Sylvain Chomet’s Sale of Key Drawings at Arludik

Key drawings from The Illusionist

Follow this link to see a gallery of drawings from “The Illusionist”. (You might find that these drawings and paintings move into the tab marked “Artists” when the current exhibition is replaced. Look for the thumbnail image for “L’Illusionniste”)
The site uses Flash, so give up all hope of good navigation. :)

Here’s one of the background layouts that give the film such a strong sense of place.

Key drawings from The Illusionist

Link to Arludik.


Holy Cao!

You might remember that I posted some drawings by Jose Maria Cao almost exactly a year ago.
As you’ll see from the recent comments in that post, Julio Mauricio Neveleff, curator of the Cao exhibition and author of the catalogue, kindly offered to send me the exhibition catalogue.
I’m really happy to say it arrived yesterday, and report that the catalogue is a treasure trove of hundreds of Jose Maria Cao’s caricatures.

I’ll take a little while to present a full post on the catalogue, but for the moment, here’s the cover from the exhibition “La Argentina Sin Careta1 “.

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(Click for a really big version)

If all goes well, the exhibition will be staged later this year in Europe, in the city of Santiago de Compostela in north west Spain, which is where Cao set off on his journey to Argentina in 1886.


Footnotes for this post:____________________________________
  1. Roughly translates as “Argentina unmasked” []

Taking Liberties at The British Library

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Test your attitudes and knowledge about liberty, privacy and rights using this interactive test on the British Library’s website.
The accompanying exhibition continues until the 1st of March. Only 9 days left! Use it as an informative warm up for the Convention on Modern Liberty taking place on the 28th of February.
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(Via Jeremy Barr)

200,000 Paintings Parade For Your Pleasure

You probably know all about The Government Art Collection (GAC), that contains some 13,000 paintings and other works of art.

The majority of these British based artworks have been paid for by taxpayers. Others have been added to the collection by gift or by bequest.

A typical entry on the GAC website.  Big, isn't it!
There’s no point in clicking this image to enlarge it. That’s as big as it gets on the GAC site, which declares:

Works from the Collection are displayed in the offices and reception rooms of several hundred major British Government buildings in the United Kingdom and around the world. In London these include 10 Downing Street and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Abroad they include the official Residences and Embassy buildings in locations as diverse as Paris, Washington, Moscow, Tokyo, Beijing, Pretoria, Canberra and New Delhi.

If you should actually want to study any of the artworks, you can get an idea of the problem facing you laid out in the quote above. It highlights the tricky bit of being in the same room as the artwork which is so, so necessary for the full appreciation of paintings. And that sums up the most awkward facet of the GAC. Yes, you’ve probably paid for them, but it’s going to be devilish difficult for you to see any of the objets d’art, except for a peek at whatever leftovers are hanging around on one of the London Open House events, or the fortnightly evening visits.

It’s a shame, as noted above, that the GAC website doesn’t compensate for this lack of accessibility by at least putting up some half decent pictures on its website. Unfortunately, a very parsimonious 400 pixel maximum rule applies to the display of the pictures, and what seems to be a large part of the collection is not represented by a picture online at all. Great.
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Get ready to admire 200,000 more paintings you didn’t know you owned…

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Avril Burleigh by C.H.H Burleigh. Brighton and Hove Museums and Art Galleries
(Please click to enlarge all the remaining thumbnail images in this post)
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So it’s great news that a recently formed arts organisation is taking a series of steps to provide easier access to another artistic treasure trove, comprising a couple of hundred thousand paintings that have mostly been paid for by the public, and are held by museums, fire brigades, schools, police headquarters, hospitals, town halls and so on up and down the country.

Step forward The Public Catalogue Foundation.
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Paula Rego: The Artist In Her Studio 1993 Leeds Museums & Galleries

The foundation has started to document every single piece of art held by public bodies throughout Great Britain on a county by county basis. Each county will have a bound volume that lists its own treasures.

This massive collection bears a striking resemblance to the research and publications of Nikolaus Pevsner, except that it deals with pictures rather than buildings.

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The Volume for Cambridgeshire – The Fitzwilliam Museum

The difference with the GAC is that anyone will be able to inspect the 200,000 paintings, and the relevant county catalogue will point art lovers to where those pictures are hung.

