With a bevy of egregious art thefts around the world, and the upcoming film, “Monuments Men”, about WWII Nazi-looted art, we list the most infamous art heists in history, using images from the archive. The Real ‘Monuments Men’ and Nazi-Looted Art The upcoming ‘Monuments Men’ film, directed by and starring George Clooney, will premier on 7 February 2014. The plot tracks the attempts of museum…

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Tucked away in a corner of historic Balboa Park, the Timken Museum of Art is probably one of San Diego’s best-hidden gems, and one of the finest small museums in the world. Established in 1965, this year the Timken celebrates its 50 anniversary. The modern travertine, bronze and glass building was designed by the firm of Frank L. Hope and Associates. Architect John Mock (Hope’s architect in charge of contemporary design),…

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A film about the liberation of the Nazi death camps won prizes at last night’s FOCAL International’s Gala Awards Ceremony, which honour the use of footage in productions. André Singer’s documentary Night Will Fall scooped two wins from the three final nominations it received – in the categories Best Use of Footage in a History Production and in a Cinema Production.   Using remarkable archive footage…

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The difficulty with asking the question as to music’s influence on an artist is that a satisfactory answer is rarely achieved. At first the two seem at odds with one another; art has no problem ‘representing’ its subject but struggles to inject tangible emotion, while music’s conflict is the polar opposite. But the Bohun Gallery in Henley-on-Thames have taken this ‘question’ and broken it down,…

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English artist Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903 – 1975) is credited for being ‘one of the few women artists to achieve international prominence’ *. Her art is renowned for exemplifying Modernism and in particular modernist sculpture.   1. Life in St. Ives Hepworth was a famous figure in the colony of artists who resided in St. Ives and lived during the Second World War. She produced her…

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To judge any competition is an exciting opportunity that brings with it a number of questions or responsibilities you need to think of for each entry.  Broadly speaking these should be whether the entry has met the brief? Has the entry reached or surpassed certain industry standards? How high is the level of creativity or originality? And also whether the entry moves you on any…

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Show me the Monet!

Posted by Published on May 6, 2015

Six oil paintings by French impressionist Claude Monet previously held in private collections were put up to auction in Sotheby’s, New York on 5 May 2015. Five of the six Monet paintings were sold, with Nymphéas selling for $54m. The piece, part of Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” series had not been seen in public since 1945 and was estimated to cost between $30m-45m. Monet’s best selling works…

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Famous Cats from Literature

Posted by Published on May 5, 2015

While we celebrate our animals every day of the year, unfortunately National Pet Month (01 April – 04 May) has come to a close. You may have read our previous post on the 10 Reasons Why We Love Dogs, well now it’s time to celebrate our feline friends. Artists have often looked to cats for artistic inspiration. As docile creatures, they make for great sitters…

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Waterloo: Commemorating 200 Years

Posted by Published on May 5, 2015

200 years have elapsed since the Battle of Waterloo, a watershed moment in European history that simultaneously ended more than twenty years of war on the European continent and halted French attempts of domination. The 200th anniversary, in June 2015, has inspired a slew of tie-in publishing and commemorative products. There are also grand plans underway to mark the anniversary, including a 3-D film and the…

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 “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.”  The story of Alice and her extraordinary adventures in Wonderland has captivated generations since it was first published in 1865.  150 years later, Wonderland is no longer simply a children’s story but has spawned an industry with a new Disney film in the works and even more theatre productions, exhibitions and product lines…

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