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Rachel Whiteread – newly opened Retrospective at Tate Britain until 21 January 2018 – Don’t miss it!

Chicken Shed  (2017), inspired by a chicken shed in Norfolk. Photo: Rachel Whiteread/Tate Whiteread is a contemporary English artist who creates mainly sculptures, usually casts of the inside of objects – negative space – which bear the marks of every day human use – eg “One Hundred Spaces” (pictured), an installation of 100 jewel-like resin […]

Grayson Perry at the Serpentine until 10 September 2017 – ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’

Perry’s pots – Brexiteers and Remainers Grayson Perry’s new exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery provocatively – as ever the master of iconoclasm – titled The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! centres round 2 large pots which record the Nation’s feelings about Brexit: one pot representing the Brexiteers and the other the Remainers. The pots are sized […]

Alberto Giacometti – UK’s first major retrospective at Tate Modern until 10 September 2017

Alberto Giacometti with his plaster sculptures at the Venice Biennale, 1956. Photograph: Alinari/Roger-Viollet Alberto Giacometti was born in the Swiss Alps in 1901, eldest son of a well-known Impressionist painter.  He is famous for his tall, thin, bleak figures – humans honed almost to knife sharpness. He began his artistic career as a Surrealist but […]

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 […]