Stories By Wendy Gray
Pieter Bruegel: Hunters in the Snow. Hidden Stories and MeaningsSeptember 18, 2018
In the ‘Bruegel Room’ in Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, twelve paintings hang in the space, covering the final ten year period of the life of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. One painting, in particular, takes us on...
Lee Miller And Surrealism In BritainAugust 7, 2018
In the delightfully quirky Hepworth Wakefield, in West Yorkshire, is a quiet exhibition that packs a whole range of mad surrealism in three galleries. What was particularly exciting about this was the fact that the lead...
Kyffin Williams And The Welsh LandscapeJuly 17, 2018
The Welsh Landscape has inspired artists, poets and writers for generations. But, for one 20th century artist, they were more than just a subject for the canvas, they were a metaphor for melancholic isolation, for power...
Museums And Exhibitions
Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War OneJuly 11, 2018
When you walk into the first room of any exhibition, there is an involuntary holding of the breath as it can often be a make or break moment. Walk into the first room of Tate Britain’s...
American Synthesizers: Gerald Murphy, Louis Lovowick, and George AultJuly 7, 2018
In the catalogue for a 1959 exhibition on Precisionist art at the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis, Director Martin Friedman said of the precisionist artists that they were not so much innovators or theorists as they...
‘The Divine Sarah’ – Sarah Bernhardt, The First Artist SuperstarJune 9, 2018
While we are all familiar with celebrity culture and can recognise all of the Kardashians from their silhouettes, the idea of ‘celebrity’ is not a new one. In the 19th century, a notorious French actress, who...
Edvard Munch and The Frieze of LifeMay 17, 2018
By 1902, Edvard Munch’s life had seen a pattern of chaos within his professional life, his health and his love life. While his life had become solitary, his artwork was not destined to remain stacked against...
Get To Know The Cultural Legacy of Albert, Prince ConsortApril 12, 2018
The Royal Collection is one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact. A press release by the UK’s Royal Collection...
George Tooker: A Purveyor of Modern Alienation and DespairMarch 15, 2018
When the American figurative painter, George Tooker died in 2011, The New York Times said of his 1956 painting, Government Bureau, “was inspired by his maddening encounter with the New York City Building Department. Most people...
And it’s War! The Art Of The War WoundedFebruary 27, 2018
Being an English teacher, so much of what I look at is linked to the literary world. With the previous examination specification, we used to be able to do a series of war poems for examination that...
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