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The dark arts

Two aspects of art that intrigue me, and both are linked, are forgery and the contemporary art market. Recently a museum exhibition in Ghent of Russian modern art was questioned by experts for its authenticity. The Russian modern art market is notoriously prone to forgers. Another is the painter [...]

January 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

I am an art critic therefore I am

I sometimes pose the question to myself and other critics “Why are we doing this?” and “To whom are we doing it for?” The answer, if we are honest, is this is our way of  making our living but this does not apply to every case. Charles Saatchi is not short of a bob or two [...]

November 30, 2017 // 0 Comments


I had a free day in Sevilla before a French friend Valerie was due to join me. I still had to see the interior of the cathedral but chose instead to do what I enjoy most namely to wander around the city going wherever I choose. I set off in the direction of the bull ring. I have mixed views on [...]

October 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

A Life of Picasso (1881-1905)/John Richardson

John Richardson was the partner of Picasso collector Douglas Cooper and knew Picasso well. He is therefore well qualified to be Picasso’s biographer and has written 3 detailed volumes of his life. I recently read the first. I have to admit immediately that I am not a great reader of [...]

July 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

John Minton/ Pallant Gallery

John Minton had an interesting life, tragically ended when he was 39, but in my view was a painter of the second rank. He never really seems to find a consistent leitmotiv: in this exhibition there are portraits, landscapes of Cornwall, colourful pictures of the Caribbean and representations of [...]

July 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Fake or Fortune

I am delighted that Fake or Fortune the investigative arts programme presented by Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould is back this summer. Yesterday I watched a repeat of a programme I missed featuring three L.S. Lowry paintings. One had a stock number and label of dealer Lefevre and was readily traceable [...]

July 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Southwold: an Earthly Paradise

For many years my second husband Laurie and I had a second home in Southwold. He is an a illustrator and taught in evening classes in Roehampton College. There a Polish student with blue eyes, glossy hair and full young breasts, none of which I possess, seduced him and our marriage broke up. We [...]

June 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

The New English Art Club

The New English Art Club (“NEAC”) was founded in 1896 when the big beasts of British art John Singer Sargent, Philip Wilson Steer and Walter Sickert influenced by stays in Paris formed this club. For many years it was a stepping stone to the more illustrious Royal Academy. It now stands [...]

June 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Eric Gill/ Ditchling Museum

If this exhibition is anything to go by, museums and exhibitions will soon be carrying a government sexual warning. As I queued to enter the lady on the desk explained to the elderly couple in front of me that there were exhibits of a sexually explicit nature and the notoriety of Eric Gill. For [...]

June 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

The artistic spirit v PC

Yesterday I listened tothe podcast of my favourite arts programme, sadly shortly to come off air Saturday Review. Well presented by Tom Sutcliffe there are normally 3 contributors so the critique has the benefit of variety. An exhibition by the sculptor Eric Gill in Ditchling near Brighton came [...]

May 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

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