!!” […]

The Rise of Modernism in France from Degas to Picasso – at the Ashmolean, Oxford: 10 February to 7 May 2017

Roger de La Fresnaye (1885 -1925), Composition with Drum and Trumpet  c. 1918 From the romantics of the late 18th century/early 1800’s through to the great French Impressionists and then on to the early experiments in Cubism, most famously, by Picasso and Braque, the exhibition charts the rise of Modernism in France over the 19th century.  The exhibition […]

Revolution: Russian Art 1917—1932 at the Royal Academy: 11 February – 17 April 2017

Andrey Golubev, Red spinner, 1930.  Cotton Print, direct printing chintz. 17.5 x 27 cm. The Burilin Ivanovo Museum of Local History Photo © Provided with assistance from the State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO. Spanning the 15 years between the start of the Russian Revolution (1917) and Stalin’s clampdown (1932) on the flourishing new ‘art of […]