Monday, 30 November 2015

A Forger's Tale

In his book A Forger's Tale, published since his release from prison with extracts in The Sunday Times, Britain's master forger Shaun Greenhalgh has claimed that he created Leonardo da Vinci's La Bella Principessa. Greenhalgh based the chalk-and-ink drawing on a supermarket checkout girl named Sally in 1978. Experts have accepted the da Vinci as the real deal worth £100 million (CLICK).

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Julia Margaret Cameron

Yesterday the Victoria and Albert Museum in London opened Julia Margaret Cameron to mark the bicentenary of her birth. She was one of our most important and innovative photographers of the 19th century. The exhibition features over 100 of her photos from the V&A's collection. Shown is her photo of Annie (January 1864). The exhibition runs until 21 February 2016 (CLICK).

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Export Ban

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export ban on the oil painting St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child from Dieric Bouts’ workshop, a popular subject in the 15th century. The asking price is £3,300,000 plus VAT of £83,320. CLICK for a larger graphic.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Blake Portraits

Peter Blake is known for his pop art. His portraits go into private collections where they cannot be seen by the public. Today Waddington Custot Galleries in Cork Street, London, opened Peter Blake: Portraits and People with paintings borrowed from private collections to put the record straight. Shown is Blake's Simon Sainsbury and Stewart Grimshaw (1996). The show runs till 30 January (CLICK).

Holy Cow!

Religious nutters never seem to be able to look objectively at their lunacy. Siddhartha Kararwal's Bovine Divine (2015), a life-sized polystyrene cow dangling from a helium balloon, was installed in Rajasthan state, India. Hindu activists brought the installation down and garlanded and blessed it before it was seized by police. The artist and two colleagues were briefly detained by the police, who have since apologised. The raid is viewed as a sign of growing religious intolerance in India (CLICK).

Monday, 23 November 2015

Planet Dinosaur

BBC One is repeating its groundbreaking series Planet Dinosaur, in which the monsters of millions of years ago are brought to life by brilliant computer wizardry. Shown is Carcharodontosaurus from Africa. Produced and directed by Nigel Paterson, narrated by John Hurt, executive producer Andrew Cohen, this is the BBC at its very best. Catch Planet Dinosaur on iPlayer or on TV (CLICK).

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Modern Nudes

Sotheby's S/2 London has opened The Nude in the XX and XXI century curated by independent curator and writer Jane Neal. Shown is Kees van Dongen's Femme Nue Blonde (1906) which is about as flat and lifeless as a nude can be. CLICK for details and a list of artists.