Sun & Sea: Operatic artwork is ‘strange thing I’ve ever seen’

Sun & Sea: Operatic artwork is ‘strange thing I’ve ever seen’

It’s meant to astonish those who are lucky enough to witness it, yet what’s going on in this picture is creeping some people out. Bikini-clad women lie sprawled on beach towels as they sun themselves, while men dressed in shorts relax and children build sandcastles. But there’s a twist; these people are not at the … Read more

Frank Lloyd Wright is best known for his architecture, but a new show highlights his relationship with decorative art

Frank Lloyd Wright is best known for his architecture, but a new show highlights his relationship with decorative art

There’s lots of inspiration to be had at the Kirkland Museum in Denver: paintings, sculpture, among a host of other items, to be sure. But the gift of a lamp is what inspired a new exhibition with a familiar name attached. “Frank Lloyd Wright Inside the Walls” illuminates the relationship between Wright’s architecture — what … Read more

The architectural eyesores that could become Meccas for culture lovers

The architectural eyesores that could become Meccas for culture lovers

The Allders building has been empty for years. In fact, more than 80 per cent of department stores closed between 2016 and 2021 according to property information firm CoStar, which means more opportunities for conversions. But the pandemic and a faltering economy have left town centers struggling. Lost could have a challenge on their hands. … Read more

how Milton Avery transformed modern art

how Milton Avery transformed modern art

Avery had his first one-man museum show in 1943, and his star soared. In 1945, two of New York’s leading modern-art dealers – Paul Rosenberg (who represented Picasso, Braque and Matisse) and Paul Durand-Ruel (Monet, Renoir, Manet) – put on exhibitions of Avery’s work by him. A critic wrote at the time that Avery had … Read more

Jane Morris, the pre-Raphaelites’ ‘silent’ muse, speaks at last

Jane Morris, the pre-Raphaelites’ ‘silent’ muse, speaks at last

It was hard to be condemned to age, when her face in Rossetti’s portraits remained 18, 25, 35 or as ageless as a goddess. But those who knew Jane understood she had always been more than just a face or a pose. At Kelmscott, we are granted a little glimpse of the Morrises together. William … Read more

Why Munch’s The Scream isn’t actually screaming

Why Munch’s The Scream isn’t actually screaming

She points out its timelessness: “I went to Egypt, to the Valley of the Kings, where there’s a foetus that would have become a king. And I said, ‘Oh my God, it’s just like The Scream!’” From feetuses to emojis. The “Face Screaming in Fear” was added to platforms in 2010 – inspired by both … Read more

Who will buy the KLF’s nightmarish £250,000 model village?

Who will buy the KLF’s nightmarish £250,000 model village?

Lundon wants the containers to be the centerpiece of the Florrie’s proposed community-led housing development, which she hopes will reinvigorate the neglected area. She and Cauty first crossed paths in 2015, when the ADP was part of Banksy’s Dismaland Bemusement Park in Weston-super-Mare. “We couldn’t get tickets to take our young people. We wrote to … Read more

Great art is already ‘immersive’ – forget all these gimmicky shows

Great art is already ‘immersive’ – forget all these gimmicky shows

Is this trend a sign of cheap and vulgar times? Perhaps, but ours isn’t the only guilty era. The 19th century, for instance, witnessed a craze for a comparable phenomenon: the panorama. In 1787, the Edinburgh-based Irish artist, Robert Barker, came up with a popular, profitable wheeze: a long, circular painting, lining the interior of … Read more

Silly, cartoonish, offensive… and selling for millions. Is it time to take digital art seriously?

Silly, cartoonish, offensive… and selling for millions.  Is it time to take digital art seriously?

High in the hills of Piedmont, in a castle west of Turin, an astronaut in a body-hugging silver suit is striding through an empty landscape. Projected onto four screens simultaneously, each forming one side of a slowly revolving box, this lonely, androgynous individual, marching towards a destination that’s perpetually out of reach, is the subject … Read more