Tag: Art

Art, What's On

RA Summer Exhibition

The annual RA Summer exhibition kicks off at Burlington House next week with a whole host of new and established talent from the art world. Bridgeman Copyright Artist and Keeper of the Royal Academy, Eileen Cooper along with Bill Jacklin, are in charge of coordinating the largest open submission exhibition in the […]

Art, What's On

Larry Smart – RETRO–Spective

Larry Smart – RETRO–Spective is the first ever solo exhibition by iconic 60’s pop artist Larry Smart. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, this exhibition of original paintings and prints is the first time that the artist’s work has been brought together under one roof – […]

Art, Culture, History

Et tu, Brute?

Feeling stabbed in the back by politics? Villain or revolutionary, some of history’s most colourful characters had two faces. Often appearing next to the most powerful players of all time, traitors and acts of treason can alter the course of history for good or ill. Marcus Junius Brutus (85-42 B.C.) and Nelson […]

Art, Culture, History

The Evolution of the Bicycle

According to some historians it is almost 200 years since the first documented bike ride by Karl von Drais in 1817 and the city of Mannheim in Germany is planning to celebrate this bicentenary with a major exhibition. The answer to the question of who invented the first bicycle often depends upon the nationality of who […]

Art, Culture, History

Hogarth: A Rake’s Progress

Sex, Booze and Debauchery in 18th-Century London William Hogarth (1697-1764) grew up in the less than salubrious streets around Smithfield meat market in London.  The British artist knew the underbelly of the metropolis from an early age and created a series of paintings satirising contemporary customs. A Rake’s Progress (1733) tells the story […]