This drawing – reproduced on page 199 of A Bigger Message:Conversations with David Hockney, was drawn by David Hockney on his ipad. To see the iPad drawing illustrated on page 199 re-draw itself click here, with the picture being built … Continue reading
I’m proud to say that my new book, A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney, is out soon with Thames & Hudson. The record of a decade of conversations with the painter David Hockney, it reveals the fruits of his lifelong … Continue reading
One evening during 2004, while I was posing for a painting that was eventually entitled, `Man with a Blue Scarf`. Lucian Freud got on to the subject of a fellow artist, but not one with whom one would normally link him: the German exponent performance and installation Joseph Beuys. They had not, as it turned out, got on at all well, and one of the reasons for this lack of sympathy was romantic. Continue reading
“I work” the great Catalan painter Joan Miró once said, “Like a gardener, or a vine grower. Things come slowly. At a certain point you have to cut”. As the splendid exhibition of his work at Tate Modern, “The Ladder of Escape” (until Sept 11) demonstrates, Miro’s work did indeed develop organically and steadily, and he pruned away a great deal of excess over the years. At one point he even held a bonfire. Continue reading
In Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s great novel The Leopard, Tancredi famously informs his uncle that, “In order for everything to stay the same, everything must change”. Much the same applies to the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition (until August 15). Now in its 243rd year, this is the world’s longest-running exhibition, the Mousetrap of the art world. Continue reading
It was a tale worthy of Wilkie Collins or Anthony Trollope. The cast of characters included penny-pinching schoolmasters, waspish clergymen and a famous, thin-skinned architect – plus six elderly ladies whose rights somehow had to be preserved throughout and three cadavers in sarcophagi. At the centre of the plot was a collection of masterpieces by great painters, intended for an Eastern European monarch, and an ancient school on the outskirts of London.
Art has long had an affinity with stardom. It goes back many years before Andy Warhol started making silk-screen pictures of Marilyn Monroe, as is demonstrated by a delightful small exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery: Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril: Beyond the Moulin Rouge (until September 18). Continue reading
At the V&A for the next month it’s possible to see four of the original tapestries woven to Raphael’s designs side by side with those very designs – or cartoons – themselves (until October 17th). It is currently the most … Continue reading