Jean-Etienne Liotard at the Royal Academy of Arts

The Pastelist

The 18th Century artist Jean-Etienne Liotard from Switzerland is little known today in the UK although he spent two years here and was in contact with Royal Stuart family and Hanoverians whom gave him many commissions. Much of his work is in private collections and in some way part of the reason for his obscurity. He made portraits of rich society people who had either established themselves as business merchants, were in law or were Kings, Queens, and Sultans. read more

Gianni Colombo – Kinetic

The Italian Kinetic artist Gianni Colombo died back in 1993 left various experimental materials, ideas and works. The exhibition at the Robilant + Voena gallery is the first show of his art in the UK by curate Francesca Pola. The work in the exhibition represents the first twenty years of his career. He was very much interested in active connections and the experience in art. He created environments and objects that engaged in different manners with an alternative notion of perception and conform to a more contemplative interactive use of the object. read more

Collage – Arturo Herrera

The wall paper of photos taken by the artist to me seemed unnecessary it really did not add anything to the works of mixed media made. If anything I don’t believe people seemed to pay much attention to it.

Despite this the works themselves that are hung were interesting pieces; paint covered books, to canvas with felt, paint and small wood panels with different layers; referencing modernism and abstraction, creating these relief type objects in a 3-Dimensional form. read more

Out of Chaos

A centenary of art and Jewish activity in London the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum has established something unique as an interpretation of language or should I say ontology of the jewish community that has existed in Britain for the past hundred years. The show from Ben Uri’s collection is relevant to all but more importantly to those who made the art it gave them an identity, to remind themselves who they are and where they are from. read more

The artist should lead

I don’t believe artists are being allowed to lead the direction of art due to corporatisation and the media that has established or encamped itself in the field of art. People with money, power are dictating what art is; propaganda in a global sense.  Using Duchamp as an excuse for everything really does a disservice to Duchamp the artist. Although I have to say some people seem quite happy to play along. read more

Review: Henri Matisse

A cut out

It has been a while since I have taken any notice of the French artist Matisse. I very much prefer his cut outs but a lot of people admire his paintings. I am not one to say what makes a good artist or a Master in this respect although I would say I am a very good artist myself and may be better but then I am bias. The show was curated by Nicholas Cullinan the curator for the department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum. read more

EUROART STUDIOS OPEN

This is one for the diary as it is the Euroart Studio opening with over 70 artists opening their studios to the public for viewing. Meet the artists and see their work of all types. It runs from the 6th until the 8th June 2014.

The participating artists are;

Mina Aidoo, Lydia Hardiman, Jim Pipkin, Jenny Kidd, Anne Teahan, Tessa Rawcliffe, Laurence Glazier, Phaedon Constantin, Sibylla McGrogor, Wen Wu, Gary Myatt, Lorraine Clarke, Stephen Buckeridge, Anya Beaumont, Emily Ault, Emma Wood, Raymond Isaac, Jeanette Khalil, Chloe Purcell, Mark Jeffreys, Sally Wilford, David Gadeke, John Bird, Juliette Jeanclaude, Non Worroll, Julie Eilenberger, Nigel Booth, Jo Aylmer, Stephanie Herbert, Judy Clarkson, Geoff Gunby, Trevor Banthorpe, Elisabeth Bond, Leyla Rees, Infinity Bunce, Monika Tobel, Matt Small, Angela Britton, Miranda Benzies, Katy Potts, Zoe Fudge, Nat Pimlott, Jonay Matos, Veronica Fox, Robin Lee, Georgie Nettell, Blaise Thompson, Andrew Lee, Anna Barlow, Sally Wood, Rhed Fawell, Emma Roberts, Polly Huggett, Stevie Rayne, Jenny Bush, Jane Fletcher, Max Atkins, Ryan Orme, Qing Qi, Eleanor Spalding, Julia Maddison, Fatima Jamadar. read more

Review: Facing the Modern

Water Water Everywhere

Wondering past a downpour of what look like a broken water pipe spilling its contents on to employees in the cloak room; I had just paid to enter at the National Gallery. I make the comment that I would not leave my coat and bag, the receptionist agrees. I had gone to see what was to be a sublime show which was a nice surprise. read more