Brooches are BACK after years in the fashion wilderness. Fancy this sleek, silver, sculptural work of art by Japanese artist Kayo Saito? We do – but we don’t know whether to wear it or frame it.Read more
One thing I love about the Ashmolean’s exhibitions is how civilized they are. Brave the opening days of one of the big London museums’ major shows and you’re guaranteed a view of the backs of heads rather than oil on canvas, while you jostle for position amid the crowds. Conversely, I popped down on Saturday afternoon to the opening weekend of the Oxford stalwart’s spring show, Degas To Picasso: Creating Modernism in France, and it was pleasantly buzzy without being a bun-fight.Read more
I mentioned this exhibition at Henley’s River & Rowing Museum by the British modernist artist John Piper in my Muddy Guide last week, but I’ve since visited myself it’s so fab I want to flag it up properly to you.
I have to admit that I wasn’t massively familiar with John Piper’s work, despite his high profile collaborations with the likes of Henry Moore, WH Auden and Geoffrey Eastop.Read more
It’s Christmaaaas! Starting to resemble a mince pie yet? Bailey’s running through your veins? Us too – and we’re not stopping until January. Continue the carousing at one of these excellent local events.
Paul Beatty at the Sheldonian, Fri Dec 16
Literary lovers listen up – this is something of a coup. The winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize, Paul Beatty, is in town this Friday to talk about The Sellout.Read more
Have you been to see The Ashmolean’s new exhibition yet? Storms, War and Shipwrecks: Treasures from the Sicilian Seas launched a few weeks back with a strong nod to families over the summer – those long days when wild-eyed parents are trying to do something with their kids that doesn’t involve icecream or soft play.
I go to most of the Ashmolean exhibitions, some of which can be quite grown-up and esoteric.Read more
Want to look at something really beautiful? I came across Oxford-based mosaicist Becky Paton a few months back and have followed her avidly since.Read more
One of the strange benefits of being a lifestyle journalist is that I have had my portrait painted and drawn several times over my, er, ‘illustrious’ career.
The first time was for a feature at the Indy on Sunday when a Russian princess living in Soho painted my nude portrait for a story on how commissioning self-portraiture was coming back into fashion. Yeah I know, you couldn’t make it up.Read more
The lovely Pippa from Muddy Herts came across this fantastic film the other day, so I’ve tiptoed over to her blog and half-inched it so you can enjoy it too.
This little video – ‘500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art’ – from the National Portrait Gallery, will take less than three minutes of your day, but it totally transfixing.
Stunning portrait after portrait (very few of which I actually recognise, cultural vacuum that I am), morphing from one to another, and disconcertingly every single one of them staring you in the face.Read more
I’ve been drawn to seascapes since my best friend bought me the most beautiful oil painting for my wedding, and nothing rivalled it until now…Read more
Goodbye Oxfordshire Art Weeks, and helloooo from this weekend (6 – 22 June) to Bucks Open Studios, now celebrating its 30th birthday and looking well foxy.
If you live in or pass through Buckinghamshire over the next three weeks you won’t be able to miss the bright yellow signage adorning galleries, public spaces and private houses, with literally hundreds of artists exhibiting their work. Two free Fanfare Exhibition to celebrate the big birthday have opened, the first at the Bucks County Museum (until 4 July), and a second exhibition at Milton Keynes Central Library (until 22 June).Read more
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