Three exhibitions in as many hours is uplifting and very tiring, thrilling and inspiring. If you don’t live near these exhibitions you have to suck it up, exhaust yourself and wallow in the pleasure of it all. You can rest when you get home.
Gauguin and Schjerfbeck offer colours to reflect their surroundings, age and mood and interesting compositions. I was moved by Gauguin’s portraits (sin) of omission, and Schjerfbeck’s slowly aging self portrait series. Antony Gormley thrills with space and tension, through time. Plus drawings, drawings drawings – even the sculpture draws.
Helene Schjerfbeck, RA until 27th October
Antony Gormley, RA until 3rd December
Gauguin Portraits, National Gallery, until 26th January, 2020
A holiday weekend in New York means the culture vultures are out in force
At every turn there are pieces to make you smile, or gasp in wonder. Amongst almost endless works that are so well known they are made into tea towels, t-shirts and playing cards, there are surprising things that catch the eye.
I set the alarm off trying to move around this piece to get more photographs.
I am always a sucker for patterns and this work by Philip Pearlstein ticks every box.
The Young Gallery and John Creasey Museum, Salisbury
Upstairs in the library in Salisbury are three gallery spaces with a collection of modern and contemporary works. Many are drawings, etchings and prints with some exciting paintings thrown in too.
The curator, Peter Riley, has a particular interest in mark making so there are some unusual and pleasing choices from well known artists such as Euan Uglow, Paula Rego, Keith Vaughan, John Bellany and others.
The galleries are well worth a look with new exhibitions planned for later in the year. Combine the outing with a morning at Roche Court for a rewarding day.
In works by Matisse, Manet, Chagall, Renoir, Degas, Léger and Picasso, this ground-breaking exhibition tells one of the most compelling stories in the history of art – the rise of modernism.
From 1800 to the mid-twentieth century, this story was played out in France, especially in Paris where international artists were drawn by salons and dealers, the creative exchange between poets and painters and the bohemian atmosphere of such places as Montmartre and Montparnasse.
With over 100 works from a private collection that has never been seen in Britain before, the exhibition plots a course from Romantic artists such as Ingres, Gericault and Delacroix via the dramatic artistic transformations of Van Gogh and Cézanne, to the radical experiments in Cubism by innovators such as Picasso and Braque.
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They are everywhere. You don’t have to enter any of them, indeed some are quite expensive to enter, but the competition criteria are often interesting, the prizes vary and the winners are well worth a look. You can catch an overview of what is going on in the art world and be inspired.
The piece below is a list I have ‘stolen’ – my apologies to idesigni art-competitions. It has many international competitions and some home grown. Art suppliers often hold mini competitions (Jackson’s for example Jackson’s)
Art competitions can present potentially massive opportunities for artists worldwide, offering wide exposure and substantial cash prizes…
But how do you know which ones you should be entering?
There are many colossal lists and indexes of art contests and awards available online – if you’re willing to go trawling the web!
To save you that trouble, we’ve handpicked some of the very best art competitions around, and detailed the rewards up for grabs in each:
I saw an enthusiastic review of this exhibition and hope to get to see it before it closes.
Poole Museum Service
4 High St, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1BW
Saturday 3 September – Sunday 6 November 2016
Open daily: 10am – 5pm
Lines of thought
Drawing from Michelangelo to now
Saturday 3 September – Sunday 6 November 2016
Poole Museum is delighted to be hosting an exhibition of drawings from the British Museum, home to one of the world’s greatest graphic collections. Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now explores the importance of drawing as one of the most effective mediums for expressing and representing an artist’s ideas. The exhibition showcases selected drawings from masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo right up to artists working in the present day.
This exhibition will tour to just three UK locations, Poole, Hull and Belfast before travelling internationally. It aims to encourage art students and art lovers to engage with and learn to draw from their local and national drawing collections.
Remember to bring your sketchbook or ask at the museum for drawing materials to have a go at being inspired by the masters! or if you are between 6 and 18 years old why not take part in our drawing competition, Junior Poole Open.
Generously supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation.
