Andy Warhol, Lucy Jones and Italian Pop

Warhol Icons, Halcyon Gallery, 144-146 New Bond Street, London W1, until 26th June 2016

Andy Warhol Blackglama (Judy Garland) 1985

Andy Warhol
Blackglama (Judy Garland) 1985

This is the gallery’s first exhibition solely focusing on the works of Andy Warhol.  It is wide-ranging with over a hundred works on display, including iconic figures, early works and the Anatom (Rado Watches) which was one of his last works.

Andy Warhol Paramount 1985

Andy Warhol
Paramount 1985

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Lucy Jones, The Cycle Of Life, Flowers, 21 Cork Street, London W1, until 21st May 2016

Lucy Jones, Sitting, 2015, Oil on canvas 120 x 100 cm (c) Lucy Jones, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York

Lucy Jones,
Sitting, 2015,
Oil on canvas 120 x 100 cm
(c) Lucy Jones, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York

This exhibition of new portraits and landscape paintings is well worth seeing.  Her portraits are frank and also revealing of the sitter’s inner persona but handled with great understanding. Her landscapes are a personal interpretation of the countryside along the border between England and Wales and like her portraits there is a personal resonance in them.  The artist describes her process as “grabbing hold” and “pinning down” the essence and colour of the place.

Lucy Jones, Tree, 2015, Oil on canvas, 91 x 122 cm (c) Lucy Jones, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York

Lucy Jones,
Tree, 2015,
Oil on canvas, 91 x 122 cm
(c) Lucy Jones, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York

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Italian Pop, Tornabuoni Art, 46 Albemarle Street W1, until 18th June 2016

Mimmo Rotella Italia e Corona , 1962 Decollage on canvas 22.4 x 22.4 in / 57 x 57 cm Courtesy Tornabuoni Art

Mimmo Rotella
Italia e Corona , 1962
Decollage on canvas
22.4 x 22.4 in / 57 x 57 cm
Courtesy Tornabuoni Art

This is a heady celebration of the Italian Pop Art movement which came to the fore in the early 1960s.  The gallery’s director, Ursula Casamonti, sums it up saying “We wanted to provide a counterpoint to Italian post-war abstraction and the Milanese avant-garde that we typically show at Tornabuoni Art and present a different side to the Italian 1960s, one driven by Rome and by the people’s relationship to Italian culture and the ‘Dolce Vita’.”

The artists included in this striking show are: Valerio Adami, Franco Angeli, Mario Ceroli, Tano Festa, Giosetta Fioroni, Mimmo Rotella, Mario Schifano and Cesare Tacchi

Cesare Tacchi, I guardiani della primavera Pop, 2006 paint on printed fabric and relief (triptych) 210 x 300 cm / 82.7 x 118 Courtesy Tornabuoni Art

Cesare Tacchi,
I guardiani della primavera Pop, 2006
paint on printed fabric and relief (triptych)
210 x 300 cm / 82.7 x 118
Courtesy Tornabuoni Art

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A Gentle Reminder: Charles Cundall – A Working Method

Just to let you know that the exhibition can now be seen in London at Sotheran’s, 2-4 Sackville Street, London W1, 28th April – 7th May 2016

Dusk, Anticoli Corrado, 1921 Framed (ref: 44) Oil on canvas 16 1/2 x 11 in. ( 42 X 28 cm) Exhibited: - A Working Method,Young Gallery Salisbury, March- April 2016, Sotheran's, April-May 2016. Literature: Charles Cundall - A Working Method, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, published by Liss Llewellyn Fine Art, February 2016. Provenance: the artist's wife, Jaqueline Pieterson Anticoli Corrado, a small village south of Rome, was famed for the beauty of its inhabitants and had, since the nineteenth century, been popular with Italian painters

