John Craxton: A Poetic Eye

  Author and curator Ian Collins introduces the work of John Craxton, on display at The Salisbury Museum, 30 January – 7 May 2016. John Craxton (1922-2009) was one of the most interesting and individual British artists of the 20th century. His life story, starting with wanderings on Cranborne Chase, was as colourful as his later […]

Modern Art, After Dark

Your head is coated by a thick soup of black and green paint. A roughly smeared handprint of grey-blue smoke tarnishes your jaw while sharp flecks of orange, pale yellow and white sting your cheeks and eyes. A wave of red threatens to permeate the scene as you look up, enraged, at the dandified artist […]

Destination St Ives

Michael Bird discusses the unique position of the artists’ colony of St Ives within the history of modernist visual art in Britain. To coincide with several major exhibitions of St Ives artists’ work this summer Lund Humphries is offering special discounts on a wide range of publications on artists linked to this important location. For […]

Hans Hofmann: Cataloguing the Abstract

To coincide with a new exhibition of the artist’s works at Crane Kalman Gallery in London this June, Juliana D. Kreinik, contributing editor for the Hans Hofmann Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, recalls enlightening discoveries of vital information in Hofmann’s handwriten ledgers and the great effort and greater reward of a monumental research publication. Catalogue raisonné […]

Ravilious in Print

Alan Powers, author of Eric Ravilious: Artist and Designer, discusses the current display of the artist’s works at Dulwich Picture Gallery and the challenges of accurately reproducing his unique watercolours in print. It would have been convenient if Dulwich Picture Gallery had put on their current exhibition of Eric Ravilious watercolours two years ago. In […]

Sybil Andrews in Bury St Edmunds

Hana Leaper discusses Linocut artist Sybil Andrews’ childhood in Bury St Edmunds and the lasting impact of this rural setting in her vibrant modernist prints. Whilst preparing the catalogue essay for my forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Sybil Andrews’ colour linocuts, I was struck by both the prevalence of images from her childhood hometown, Bury St […]

Promotion through print: The printed works of C.R.W. Nevinson

To coincide with of the publication of Jonathan Black’s new book and a display of printed works at Osborne Samuel, David Boyd Haycock discusses C.R.W. Nevinson’s single-minded pursuit of artistic renown and how his printed works in particular were a vital promotional tool. It has long been my impression that the thing C.R.W. Nevinson wanted most […]