Book of the Week: Barbara Hepworth: The Plasters Edited by Sophie Bowness

When Barbara Hepworth died in a studio fire in St Ives in May 1975, it seemed to mark the end of a particular moment in Modern British Art.  Michael Bird writes eloquently at the end of The St Ives Artists about ‘the Poetry of Departures’: Bryan Wynter and Roger Hilton had died earlier that year, […]

‘Wheeler Really Counts’: Launch Report

Last night saw the launch of The Sculpture of Charles Wheeler by Sarah Crellin, the latest book in the Lund Humphries/Henry Moore Foundation British Sculptors and Sculpture series. The Fine Art Society on New Bond Street provided an appropriate backdrop for an evening celebrating Crellin’s efforts to redress the historic lack of attention paid to Charles Wheeler’s […]

Book of the Week: Elisabeth Frink Catalogue Raisonné of Sculpture 1947-93

In April 1993, British sculptor Elisabeth Frink, Dame of the British Empire and RA, died of cancer aged just 62. Her Times obituary noted the three essential themes in her work as ‘the nature of Man; the “horseness” of horses; and the divine in human form’. The New York Times called her a ‘Sculptor of Heads’. Twenty […]

Spotlight on Collections: Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

Ever since the idea of writing a blog post about Kettle’s Yard was mooted, I knew I would struggle to find a way of describing this very special place in Cambridge without detracting from the sense of surprise and delight the first-time visitor is bound to feel as she or he discovers it. One option is […]

Book of the Week: Peter Blake: one man show by Marco Livingstone

On 25 June 2012 Peter Blake, the very sprightly granddad of British Pop Art, celebrated his 80th birthday.  He’s still partying: last week his final birthday show, Peter Blake: A Celebration, opened at Bohun Gallery, Henley. It’s a glorious, celebratory prints exhibition which replays many of the trademark images and themes from Blake’s long career as an artist, including pin-up girls, […]

Exhibitions Round-Up: February 2013

February might be the shortest month of the year, but it’s certainly not the quietest where exhibitions are concerned. Moreover, there’s real variety amongst the shows opening this month, with poster designs, photographs and prints making it onto the billing alongside paintings and drawings. In London, Poster Art 150 opens on Friday 15 February and runs […]

Book of the Week: The Art of Jeremy Gardiner: Unfolding Landscape

It is shaping up to be quite a spring for British artist Jeremy Gardiner (b.1957). His new exhibition Exploring the Elemental opens at Paisnel Gallery, London tomorrow evening.  Then on Sunday 9 February he discusses his work at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, before hanging his comprehensive retrospective exhibition Unfolding Landscape at Kings Place Gallery […]