‘Agnes of the Desert’ Joins Modernism’s Pantheon – The New York Times

Agnes Pelton’s “Orbits” (1934), at the Whitney Museum of American Art, shows the artist’s arsenal of stars on lariats, vessel shapes and a horizon — a sense of Disney-like animation, and wit.Credit...Oakland Museum of California https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/12/arts/design/agnes-pelton-review-whitney-museum.html Came across Agnes three years ago and wrote this about her: Let's Hear it for the Girls: Agnes Pelton … Continue reading ‘Agnes of the Desert’ Joins Modernism’s Pantheon – The New York Times

Léon Spilliaert, a Troubled and Troubling Painter – the low countries

https://www.the-low-countries.com/article/l%C3%A9on-spilliaert-a-troubled-and-troubling-painter-7 I was considering writing in a little more depth about Leon Spilliaert, as I've been discovering that I have focused on his melancholy seascapes, isolating night scenes of Ostend and lonely figures, and hadn't realised that there was more to his work in terms of emotional range. What I seem to be discovering is … Continue reading Léon Spilliaert, a Troubled and Troubling Painter – the low countries

What I did on my travels pt2

Rouen! Thought I'd combine music, art and history in one visit and took a train to Rouen. What a badly organised trip this was!! As this was the place Joan of Arc was imprisoned and burnt at the stake, I thought this would be a perfect historical trip. It has the dungeon, the place marked … Continue reading What I did on my travels pt2

What I did on my travels pt1

 Half term and I needed an arty break! Off I travelled to Paris for the third time in a year, primarily to see Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark on the last night of their tour, but also to go to one of my favourite places: Musee d'Orsay. Went along early and found some more gems. So, … Continue reading What I did on my travels pt1

Léon Spilliaert: a modern master trapped in Belgium’s past | Art and design | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/feb/09/leon-spilliaert-belgian-artist-ostend-royal-academy This is an exciting exhibition having spent time in Ostend searching out Leon Spilliaert. The fact so many of these works on paper have come from private collections is thrilling!  

Let’s Hear it for the Girls 11: Tarsila do Amaral: Brazilian Modernist

I want to be the painter of my country This post needs no words as the magnificence of the art speaks for itself. Abaporu (1928), Tarsila do Amaral. Collection MALBA, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. © Tarsila do Amaral Licenciamentos Carnival in Madureira (Carnaval em Madureira) (1924), Tarsila do Amaral © Tarsila do … Continue reading Let’s Hear it for the Girls 11: Tarsila do Amaral: Brazilian Modernist

Matthew Wong

Aren't these gorgeous? The first one, called Starlight, caught my eye, and when I looked into who this was by, was saddened to find that Matthew died last year, at the age of 35. Self taught as an artist, it was clear that Matthew's dreamy, dramatic landscapes were influenced by a variety of artists and, … Continue reading Matthew Wong

Temptation of the surreal

Amongst the countless images of religious figures, stories, ideas and themes, one in particular is the basis of this post: The Temptation of Saint Anthony. To precis: St Anthony was born around 251 in Egypt.  A Christian monk, who it is believed was one of the first to go into the wilderness.  His story is … Continue reading Temptation of the surreal

Eric Tucker: Unseen Artist

On a cold, crisp morning, on a rare day off from school, I took a trip up the M6 to visit a lovely little museum and art gallery in Warrington. Why, you may ask? It was all due to a small exhibition of an unknown artist that had caught my eye. What was not to … Continue reading Eric Tucker: Unseen Artist

Queen of the Night – Joy of Museums

Can completely recommend this website, Joy of Museums. This entry appeared today and not only is it a wonderful quotation accompanying the article, the plaque it is describing is exquisite! Can't believe I haven't seen this at the British Museum! https://joyofmuseums.com/museums/united-kingdom-museums/london-museums/british-museum/queen-of-the-night/

A Northern Adventure

Saturday saw me on a 200 mile round trip up north to take in two small, but perfectly formed exhibitions. One, at Huddersfield Art Gallery by Mandy Payne, gets its official opening this Saturday, so I won't spoil the surprise but if brutal photorealism is your thing, Mandy is your go-to girl! https://travelswithmyart.wordpress.com/2018/09/30/mandy-payne-out-of-place/ My first … Continue reading A Northern Adventure

Movements of small tension…movements of great tension: Cutting Edge at Dulwich Picture Gallery

There is movement and movement. There are movements of small tension and movements of great tension and there is also a movement which our eyes cannot catch although it can be felt. In art this state is called dynamic movement. A quotation from the Russian artist, Kazimir Malevich may seem a little out of place … Continue reading Movements of small tension…movements of great tension: Cutting Edge at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Stained glass in Glasgow Cathedral

Following on from the wonderful windows by Chagall in Germany at the start of the summer hols... https://travelswithmyart.wordpress.com/2019/08/01/cool-blue-comfort/ I spent a fair bit of time in Glasgow's cathedral and the various styles of window there. I couldn't get a great picture of the window, so this link will suffice: https://www.glasgowcathedral.org/the-nave/

“My love does it good” 🎶

This refrain from "My Love" by Paul McCartney and Wings has been in my head all evening because I went to see the Linda McCartney Retrospective at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery today. I'm a huge Beatles fan, but I am not too interested in seeing anything about them now. After 40 years I do … Continue reading “My love does it good” 🎶