Picasso comes to Birmingham

Like Byron, Pablo Picasso seems to have been "mad, bad and dangerous to know".  I heartily recommend Sue Roe's 'In Montmatre' for an insight into the early work of Picasso, Matisse et al. It was a delight to read and made going to see his 'Woman Sleeping in a Chair' from 1927 at The Barber … Continue reading Picasso comes to Birmingham

February Highlights

For one week of this month, I shall mainly be alternating North and South to go to: The Government Art Collection  http://www.gac.culture.gov.uk/ LS Lowry and Theodore Major: Two Lancashire Painters http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/exhibition/ls-lowry-and-theodore-major-two-lancashire-painters/ (What's not to love there!!! Plus, I get to swoon over a rediscovered Christopher Nevinson painting!) Truth and Memory: British Art of the First … Continue reading February Highlights

The Grotesque and Francis Bacon

When visiting Tate Britain, I find myself revisiting favourite pieces and this is one that began by repelling me and now is a firm favourite. As with all grotesques, there is something compelling about the features.  Who can deny being fascinated by Quinten Massys' The Grotesque Woman, that hangs in The National Gallery?  http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/quinten-massys-an-old-woman-the-ugly-duchess Given … Continue reading The Grotesque and Francis Bacon

First Trip of the Year: Part Two – The Sensory War

I was looking forward to this as I have a real love of war literature and anything that can link to the poetry and prose I enjoy is always worth visiting.  However, this exhibition turned out to be utterly compelling and devastating in turn. If I tried to explain all of the different areas, this … Continue reading First Trip of the Year: Part Two – The Sensory War

First trip of the year: Part One- Flat Stanley

Made a journey to Manchester Art Gallery to see Stanley Spencer: Heaven in Hell and also The Sensory War. At The Tate, I now always go to the 1910 gallery as my favourite paintings are on display there.  Spencer's Resurrection, Cookham is fascinating to see as there is always something new to spot and the … Continue reading First trip of the year: Part One- Flat Stanley

Rock Drill

This beauty is one of the most striking exhibits at BMAG. Every time I visit, I have to go and marvel again at what Epstein was trying to produce.  The original sculpture, at the Tate, seems so lonely when you visit it, that you do wonder what would happen if another reconstruction could take place. … Continue reading Rock Drill

Theodore Major

A visit to Clark Art introduced me to the adorably cantankerous  Wigan artist, Theodore Major,  and it was where I fell in love with this: The painting was simply breath taking.  The man himself was quite a character as you can see from this clip of a TV documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6KPkqvNOgs&list=WL&index=53 His work has an incredible … Continue reading Theodore Major

Luigi Russolo and a Dystopian Vision

I love connections, so what links the following: Luigi Russolo, Yevgeny Zamyatin and John Cage? Reading Electronic Sound, I was interested to see how John Cage predicted the future of music. Cage said, in 1937, "I believe that the use of noise to make music will continue and increase unti we reach a music produced … Continue reading Luigi Russolo and a Dystopian Vision

Liverpool Biennial August 2014 Part Two

Started early the next day with a trip out to Port Sunlight and the Lady Lever Art Gallery to spend a little time with dear Gabriel: Seven: Rossetti's Obsession: Images of Jane Morris'      ...explores the role of Jane Morris as Dante Gabriel Rossetti's chief muse and the embodiment of Pre-Raphaelite beauty. This exhibition brings … Continue reading Liverpool Biennial August 2014 Part Two

Liverpool Biennial August 2014 Part One

THE CHALLENGE: To visit 10 exhibits linked to the Liverpool Biennial Getting Started Success for any trip is a good hotel. Stayed at Z Hotel on North John Street. Room was comfy, staff were friendly and there was complimentary wine and cheese in the evening. It was rude to refuse!   First Stop: The Old … Continue reading Liverpool Biennial August 2014 Part One

Loving Turner

This is Turner's Temple of Poseidon at Sunium (Cape Colonna) from around 1834. I confess that I was not a huge fan of Turner's but that probably was more to do with a lack of knowledge more than anything else. He just did landscapes and seascapes, didn't he? That changed when I visited the Tate … Continue reading Loving Turner

Where it all started

Three works of art stand out from my childhood as every summer, we would be taken to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Two of them: The Blind Girl by Millais and The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown, sparked my imagination and started my passion for Pre-Raphaelite art.  I would rush to see the … Continue reading Where it all started