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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 […]

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 […]

Turner Prize – Demystified

Hurvin Anderson, Is it OK to be black?  2016.  (Detail) The Turner Prize was set up in 1984 to encourage wider appreciation of contemporary art and has become one of the best known visual art prizes in the world.  Each year 4 artists are short-listed. They must be “British” which means either working mainly in […]

America After the Fall – at The Royal Academy until 4th June 2017

Edward Hopper, Gas, 1940. Oil on canvas. 66.7 x 102.2 cm. Collection of Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund, 1943 Photo © 2016. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence The Fall  was the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 which triggered the greatest economic depression in US history. […]