Van Gogh and Britain – at Tate Britain: 27 March – 11 August 2019

van Gogh’s Farms near Auvers, 1890 (unfinished).  Oil paint on canvas.  502 x 1003 mm. Tate Collection In his early 20’s van Gogh (1853 -1890) lived and worked for a brief period in London, Isleworth and Ramsgate. This exhibition focuses on how van Gogh was influenced by British art and culture and how he in turn […]

Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) – sold at Christie’s New York on 15 November 2018 for $90.3m

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972 acrylic on canvas 84 x 120 in. (213.5 x 305 cm.) The sale earlier this week of Hockney’s instantly recognisable Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972, establishes an auction record for a work by a living artist.  It was painted when Hockney was 35 yrs. old […]

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones at Tate Britain – until 24 February 2019

Laus Veneris [Latin: The praise of Venus or love], 1873-1878.  Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne. Edward Burne-Jones (August 1833 – June 1898) was a leading Pre-Raphaelite and one of the most influential British artists of the late 19th century.   The Pre-Raphaelite movement, founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, […]

Yayoi Kusama – THE MOVING MOMENT WHEN I WENT TO THE UNIVERSE – at Victoria Miro until 21 December 2018

All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (detail), 2016. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore, and Victoria Miro, London. © Yayoi Kusama.  The Cleveland Museum of Art. A major exhibition of new vibrant works by the Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), including painted large-scale pumpkin and flower sculptures […]

The Secret to a Good Life: showing until 3 Feb. 2019 at the Royal Academy

This fun exhibition – which your kids will certainly enjoy – celebrates the life and work of Deirdre Borlase (1925 – 2018).   The display includes a selection of historic paintings by Borlase from the 1940-80s, as well as a portrait of her by her husband, Frederick Brill. So, what is the secret to a good […]

Going, Going, Gone ….. Sotheby’s ‘Banksy-ed’, 5 October 2018

GIRL WITH BALLOON sold for just over £1m. at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction… shredded moments later “With its striking simplicity and raw immediacy, Girl with Balloon, 2006, is one of the most widely recognisable images by the anonymous and world renowned artist Banksy. Unlike the other editioned iterations of this famous motif, the present work is […]

Mantegna and Bellini – at The National Gallery: October ’18 – January ’19

Mantegna, The Dead Christ supported by Two Angels, 1485–1500 © Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (detail) Andrea Mantegna (1431 – 1506) and Giovanni Bellini (1430 – 1516) are regarded as two of the most influential artists of the Renaissance, ground breaking for their innovative use of perspective, composition and colouristic style.  Brothers-in-law and rivals, the Exhibition […]

The rise .. and rise .. of Edward Hopper

Chop Suey, 1929. 32 x 38 in. © 2018 Heirs of Josephine Hopper / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. (detail) Edward Hopper (1882 – 1967) – admired and instantly recognisable for his portrayal of the loneliness and alienation of early 20th century America pre-World War II, a fading world of small […]

Edward Bawden at Dulwich – until 9 Sept. 2018

Brighton Pier – linocut, 1958 awarded first prize in the Giles Bequest competition for colour prints from linoleum and wood Edward Bawden (1903-89) master printmaker, illustrator, watercolourist and designer, best-known for his commercial work for companies, including Twinings and Fortnum & Mason*, and his linocuts of English every day life. The F&M 1957 Christmas Catalogue cover […]

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.  […]