London Art News previews art exhibitions in London and reports on anything of special interest in the visual arts worldwide, from ice sculpture to body painting.
CLICK). I've seen better Christmas trees. And the Hayward expects you to to pay £11 for this tosh, £10 for silver surfers. CLICK for a BBC slide show.
CLICK). It was a courageous appearance by a woman who was shot in the head in a mass shooting in Tucson in 2011 and is still recovering from her wound. The National Rifle Association responded with its usual guff. Take a look at the Graph of gun murders in developed countries. It says it all. The big question is: Who is more powerful, the President of the United States of America or the CEO of the National Rifle Association?
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CLICK). Around 80 works spanning the American artist and designer's output from the 1960s to the 2000s will be shown, including prints, sketchbooks, drawings, photographs, computer graphics, ceramics, artist's books and other printed publications. This will be her first solo show. Here is her Star Girl Banded with Blue Wave (1966). Admission is free. On 21 February there will be a free talk on her work, starting at 1pm.
CLICK). Art "hand-picked" from the recent Artist of the Year shortlist and the best from Portfolio Plus members will be on display until 19 February. Admission is free. Shown is the overall winner of the Artist of the Year 2012: Linda Alexander's painting Physalis. If you voted online, why not visit the exhibition to see how well your choice did?
CLICK). The Science Museum website hasn't been updated at the time of writing and its search facility couldn't find Kelvin Okafor! Groan! This is the trouble with overly complicated websites. They need a programmer to update them. Even its blog takes ages to load. I've emailed the museum and will update this post if I get a reply.
CLICK). This graphic shows four stages in the process: 1) first cleaning showing discoloured patches of early restoration, 2) second cleaning showing areas of paint loss down to the panel support, 3) final cleaning with fills in the areas of loss, 4) the finished face after restoration.
CLICK). Here are the portraits of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon reunited in the National Portrait Gallery after nearly 500 years. This free display in Room 1 also includes other portraits from the period (CLICK).
CLICK). A selection of artists display their views captured from across the country. The quality is variable. Shown is a detail from Towards Windmill Hill by Bob Rudd RI. The show runs until Saturday 16 February. There is an online gallery to view.
CLICK), the Terra Foundation for American Art is forking out $550,000 to support four major exhibitions of Yankee art in London in the spring of this year. 1) The National Gallery gets Through American Eyes: Frederic Church and the Landscape Oil Sketch, opening on 6 February. 2) Tate Modern gets Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, the largest group of the artist’s works ever assembled, opening 21 February. 3) The National Portrait Gallery gets George Catlin: American Indian Portraits, the first major exhibition of Caitlin’s portraits to be held in Europe since the 1840s, opening 7 March. 4) The Royal Academy of Arts gets George Bellows: Modern American Life, the first comprehensive exhibition of Bellows’ work in the UK, opening 16 March. Above is Bellows' Portrait of Paddy Flannigan, a New York urchin. CLICK.
CLICK). Bit early for the Christ child. Murillo slipped up on his bagel, but what a painting!
CLICK) reminded me of this terrific bronze sculpture by Franz Von Stuck: Amazon on Horseback (1897). This really is an Amazon: she has the helmet and aimed spear to prove it. What a striking, dynamic figure she makes! Note how she pulls her mount's head to one side so she can strike with her spear.
CLICK). He has his own London art gallery, which is well worth visiting (CLICK). One of his favourite movies is the Oscar-winning Rain Man (1988) in which Dustin Hoffman plays a prodigious savant whose talent is in memorizing numbers (CLICK).
CLICK for a larger graphic.) Despite his Frenchified middle name, Albert Chevallier Tayler (1862-1925) was English, born in Leytonstone, which was then in Essex. For 12 years he was involved in the Newlyn School of painting, using the En plein air method. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and became a very successful London artist, commissioned to paint a large panel at the Royal Exchange; but the fashion in art changed and of recent years his paintings have fetched only a few thousand pounds. His Wikipedia entry needs more details: CLICK.
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CLICK). The model for Tretchikoff's blue-skinned Chinese Girl was 17-year-old Monika Sing-Lee, whom he met in South Africa. Does she look like a teenager to you? "King of kitsch" indeed!
CLICK). Collectors may lash out £1,000 on gold ones! Also the Queen’s sovereign - a beautiful coin showing Saint George - is celebrating its 60th birthday (CLICK).
CLICK). For those of you not in the know, Lolcat is a laugh-out-loud picture of a pussy. I must admit I didn't see anything funny in any of the pictures in the BBC video (CLICK). The show stalks along until 15 February. Pictures are for sale and 50% of all proceeds will go to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
The delectable Gillian Anderson - seen here as Miss Havisham with Oscar Kennedy as Young Pip in the BBC adaptation of Great Expectations (2011) - has been made Patron of the Charles Dickens Statue Fund (CLICK). She was surprised to discover that there isn't one statue of Charles Dickens in the whole of the UK. In his will Dickens requested that no statue or monument of him should be built. The Dickens Fellowship decided to ignore this request and commissioned sculptor Martin Jennings to create a statue to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Dickens' birth, but ran out of funds to complete the project last year. A benefactor has since underwritten the last £25,000 needed. The statue is due to be unveiled this year in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, the city where Dickens was born at 1 Mile End Terrace.
