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2 museums and a pottery

Yesterday I had to take time off the main group to see the Leger museum, Modoura pottery and Bonnard museum as preparation for a curative tour for travel agents Andrew Fyne later in the year. There were a number of logistical considerations, a private tour out of hours, a local guide, restaurants [...]

April 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

Picasso Museum Antibes

Yesterday I took the National Rust party to the Picasso museum in Antibes. It is housed in the Grimaldi castle which Picasso was given as a studio for 6 months after the war and in appreciation gave some 26 of his works. Jacqueline Picasso gave some more in 1990 and now the museum has 246 pieces [...]

April 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

Me and Marc Chagall

It’s funny how one’s tastes in anything can change over one’s life. I never could enjoy or appreciate the art of Marc Chagall as its biblical representation did not reach me. My parents hung a reproduction in their bathroom of his home town, where my grandfather too was born, [...]

March 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Bob’s birthday and Cote d’Art

One of the things I most enjoy about the Cote d’Azur is the public art or to put it differently the U.K. suffers by comparison. Even in London there might be the odd public sculpture, memorial fountain or park gates usually of a poor standard. Here in Nice we noticed immediately a blue modern [...]

March 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Daunts book festival/ Rogues Gallery and East West Street

Yesterday with Melanie Gay, Bob Tickler, Stefan Ursolini and Ken Howard I attended a book event at Daunts showcasing the above books both of which I enjoyed. Philip Mould, the fluent charming art dealer who appears in both the Antiques Road Show and Fake or Fortune, interviewed Philip Hook the [...]

March 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

America after the Fall and Edward Hopper

American art and British too has frequently divided into a battle between figurative and abstract art in the twentieth century. On one hand you have the artists like Jackson Pollock and Jasper Johns associated with modern expressionist abstract and in the other corner of the canvas Andrew Wyeth and [...]

March 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Rogues Gallery/Philip Hook

Philip Hook was a director of Sotheby’s and has written an an engaging and informed account of art dealing over the last 500 years. It is both anecdotal and thematic. It is particularly interseting on the relationship between the art dealer and the collector but he also refers to the artist, [...]

March 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Getting it right

Having begun yesterday with the assumption that there must be as many different types of family relationship as there are families, yesterday I came to the conclusion that there are may actually be a finite number – and that, one day not too far away, I’m going to read a report in the Daily [...]

March 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

More on cynical art dealing

After reading my post a friend sent me this article by Luke Johnson, the entrepreneur, on art dealing – THE TIMES It does share some points with my piece – notably that it’s an unregulated market and the naive collector should beware the dealer. I don’t agree with all of it [...]

February 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Meeting Ken Howard

I always enjoy the company of artist Ken Howard with whom I had dinner the other night at the Chelsea Arts Club. 85 years young he is still has a prodigious output mainly of places he has just visited. Known chiefly as a painter of light and use of contre jour technique (against the daylight) he is [...]

February 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

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