Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Blake Portraits

Peter Blake is known for his pop art. His portraits go into private collections where they cannot be seen by the public. Today Waddington Custot Galleries in Cork Street, London, opened Peter Blake: Portraits and People with paintings borrowed from private collections to put the record straight. Shown is Blake's Simon Sainsbury and Stewart Grimshaw (1996). The show runs till 30 January (CLICK).

Holy Cow!

Religious nutters never seem to be able to look objectively at their lunacy. Siddhartha Kararwal's Bovine Divine (2015), a life-sized polystyrene cow dangling from a helium balloon, was installed in Rajasthan state, India. Hindu activists brought the installation down and garlanded and blessed it before it was seized by police. The artist and two colleagues were briefly detained by the police, who have since apologised. The raid is viewed as a sign of growing religious intolerance in India (CLICK).

Monday, 23 November 2015

Planet Dinosaur

BBC One is repeating its groundbreaking series Planet Dinosaur, in which the monsters of millions of years ago are brought to life by brilliant computer wizardry. Shown is Carcharodontosaurus from Africa. Produced and directed by Nigel Paterson, narrated by John Hurt, executive producer Andrew Cohen, this is the BBC at its very best. Catch Planet Dinosaur on iPlayer or on TV (CLICK).

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Modern Nudes

Sotheby's S/2 London has opened The Nude in the XX and XXI century curated by independent curator and writer Jane Neal. Shown is Kees van Dongen's Femme Nue Blonde (1906) which is about as flat and lifeless as a nude can be. CLICK for details and a list of artists.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

V&A Wishing Tree

As part of its India Festival, the V&A Museum employed Delhi-based designers Sarthak and Sahil to create the divine Kalpataru: The Wishing Tree, based on the ancient Hindu festival of Diwali or Festival of Lights. You'll find it in the Grand Entrance (CLICK).

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Kangaroo Dundee

If you're getting sick of all the publicity being heaped on the death cult ISIS, publicity which will guarantee them new recruits, the BBC is repeating Kangaroo Dundee, which shows the better side of human nature. The series follows Chris "Brolga" Barns, who runs Brolga's Kangaroo Sanctuary near Alice Springs in central Australia. Seeing how he cares for orphaned baby kangaroos is amazing. In this photo he is teaching an orphaned joey how to jump into a pillow case pouch. Catch it on iPlayer (CLICK).

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Black Armband

In the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Michelangelo's David wears a black armband and his plinth is draped in the French tricolour in memory of those young people who were murdered in the Muslim atrocity in Paris on 13 November.