CLICK). The incompetent Dutch fuzz are still faffing about. The best they've done so far is to release a video of the burglary (CLICK). It lasts less than two minutes and virtually proves that the theft was an inside job. It would have taken longer than that to select the stolen paintings, remove them from the walls and cover them with protective film. So the paintings must have been stacked and waiting for the thieves to arrive! Why haven't Dutch police made an arrest? Shown is Lucian Freud's Woman with Eyes Closed. CLICK to see more of the stolen works.
CLICK for my preview). So, when the BBC's arts correspondents (two!) and the press dutifully trotted round to view the show, all they saw of this painting was a notice telling them it had been delayed due to "adverse weather conditions" (CLICK). Thanks to the wonders of modern technology I tracked the missing painting to the Museu de Arte de São Paulo in sunny Brazil. And here it is: Manet's The Horsewoman: Portrait of Marie Lefébure (1875). Its alternative title The Amazon comes from the Portuguese: A Amazona - Retrato de Marie Lefébure (CLICK). Horsewomen as Amazons!
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CLICK). Older readers will remember him as the director of action films such as Death Wish and Scorpio. Younger readers will know him for his car insurance commercials with the catchphrase "Calm down dear". He had suffered ill health since 2007, due to eating a bad oyster, and more recently an E coli infection from a steak tartare. Winner's Dinners could be very dodgy! Last summer liver specialists gave him 18 months to live. Perhaps that's the reason he decided to sell his fine collection of children's illustrations and books (CLICK). He was also a charity campaigner who established The Police Memorial Trust after the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan embassy in London in 1984. This led to the National Police Memorial in central London. The photo shows Michael Winner with HM Queen Elizabeth II at its unveiling in 2005. He was reportedly offered an OBE for his charity work, but turned it down with his usual humour.
CLICK). The 20ft-long Batmobile needed parachutes to turn tight corners! Car-customiser George Barris bought the Futura in 1965 and spent $15,000 (£9,400) transforming it into the Batmobile for the TV show. He recently put it up for sale at the Barrett-Jackson auction house in Scottsdale, Arizona, and yesterday Rick Champagne snapped it up for $4.2m (£2.6m). CLICK for a brief video.
CLICK). It includes an Italian unicycle that could travel at 93mph - I wonder why it never took off - and a giggle of PSA flight attendants looking pretty in pink mini skirts and kinky boots, from the San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive, a dog smoking a pipe, a baby in a post bag....
CLICK). Shown is a photo by Viv Turner of the 1st-prize-winning entry in the speed category to the theme of Infinity, showing an Electric Guitar sprouting a Phoenix. Reverend Butter and Buddy Rasmussen from the USA had two and a half hours to sculpt it. I blacked out all the background clutter in the photo in about the same time!
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CLICK). HMV's trademark His Master's Voice must be one of the most endearing in the world. It was painted in 1899 by English artist Francis Barraud ARA, who inherited a phonograph and a fox terrier called Nipper, together with a number of cylinder recordings of his dead brother's voice. Watching Nipper listening to Mark's voice gave Francis the idea for the painting. With a redesign of the phonograph, he sold the painting to the newly-formed Gramophone Company. The American rights to the painting were assigned to the Victor Talking Machine Company, which first used it in 1902 (CLICK). Gromit briefly stood in for Nipper in 2007 (CLICK).
CLICK). The exhibition includes some 80 etchings and watercolours by "the master of poetic understatement". Shown is his etching Houses of Campiaro in Grizzana (1929) on loan from the Galleria d’Arte Maggiore in Bologna. This exhibition is one of the most comprehensive overviews of Morandi's graphic art ever mounted outside Italy. Admission is £5 for adults, £3.50 for silver surfers. It's free to school children and students with a valid NUS ID card.
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CLICK, CLICK, CLICK). I'm showing the panel depicting Child Labor. It is obviously far too left wing for LePage's idea of promoting capitalism. Noses to the grindstone, workers! The removal of the mural caused a storm of protest to burst around LePage's ears. He was twice taken to federal court, but to no avail. The good news is that the mural went back on public display yesterday, thanks to the intervention of Maine State Museum Director Bernard Fishman. He emailed LePage offering to hang the $60,000 mural in his building. The Department of Labor maintains ownership of the mural, which is now on a renewable three-year loan to the Maine State Museum. CLICK for further details and a photo of the newly installed mural.
CLICK). There are 7 categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport. As you might expect, the Olympic Cauldron, The Shard, and the Raspberry Pi Computer have been nominated. I thought these Child Vision Glasses, designed by The Centre for Vision in the Developing World, were potentially the most useful of all the designs. The child can adjust the lenses to gain best vision! The exhibition opens on 20 March. CLICK for a Telegraph slide show.
CLICK). She is buried in the churchyard of St Mary's. There is a statue of her by Chavilland, erected in 1897, at Paddington Green, near to Marylebone in London. Stefanie Powers and our own Deborah Kerr CBE both won the Sarah Siddons Award.
CLICK). This decision follows Argentinian threats that P&O would be denied access to these ports if it visits the Falkland Islands. Sour-faced propagandist El Presidente Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has been ramping up the pressure to claim the Falklands for her own, ahead of the Islanders' referendum on 11 March. Stuff democracy, says, Kirchner. Gimme the oil. Try as she might, she'll never be as popular as Eva Perón.
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CLICK). This 2nd class stamp shows a lithograph of an early steam train with the message Metropolitan Railway Opens and the date 1863 (2013). The modern electric underground is bad enough. It must have been dreadful with steam!