Dusk, Anticoli Corrado, 1921
Framed (ref: 44)
Oil on canvas
16 1/2 x 11 in. ( 42 X 28 cm)
Exhibited: – A Working Method,Young Gallery Salisbury, March- April 2016, Sotheran’s, April-May 2016.
Literature: Charles Cundall – A Working Method, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, published by Liss Llewellyn Fine Art, February 2016.
Provenance: the artist’s wife, Jaqueline Pieterson
Anticoli Corrado, a small village south of Rome, was famed for the beauty of its inhabitants and had, since the nineteenth century, been popular with Italian painters

 

 

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DESIGN: Eric Schmitt and Robert Stadler

Eric Schmitt, Dutko Gallery, 18 Davies Street, London W1, until 14th May 2016

Eric Schmitt Chauffeuse Osselet, 1996 Patinated bronze feet and leather Limited-edition Photo: Sylvain Leurent Courtesy Dutko Gallery

Eric Schmitt
Chauffeuse Osselet, 1996
Patinated bronze feet and leather
Limited-edition
Photo: Sylvain Leurent
Courtesy Dutko Gallery

Eric Schmitt’s elegant furniture, lights and objects evoke the Art Deco period with great élan but remain true to the present day.  He is soon to be justifiably celebrated in a new book which looks at his wonderful creations in detail. I dare you not to be tempted!

Eric Schmitt Sugegasa table lamp, 2013 Polished and lacquered brass and patinated cast steel Limited-edition Courtesy Dutko Gallery

Eric Schmitt
Sugegasa table lamp, 2013
Polished and lacquered brass and patinated cast steel
Limited-edition
Courtesy Dutko Gallery

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Robert Stadler – Cut_Paste, carpenters workshop gallery 3 Albemarle Street, London W1, until 20th May 2016

ROBERT STADLER - Exhibition View

ROBERT STADLER – Exhibition View

This exhibition contains three new pieces added to the series launched last year in Paris.  Stadler’s Cut_Paste series reflect the art of building construction by using shapes that evoke discarded pieces found on building sites.  However these are transformed through the materials used into striking, elegant but useful furnishing pieces.  Very moreish indeed.

ROBERT STADLER | CUT_PASTE #9 2015 MARBLE (BIANCO CARRARA, OLIMPO STRIATO, ONYX SMOKE), ALUMINIUM H109 L209 W47 CM / H42.9 L82.3 W18.5 IN LIMITED EDITION OF 8 + 4 AP

ROBERT STADLER | CUT_PASTE #9
2015
MARBLE (BIANCO CARRARA, OLIMPO STRIATO, ONYX SMOKE), ALUMINIUM
H109 L209 W47 CM / H42.9 L82.3 W18.5 IN
LIMITED EDITION OF 8 + 4 AP

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Three London Galleries

Blair Thurman – Mature Blonde, Almine Rech Gallery, 1st Floor, 11 Savile Row, London W1, until 14th May 2016

Blair THURMAN Dynamic Friend (Night Owl), 2016 Acrylic and canvas on wood 243,84 x 114,3 x 16,51 cm 96 x 45 x 6 1/2 inches Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte Courtesy of the artist and Almine Rech Gallery

Blair THURMAN
Dynamic Friend (Night Owl), 2016
Acrylic and canvas on wood
243,84 x 114,3 x 16,51 cm
96 x 45 x 6 1/2 inches
Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte
Courtesy of the artist and Almine Rech Gallery

These exciting works made of canvas on wood are by the American artist Blair Thurman.  His work reflects his interest in cars and racing games and also has a nod to minimalist and pop art.

Blair Thurman View of the exhibition Mature Blonde Almine Rech Gallery, London 31.03 - 14.05.16 Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte Courtesy of the artist and Almine Rech Gallery

Blair Thurman
View of the exhibition Mature Blonde
Almine Rech Gallery, London
31.03 – 14.05.16
Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte
Courtesy of the artist and Almine Rech Gallery

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Mouna Karray – Nobody will talk about us, Tyburn Gallery, 26 Barrett Street, London W1, until 21st May 2016

Mouna Karray, 33°28'34.8"N 9°20’54.3"E, Inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper, 2012-2015, Copyright the artist, Courtesy Tyburn Gallery

Mouna Karray,
33°28’34.8″N 9°20’54.3″E,
Inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper, 2012-2015,
Copyright the artist, Courtesy Tyburn Gallery

These are powerful images of the neglected south-western area of the photographer’s native Tunisia since a body in a white sack is deposited in various locations and symbolises through the body’s struggling against the fabric a hope to change and fight the oppression that the people of this area endure.