Image: Rembrandt (Black chalk and charcoal on paper, an Asian elephant c.1637)
What size image and what size support you use are very important elements in composition. Size matters.
What size paper/canvas/board are you working towards? What size image? What about the space? It is so easy to pick up the same old sketch book and do the same thing time and again. Let’s make it more interesting. In this class you will be encouraged to be creative about size.
27th Sept. £45 /class 9.30am – 12.45pm
I think Tuesday is meant to be sodden. If you want to come to this class at Wherwell Priory Studio contact me for more details and availability email@example.com
I went to Roche Court last week and saw the new exhibition by Darren Almond. Below is a brief extract about some of his work there. It is particularly relevant to this class. He has produced beautiful paintings of hypothetical views of space with colour, light and distance captured in a strangely recognisable way. I have no idea what he is painting, but I know it is space. Into this space are tiny specks of distant stars. Their size and the size of pictures make you feel very, very small.
Darren Almond: new work
17 Sep – 13 Nov 2016
Almond makes work which explores ideas about time, space, history and memory and how these abstract concepts intersect and impact on the individual. At the very core of his work is an exploration of time and space and for the viewer, they raise fundamental questions about our very existence.
In the gallery, Almond will show a series of ‘Timescape’ paintings, which explore his preoccupation with time and space to their absolute limits. They suggest the conundrum, that although we know a certain amount about deep space, there is still so much that remains – at least for now – unknowable. Conceptually, these depictions of the outer reaches of the cosmos engulf us in the beauty of the Milky Way; the colourful and dreamlike atmospheres which Almond has captured ultimately remind us of our insignificance within the enormity of the universe.
Exploring an unparalleled period in American art, this long awaited exhibition reveals the full breadth of a movement that will forever be associated with the boundless creative energy of 1950s New York.
In the “age of anxiety” surrounding the Second World War and the years of free jazz and Beat poetry, artists like Pollock, Rothko and de Kooning broke from accepted conventions to unleash a new confidence in painting.Often monumental in scale, their works are at times intense, spontaneous and deeply expressive. At others they are more contemplative, presenting large fields of colour that border on the sublime. These radical creations redefined the nature of painting, and were intended not simply to be admired from a distance but as two-way encounters between artist and viewer.It was a watershed moment in the evolution of 20th-century art, yet, remarkably, there has been no major survey of the movement since 1959.
This autumn we bring together some of the most celebrated art of the past century, offering the chance to experience the powerful collective impact of Pollock, Rothko, Still, de Kooning, Newman, Kline, Smith, Guston and Gorky as their works dominate our galleries with their scale and vitality.
We will also acknowledge the lesser-known figures who contributed to the development of the movement. Finally, we will include photography and sculpture to complete an ambitious re-evaluation of the phenomenon that saw New York take over from Paris as the capital of the art world.
The exhibition will be curated by the independent art historian Dr David Anfam, alongside Edith Devaney, Contemporary Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts. Dr Anfam is the preeminent authority on Abstract Expressionism, the author of the catalogue raisonné of Mark Rothko’s paintings and Senior Consulting Curator at the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver.
The exhibition features works by major artists including Graham Sutherland, Peter Lanyon, Stanley Spencer and Gillian Ayres. Visitors will be able to enjoy portraits and landscapes, as well as observational drawings, abstract works and compositional sketches.
The art of drawing
Highlights include studies by Sutherland for his crucifixion paintings, where stark black lines and dense shading create Christ’s agonised form on the cross. In contrast, Stanley Spencer used delicate pencil outlines to represent stretcher-bearers during the First World War.
The show ranges from the energetic scribbles of Frank Auerbach, from which London landscapes take shape, to the exuberant colours of Gillian Ayre’s abstract work and Michael Rothenstein’s designs of birds.
If you have a chance over the next couple of days (before Sunday 3rd July) head to Mottisfont, nr Romsey, to see drawings from the Schlee Collection. This wonderful collection is normally hidden away in the vaults of Southampton Art Gallery. Grab this chance to see drawings, preparatory drawings and other works by major modern British artists. Thoroughly recommend it – much better than looking out at the rain.