Independent Bookshop Week: Nominate your favourite UK art bookshop and win a signed book!

Once upon a time, London’s Charing Cross Road was a haven of specialist art bookshops. Famously there was Zwemmer’s, celebrated from the 1930s as one of the world’s leading art bookshops and a meeting-point for a fascinating cross-section of the art world. Zwemmer’s spawned several branches nearby before closing in the early years of the new millennium. And then there was Shipley, a much-loved […]

British Art Now and Then: Celebrating 75 Years of Art-book Publishing

Back in the 1940s, when Britain still had an Empire and Peter Gregory was developing a fledgling art-publishing list at Lund Humphries, contemporary British art was relatively straightforward to define, even if Britishness and avant-garde art sometimes seemed awkward bedfellows. At the Lund Humphries 75th anniversary talk at the ICA on 26th November 2014, the […]

Emerging Art Writers Competition Launched

We are very excited to announce the launch of our Emerging Art Writers Competition, in association with Apollo, the International Art Magazine. It is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring art writers to showcase their work to movers and shakers from the British art world. To enter, write an essay of between 1,500 and 2,500 words which answers the question: What, if anything, […]

Book of the Week: Stanley Spencer: Art as a Mirror of Himself by Andrew Causey

Stanley Spencer’s paintings aren’t always easy to like, but they are hard to ignore. As the sub-title of Andrew Causey’s new book (my Book of the Week) implies, Spencer’s paintings don’t set out to please, but rather to reflect the artist’s own singular internal vision. ‘Stanley Spencer explored fundamental issues of life with an urgency and persistence unique among British artists […]

Book of the Week: W. Barns-Graham: A Studio Life by Lynne Green

For many artists who live into their eighties and nineties, retirement isn’t an option. Unless the frailties of old age curtail it, the creative impulse continues, nourished perhaps by a sense of being free of external expectations and demands, and directed by years of experience. Painter and printmaker Wilhelmina Barns-Graham was born in Edinburgh in […]

In Memory of Sir Anthony Caro, 1924-2013

Anthony Caro, who has died aged 89, was such a fixture in the British art landscape that it’s hard to imagine him no longer there. As testified by the international range of tributes to him which quickly appeared in the press following the announcement of his death last week, he was the grand old man […]

Book of the Week: The Art of Peter Prendergast by Richard Cork

‘Struggle’ is a word which comes up a lot in The Art of Peter Prendergast, my Book of the Week. From the very beginning life seems to have been a struggle for artist Peter Prendergast. His father suffered the gruelling harshness of a miner’s life in the coal mines of South Wales, and the young Prendergast lived […]