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* Museum & Gallery Shows: Lucien Freud – Portraits, at the National Portrait Gallery

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 9 February 2012

Museum & Gallery Shows: Lucien Freud – Portraits, at the National Portrait Gallery, 9 February-27 May, 2012:  From the National Portrait Gallery: “Lucian Freud (1922 – 2011) was one of the most important and influential artists of his generation. Paintings of people were central to his work and this major exhibition, spanning over seventy years, is the first to focus on his portraiture.

Produced in close collaboration with the late Lucian Freud, the exhibition concentrates on particular periods and groups of sitters which illustrate Freud’s stylistic development and technical virtuosity. Insightful paintings of the artist’s lovers, friends and family, referred to by the artist as the ‘people in my life’, will demonstrate the psychological drama and unrelenting observational intensity of his work.

Featuring 130 works from museums and private collections throughout the world, some of which have never been seen before, this is an unmissable opportunity to experience the work of one of the world’s greatest artists.”

“I’ve always wanted to create drama in my pictures, which is why I paint people. It’s people who have brought drama to pictures from the beginning. The simplest human gestures tell stories.” (Lucien Freud)

Stunning.  Marvelous.  Corporeal.

image: Reflection (Self-portrait), 1985 by Lucien Freud, Private Collection, Ireland © The Lucian Freud Archive.  Courtesy Lucian Freud Archive, npg.org.uk

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Museum & Gallery Shows: David Hockney – A Bigger Picture

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Museum & Gallery Shows: David Hockney – A Bigger Picture: “..The Royal Academy of Arts presents the first major exhibition of new landscape works by David Hockney RA. Featuring vivid paintings inspired by the East Yorkshire landscape, these large-scale works have been created especially for the galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts.  ‘David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture’ spans a 50 year period to demonstrate Hockney’s long exploration and fascination with the depiction of landscape.  The exhibition includes a display of his iPad drawings and a series of new films produced using 18 cameras, which are displayed on multiple screens and provide a spellbinding visual journey through the eyes of David Hockney.”  21 January – 9 April 2012, Royal Academy of Arts, London.  Magnificent..

image: David Hockney, Winter Timber,  (2009), 2,74 x 6,09 m . (Jonathan Wilkinson)

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The Future of British Art?

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Stocking filler? ... Tracey Emin's My Bed – British art's apex of technical uninvolvement.

Tracey Emin’s My Bed – British art at its sleepiest?

image: Nils Jorgensen/Rex Features/The Guardian

Jonathan Jones has written an interesting article entitled “Painted into a corner: are the stuckists right about modern British art?” in the On Art blog in the Art & Design section of The Guardian, looking at contemporary British art, the debate between conceptualists and traditionalists, installations and painting, and what it means for the future of art in the UK.  Make your bed, then sleep in it.

Wikipedia entry on the Stuckists, here.

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Shades of Grey

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 20 February 2011

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Cover (by Steven Wilson), “Shades of Grey” (The Road to High Saffron) by Jasper Fforde

Shades of Grey, 2010, (novel), by Jasper Fforde.  Jasper Fforde’s dystopian novel, described by the Sunday Express as “true literary comic genius” and by others as fantasy or science fiction, follows the adventures of a young man through love, illusion, disillusion and other adventures in a society described as a “colourtocracy” (society divided into classes based on the each individual’s ability to see color), a speculative future UK.  Though starting out a bit on the, well, tedious side, Shades of Grey evolves into a rather amusing adventure story, with enough serious silliness to be an enjoyable novel to read.  Apparently the first novel in a three-novel series, it has been, retroactively I suppose, renamed “Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron”, in order to make way for the forthcoming “Shades of Grey: Painting by Numbers” and “Shades of Grey: The Gordini Protocols”.  Recommended for those interested in color theory (lite version), with a taste for speculative, slightly left-leaning, fiction and a bit of time on their hands. (PR)

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top image: Steven Wilson/Wikipedia

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The Tate Modern at 10 – Louise Bourgeois, Anish Kapoor, Bruce Nauman & Others

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 5 May 2010

TATE MODERN ART GALLERY, LONDON, BRITAIN - 2000

 Photograph: Ray Tang/Rex Features

Haunting image of motherhood … Louise Bourgeois’s Mamon in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall.

Adrian Searle, Jonathan Jones, Charlotte Higgins and Skye Sherwin have written an interesting article entitled “The Tate Modern at 10” in The Guardian, looking at the exhibitions and artists featured in the Tate Modern’s cavernous Turbine Hall since its opening ten years ago.  The article includes excerpts of interviews with such luminaries as Louise Bourgeois (who turns 100 years old this year!!), Juan Munoz, Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson, Bruce Nauman and others.  Inspirational, encouraging, thought provoking work.  Marvelous.
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