Cezanne in Oxford: glorious paintings from the collection of the man who sold fridges

Cezanne, Forest Interior (Sous Bois), c 1890, watercolour and graphite (view full screen at Pearlman Collection here) Last week we made a trip to Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum to see Cezanne and the Modern, an exhibition of matchless paintings and watercolours, mainly by Cézanne, but with works, too, by Van Gogh, Sisley, Gauguin, and Degas – all of them … Continue reading Cezanne in Oxford: glorious paintings from the collection of the man who sold fridges

Uncommon Ground at Yorkshire Sculpture Park: ‘looking hard at real things’

Antony Gormley, Flat Tree, 1978 (photo by Jonty Wilde, courtesy of YSP) After viewing the profound and meditative works by Ai Weiwei in the chapel at Yorkshire Sculpture Park last week, I spent some time looking at the current exhibition in the Longside Gallery there: Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966 – 1979. Artists operating in the category … Continue reading Uncommon Ground at Yorkshire Sculpture Park: ‘looking hard at real things’

Ai Weiwei in the chapel at YSP: ‘The art always wins’

‘Iron tree’ by Ai Weiwei outside the chapel at Yorkshire Sculpture Park At Yorkshire Sculpture Park they recently completed the renovation of a sandstone chapel built in 1744 for the owners of Bretton Hall, the Palladian mansion that stands at the heart of the estate now devoted to art. The chapel was a place of worship for … Continue reading Ai Weiwei in the chapel at YSP: ‘The art always wins’

Hockney, Printmaker: a joyous celebration of mastery

Self-portrait, 1954 Barely a month since seeing the Walker’s early Hockney exhibition, we enjoy a much bigger, comprehensive survey of David Hockney’s long and distinguished career as a printmaker at Dulwich Picture Gallery.  It’s a joyous celebration of his mastery of the techniques of etching and lithography, timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of … Continue reading Hockney, Printmaker: a joyous celebration of mastery