Bob Chaundy
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Freelance journalist, ex-BBC News, who writes about art, obituaries and travel. He is the author of the comic novel Little Black Trains. See www.littleblacktrains.com

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Alfredo Volpi: Cecilia Brunson Projects

(0) Comments | Posted 13 June 2016 | (11:57)

Alfredo Volpi (1896-1988) has earned a reputation as one of the most influential figures in 20th century Brazilian art. His work fetches seven-figure sums and has featured in numerous retrospectives and books.

Surprisingly, although his work has been shown in the UK, including at the Royal Academy, this is his...

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Not Vital - Yorkshire Sculpture Park

(0) Comments | Posted 24 May 2016 | (10:21)

When world-renowned Swiss sculptor, Not Vital (pronounced Veetahl) was 15-years-old, he asked his father, a timber merchant, to cut down a number of trees to isolate one tree in particular. He then stood behind it and moved to remain in its shadow throughout the rest of the day with his...

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Boomoon - Skogar & Sansu

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2016 | (19:37)

Acclaimed South Korean photographer, Boomoon, was enchanted by a waterfall he discovered at Skogar in Iceland in 2015.

Early one morning when the light was low, he waded waste-high into the cold water directly in front of it, so that the horizon in the pictures he took would be located...

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Enter Through the Headset - Gazelli Art House

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2016 | (12:08)

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Upstairs in Mayfair's Gazelli Gallery stands a plinth on which rests a small cardboard house (above). Put on the Virtual Reality (VR) headset and earphones and, as if by magic, the house has morphed into something far grander. On entering its door, you...

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XL Catlin Art Prize 2016

(0) Comments | Posted 9 May 2016 | (11:55)

"There's a perverse kind of theatricality about the work," says Justin Hammond, curator of the 2016 XL Catlin Art Prize exhibition, now in its 10th year. Seven of the most promising recently graduated artists, this year including PhDs, shortlisted from a pool of 30, have been commissioned for the show....

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The Mask of Anarchy - Paul Wager

(0) Comments | Posted 17 April 2016 | (16:44)

The title of Paul Wager's new exhibition at London's Dadiani Gallery, The Mask of Anarchy, is taken from a poem by Shelley written in response to the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 when a cavalry charge at a mass demonstration in favour of parliamentary reform killed 15 and injured several hundred....

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Bonheur de Vivre - Bernard Jacobson Gallery

(1) Comments | Posted 16 March 2016 | (15:45)

Le Bonheur de vivre (The Joy of Life), one of French post-impressionist artist Henri Matisse's most famous paintings, is housed in the Barnes collection in Philadelphia.

Nevertheless, veteran gallerist Bernard Jacobson has borrowed its title for an exhibition of 16 works featuring five of his favourite artists who convey...

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Michael Sandle - Time, Transition and Dissent

(0) Comments | Posted 24 January 2016 | (12:09)

According to British sculptor Michael Sandle, Tony Blair and George W. Bush should be serving jail sentences for war crimes. So you know exactly where he's coming from.

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Likewise, his mainly bronze sculptures in this part retrospective, part new show at the Flowers...

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Kalliopi Lemos - Sculpting for Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted 2 December 2015 | (20:34)

London-based Greek sculptor Kalliopi Lemos loves creating things in threes. It gives her a wider expression of the same idea. For more than a decade, her abiding concern with human rights has resulted in projects that often focused on the plight of the migrant.

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Nicola Hicks - Pause

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2015 | (16:36)

In the window of the Flowers Gallery in Cork Street stands a black sentry crow, a dark, human-like figure clad in armour with a crow's head and wings. It's constructed from plaster and straw and any other material scooped from her studio floor that has become British sculptor Nicola Hicks's...

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Lita Cabellut - Impulse

(0) Comments | Posted 14 October 2015 | (14:49)

"Though there's a lot of talk about female emancipation today, I believe it's a hard time for women this century. They need to be clever, to look beautiful, be in shape and be able to manage all this with a smile."

So says celebrated portrait artist Lita Cabellut, talking...

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David Hockney: Early Drawings

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2015 | (17:12)

"Ink drawings are unbelievably unforgiving. There's no room for error," proclaims gallery owner Offer Waterman as he lauds the technical skill and emotional impact of some of David Hockney's early portraits. If there was a mistake, and they were rare, a gentle use of the scalpel would be enough to...

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Bridget Riley: Learning From Seurat

(0) Comments | Posted 17 September 2015 | (13:13)

British painter Bridget Riley, now 84, is best known worldwide by those abstract, almost hallucinatory, stripes, curves and other geometric forms that seemed to gel with the psychedelic '60s and beyond. They epitomised a new spirit and language in painting.

Less well known is that one of the most important...

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Josef Koudelka - Uncertain Nationality

(0) Comments | Posted 13 September 2015 | (14:48)

Josef Koudelka is something of a legend among photographers. He achieved worldwide fame by capturing the seismic shock felt by his fellow Czechs when, in the summer of 1968, Red Army tanks stormed into Prague to crush a government that had dared to depart from the Kremlin's diktat.

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Emily Young: Call and Response London

(0) Comments | Posted 2 July 2015 | (12:59)

Emily Young is regarded as Britain's greatest living stone sculptor. Not for her the pristine slabs of Carrara marble. She revels in those ragged off-cuts that lay at the back of old stone quarries near her home in Tuscany, sometimes wearing, as she puts it, dark overcoats of disguise.

Then...

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Unfinished...Works From the Courtauld Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted 18 June 2015 | (14:29)

When I first heard that the Courtauld's Summer Showcase was going to comprise unfinished works from its collection, I wondered if this might be, like its subjects, a half-baked idea.

Not so. It becomes clear that not only is "unfinished" a concept often open to interpretation, but accompanying the paintings'...

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Two Truths - Griffin Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted 28 May 2015 | (14:20)

Two Truths refers to the Buddhist doctrine that differentiates between two levels of truth: relative and absolute. The exhibition at The Griffin Gallery in west London is less a philosophical exploration of how six different artists view their versions of the truth in the way they relate to and interpret...

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Speaking Power to Truth - John Keane

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2015 | (15:45)

John Keane may have only been an official war artist for a matter of days when he was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to record images from the Gulf War of August 1990. Yet, war, conflict and power have remained constant fascinations and resultant themes of his paintings ever...

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World War Civil War Portraits - Sara Shamma

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2015 | (13:25)

Sara Shamma is an internationally acclaimed portrait painter. Among her many awards are the BP Portrait Award 2004 and the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize South Australia 2008. She exhibited at the Florence Biennale in 2013.

Shamma hails from Syria, and the seemingly interminable slaughter taking place in her homeland...

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Catlin Art Prize 2015

(0) Comments | Posted 10 May 2015 | (13:55)

It's Catlin Art Prize time again - the annual exhibition of the shortlisted candidates from the Art Catlin Guide featuring the most exciting new art graduates in the UK. Eight finalists this year have been given space at the Londonewcastle Project Space in London in which to develop themes explored...

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