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.
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CLICK). The show allows you to dip your toes into the swirling waters of contemporary illustration and see the work of your favourite illustrators up close. Affordable original artwork and limited edition prints will be for sale. On Saturday the show will peak with an independent comics and illustration fair. Comics creators will showcase their comics and artists will be drawing live in the gallery.
CLICK. For decades he was one of Britain's top photojournalists, capturing striking images from the Blitz of World War II, through the Korean War to the Gorbals slums, using a second hand Leica camera he adapted to shoot in poor lighting conditions. From 1938 to 1957 he worked for the UK's popular Picture Post magazine. Above is one of his sunnier photos: Maidens In Waiting, Blackpool (1951). The exhibition runs until 26 May (CLICK).
CLICK). I think it's more likely to be named "a Winnie", his wartime nickname..
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CLICK for a Telegraph slide show of award-winning photos.
CLICK for Eleven Fine Art and more of Jane's photos.
CLICK to see more of May Fong Robinson's superb digital artworks on Google+. She also publishes animations of works in progress, so you can see how her images are formed, plus Web photos which catch her eye.
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CLICK). The Digital Design Studio of Glasgow School of Art has now taken the teaching of human anatomy into the computer age. Digital designers took three years to create a model of the head and neck which is claimed to be the most accurate in the world. 3D modelling allows medical students to "fly" into the human skull and through the intricacies of the brain. Bio-feedback also allows students to practise giving injections while "feeling" the insertion of the needle as though into a living patient. Dental students take note! The graphic shown here is a still from a BBC video exploring this new imaging software. It needs to be seen to be believed (CLICK).
CLICK). A year ago I reported on a Tetris-style game developed by eye specialists at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland (CLICK). Ten-year-old Calum Stillie's lazy eye improved in just one week. Usually a child has to wear a patch for weeks or even months to gain an improvement.
CLICK). Amazing that an American firm should decide what art is fit to be shown on the London Underground! Blame TfL for this anomaly. Shown is Ben Moore's On Earth as it is in Heaven, an amusing pastiche of Peter Paul Rubens' The Assumption of the Virgin Mary with the Iron Lady's face replacing Mary's. I can't imaging anyone throwing a wobbler over this. If you want to view the banned works, visit Gallery Different before 29 April (CLICK).
Google UK is again celebrating Saint George’s Day with a doodle (CLICK). Very patriotic. How about paying your fair share of UK corporation tax to show just how supportive of England you really are? And why not campaign for England to have a holiday in honour of our patron saint? We're the only country in the UK that doesn't have a holiday for its patron saint. Above is Paolo Uccello's St George and the Dragon (1458-60) in the Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris. My favourite Uccello dragon, complete with RAF roundels, is in London's National Gallery (CLICK). Moans aside, have a very happy Saint George's Day.
CLICK for a BBC video. The public seem to like the installation. Looks like a potential hazard to me: while your head is in the clouds, you trip over somebody's luggage. Whoops!
CLICK). The exhibition includes three new works. Here is one of them: Couple Under An Umbrella (2013). The jumbo couple show amazing warmth and affection. Sun got to the old man? Today The Telegraph posted a brief slide show of exhibits: CLICK.
CLICK). If the natural beauty of Cornwall with its craggy cliffs can't bring the tourists flocking, I can't imagine this sculpture helping much.
CLICK). The plots get sillier and sillier. Matt Smith gets sillier and sillier. His sonic screwdriver gets sillier and sillier. But his crumpet is pretty (CLICK).
CLICK). You'll find the exhibition at 49 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, until 11 May (CLICK).
CLICK). The new posters will appear in June at four stations: Gloucester Road, Southwark, St James’s Park and London Bridge. How about cancelling this tosh and reducing fares? Have the humility to put it to a passengers' vote.
CLICK). Her recent visit with hubby to Borneo, where they met Museum scientists researching rainforest biodiversity, seems to have been the clincher (CLICK). Shame she didn't visit the Sensational Butterflies exhibition and pose with a butterfly on her nose. The Press would have gone bananas.
CLICK). Possibly due to the interest aroused by that film, Prince Charles has selected more than 130 of his own watercolours to be published on his website (CLICK). The quality of his artwork is no surprise to me, because a few years ago I was invited to a private showing of an exhibition in which two of his paintings were displayed. All the artists had to stand by their artworks until Prince Charles and his security team arrived. I'm ashamed to say I got drunk, because it was a boiling hot evening and the chilled wine flowed like water.
This evening BBC Two is showing a potentially fascination programme The Genius of Josiah Wedgwood at 9pm (CLICK). Historian and author A.N. Wilson explores the life of this artistic innovator, industrialist and abolitionist, the grandfather of Charles Darwin. Above is his copy of the Portland Vase and his Abolitionist Cameo: "Am I not a man and a brother?"
