We all know these paintings. We can identify the artists who made them. And recognise the subjects in them: Girl with the Pearl Earring, Mona Lisa and The Weeping Woman. But who are the real-life stars of these 6 famous paintings? And what are the true stories behind them? Let’s take a closer look at the muses, sitters and mysteries behind these iconic artworks.
The colour predictions for 2020 are all unanimous in their choice of calming tones of blues and greens inspired by nature, reflecting a need for a stable start to the decade in these turbulent times. We take a closer look at these colours and how you can incorporate them into your art collection.
This is going to be a decade of change for the art world. People, including curators, writers, collectors and the public, have begun to question traditional ways of showing, viewing and thinking about art. New ways of looking at artworks, both online and in real life, are on the way and there will be no way back from this radical shift. Here are 5 significant trends that will determine the future of the art world for the 2020s.
Minimalism has dominated the design world for nearly a century, with Scandinavian chic interior design being seen as the main trend, teaching us to strip back the unnecessary and embrace simplicity. However, after maximalism burst onto the scene in 2018, the movement is quickly becoming en vogue and placing itself at the forefront of design.
This Christmas, Tate Britain is marooned! Artist Anne Hardy has dressed the gallery with tangled lights, torn banners, ice and mud. Tate has a history of weird and wonderful Christmas decorations. Each year, the London gallery invites an artist to create a winter installation. From an upside-down tree to giant slugs, here are 7 of Tate’s most controversial Christmas decorations.
Art is still very much a man’s world. Museums and galleries make it clear that the art world has historically been male orientated. Only 13.7% of living artists represented by galleries in Europe and North America are women. But London is leading the way by showing more women artists. Here’s my pick of 7 must-see female solo shows open right now.
Not long ago, art world etiquette was clear. Use of mobile phones in a gallery was considered crude. I’ve certainly tutted at selfie-taking tourists, rudely blocking my view. However, many museums and galleries are now encouraging visitors to use their phones. A new app, Smartify, allows you to point your smartphone at an artwork and receive instant information on it. Brilliant idea or big mistake?
Art fairs can be hard to navigate, some are geographically complicated, it’s easy to lose your bearings and nearly impossible to see everything. There are various methods you can use to make the most of your valuable time. If you’re thinking of attending an art fair this year, here is our 6 point guide you need to know.
The annual HIX Award is back, with fifteen shortlisted artists exhibiting at HIX ART in Shoreditch and vying for the £10,000 prize and a solo exhibition at the gallery. Having been founded by art collector and restaurateur Mark Hix in 2013, the HIX Award is an open call submission competition, open to all students or recent graduates of UK based art schools, that aims to promote the work of emerging artists as well as assisting them to make the transition from art school to an art career.
Eiderdown Books is a new publisher releasing books about female artists written by leading female writers, art historians and cultural commentators. The publisher launched earlier this month with ‘Modern Women Artists’, an exciting new series highlighting the lives of five overlooked women artists: Marlow Moss, Lee Miller, Laura Knight, Sylvia Pankhurst and Frances Hodgkins. We chat with Harriet Olsen, founder of Eiderdown Books and Samantha Niederman author of ‘Frances Hodgkins’, one of the fiv