Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Gainsborough Find

This previously unknown chalk-and-gouache presentation drawing by Thomas Gainsborough for his painting Gypsy Encampment, Sunset (c.1778–80) was discovered by Bainbridges of Ruislip (Middlesex). The auction house spent a year authenticating the drawing, which has impeccable provenance from artist through to the present owner. It comes up for sale in Bainbridges auction on 2 July, estimated at £20,000 – £30,000 (CLICK). Gainsborough's oil painting is currently on display in Tate Britain. CLICK to view it online.

Monday, 29 June 2015

A 'New' Rodin

This 2.15 metre statue of nude goddess Aphrodite was sculpted by Auguste Rodin for a play in Paris in 1913. It was cast only in plaster for its stage appearance and the original mould was thought lost. However last year the mould was discovered and the first bronze of the statue cast. It fetched over £731,000 in Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art sale in London on Thursday (CLICK).

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Patrick Macnee RIP

BBC News has published a tribute by his co-stars to actor Patrick Macnee, who died this week in California at the age of 93. Macnee played suave British secret agent John Steed in the 1960s TV series The Avengers. The show returned in the 1970s as The New Avengers, starring Joanna Lumley and Gareth Hunt alongside Macnee. The photo dates from 1976. CLICK for videos and more information.

Frieze London

Frieze London returns to Regent’s Park in a newly designed tent from 14 – 17 October. Over 160 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries, from almost 30 countries, will present the worst of international contemporary art. Once again the Sculpture Park will infest the English Garden. Shown is a photo from Frieze London 2014. Tickets will be available from July. CLICK to find out more.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

London Art Week

Twice in the last five days I've mentioned London Art Week (3 - 10 July): CLICK, CLICK. The official website finally popped up. Over 40 leading art galleries and three auction houses, all within Mayfair and St James’s, will be displaying their wares with special exhibitions to tempt rich punters, museums and art galleries. Many of the exhibits haven't been on public display before (CLICK).

M.C. Escher

Today the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art opened The Amazing World of M.C. Escher, comprising over 100 works on loan from the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague in The Netherlands, Escher's country. Original drawings, prints, mezzotints, woodcuts and lithographs confirm Maurits Cornelis Escher as the most original and popular artist of the 20th Century. Shown is his Bond of Union (1956) which to me suggests the European Union sliced up and spinning out of control (CLICK). Londoners, don't panic! M.C. Escher comes to the Dulwich Picture Gallery on 14 October. The bad news is the price: £14 adults, £13 silver surfers (CLICK). Note: visitors are charged only £9 adults or £7 silver surfers for the same exhibition in Scotland!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Fake or Fortune?

A new series of Fake or Fortune? comes to BBC One on Sunday 5 July at 8pm. Shown are the art sleuths: Dr Bendor Grosvenor, Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce. Series 4 begins with an investigation into three small pictures by LS Lowry, who is probably Britain's most faked artist. His simple style lends itself to faking and he often signed his works with Biro! A "scientific discovery" is promised (CLICK).

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Artists Animals

As part of London Art Week (3 - 10 July) the neighbouring galleries of Rafael Valls and Tomasso Brothers Fine Art will present exhibitions of artists’ animals: 1) The Painter’s Menagerie and 2) The Sculptor’s Menagerie respectively. The collections range from classical antiquity to the 19th century by European and British Old Master painters and sculptors. Shown is Philip Ferdinand de Hamilton's oil painting An Anglo-Arabian Horse in a Spanish Dress Saddle standing in a Landscape. CLICK for a larger image.