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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]