19 February 2015

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Jackson Pollock Alchemy Painting Finally Reveals The Artist’s Secrets

A large-scale painting by the late Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock has shed new light on how the artist created his famous spattered works. ‘Alchemy’ painted in 1947, has been returned to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice after going through an extensive conservation. The painting’s appearance had been dimmed by dirt that had accumulated over […]

31 January 2015

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Alchemical Art

‘The Aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.’ Aristotle – Greek Philosopher (384 – 322 BC) Our ability to imagine is a valuable gift and one to be acknowledged for its vital role in our evolution. By imagining we can think about the inner workings of […]

21 December 2014

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About the ‘Real’ in ‘Portraiture’ Rembrandt van Rijn and the observer

  “Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, knew from the outset, with a sublime compromise, how to fuse the entirety of their personality with the flesh of their subject sitting before them, how to animate it with their passion while it resembled others, to glorify their dreams or their sadness. This, I cannot do, I want to be […]

6 November 2014

Matthew Barney Crown Zinc At Sadie Coles HQ – An Act Of Operatic Alchemy

Sadie Coles HQ presents artist Matthew Barney’s exhibition ‘Crown Zinc’ with a series of new sculptures that have their origins in his 2014 film ‘River of Fundament’, which premiered at the English National Opera this summer to wide acclaim. Each work condenses the film’s dominant themes of death, rebirth, and the twilight era of modern […]

9 October 2014

Sigmar Polke – Alchemy, Anarchy, And The Drug-Fuelled Journey

Tate Modern presents Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010; this is the first exhibition to fully encompass the full range of materials with which the artist worked over a 47 year period of practice; and the exhibition is the first full retrospective of the late Polke’s career, bringing together paintings, films, sculptures, notebooks, slide projections and photocopies […]

9 December 2011

Anselm Kiefer Does His Magic at White Cube

White Cube Bermondsey stages UK’s largest ever Anselm Kiefer exhibition to great effect Almost three years after his last show at White Cube, and the legendary sculpture/painter Anselm Kiefer is back – and back with a vengeance. Sprawling across 11,000 sq ft of crisp white gallery space, ‘Il Mistero delle Cattedrali’ is the largest ever […]