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) 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 to the label which was imposed upon...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..
The Royal Academy delve into their vast collection of paintings to showcase ‘the Making of Landscape’. Presenting works from 3 of the most esteemed artists to depict the English landscape Royal Academicians John Constable RA (1776 - 1837), Thomas Gainsborough RA (1727 - 1788) and JMW Turner RA (1775 - 1851) are brought together to explore the development of this art form. Split between 5 rooms the exhibition reaches far beyond that which the title first suggests to include works by modern artists who have been influenced by these past masters as well as featuring work from their predecessors notably Claude Lorrain. It...Read more..
'GAIETY IS THE MOST OUTSTANDING FEATURE OF THE SOVIET UNION' at the Saatchi Gallery. The Saatchi Gallery presents an intriguing portrayal of life and times of those affected by the soviet empire & the aftermath of its downfall. Featuring a large photographic presence & intriguing case studies bringing some harsh realities to our attention. A collection of 18 artists representing new art from Russia have been assembled to display comments on the past, the present & the future of Russia’s cultural heritage & of the socially oppressive nature of the former state, the USSR, that existed between 1922 & 1991. These artists come...Read more..
Gyre - Crow feathers London based Kate MccGwire uses the interesting material of the feathers of various birds such as Crow, Pigeon, Mallard, Magpie & Pheasant to create her unique feather sculptures. Collecting the necessary materials can take months. When used in abundance these feathers possess a true beauty & power for all to see. As shapes evolve in her work they develop a playful & animated character with a menacing element. Creating such intricate patterns it is as though her creations provide a fluidity of movement. Her studio being...Read more..