Capturing the art of an entire Continent in a single exhibition is an enormous task, which can lead us to momentous applause, or grave ridicule. The curator's of the Royal Academy's autumn display attempt to walk the tightrope of success, or defeat whilst presenting their exhibition titled 'Australia'. Australia itself conjures up vivid images of stunning landscape soaked in sunshine & the sparse never-ending wilderness known as the outback. A place of wonder where native animals raise further curiosities, which can only be fulfilled by...Read more..
With one of the highlights of the art calendar drawing to its close we revisit the source of great debate, which has stretched the course of the Summer lighting up & casting cloud, seemingly dependant on your particular view. Laurence Stephen Lowry has always proved to be a controversial figure in the art world yet few have divided opinion as strongly as him. Adored by many for his depictions of industrial Northern England, whilst treated as an outcast by the establishment who did not acknowledge artistic merit in his work. < 'VE Day' (1945)Read more..
Passion Palette takes a look inside the Saatchi Gallery's art exhibition, which focuses on the material of paper & how contemporary artists are adopting this material with varying effect. Much can be learnt from the age of the past through accounts recorded by the use of paper. As the centuaries have gone by a once sacred material has become less valued, especially since the introduction of the digital age, which now claims a stronghold in the recording of information. Terms such as 'paperless office' lead us to depreciate the material that was once so revered & enabled the progression...Read more..
Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985) Russian born Jewish artist Marc Chagall is associated with the modernism movement of the early 20th century due to his adoption of various techniques & styles during this period. His life as an artist was transformed by his visit to Paris in 1910. His earlier works were somewhat dark in colour in comparison to the art he created once he had arrived in Paris. During a time when Picasso & Matisse were at the forefront of the art scene, Paris was alive with colour & possibility as various techniques were becoming accepted art forms. P ...Read more..
“the desire to uncover what lies beyond our present understanding of the world.” This eclectic collection of artefacts provokes intrigue whilst exploring the human desire to posses the undiscovered. Brian Dillon has been successful in bringing together pieces from museums & private collections alike carefully selected to provide a satisfying display, which feeds the imagination like no other. With no affiliation to a particular era, or subject this display is loosely bound by the intense...Read more..
Patrick Caulfield (1936 – 2005) Tate Britain | Now Ended | Patrick Caulfield came to the forefront of the British art scene in the 1960's as part of the 'New Generation' artists of this period. Fundamentally a figurative painter Caulfied specialised in a sign-painting technique, which rendered brush work invisible avoiding such distractions to the viewer. This lent itself to the often mundane scenes he depicted with his clever use of colour & light. He became associated with the pop art movement of his time following an exhibition in 1964. Averse...Read more..
American realist painter George Bellows (1882 - 1925) takes up temporary residence in the Sackler Wing of the Royal Academy until 9th June 2013. An observer of the people, Bellows work documents a city in transition at the beginning of the 20th Century. George Bellows moved to New York at the age of 22 years to study art & was inspired by a mixture of the chaos & excitement ever-present in the city, which changed by the day. Particular attention was paid to the impoverished working-class & immigrant populous & the overcrowded, filthy surroundings they found themselves in. Viewing New York City from Bellows...Read more..
Sunrise (1965) “I bet you can’t paint as good as that, eh, Dad?” is the simple query which had such profound affect upon Lichtenstein’s entire career. His son had challenged him with an image of Mickey Mouse. The artist duly responded by creating ‘Look Mickey’ in 1961 using the experimental dot patterning technique referred to as Ben-Day dots, which would become the hallmark of his work. This printing...Read more..