Sunday, June 11, 2017

Who's made a mark on art #264?

Anybody in need of an anti-politics antidote this is it!

I really ought to make more of an effort to highlight the links to interesting art stories or aspects of art that now go straight to Facebook  - but which used to get highlighted in "who's made a mark"

So here's a list of links - organised by source

Making A Mark

See my Making A Mark on Facebook Page if you want to get links more often


Songbird stamps for Royal Mail by Federico Gemma - to mark International Dawn Chorus Day 

Art on Television

Dr James Fox in Japan - for The Art of Japanese Life
In the upcoming short series The Art of Japanese Life on BBC Four, the BAFTA nominated presented Dr. James Fox (he's one of the good ones!) examines the art and culture of Japan.
  • The first episode is about Nature -  he examines how the country's two great religions, Shinto and Buddhism, helped shape a creative response to nature often very different to the West - and how contemporary artists are shaping a new response to nature
  • In Cities - he looks at how the artistic life of three great Japanese cities shaped the country's attitudes to past and present, east and west, and helped forge the very idea of Japan itself.
  • In Home - explores the art of the Japanese home and how its clean minimalism has been exported round the world.
Last night we had the annual BBC2 review of the Royal Academy of Art's Summer Exhibition - the world's largest open submission exhibition. Kirsty Wark and Brenda Emmanus going behind the scenes at the Royal Academy and exploring the stories behind the exhibition - which I'm going to view tomorrow morning. The Summer Exhibition opens to the public on 13th June and continues until 20 August.
A wind sculpture by Yinka Shonibare is in the courtyard
Two years ago Katherine Tyrrell took this photo of us after our exhibition following #theBigPaintingChallenge. We still keep in touch, we are all still painting and still enjoying it... (Anne Blankson-Hemans)
from left to right the links are to Facebook - Paul Bell, Alison Stafford, Anthea Lay, Jan Szymczuk,
Anne Blankson-Hemans, Claire ParkerHeather HardingRichard Salter,
plus the two not in the pic 
Melvyn Flint,  Amy Goldring

Art Competitions

  • The 4th John Ruskin Prize has a fascinating shortlist for the theme of the artist as a polymath. The exhibition opens at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield on 21 June and the prizewinners will be announced at the Private View on 20 June. See my blog post 4th John Ruskin Prize Shortlist announced

Art Exhibitions

Major Art Galleries and Museums

Banner for the Monet exhibition in 2018 at the National Gallery
  • The National Gallery announced its 2018 exhibitions which include
    • The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet and Architecture (9 April – 29 July 2018 Sainsbury Wing) - the first exhibition devoted to Monet’s relationship with architecture will include Monet's views of London
    • Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell (20 September 2017 – April 2018 Ground Floor Galleries) I'm equally excited about this exhibition which provides a rare opportunity to see stunning paintings, pastels, and drawings by leading French Impressionist Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
    • Thomas Cole (11 June – 7 October 2018 Ground Floor Galleries) - Plus for those who love landscape paintings we'll be able to discover one of America’s leading painters of the mid-19th century
One of the foremost famous artists in the USA - comes to London and the National Gallery next summer
  • The new Canaletto and the Art of Venice takes over the entire Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace. I went to see it and if you like urban sketching or sketching buildings - or view paintings - or Venice and/or Canaletto you will enjoy this exhibition. I'm going back for another look! (Plus don't forget if you treat your ticket purchase as a donation you can enjoy free re-admission to the Queens Gallery for a year!) This is my review - and I'm planning another one about his drawings
The Bacino looking west on Ascension Day
Pen and ink, over ruled and free pencil and pinpointing | RCIN 907453 | Canaletto | Royal Collection
  • Those who love photography as an art form are in for a treat later this year when the V&A's new Photographic Centre opens.
  • The National Gallery of Ireland reopens on 15 June after a £30 million degunge and refit - to make it fit for purpose. This article suggests it looks really good!  Its website however needs a lot of work - it lacks a list of exhibitions in the "What's on" and the filter doesn't work!
  • The 10,000,000th visitor to the Rijksmuseum got to sleep under Rembrandt's painting of The Night Watch in an empty Rijksmuseum?

Art Societies

Billy Showell won Best Painting in Show for this tulip.
Her Gold Medal Winning Exhibit was titled
Black flowers and cultivars;
an exploration into mixing colours to create black 

Artist Studios and Exhibitions

Paul Bell Open Studios in Beaconsfield
Paintings in gouache by Janet Darley

Art Materials

  • I asked the question whether online suppliers and/or the major art materials retailers forcing the independent art shops out of business - and whether this has happened in your area. This was a result of seeing an article announcing that H. Blyth & Co. - set up nearly 130-years-ago in Manchester to supply drawing equipment to developing industries - is closing its doors for the final time - see Manchester's H Blyth & Co to close after 128 years in the Northern Quarter

Art Business Info for Artists

You can follow links on

Art Market

  • An interesting article Collectors Shy Away From Art Market’s Former Darlings in the New York Times indicates that in 2016 art auction / private sales raised more than $45 billion 
    • 52% was from postwar / contemporary works by artists born after 1910 
    • 25% related to art of the pre-modern era (ie pieces by artists born before 1875)

Art Business Education

  • Asking People for Money is the first course in the NEW programme related to Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy funded by Arts Council England. It's aimed at aimed at anyone working within the arts and cultural sector who may engage in fundraising.


  • Just because an artist gets away with "plagiarising a photograph", that doesn't mean to say the photographer won't catch up and seek proper reimbursement for copyright infringement some 20 years later (after you've made a lot of income from it). You can try suing the photographer to establish if any infringement has in fact taken place - and you can end up with egg on your face (I predict!) Read Prince Photographer Fires Back at Warhol Foundation Copyright Suit

Diversification for Artists

Galleries for Artists

Pricing for Artists

Studios for Artists

Websites for Artists

and finally......

The references to botanical art come from my Facebook Page for Botanical Art and Artists

1 comment:

  1. I live in Scottsdale where we have the Frank Lloyd Wright foundation. I have yet to visit it. Although I'm not a big fan, I have always found his architecture fascinating.


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