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Food for thought

Two aspects of modern life that reoccur in most people’s reflections upon modern life are: Firstly, the various ways we acquire knowledge, keep in touch with what is happening around us and across the world and choose to spend those proportions of our free leisure (or non-working) time that are [...]

August 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

John Minton/ the Lost Man of British Art

I watched this programme on catch up tv. It was written and presented by actor Mark Gatiss. I anticipated that much would be made that Johnny Minton was gay as Gatiss is too. In fact, you can criticise British art for many things but homophobia is not one. Two of our most celebrated post war [...]

August 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Gustav Klimt/Medicine

Gustav Klimt’s fame is associated withe the Nazis. Long after his death in 1918 to Spanish influenza, his characteristic swirling erotic paintings, frequently of auburn haired models, achieved a success and critical esteem denied to him in his lifetime. One picture of Adele Bloch-Bauer was [...]

August 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Jack Russell

Yesterday I went with Alice Mansfield to meet Jack Russell whose work was being exhibited at a well-known gallery in St James London. I already knew quite a bit about Jack as England wicketkeeper but wanted an art expert’s view on the quality of his artistic output. Jack was the same [...]

August 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Impressionist and modern art collection

If I were to tell you you can see for free Picassos, Chagalls, Degas, Monet’s Gare De St Lazare, Rodin’s The Kiss, Matisse, Gauguin, Renoir, Braque and Utrillo in the centre of London in comfortable and uncrowded conditions you might think I am bonkers but I did exactly that last Saturday at [...]

June 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Royal Academy Summer Show

The Royal Academy has had a considerable architectural transformation, with a new lecture theatre, campus  and expanded space for exhibitions. Concurrently – and to celebrate its 250th anniversary – the summer show curated by Grayson Perry has had a makeover. I wish I could be more [...]

June 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

A visit to the Pallant Gallery

It’s not just in the theatre that Chichester punches above its weight but it’s  art too. The Pallant Gallery is one of the best galleries/museums outside London particularly for the display and promotion of modern British art Tuesday I went on a curated tour. Its permanent collection numbers. [...]

June 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Water colours

One art column I always enjoy is by Colin Gleadell in the Telegraph every Tuesday on the sale rooms and auctions. Perhaps more than any arts or indeed investment market, which it is increasingly resembling, it is subject to the vagaries of fashion. Hans Makart [see The Death of Cleopatra, above] [...]

May 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Art of Money

You might be forgiven for thinking that the title of this post relates to the $646m sales achieved so far in the auction of the Peggy and David Rockefeller collection but it does not. It relates to a fascinating programme on the art world presented on radio 4 by the excellent John Wilson, son of [...]

May 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

The war painters

Yesterday I attended a lecture on a course on early twentieth century British modernism which covered the World War One painters. In her introduction the lecturer made the point that one of the reasons why British art tends to be underestimated globally is that is hard to label our national [...]

May 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

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