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Tomma Abts at the Serpentine Sackler – until 9 Sept. 2018

Fimme, 2013 Small (48cm x 38cm), perfect, mesmerising, geometric patterns and optical illusions, this exhibition brings together works over the last 10 years of Tomma Abts (b. 1967, Kiel, Germany), winner of the 2006 Turner Prize. ‘It is a completely open process, starting from a point of nothing, with no guaranteed outcome, every single time.  […]

Banksy – Draw the Raised Bridge!

Banksy’s latest stencil appeared earlier this year on a disused, permanently raised, river crossing, the Scott St. Bridge in Hull – the city with the highest pro-Brexit vote – depicting a young child wearing a colander for a hat and brandishing a toy sword with a crayon bayonet. Another anti-Brexit message; another example of art and […]

Rare Tintin cartoon watercolour sold for over €600,000 at Paris auction – 3 May 2018

Cover for King Ottokar’s Sceptre, Tintin’s seventh adventure, published in the youth supplement to Le Petit Vingtiéme (the Little Twentieth), a Catholic monthly, in 1939 (20cm x 20cm) (detail) The illustration, in Hergé (Georges Remi)’s typical clean line style, shows Tintin fleeing from the kingdom of Borduria to safety through the Balkans into the fictional state of Syldavia, clutching a […]

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 […]

“Painters’ Painters” at the Saatchi Gallery extended to 22 March 2017

Richard Aldrich, Future Portrait #49, 2003 Acrylic on panel 30.5 x 30.5 cm At Saatchi Gallery to 22 March, this exhibition showcases the work of 9 contemporary artists, all of whom work with paint in an art world currently dominated by more modern media such as video, installation and conceptual art – paint was entirely absent […]