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Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty (Exhibition)

alphonse_mucha_-_in_quest_of_beautyIn Quest of Beauty is an exhibition which is designed to not only promote the work of Alphonse Mucha, but to study the theoretical idea of ‘beauty’ that was a core principle of Mucha’s art. In Quest of Beauty is an exhibition specifically looking at Mucha’s Paris period and his art work after he returned to his native Czechoslovakia. Critical reviewers largely concur that the exhibition experience mirrors the motif of the exhibition: beauty, and what this meant to Mucha. … read more

 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. Marina Picasso’s account of her life is honest if not a damaged perception of the man that was her Grandfather. … read more

Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific (SCVA Exhibition)

Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific BookThe night before Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific opened to the public, the President of the South Pacific island nation, officially opened the exhibition. His Excellency Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Jonrote, his wife, Fiji’s First Lady Sarote Konrote, and Fiji’s High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Mr. Jitoko Tikolevu, were joined by the likes of Lord Sainsbury and Sir David Attenborough, on a tour of the installation before partaking in special Fijian opening ceremony. (Knights: 2016) … read more

Masters of Japanese Photography (SCVA  Exhibition)

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Masters of Japanese Photography is an exhibition that teaches us about Japanese Culture through the eyes of three photographers who grew up in the aftermath of the Second World War, Nobuyoshi Araki, Eikoe Hosoe, and Kikuji Kawada. The pictures depict personal and cultural experiences, and attempts to educate us in both the ‘natural beauty and social complexity’ of Japan. With this context in mind, it certainly delivers, but to get the full experience of this retrospective, and to understand it … read more

Paul Nash Exhibition (Tate, SCVA & Laing)

Contents NashThe 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. Paul Nash (1889-1946) is one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century, not only because of his love affair with British landscape, or as an official war artist … read more

Portraits of an Artist: Pablo Picasso

He was the Minotaur, the playboy of his era, he made the rules to break the rules, he was selfish yet a genius, he had no set style but a thousand styles, he was not Pablo, only Picasso. Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (aka Pablo Picasso) was born in Málaga, Spain on October 25, 1881. A child prodigy, at 20 years old Picasso left Spain for Paris to become a distinguished artist. For Picasso, to succeed in Paris would be to conquer the world. In 1907, a few years after his ‘Blue Period’, and following … read more

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 … read more

The Artist’s Timeline: Clovis Trouille

Camille Clovis Trouille was born October 24, 1889 in La Fère, France, and died September 24, 1975 in Paris, France. One of the lost Surrealists, Trouille has become not much more than a footnote in history. For Trouille, joining the Surrealist movement was purely for exposure, and he rarely participated in Surrealist events. Trouille’s art works are an incredible insight into the world he perceived around him, of the beauty and corruption … read more

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. … read more