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Matisse, Chagall , Leger and Picasso museums

Yesterday I visited the above local museums as part of the prep for a bigger visit of Bob’s friends in 10 days time. We started at the Matisse museum in the north of Nice in the Cimiez area. This was once popular with Brits. Queen Victoria would stay at the imposing Hotel Regina – as did [...]

April 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

Harold Gilman/Pallant gallery

I cannot disagree with the negative review posted by Francesca on the above exhibition – Gilman review – even though warm interiors in the style of Eduard Vuillard and Gilman’s mentor Walter Sickert are definitely my bag. The problem is that there are several Sickerts in the permanent [...]

March 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Towner Gallery Eastbourne

Yesterday our art course teacher organised a trip to the Towner gallery having pre-booked a viewing of the works held back in storage. I arrived in Eastbourne by train as I enjoy the journey along the South Downs Way culminating in the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head. Unfortunately communing with [...]

March 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

THE YBAs

Yesterday in the art class we studied the Young British Artists headed up by Damien Hirst. We started though with Gilbert and George. They are similar to Hirst in their brilliant self promotion. They wear the same suits, always lived in the same house in Spitalfields, dine in the same restaurant [...]

March 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

A day in the country

In the art world the nature of the beast means that over the course of time certain styles, movements and breakthroughs weave in and out of fashion and thus it was with some anticipation that yesterday I had accepted an invitation to join two fellow Rusters on a jaunt to view the Harold Gilman: [...]

March 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

Watching the biopic of Donald Sutherland on Sky Arts inspired me to rent one of the more neglected films in his canon of considerable work – Six Degrees of Separation. Sutherland is in every sense a towering actor able to fulfil many roles, the concerned father in Ordinary People, the cop in [...]

February 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

Art and the counterculture of the fifties and sixties

Yesterday in our art course we studied the gay British artists Francis Bacon, Robert Colquhoun, Robert MacBryde and Keith Vaughan. Our teacher is proficient in putting art in context, she will often prepare a time line of dates of key events and is knowledgeable on philosophy too. So we began with [...]

February 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

David Hockney

Yesterday to some confusion we studied in our course on British Twentieth Century Art, pop art in Britain. I say confusion as our teacher had clearly scheduled Bacon, Freud and the Colony Club and I brought along my copy of Martin Gayford’s Mavericks and Modernists which I displayed [...]

February 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

Pierre Bonnard/ The Colour of Memory- Tate Britain

There are some artists who do not justify their reputation, others who merit a greater one, but Pierre Bonnard is in a class of his own- no one can agree on his reputation. Picasso was scornful of him, Matisse regarded him as one of the greatest. The modern day critic Waldemar Januszcak – [...]

February 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

He’s the Man

Administrators in the world of art and museums often spend a greater proportion of their time under fire for their apparent lack of acumen, ingenuity and inspiration than perhaps they should. Good intentions are fine, but in the modern world of political correctness, challenging economic [...]

February 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

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