Going with the times – Daumier at the Royal Academy

Exhibitions held in the Royal Academy’s Sackler Wing have always been very impressive. My first exhibition at the RA was the J. W. Waterhouse: The Modern Pre-Raphaelite back in 2009, and since then the subsequent shows have hardly disappointed. Daumier (1808-1879): Visions of Paris continues this trend of high-quality monographic exhibitions, having previously exhibited worksContinue reading “Going with the times – Daumier at the Royal Academy”

Modern portraiture – the Old and the New Viennese

Vienna, also known as the City of Music, was an area where many great composers found their place in musical history, icons such as Mozart, Brahms and Mahler. Theatres and opera houses filled the city with world-class music, attracting tourists and immigrants from across the Empire. During the years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1867-1918), ViennaContinue reading “Modern portraiture – the Old and the New Viennese”

East meets West – Chinese Painting at the V&A

Being inherently of Chinese origin, one might assume that I would have a certain attraction to the paintings of the East. In fact, my upbringing in Western society has actually steered me towards Western European art, leaving me almost ignorant to the understanding of a tradition of art that has become part of my heritageContinue reading “East meets West – Chinese Painting at the V&A”

Lowry and the Working Class

They are symbols of my mood, they are myself. –          L. S. Lowry Tate Britain’s recently opened Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life exhibition is a wonderful display of the works of the Lancashire-born artist. The retrospective, his first at Tate, features around 90 paintings alongside various sketches, most of which feature his distinctiveContinue reading “Lowry and the Working Class”

Summer Exhibition 2013 – slightly different from usual…just ‘slightly’.

A few months ago I was welcomed home by a rather strange envelope from the Royal Academy of Arts. I wondered what it could be. Turns out I was invited to the buyer’s viewing of the 245th annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Having never been formally invited to such events, I was feelingContinue reading “Summer Exhibition 2013 – slightly different from usual…just ‘slightly’.”

Michael Landy – where creation meets destruction, where the old meets the new

Recently, the National Gallery has become a little bit more…noisy. Queues of people are lining up in the Central Hall surrounded by 16th century Northern Italian paintings, while others exit into the Spanish room where Velázquez’s ‘Rokeby Venus’ (1646-51) resides. Something’s happening in the Sunley Room, and this time, Michael Landy takes centre stage.

‘Good’ art isn’t always that expensive! Phew! – Affordable Art Fair Battersea, Spring Collection 2013

Mist and fog…why on earth did I expect the sunny weather from the beginning of the week to actually last? Also, not to mention the pouring rain! Anyhow, after a somewhat tired train journey from Canterbury East to Battersea Park, followed by a short walk in the rain, I finally arrived at Battersea Evolution. AtContinue reading “‘Good’ art isn’t always that expensive! Phew! – Affordable Art Fair Battersea, Spring Collection 2013”

Canterbury Galleries – Lilford to Sidney Cooper

While taking advantage of Canterbury’s wonderful, and rather short-lived, sunny weather, I decided to take a look at the Lilford Gallery on Palace Street the other day. Located just around the corner from Canterbury Cathedral, this lovely two-storey building housed a really neat collection of contemporary art, many of which are local artists.

Performance and Painting – a collaboration with weird results…

Taking its name from David Hockney’s 1967 painting entitled A Bigger Splash, Tate’s exhibition focuses on the relationship between performance art and painting, specifically the infusion of the two. It gathers together works of varying mediums, including photographs, films and installations, from the 1950s to the present day. I went to this exhibition back inContinue reading “Performance and Painting – a collaboration with weird results…”