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A sculpture called Sleeping Woman, by Charles Ray, exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago (2015)

Art Institute of Chicago: Sleeping Woman, Charles Ray (2015)

This was my favourite artwork by Charles Ray at his Art Institute of Chicago 2015 exhibition. Although this work is made from solid stainless steel, the woman reminds me of the Sleeping Venus by Giorgione or Ophelia, the latter also painted by various artists including a more recent version by a Royal Academician in Britain. Ray marvelled […]

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Katharine Hepburn, painted by Everett Raymond Kintsler, 1982, Smithsonian Institute of Art, Washington DC. (Used by permission of the artist)

American Portrait Gallery, Washington DC

In moving slowly through the wonderful American Portrait Gallery in Washington, this artwork of Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003), painted by her friend Everett Raymond Kinstler (born 1926) caught my eye. Kinstler is one of America’s foremost portrait painters – the National Portrait Gallery has acquired 75 of his works for its permanent collection, and in 1999 it […]

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Photo of Hand Puppet by Kelly (13yo)

Young talent time

I mentioned in my previous post that I find one of Pablo Picasso’s insights very uplifting:   “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child” and I posted a few wonderful artworks from children in our family. Here are some more gems for you to enjoy, including […]

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Photograph of an artwork by Alexis, aged four.

Picasso and child art

In June this year, we visited the Picasso Museum in Carrer de Montcada, Barcelona.   The museum was constructed in 1983, and was not only in an extremely atmospheric part of Barcelona, but the museum showed some of Picasso’s more unusual works, from his formative years up to 1904, and also 40 ceramic pieces which were […]

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Photograph of "Casa Tornada" (2013) by Rafael Gómezbarros

Saatchi Gallery, Pangaea: new art from Africa and Latin America

Pangaea: new art from Africa and Latin America was held at Saatchi from 2nd April to 2nd November 2014.  The African and Latin American theme was stunning, and appealed on both emotional and conceptual levels, as many paintings dealt with war, suffering and religious conflicts. The sculpture “Casa Tomada” by Columbian artist Rafael Gómezbarros was outstanding. The artist had used […]

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Photograph of "Mimosa" by Matisse

Matisse at the Tate Modern

The Henri Matisse: Cut-Outs exhibition ran at London’s Tate Modern from 17th April to 7th September 2014. Built in the former Bankside Power Station, Southwark, the Tate Modern might arguably be one of the most-visited modern museums in the world and it was a great venue for this popular exhibition from one of France’s finest artists. I so enjoyed the […]

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Photograph of "Fleeing Young Girl, 1968" by Joan Miró

Miró in Barcelona

The Joan Miró Foundation’s Centre d’Estudis d’Art Contemporani is a museum honouring the work of Spanish artist Joan Miró.  This stunning modern gallery sits on Montjuïc hill with a commanding view over Barcelona. The museum houses more than 13,000 items including 225 paintings, 169 sculptures, sculptures, graphics and books, and it provides a superb introduction to the life and work of […]

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Photograph of Lynda with the "El drac" mosaic fountain

Gaudí in Park Güell (Barcelona)

At the start of the 20th century, Eusebi Güell tried to establish a garden city in the hills of Barcelona where residents could escape the impact of industry and enjoy nature and the associated health benefits.   Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí worked on the construction of Park Güell between 1900 and 1914, moving his home there in 1906 and […]

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Poster from "Van Gogh & Artaud" exhibition

van Gogh, The Man Suicided by Society

From 11th March to 6th July 2014 the Musee D’Orsay mounted a superb Vincent Van Gogh exhibition based on the essay by Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), Van Gogh, the Man Suicided by Society. Artaud had spent nine years in a psychiatric hospital so was well situated as an artist to write about a painter who is often deemed to be mad. […]

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Photograph of "High voltage painting"

Martial Raysse at the Pompidou Centre

A retrospective of work by Martial Raysse was staged at the Pompidou Centre in Paris from 14th May to 22nd September 2014. It’s the first retrospective of this pop-artist’s work, so at 78 years old, Martial Raysse, a French contemporary of America’s Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, and England’s David Hockney, has had to wait a long time for […]

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