Mouna Karray, Installation View Copyright the artist, Courtesy Tyburn Gallery

Mouna Karray,
Installation View
Copyright the artist, Courtesy Tyburn Gallery

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John Kørner: Apple Bombs, Victoria Miro Gallery, 14 George Street, London W1, until 14th May 2016

John Kørner Running against apples, 2016 Acrylic on canvas 150 x 120 cm, 59 1/8 x 47 1/4 in Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London© John Kørner

John Kørner
Running against apples, 2016
Acrylic on canvas 150 x 120 cm, 59 1/8 x 47 1/4 in
Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London© John Kørner

The new paintings by the Danish artist John Kørner certainly engage our thought processes as the mix of pictorial elements on the canvases presents us with images we have to discern and interpret in a mental rather than physical workout.

John Kørner Architecture lines, 2015 Acrylic on canvas 150 x 120 cm, 59 1/8 x 47 1/4 in Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London© John Kørner

John Kørner
Architecture lines, 2015
Acrylic on canvas 150 x 120 cm, 59 1/8 x 47 1/4 in
Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London© John Kørner

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Bronte with a twist

Charlotte Bronte at the Soane, Sir John Soaneʼs Museum, 13 Lincolnʼs Inn Fields, London WC2, until 7th May 2016

Charlotte Brontë at the Soane, courtesy of Sir John Soane's Museum. Photo: Gareth Gardner

Charlotte Brontë at the Soane,
courtesy of Sir John Soane’s Museum.
Photo: Gareth Gardner

I shall let the exhibition’s creator the artist and writer Charlotte Cory sum it up in her own words: “I am thrilled to be curating Charlotte Brontë at the Soane on the anniversary of her birth. There is no evidence that Charlotte Brontë visited the Soane – but she should have done! She did most of the other things in her guide book and she would have loved the place. I canʼt think of a better 200th birthday present than to bring her here. The exhibition is fun but informative, touching and thought-provoking, and what is wonderful is that the Museum is exactly the same today as when she could have visited it. When you walk through the Soaneʼs front door you might as well be Charlotte Brontë back in 1850.”

Charlotte Brontë at the Soane, courtesy of Sir John Soane's Museum. Photo: Gareth Gardner

Charlotte Brontë at the Soane,
courtesy of Sir John Soane’s Museum.
Photo: Gareth Gardner

 

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Photography: Martin Parr, Paul Strand et al

Unseen City, Guildhall Art Gallery, London EC2, until 31st July 2016

TheDrapers' Livery 650thAnniversary, TheQueen visiting the Drapers' Livery Hall 2014. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

TheDrapers’ Livery 650thAnniversary, TheQueen visiting the Drapers’ Livery Hall 2014.
© Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

The noted Magnum photographer Martin Parr has been the photographer-in-residence for the City of London since 2013 and this engaging exhibition reveals both front of house and behind the scenes glimpses into City occasions and events.

Lord Mayor’s Show, Guildhall, City of London, 2014. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

Lord Mayor’s Show, Guildhall, City of London, 2014.
© Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

 

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 Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers, Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2, until 19th June 2016

Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers Curated by Martin Parr Installation View Barbican Art Gallery, London © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers
Curated by Martin Parr
Installation View
Barbican Art Gallery, London
© Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Curated by Martin Parr, this exhibition features the work of some twenty-three international photographers dating from the 1930s onwards and provides fascinating glimpses into British life, be they social, cultural or political.  While some of the images were perhaps familiar to me the show is still worth seeing because it shows how much this country and life in it has changed over the decades and will be a revelation to generations younger than mine.

Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers Curated by Martin Parr Installation View Barbican Art Gallery, London © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers
Curated by Martin Parr
Installation View
Barbican Art Gallery, London
© Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

The photographers featured are: Tina Barney (USA), Gian Butturini (Italy), Henri Cartier-Bresson (France), Bruce Davidson (USA), Raymond Depardon (France), Rineke Dijkstra (The Netherlands), Jim Dow (USA), Hans Eijkelboom (The Netherlands), Robert Frank (Switzerland),Bruce Gilden (USA), Frank Habicht (Germany), Candida Höfer (Germany), Evelyn Hofer (Germany), Axel Hütte(Germany), Sergio Larrain (Chile), Shinro Ohtake (Japan),Akihiko Okamura (Japan), Cas Oorthuys (The Netherlands), Gilles Peress (France), Paul Strand (USA),Edith Tudor-Hart (Austria), Hans van der Meer (The Netherlands) and Garry Winogrand (USA).

 

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Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 until 3rd July 2016

 

Installation view of Paul Strand at the V&A, 19 March - 3 July 2016 (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Installation view of Paul Strand at the V&A, 19 March – 3 July 2016
(c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This rather special exhibition traces the life of this highly talented American photographer through photographic prints, films, notebooks, sketches and even his cameras.  Although primarily thought of as an American photographer this exhibition in the words of its curator Martin Barnes “challenges the popular perception of Strand as primarily a photographer of American places and people of the early 20th century” as he was in fact an international photographer as can be seen through images taken in Italy, France Romania and South Uist.

Installation view of Paul Strand at the V&A, 19 March - 3 July 2016 (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Installation view of Paul Strand at the V&A, 19 March – 3 July 2016
(c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Delacroix inspires!

Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art, Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery, London, until 22nd May 2016

Eugène Delacroix The Death of Sardanapalus (reduced replica), 1846 Oil on canvas 73.7 x 82.4 cm © Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania The Henry P. McIlhenny Collection in memory of Frances P. McIlhenny, 1986 (1986-26-17)

Eugène Delacroix
The Death of Sardanapalus (reduced replica), 1846
Oil on canvas
73.7 x 82.4 cm
© Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania
The Henry P. McIlhenny Collection in memory of Frances P. McIlhenny, 1986 (1986-26-17)

This is a very interesting exhibition because while sadly it may not be so much of a crowd drawer as other exhibitions, it tells about an important chapter in 19th century French painting – the story of Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) who despite being trained in the Neo-Classical school broke away from that tradition and became as Baudelaire put it ‘a poet in painting’.

Eugène Delacroix Self Portrait, about 1837 Oil on canvas 65 x 54.5 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris (RF 25) © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi

Eugène Delacroix
Self Portrait, about 1837
Oil on canvas
65 x 54.5 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris (RF 25)
© RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi

Delacroix was an admirer of Rubens and of English painting.  His works with their bold brushstrokes and use of colour were criticised by the establishment as were his choice of subjects but he was supported by his fellow artists such as Courbet. Delacroix wrote in his diary “I dislike reasonable painting.”

Paul Signac (1863-1935) Snow: Boulevard de Clichy, Paris, 1886 Oil on canvas 66 x 43.2 cm © The Minneapolis Institute of Art Bequest of Putnam Dana McMillan 61.36.16

Paul Signac (1863-1935)
Snow: Boulevard de Clichy, Paris, 1886
Oil on canvas
66 x 43.2 cm
© The Minneapolis Institute of Art
Bequest of Putnam Dana McMillan 61.36.16

While a third of the paintings on show are by Delacroix, the majority are by other artists –Impressionists, Post Impressionists, Symbolists, and Fauves – who were influenced by the genius of his work and also, like him, dared to break the rules and be innovative. As Cézanne aptly summed it up – “We all paint in Delacroix’s language”.

Paul Gauguin Still Life with a Sketch after Delacroix, 1887 Oil on canvas 40 x 30 cm Musée d'Art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg © Photo Musées de Strasbourg, M. Bertola

Paul Gauguin
Still Life with a Sketch after Delacroix, 1887
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 cm
Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg
© Photo Musées de Strasbourg, M. Bertola

Certainly, to my mind, Delacroix rules over this well worth visiting show.

 

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