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 […]

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 […]