American ‘cool’ at The Ashmolean *Spoilers*

  I have had my ticket for this exhibition for months and even booked in a lecture. But, during the wait, my head was turned by the discovery of what looks like an even more exciting exhibition on in San Francisco, Cult of the Machine, that would be impossible to get to! Oh the heartbreak! … Continue reading American ‘cool’ at The Ashmolean *Spoilers*

Ravilious & Co:The Pattern of Friendship

Went to Compton Verney to see this exhibition today. I'm not the biggest fan of watercolours but there were some interesting works here from Ravilious and his friends and contemporaries. The design parts did nothing for me, but when you have a Nash landscape in front of you, you have to pay attention! Here are … Continue reading Ravilious & Co:The Pattern of Friendship

John Piper and the artistic war effort

At Tate Liverpool until 18th March is an interesting exploration of John Piper's work. If honest, I wasn't that gripped by his landscapes and abstractions although found the influence of Picasso et al on his abstract pieces interesting. However, when it came to his contribution as an official war artist in WW2, I was completely … Continue reading John Piper and the artistic war effort

Let’s Hear it for the Girls 7: Agnes Pelton

Friend of Georgia O'Keeffe, Agnes Pelton has been hidden in the shadow of her more illustrious contemporary. Born in Stuttgart, Germany to American parents, Agnes only moved to the US after the death of her father in 1890, a traumatic event for the 9 year old Agnes. Agnes studied at the Pratt Institute between 1895 … Continue reading Let’s Hear it for the Girls 7: Agnes Pelton

Let’s Hear it for the Girls…all 850 of ’em! 

I follow the Twitter feeds of a myriad of museums and art galleries to find the little gems I talk about on here, and it is with an aching heart that I follow ones abroad as I'd love to just pop off for the weekend to see some of the wonderful exhibitions I'm reading about.  … Continue reading Let’s Hear it for the Girls…all 850 of ’em! 

A glimpse of social history

One of my other passions is the exploration of social history. Being a genealogist, I have found the way in which our family trees link into to social history very rewarding. This painting, 'In Search of Peace' by Louisa Hodgson was painted in 1935-36 -the interwar years. It is currently in an exhibition at Manchester … Continue reading A glimpse of social history