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 […]

Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy – at Tate Modern from 8 March to 9 September 2018

Pablo Picasso The Dream (Le Rêve) 1932, Private Collection © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2018 (detail) Considered the 20th century’s most influential artist, the Exhibition showcases more than 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings, with photographs and other objects from Picasso’s personal life.  Three paintings of Marie-Thérèse Walter, Picasso’s mistress – created over a period of just five days in […]

The Bayeux Tapestry – coming to England on loan from France … but not until 2022!

The Bayeux Tapestry – scenes 43, 44, 45 and 46 hIC TRAhUNT(UR): NAVES: AD MARE (Here the ships are dragged to the sea) ISTI PORTANT: ARMAS: AD NAVES (These (men) carry arms to the ships) Over 230 ft. long,  just under 20 inches high, comprising 89 embroidered scenes in eight sections with decorative borders along the top and […]

Michael Armitage: The Chapel – at the South London Gallery until 23 Feb 2018

Michael Armitage, Exorcism, 2017, © Michael Armitage. Photo © White Cube (Ben Westoby). Courtesy of the artist and the Harry and Lana David Collection (detail) Armitage – London-based, Kenyan-born – explores the multi faceted contemporary culture of East Africa and the collision, often disturbing and brutal, between religion, folklore and modern life. Painted on Ugandan lubugo […]

Reflections: van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites – National Gallery until 2 April 2018

The Arnolfini portrait (Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife), 1434 Jan van Eyck William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, founders of The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood  in 1848, all became fascinated with The Arnolfini Portrait and the use of a mirror in domestic scenes to explore narrative and drama.  What can you see in the […]

Rose Wylie ‘Quack Quack’ at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery showing until 11 February 2018

Rose Wylie NK (Syracuse Line-UP), 2014 (detail – full image below). A large, compelling exhibition of Rose Wylie (1934 – ) paintings from the late 1990s to-date, including works inspired by Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and Wylie’s childhood memories of Bayswater during the Blitz with Spitfires and Messerschmitt planes fighting overhead – ‘ack-ack’ was the sound […]

Modigliani – A Major Retrospective at Tate Modern: 23 November 2017 – 2 April 2018

Amadeo Modigliani Nude, 1917 Private Collection (detail) Amedeo Clemente Modigliani 1884 – 1920 moved from Italy to Paris at the age of 22 where he lived until his death from tuberculosis at the age of 35.  Best known and admired – posthumously – for his portraits and female full figure nudes, this huge Exhibition brings together […]

Tintin Indian ink drawing sold at Paris auction..

Tintin with his faithful dog Snowy, 1939 from the comic album King Ottokar’s Sceptre .. sold for almost $500,000 at auction in Paris, from a collection of  Hergé books, sketches and drawings. Tintin is one of the most well-loved comic book characters with the albums recognised for the clean, expressive drawings in ligne claire (‘clear line’) style, swashbuckling adventures, slapstick humour and […]

Red Star over Russia – a Revolution in Visual Culture, 1905–55 – Tate Modern until 28 February 2018

Adolf Strakhov, Emancipated Woman – Build Socialism!  1926.  Lithograph on paper.  The David King Collection, Tate  The Exhibition includes propaganda posters, prints and photographs from the vast collection of David King, photographer and graphic designer, who died last year, including works by El Lissitzky, Gustav Klutsis, Dmitri Moor, Aleksandr Deineka, Nina Vatolina and Yevgeny Khaldei.  The collection covers the […]