Thursday, 8 October 2015

Shepard’s War

Remembered with great affection for his illustrations for Winnie-the-Pooh and The Wind in the Willows, E.H. Shepard served as an officer in the Royal Artillery in the First World War and produced a significant body of work drawn in the trenches on the Western Front and in Italy, Tomorrow the House of Illustration in London opens EH Shepard: An Illustrator's War, displaying over a hundred original artworks, many never seen before. The exhibition coincides with the publication of Shepard’s War by James Campbell. Shown is Shepard's The Newcomer: "My Village, I Think?", a detail from his Punch cartoon of 1918. The drawing shows a soldier returned from war sitting in a ruined village. What the hell was it all about? is the unspoken question (CLICK).

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Goya Portraits 2

Today The National Gallery in London opened Goya The Portraits in the Sainsbury Wing, the first ever exhibition dedicated to Francisco de Goya as a portraitist. Around 70 of the artist’s finest works from public and private collections around the world are on display. Shown is Goya's The Duchess of Alba (1797). Admission costs £16 for adults, £14 for silver surfers (CLICK).

Freud Etchings

London auction house Phillips is to offer a collection of 32 etchings by Lucian Freud. The collection spans most of the period from 1982 to 2004. It will be displayed on the 7th floor at Phillips Berkeley Square from 9 to 15 October, for auction on 15 October. The highlight is Naked Man on a Sofa (c.1985) estimated at £120,000 - £180,000. CLICK and scroll down to view all 32.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Art For Youth

Today the Mall Galleries opened Art for Youth London, an exhibition of over 1,000 works of art by about 140 emerging and established artists. 35% of sales are donated to national charity UK Youth, which supports young people through a range of programmes. Prices start at £200. Shown is Kate Morgan's Under 0ther Stars. The exhibition runs until 9 October, admission free (CLICK).

Emin Poster

Would you be daft enough to pay £50 for this signed poster But Yea (2015) by Tracey Emin in a limited edition of 500? If so, trot along to The Other Art Fair at the Old Truman Brewery in London from 15 - 18 October. The Emin poster is for sale exclusively at the fair (CLICK).

Monday, 5 October 2015

The Unversed

Lisa Wright won the Threadneedle Prize in 2013. Over 30 of her latest works are currently on display at Gallery 8 in St James, London. Lisa Wright: The Unversed presented by Coates & Scarry follows her obsession with pubescent figures, often naked. "Puberty heightens everything," she declares. Shown is her Young Pretender (2015). The exhibition runs until 17 October (CLICK).

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Strike Ends

On Monday staff at the National Gallery in London will return to work following a strike that lasted 111 days. PCS union rep. Candy Udwin will be reinstated. Securitas has a contract worth £40 million over five years (CLICK). Will they be worth all the hassle?

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Dressed by Angels

Yesterday the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane in London's East End opened Dressed by Angels, an exhibition celebrating the 175th anniversary of family-run costumiers Angels, which has dressed the stars for West End shows as well as for Oscar-winning movies such as Lawrence of Arabia and Titanic. On display are more than 100 outfits including clothes made for Fred Astaire, Noel Coward, Laurence Olivier and Dr Who star Tom Baker. Tickets cost £16 for adults, £13.50 for silver surfers (CLICK).