Italy has long been a favourite destination for art lovers who are drawn to the Renaissance delights of Florence, the hilltop towns of Tuscany, the ancient Roman ruins of Rome and the Byzantine mosaics of Palermo, amongst many other delights. This summer some of us at Gurr Johns are heading to the country for a holiday, which got us talking about our favourite spots. Here we offer a few of our top tips for summer exhibitions: Read More
This week the Getty Villa in Malibu completed a major overhaul of its Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities. With an additional 3,000sq. ft of exhibition space, the new show has given the opportunity for many works to come out of storage. Previously presented in thematical groups, the displays are now chronological and span 6000BC to AD600. Director Timothy Potts is determined to present the works in context and not ‘in a bubble’ limited to Greek and Roman art, and a new gallery at the villa will focus on showing works from other ancient cultures with links to Greece and Rome. The first exhibition, Palmyra: Loss and Remembrance runs until 27 May 2019.
Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy has been described as a once in a lifetime show, and one of the most significant ever staged at Tate Modern. It’s quite a task to live up to this hype but the exhibition exceeds expectations, exploring the thoughts, life and work of Picasso in his 50th year. Read More
Two exhibitions taking place in London this year offer a fascinating insight into the artistic legacies of King Charles I and his son, Charles II, the 17th century monarchs who greatly enriched the Royal Collection, establishing what is now ranked amongst the largest and most important in the world.
So… Frieze Week 2017 is upon us, and as the busiest art week of the year in London, with fairs, auctions and numerous gallery openings, not to mention some unmissable museum shows, it can seem more than a little overwhelming. Here are a few of our recommended highlights to help you make the most of your time if you’re visiting London. And do feel free to get in touch if you’d like more insights or information about the week.
When the back-to-school feeling hits in September and the holidays are over, it’s easy to feel a little low. Fear not: below we give details on some standout shows to look forward to this autumn. From Picasso to Munch and Michelangelo to Jasper Johns, they are sure to brighten anyone’s mood:
Who knew that Old Masters drawings would be the talk of the season? While two blockbuster exhibitions in the UK are currently focusing on the genre, to great critical acclaim, the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has just announced the acquisition of 16 Old Master drawings in its largest-ever purchase by value (reportedly more than $100 million).
Throughout the centuries many artists have been inspired by the South of France; the light, the sea and the magnificent views. It remains a popular holiday destination; a few of us at Gurr Johns are heading there for the summer holidays, which got us talking about our favourite places to retrace the footsteps of the modern masters and enjoy the regions artistic gems. Here are a few of our top tips:
Frank Lloyd Wright designed some of the most beautiful buildings of the 20th century and 2017 celebrates the 150th birthday of the highly influential American architect. In honour of this anniversary the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York are holding a major exhibition of his work in Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive. Best known for his iconic Fallingwater, the architect designed over 1000 buildings, nearly half of which were realized and this show offers a thrilling insight into the mind of this prolific and visionary man. Each section of the show is based around a key item or group of objects from his archives, and it comprises around 450 works including models, building fragments, films and drawings. Open now until 1 October 2017.