‘Designing the V&A’: some reflections by the author

It may seem strange that the largest object in the Victoria and Albert Museum is not in the care of a curator. The building itself is a masterpiece of Victorian and Edwardian art and design, indeed, it is the most elaborate and complex museum building in Britain. Fortunately, many curators have fallen in love with […]

Hubert Robert: A Visionary Painter

Hubert Robert (1733-1808) is celebrated with a landmark publication and two major monographic exhibitions of his work, at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Celebrated for the fundamental role he played in promoting the architectural capriccio, Hubert Robert (1733–1808) combined famous monuments of antiquity and modernity in unexpected ways […]

Edward Bawden Scrapbooks – a sneak peek

  Painter and illustrator Edward Bawden’s five scrapbooks, assembled over a period of more than 55 years, and housed at The Fry Art Gallery, contain everything from stamps, photographs, cigarette cards, Christmas cards and letters to newspaper cuttings, and amongst other fascinating ephemera. Edward Bawden Scrapbooks, by Brian Webb and Peyton Skipwith, includes over 250 […]

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 […]

David Jones’s illustrations for The Town Child’s Alphabet

We’re delighted to share an extract from the publication: The Art of David Jones: Vision and Memory by Ariane Bankes and Paul Hills, published October 2015. Soldiers returning home after prolonged service at the Front commonly felt themselves outsiders in civilian society, estranged from its rituals, newly aware of its foibles. And certainly Jones at 24 – back in civvies and […]

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 […]