Artist Stories

Theater & Cinema

Filmmaking is like Painting – Andrzej Wajda as a Painter

Ladies and Gentlemen, and now I will speak in Polish… – the famous words Polish director Andrzej Wajda (1926-2016) said while receiving...

Judyta Dąbrowska 17 October 2019

Artist Stories

Beatles and Biennales – the Life and Times of Robyn Denny

In a grim and conservative post-war Britain, Robyn Denny burst onto the art scene like a Holi festival colour bomb. He arrived at art school in...

Candy Bedworth 3 October 2019

Abstract Expressionism

Joseph Beuys at BASTIAN Gallery

Joseph Beuys (1921 – 1986), currently on display at BASTIAN gallery, was a controversial German artist, whose work regularly caused public...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 1 October 2019

Artist Stories

Getting Your Teeth into Goya

Goya was not a happy man when he painted Saturn Devouring His Son, some time between 1819 and 1823. By the time he created this painting,...

Craig Wakerley 10 September 2019

Romanticism

The Poetry in Painting — Turner’s Ovid in Exile

This petite (9.46 x 12.50 cm) oil on canvas by J. M. W. Turner contains big things: big landscapes, big stories and big skies. It is an imagined...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 26 August 2019

Artist Stories

Thawan Duchanee: “Paintings Are a Way of Expressing Feelings Without Any Explanation”

Thawan Duchanee (1939-2014) was a painter, sculptor and architect from Chiang Rai, northern Thailand. He is Thailand’s most celebrated...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 30 July 2019

Photography

Moving to Abstraction: Andreas Gursky’s Rhine

Andreas Gursky’s Rhine is an interesting piece that tells the transformation of a real-life picture into an abstract work of art. The move towards...

Michel Rutten 26 July 2019

Symbolism

Pierre Bonnard: Bringing Color to Life

Magda Michalska 22 July 2019

Women Artists

Jeanne Hébuterne: Not Only a Muse but an Artist in Her Own Right

This article is not about the tragic love story between Jeanne Hébuterne and Amedeo Modigliani (if you want to read about it, click here). This...

Magda Michalska 12 July 2019

Photography

Black Is Beautiful: Kwame Brathwaite at the Skirball Center

Let’s play a game: pick up any magazine from a US newsstand and count how many people of color are featured. Now try playing with a magazine from...

Guest Profile 15 June 2019

Artist Stories

It’s Not Always What It Seems: The Fabulous Inventions of Panamarenko

Panamarenko steals from science and uses it in his art. He has designed planes and submarines that at first sight are perfectly capable of...

Michel Rutten 12 June 2019

Artist Stories

Josef Šíma: from Czech Republic to Paris

Josef Šíma was born in Jaromer, in today’s Czech Republic in 1891, but he became a naturalized French citizen (he took the citizenship...

Magda Michalska 9 May 2019