Three Women Artists: María Berrío, Caroline Walker, Flora Yukhnovich at Victoria Miro: 7 June – 27 July 2019

María Berrío, Oda a la Esperanza (Ode to Hope), 2019 (detail) In association with The Great Women Artists @thegreatwomenartists, the three artists featured are: María Berrío Oda a la Esperanza (Ode to Hope) (detail), 2019, courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London/Venice  Colombian  born and now living and working in New York, her works, crafted from layers of Japanese […]

Painting from Monet’s Meules (Haystacks) series sold at auction for $110.7m in May 2019

Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) lived and painted within a few miles of his home in Giverny in Normandy for over 40 years until his death.  This is part of the Meules series of 25 landscapes in which Monet sought to capture the ever-changing light at different times of day and seasons and in different weather in the […]

A new Banksy (possibly!)

FROM THIS MOMENT DESPAIR ENDS AND TACTICS BEGIN   The new street painting – depicting a child planting a seedling and holding the Extinction Rebellion logo – is not a verified Banksy – but is almost certainly his latest work.  It appeared over the last night of the April 2019 London protest and has attracted […]

Long-lost Caravaggio masterpiece – London pre-auction viewing at the Colnaghi Gallery

Caravaggio, Judith Beheading Holofernes (c. 1607). Courtesy of Cabinet Turquin “There are only 65 of his paintings in the world, and I found the 66th painting in an attic” (Labarbe, Toulouse auctioneer) This second version of Caravaggio (Michele Angelo Merigi da Caravaggio, 1571 – 1610)’s Judith Beheading Holofernes  was discovered in a French attic in a Toulouse […]

Why is this painting (now) famous?

Архип Куинджи (Arkhip Kuindzhi)’s Ai-Petri. Crimea, painted between 1898 and 1908 . IT WAS STOLEN! ….   on Sunday, 27 January 2019 from the State Russian Museum, Tretyakov Gallery,  Moscow in full view of dozens of gallery visitors and staff. It was retrieved less than 24 hrs later hidden at a building site. A tall, blond male in […]

Pierre Bonnard – The Colour of Memory at Tate Modern until 6 May 2019

Pierre Bonnard Nu dans le bain 1936 Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (Paris, France) Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), French post-impressionist and founding member of the avant-garde group Les Nabis, was one of the greatest colourists of the early 20th century, capturing the spirit of a moment and expressing it through his intense use of colour.  Bonnard did […]

Manga マンガ at the British Museum: 23 May – 26 August 2019

Monkey D. Luffy and other characters from One Piece  (ワンピース), Eiichiro Oda’s epic Japanese manga series – running continuously since July 1997 and which, by May 2018, had sold over 440 million copies worldwide. It tells the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a boy whose body has become magically rubberised and who travels the world on a […]

Season’s Greetings! – Banksy tackles Port Talbot pollution

In August 2018, a local man invited Banksy to create “some art” in Port Talbot.. “the steelworks is making lots of dust and the locals are sick of it” … and … 4 months later …. ‘Seasons Greetings!’ – painted on two sides of a garage wall, the bitter-sweet mural depicts a child playing in what, from […]

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 […]