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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 […]

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. […]

David Hockney at Tate Britain (9 February to 29 May 2017)

Detail from Play Within a Play, 1963.  Private collection.  © David Hockney Hockney is one of the world’s greatest living artists, and the retrospective is Tate Britain’s bestselling exhibition ever.  He still works daily, and is currently designing a large stained glass window in Westminster Abbey to honour the Queen.  Appointed to the Order of Merit […]

Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 – Royal Academy – to 17th April 2017

Boris Kustodiev, The Bolshevik, 1920. Oil on canvas. 101 x 140.5 cm. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow Photo © State Tretyakov Gallery The 15-years from the 1917 October Revolution to the devastating collectivisations and industrial reforms in the early 1930’s was a transitory golden age of Russian art, when State and idealistic artists had the same dream of […]