(Updated on 21/03/2014)



  • What Iran's dazzling art tells us about its civilisation - with pictures - 23 March 2018
    "A landmark exhibition celebrates the often misunderstood art of Iran’s Qajar dynasty. It can tell us a lot about the country’s fascinating culture, writes Joobin Bekhrad."


    In contrast to the period’s dark history,
    the art of the courts was sumptuous and original.

  • Why the lion is art's most powerful symbol - 01 December 2017
    "Images of the fierce animal are so commonplace in art as to be overlooked. Alastair Sooke explores the meaning of this enduring icon."


    The four huge lions in London’s Trafalgar Square were designed
    by Edwin Landseer and installed in 1867.

    Lions are often painted in dramatic scenarios,
    such as in Delacroix’s The Lion and the Snake, 1856



The Dance of Life (1925)


  • A brief history of protest art from the 1940s until now - in pictures - 6 September 2017
    "The role of art in confronting important political and social issues is brought to the forefront at a new exhibition at the Whitney in New York.
    An Incomplete History of Protest examines who artists have become activists in order to help create a batter future."





  • The artists who fought facism - 6 February 2017
    "Opening during the Spanish Civil War, the 1937 Paris Exhibition allowed artists to speak out against brutality.
    Fiona Macdonald looks at a moment when paintings became propaganda."


    Inspired by the bombing of the Basque city, Picasso’s mural Guernica
    is one of the most famous anti-war paintings in history.

  • The man who sold his back to an art dealer - 1 February 2017
    "Tim Steiner has an elaborate tattoo on his back that was designed by a famous artist and sold to a German art collector.
    When Steiner dies his skin will be framed - until then he spends his life sitting in galleries with his shirt off."



  • Why Caravaggio was as shocking as his paintings - 11 October 2016
    "Caravaggio’s revolutionary style influenced everyone from modern photographers to Scorsese – but his life was just as provocative as his paintings, writes Alastair Sooke."

  • David Hockney on what turns a picture into a masterpiece - Article + Pictures + Video - 26 September 2016
    "Rembrandt’s perfect drawing, Caravaggio’s invention of Hollywood lighting, Monet capturing a moment in time.
    David Hockney and critic Martin Gayford discuss the craft behind the greatest art."








  • Satirical Illustrations by Pawel Kuczynski
    "Polish illustrator Pawel Kuczynski cleverly uses satire to portray today’s social, political and cultural reality.
    At first sight, his illustrations might seem funny, but when you look closer, they actually show some serious problems of today’s world."




  • Pre-Raphaelites on Paper: Victorian Drawings from the Lanigan Collection - 8 February 2016
    "More than 100 drawings and sketches brought together over a 30-year period by Canadian Dr Dennis T Lanigan are on show in the UK for the first time.
    The collection comprises works by around 60 of the most prominent artists of the Pre-Raphaelite period, with many of the pictures portraying their wives and girlfriends.
    Here we explore the story behind a selection of the pictures on show. "


  • Inside the studio of Joan Miró - 20 January 2016
    "As a reproduction of Joan Miró’s studio goes on show in London, his grandson gives Alastair Sooke a tour of the real thing."




  • France in the year 2000
    "France in the Year 2000 (XXI century) – a series of futuristic pictures by Jean-Marc Côté and other artists issued in France in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910."



  • PROTEST ART in 1950s JAPAN
    "Nakamura Hiroshi (1932– ) was trained as a reportage painter by the Japan Art Alliance, a postwar art group that advocated politically-themed realist painting..."



The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - Natalya St. Clair
"Physicist Werner Heisenberg said, “When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: why relativity? And why turbulence?
I really believe he will have an answer for the first.” As difficult as turbulence is to understand mathematically, we can use art to depict the way it looks.
Natalya St. Clair illustrates how Van Gogh captured this deep mystery of movement, fluid and light in his work."

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    "An in-depth look at Jacob Lawrence's landmark 1941 painting series about the mass movement of African Americans
    from the rural South to the urban North...
    Explore the social and cultural nuances of each of the sixty panels in Lawrence’s series here."


    + VIDEOS


  • 100+ Famous Artists and Their Studios - with PHOTOS
    "All these photos are intentionally mixed up – you will find very famous and a bit less popular painters, sculptors, architects and even their Muses. Some of them are contemporary, but you will also find genius Great Masters."



  • Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m - 7 February 2015
    "A painting of two Tahitian girls by the French artist Paul Gauguin has been sold for $300m (£197m), making it the most expensive work of art ever sold."

    + Some of the most expensive paintings


  • Take a Guided Tour
    "We've asked leading figures in entertainment and the arts to create slideshow guides,
    to some of their personal highlights from the nation's collection.


  • Paintings That Will Make You Question Everything Wrong in This World

  • Artsy
    "Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. We are an online platform for discovering, learning about, and collecting art. Our growing collection comprises 175,000+ artworks by 25,000+ artists from leading art fairs, galleries, museums, and art institutions. Artsy provides one of the largest collections of contemporary art available online."

    + Artsy Education: "Artsy’s unique variety of tools make it an ideal educational resource for educators and students..."
  • Picasso painting fetches $31 million in NY auction (AFP) - 7 May 2014
    "Pablo Picasso's 1932 oil painting "Le Sauvetage" sold at auction for more than $31 million after a bidding war at Sotheby's in New York which saw it surge past its estimated pre-sale price."







  • Saying farewell - "Famous faces in arts and entertainment who died in 2012." - Photos (BBC)


  • What is brandalism ?
    1. "The creeping corporatisation of schools, libraries and other public buildings, which are gradually being daubed with company logos and slogans.
    Coined by graffiti artist Banksy, and expounded on in his book "Wall and Piece"
    2. When luxury brands become debased, by their vulgar consumers.
    3. Counterculture and often illegal activities to promote a brand such as the act of placing unwanted advertisements and brand logos on property without proper permission."
    + Examples

    Brandalism: Street artists hijack billboards for 'subvertising campaign'

    "Street artists are targeting advertising billboards in a new movement nicknamed 'brandalism'."

    Click here to see the ‘subvertising campaign’ in pictures

    Vandalism Versus Brandalism: the Rights to Public Space

    Billboard by Robert Montgomery

    Brandalism artworks
    - a slideshow
    "The Brandalism project saw 25 artists from 8 countries coming together for the biggest subvertising campaign in UK history.  
    Over five days a team of guerilla installers travelled to Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol and London and put up artworks that seeks to confront the ad industry and take back our visual landscapes..."