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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 […]

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 […]