Pompeii, Pornography & Power

In 1752 an exquisitely detailed marble statue was uncovered during the excavation of Pompeii. The statue was a depiction of the Roman god, Pan cavorting sexually with a she-goat (fig. 1). This was a problem. The statue could not be destroyed or put on display.

The Artist’s Timeline: Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky was born December 1866 in Moscow, Russia, and died at the age of 77, on December 16, 1944. Kandinsky was a painter and an art theorist, who not only graduated from Grekov Odessa Art School, but also studied Law and Economics at the University of Moscow. Kandinsky is viewed as one of the first artists to paint a truly abstract piece, and taught basic design for beginners, and an advanced theory class at the Bauhaus.

Paul Nash Exhibition (Tate, SCVA & Laing)

The Paul Nash exhibition from Tate Britain opened at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA), April 8, 2017. With 80% of the original exhibition installed, the mild fragrance of fresh paint still in the air, and the deep purple walls of the first room, ‘We Are Making a New World’ evoked emotions from the moment you entered the Crescent Wing.

The Artist’s Timeline: Amedeo Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani was born July 12, 1884 in Tuscany, Italy, and died tragically at the age of 35, on January 24, 1920 in Paris France. Modigliani was an expressionist painter, deeply inspired by Picasso's African Period. He is mostly recognised for his portraiture and his nudes, but is known too for his relationship with the very beautiful French Artist, Jeanne Hébuterne, with whom he had a daughter, and who joined him in death January 26, 1920.

Book Review: Picasso: My Grandfather

When Picasso died in 1973, he left behind four children and three grandchildren. ‘In order to create, he had to destroy everything that got in the way of his creation’ (Picasso: 2001, 74), and Picasso: My Grandfather is a raw account of a girl, then a woman, who would only ever see the evil in Picasso’s genius, and witnesses the destruction first hand. She bravely recounts her life as a Picasso, and the 14 years of psychoanalysis in order to reach a place where she no longer feels in the shadow of her Grandfather.