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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 […]

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 […]