Stories By Candy Bedworth
Art State of Mind
#MeToo and the Medusa MythJanuary 21, 2021
The Medusa story – terrifying or tragic? Some months ago, a controversial new statue of Medusa was unveiled in New York, so let’s take this opportunity to have another look at this most fearsome of women....
Top 10 Statues of Famous MusiciansJanuary 16, 2021
There are good, bad and ugly statues of the musical greats. Let’s take a look at ten sculptures of famous musicians, old and contemporary, that might spark your interest! Top 10 Statues of Famous Musicians Tupac...
The Sound of Colour: Music Inspired by Visual Art – Top 10January 15, 2021
Visual art has inspired songs from many different musical genres from classical to heavy metal, from opera to old crooners, from musicals to hip hop. Let’s take a whistle-stop tour of some of the best, and...
Petticoats, Pennies, and Politics: A Short History of the Suffragette PennyDecember 12, 2020
Have you ever found one of those old brown British pennies? In an antique shop or in one of Grandma’s old handbags? Just a small, flat copper disc? Let’s take a closer look at one of...
John Ruskin: Painter, Prophet, Pervert. ‘Unto This Last’ by Rebecca LipkinDecember 3, 2020
We review the novel Unto This Last by Rebecca Lipkin and investigate the myth behind the great John Ruskin. Which Ruskin camp do you fall into? Are you fascinated yet repelled by his private life? Or...
Power and Propaganda – The British Royal PortraitsNovember 28, 2020
Royal portraiture is a centuries old tradition, but it might be called the forerunner of the posed selfie – an artfully curated image which is meant to promote and aggrandise the subject. Painted portraits have historically...
Coca-Cola and the Explosive Art of Cildo MeirelesNovember 25, 2020
Protest Art is challenging and controversial. Political protest requires a focus, and protest art gives us a public space where we can have a conversation, with the artist and with each other. Truly great artists reflect...
Art State of Mind
Wearing the Message: Changing the World One Outfit at a TimeNovember 24, 2020
From the original silk banners worn by the Suffragettes, through to slogan T-shirts, we often quite literally wear our protest message. This personal, physical act is almost common-place now, so has it lost its potency? Is...
Portable Prehistoric Gods and GoddessesNovember 18, 2020
Our prehistoric ancestors moved around a lot. It was a short and brutal life back then – you needed the protection and guidance of your gods and goddesses. So, what better solution than to carry them...
The Original Guerilla Girls: Claude Cahun and Marcel MooreNovember 10, 2020
A book review of Paper Bullets by Jeffrey H Jackson. If I asked for your top 10 political artists, does Claude Cahun spring to mind? Marcel Moore? No, I guessed as much. But these two art...
- Painting of the Week: Saint George and the Dragon
- The Night — Ten Beautiful Nocturne Paintings
- How Did Caravaggio Die? The Answer Is Not Easy
- The Mysterious Pinturas Negras Reveal Goya’s Darkest Secrets
- Under Hokusai’s Great Wave
- Did You Know that Monet Was a Master of Caricatures?
- Wanderlust Exhibition – Travel Desire Encapsulated in Paintings
- #MeToo and the Medusa Myth
- Maxfield Parrish – Life and Legacy
- Is Kylie Jenner the New Venus? Interview with the Artist Marco Battaglini
- 10 of the Most Famous Female Artist Self-Portraits
- Frida Kahlo And The Symbolism In Her Art
- Frauhaus: Gunta Stölzl, Walter Gropius, and the Women of the Bauhaus
- The Ephemeral Magic of Raw Clay: Artist Interview with Phoebe Cummings
- The Surprising Career of Lavinia Fontana: Painter of Popes, Nudes, and Noblewomen