Shock! Horror! Rolf Harris is the latest celebrity to be arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, the investigation set up to investigate Jimmy Savile and others accused of historical sexual offences. During Rolf's long and illustrious career he has been showered with honours. This Rolfaroo cartoon (1974) was bought at auction by the Qatari royal family for $56m. CLICK for the BBC News item.
Storm Thorgerson, the doyen of album-cover artists, died peacefully on Thursday surrounded by family and friends, aged 69. He had been suffering from cancer. His brilliantly striking designs included this punning Back Catalogue for Pink Floyd (1996). He was Pink Floyd's design genius from the start, but he also produced covers for Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse (CLICK). A very sad loss.
CLICK) reminded me of arguably the finest nocturne of them all: Anne-Louis Girodet's The Sleep of Endymion (1791). There are two versions. The one in the Louvre in Paris is cropped and dated 1818 (CLICK). Girodet's painting is based on a somewhat hazy Greek myth. Selene, the goddess of the moon, spied the mortal shepherd Endymion asleep in the nude and fell in love with him. She was so entranced by his beauty that she asked her father Zeus to grant him eternal youth. Zeus granted her wish, but put Endymion into eternal sleep. Girodet depicts the myth with a Cupid-like boy with butterfly wings parting foliage to allow Selene as a moonbeam to shine on Endymion.
CLICK). I guess the judges don't often encounter web design (CLICK).
CLICK). Shown is Jen Yarrow, Sunkissed, Mustique, West Indies (1982). Nudes are an old excuse for black-and-white photography, creating an "art study" that isn't rude. At least, that's the excuse. Would this image really be rude in colour?
CLICK). Shown is his Lithotint Nocturne of the River Thames (1878). The expatriate American moved from Paris to London in 1859 and became fascinated by the Thames at night. In 1879 The Fine Art Society published a set of Whistler's Thames etchings, prompting a long-standing relationship with him. Nocturnes seem to have been fashionable at that time, possibly due to the competition from photography. Two of my favourite artists John Atkinson Grimshaw (CLICK) and American artist Frederic Remington (CLICK) were masters of the nocturne.
This is a brief trailer for Royal Paintbox on ITV London at 10:35pm tonight, in which Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, - a talented artist himself - examines his family's artistic roots, revealing a treasure trove of rarely seen works created by talented royals past and present. He explains how growing up in homes filled with great art inspired him to paint, and there are examples of his own watercolours depicting the castles and houses of Balmoral, Highgrove and Sandringham. Sorry this is short notice.
CLICK). It covers six decades of her pioneering abstract stuff, from pathetic nudes to ghastly sculptures. Shown is her Les Peintres Célèbres (1948-49). At £10 for adults, £8.60 for silver surfers, this is a ripoff. Curator Jessica Morgan gave BBC News a tour of the exhibition, which means you don't have to waste your time and money by visiting it (CLICK).
CLICK). Sensational Butterflies is an exhibition of living butterflies from all over the planet in all stages of development, from egg to imago. Shown here is a magnificent Blue Morpho Butterfly (Morpho peleides) on a Girl's Face. It hails from South America and is one of the largest species of butterflies in the world. CLICK for the Natural History Museum's video introduction. The exhibition flutters about on the East Lawn until 15 September. Admission costs £4.50 or £16 for families.
CLICK). The new waxwork of actress Emma Watson on the left, unveiled last month, is clearly one of the misses. Beautiful, but a different woman.
CLICK). So far, no group of lunatics has claimed responsibility for this murderous outrage.
CLICK for details and booking information, where necessary). The high spot is a new exhibition of Wilhelmina Stirling's Battersea art collection, which opens at the De Morgan Centre on 1 May (CLICK). BBC News has posted a brief history of the collection with a snippet of video in which Huw Wheldon interviews Wilhelmina Stirling on ghosts in her house for Ken Russell's short film made for Monitor (CLICK). Wilhelmina Stirling was the younger sister of Evelyn Pickering, who married potter William De Morgan. Her collection includes paintings by Pre-Raphaelites Holman Hunt and John William Waterhouse, as well as by Evelyn De Morgan, one of the few women in the "brotherhood". She also collection De Morgan pottery and 16th and 17th century furniture. Shown is William De Morgan's Heron and Fish dish.
CLICK). On display are more than 200 prints selected from eight years of work, shot in 32 countries. The exhibition coincides with the publication of his book Genesis by Sebastião Salgado, priced £44.99. (CLICK for a Telegraph interview). Sadly, all Salgado's photos I've seen on display of wildlife, unspoilt landscapes and remote communities are in black and white. One loses so much when taking photos in monochrome. This photo of Waura Indians Fishing in Puilanga Lake, Amazona (2005) succeeds despite being in black and white, not because of it. The other bad news is the price of admission: £10 adults, £5 kids and silver surfers. The show runs until 8 September (CLICK).
CLICK). Chris has been creating neon art for over thirty years and has produced works for major films, such as Batman, Eyes Wide Shut and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He began by creating neon signs for Soho clubs (the Hell in the title). Above is his Shine A Light In The Darkness Of Your Soul. Emin, eat your heart out.