I went to see the R.A.’s new Matisse show, but not at the press view, as I was abroad. I did go very shortly after it opened. Not unexpectedly, it was jammed with visitors, and I mean jammed. You had to dodge round backs to get a proper view of some of the smaller items, notably the drawings.
1 August 2017
The artist’s studio is both a practical workshop and the workshop of the mind, a place of reflection and play, of doubt and hard work. At first a modest collector of modest means, Matisse filled his studio with objects collected on his travels to create a stage-set of languid sensuality, returning to the same paintings, prints, sculptures and textiles for inspiration over and over again like old friends, each time finding new points of stimulation.
Christopher Le Brun, PRA, painter, and president of the Royal Academy is a very busy man. With two shows currently on in the United States, Christopher Le Brun: Composer, at the Albertz Benda gallery in New York (2 March-15 April 2017) and in Vero Beach, Florida (25 February-27 April 2017) at the Gallery at Windsor, he continues to expand his international reach as a force to be reckoned with.
Christopher Le Brun, painter and president of the Royal Academy (RA) is set to exhibit a two-part show of new work, in the US next year. Christopher Le Brun: Composer, will be mounted at the Albertz Benda gallery in New York (2 March-15 April 2017) and at the Gallery at Windsor in Vero Beach, Florida (25 February-27 April 2017).
London’s RA has announced the first major exhibition of James Ensor’s (1860-1949) work to be held in the UK in twenty years. One of Belgium’s most prominent modernist artists, Ensor was widely considered to be an important precursor of Expressionism. Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans will bring together some 70 paintings, drawings and prints by the artist, the […]
A new exhibition of the work of David Hockney RA titled ’77 Portraits, 2 Still Lifes’ has been announced by the Royal Academy for Summer 2016. The exhibition which will take place in The Sackler Wing will consist of recent portrait paintings, which will revisit the genre which has played such a major part across his long career. Vibrant, observant […]
The Royal Academy of Arts will be presenting a new exhibition exploring ‘Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse’, this major exhibition will examine the role of gardens in the paintings of Claude Monet and his contemporaries. With Monet as the starting point, the exhibition will span the early 1860s to the 1920s, a period of tremendous social change […]
Why put on an exhibition? What’s the point? The term curator comes from the Latin ‘curare’, “to look after”, simply meaning to care for a group of items, including cataloguing, conservation, and by extension academic research and education. When an exhibition is planned, the curators are tasked with moulding themselves to whatever agenda the display […]
The highly regarded artist Mary Fedden, who created colourful still-life paintings has died aged 96. Feddon was renowned for her paintings that combine whimsical illustrative narrative with rich colour and texture. She was influenced by the French painters Matisse and Braque but possessed a truly English sensibility. For much of her career her reputation was […]
Christopher Le Brun has been selected as the new president of the Royal Academy of Arts. He is the 26th president in the academy’s 243-year history and the first painter to be chosen in 20 years. Le Brun follows notables such as John Everett Millais, Lord Leighton and Joshua Reynolds and hopes his tenure will […]