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BP Portrait Award 2019 at the National Portrait Gallery: 13 June – 20 October 2019

Imara in her Winter Coat – by Charlie Schaffer © Charlie Schaffer (detail) Charlie Schaffer (b.1992), winner of the BP Portrait Award 2019, painted the portrait over a period of four months.  The painting is of the artist’s friend, Imara. Here are the the 4 award winning portraits: FIRST PRIZE Charlie Schaffer Imara in her Winter Coat […]

Three Women Artists: María Berrío, Caroline Walker, Flora Yukhnovich at Victoria Miro: 7 June – 27 July 2019

María Berrío, Oda a la Esperanza (Ode to Hope), 2019 (detail) In association with The Great Women Artists @thegreatwomenartists, the three artists featured are: María Berrío Oda a la Esperanza (Ode to Hope) (detail), 2019, courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London/Venice  Colombian  born and now living and working in New York, her works, crafted from layers of Japanese […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]