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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 […]

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up – at the V&A from Saturday, 16 June 2018

Frida Kahlo, communist revolutionary and feminist icon, was born in Mexico in 1907 and is one of the most recognised artists of the 20th century.  As a young child she contracted polio so her right leg was thinner and shorter than the left which she tried to conceal with large-skirted dresses.  Tragically, as a teenager, […]

Rachel Whiteread – newly opened Retrospective at Tate Britain until 21 January 2018

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 […]