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Click to enlarge this catalogue entry for Edward Louis Lawrenson – 1868 – 1940, who has 2 paintings hanging somewhere in East Sussex in the South of England.
You can see one of them below.
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Edward Louis Lawrenson: Moonrise on the Rape of Hastings Brighton & Hove Museums & Galleries.

If you look at the catalogue entry above, you will note a jumble of letters after the name of each artist. Those letters are abbreviations for all the counties in Britain. The British readers of this site should have no trouble decoding them.

The thumbnail images in each county’s volume are displayed in alphabetical order of artists , as in the picture below…

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Thumbnail images of art works Click this small picture to show the rest of the page, please.

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This is the statement by the Public Catalogue Foundation website:

The aim of The Public Catalogue Foundation is to improve public access to these paintings by producing a series of affordable colour catalogues on a county-by-county basis.
These will later go online allowing the public free access to the works they own.
The benefits to the collections are considerable and include free digital images, improved records, an income stream for painting conservation and education, and improved publicity.
These benefits come at no cost to the collections, many of which face severe financial constraints.

TIP: When you visit the PCF site, click on the image at top left of every page of the site to enlarge the thumbnails. They change randomly on each visit.

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Frederick Goodall: Sultan Hussan’s School in Cairo

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Mark Gertler: Still Life With Self-Portrait

This project has a little while to go before it is complete, and while each volume is good value regarding the relevant county’s pictures and their locations, it will require a deep pocket to acquire the whole set of nearly 50 counties, especially if you opt for the hardback versions.

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Philip Le Bas: Brighton Street Musicians

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Unknown: Hastings Fishermen’s Museum Presentation of Golden Winkle To Winston Churchill, 1956
You can’t help wondering what became of that Golden Winkle.

The best news is the latest. The PCF is teaming up with the BBC to host an online archive of all the images it has discovered in a new website called “Your Paintings”.

The final icing on the cake is that the PCF will now include the Government Art Collection whose dim web performance I was moaning about at the top of this post. Ah… Joy! – Mind you, you’ll have to wait until 2012 for the online collection to be completed.

Enjoy the Public Catalogue Foundation’s very comprehensive website here.
All they need to work on now is that snappy name….


The Vaguely Xmas Exhibition

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An art exhibition featuring work by 26 of London’s animation stars kicks off on Monday 17th of November (Private View) and continues until the 22nd of November. 11am – 6 pm.
Waterloo Gallery Baylis Road Waterloo London SE1 7AA – Very close to London Waterloo station.

    bullet pointBrendan Amphlett bullet point Jen Arthur bullet point Gianna Cazza bullet point Gerry Gallego bullet point Aurelie Gauthier bullet point Neville Astley bullet point Sharon Smith bullet point Sean Hayden bullet point Alan Kerswell bullet point Katerina Kremasioti bullet point Vanessa Luther-Smith bullet point Aidan McAteer bullet point Uli Meyer bullet point Christian Mizon bullet point Isabel Radage bullet point Gideon Rigal bullet point Ed Roberts bullet point Neil Ross bullet point Michael Schlingmann bullet point Ferran Sostres bullet point Minuca Sostres bullet point Lisa Vallentin bullet point Philip Vallentin bullet point Rich Wake bullet point Tim Watts bullet point Glen Whiting bullet point

How to get there.
Image courtesy of Neil Ross

Urban Chiaroscuro:- Emily Allchurch Exhibition at Frost & Reed

This amazing series of prints by Emily Allchurch turned up on Art Knowledge News recently, and I was immediately captivated by the mixture of wit and seriousness behind these large backlit prints.

They are based on Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s (1720-78) famous series, Carceri d’Invenzione (Imaginary Prisons), first published 1749-50, and give us a sharp reminder of how chillingly prophetic Piranesi’s vision was, all those years ago.

The prints will be shown at Frost and Reed, in London from the 9th of October to the 10th of November, 2007.

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Urban Chiaroscuro No.4
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Urban Chiaroscuro No.4, Detail

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Urban Chiaroscuro No.7, Paris

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Urban Chiaroscuro No.6, Paris

One more:-
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Urban Chiaroscuro No.5, Rome

And a little detail from that last one:
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Urban Chiaroscuro No.5, Rome

Emily Allchurch’s website ( Flash, Ugh)
The Gallery: Frost & Reed
Click the arrowhead to hear a word or two from the artist: