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You could own Hockney’s The Splash (if you have a spare £30 million)

Sotheby’s is to auction David Hockney’s The Splash in London this February, at an estimate of £20-30 million – over six times the price is achieved when the work last sold at auction for £2.9 million in 2006. Painted in 1966, the piece is Hockney’s best known and loved work, and arguably one of the mos...

Through playful illustration, Seed Magazeen brings kids closer to nature

The activities have been designed to not need many materials and are able to be done without spending much money, ensuring that the magazine remains accessible to everyone. “Ultimately, we want Seed to be available for children across the UK – free in schools and libraries – no matter their econ...

The Oscars 2020 shortlist shows 2D animation is making a comeback

The Oscars 2020 shortlist has been announced, and while headlines swarm with world famous Hollywood stars, in the animation categories there is group of creatives leading their field, and slowly shifting a genre away from CGI.The Animated Feature Film category is noticeably devoid of huge hitt...

Studio Ghibli creates animated advert for Japanese high street staple, Lawson

Studio Ghibli fans might have to wait a while for its two new films, promised by the Japanese animation house in its New Year’s message (one of which will be directed by Hayao Miyazaki himself), but fear not – there is this ridiculously charming new advert from the studio to enjoy in the meanti...

Drunks, races and whippets: the very British scenes of Lydia Blakeley

“Painting is a slow medium, and for me it’s all trial and error; it’s not always easy but I enjoy the struggle,” says British artist Lydia Blakeley. Drawn in by its reflective process and means of distilling a moment in time, Lydia paints with utmost contemplation. Having achieved an MFA in ...

Caroline Dowsett’s work is inspired by the colours seen in everyday life

It’s safe to say that colour is integral to Caroline Dowsett’s striking shape-based work, the ideas for which can be found in a variety of environments. “I’m always being surprisingly inspired,” she tells It’s Nice That. “I’ll go into a shop and see a bunch of different coloured socks misplaced ...
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National Gallery Photo 2018-06-08 13:15

In Turner's beautifully epic portrayal of Homer's Odyssey, we see Ulysses standing aloft on his ship deriding the Cyclops, whom he and his companions have just left blinded, and invoking the vengeance of Neptune. One of the flags is painted with the scene of the Trojan Horse. The horses of the Sun are rising above the horizon ('Odyssey', Book 9). Opening on Monday, visit 'Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire' and see Turner's influence on this American artist: http://bit.ly/2JsMlxa

Tate Photo 2018-06-07 18:20

This Volunteers' Week we are celebrating the extraordinary contribution of over 500 volunteers at Tate who give their time, passion & expertise to visitors from all over the globe, across our four galleries. 'I didn’t know anything about contemporary art until I started volunteering at Tate in 2016. I’ve learnt a lot! I love passing on this knowledge to visitors. It keeps my brain active! My favourite room in Tate Britain is the 1840s room and my favourite painting is The Lady of Shalott. I like all the Pre-Raphaelites in Tate Britain. This is my favourite room and my favourite place to be.’ - Steve Daszko, volunteer visitor host with John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott 1888 https://goo.gl/RvZ97V

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Photo 2018-06-07 15:58

On view tomorrow, June 8—"Giacometti” fills the ramps of our rotunda, featuring nearly 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings by the preeminent artist Alberto Giacometti, whose intensive focus on the human condition continues to provoke and inspire new generations. A collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti), this comprehensive exhibition examines anew the artist’s practice and his unmistakable vocabulary. Learn more: https://gu.gg/2xPE44R … Photo: David Heald

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-06-07 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - A Ranger 1911A1? The Robert E. Petersen Gallery holds many unusual handguns and this Colt 1911A1 is right in there swinging. While some might be captivated by the fine set of stag grips on this GOTD, the oddly truncated trigger guard sets this pistol apart. There are a number of similar handguns in existence that were modified by Texas Ranger Captain Manuel T. Gonzaullas, who spent considerable time in later life in Hollywood, not far from where Robert E. Petersen lived. Is this one of that Ranger's handguns? We just don't know. Caliber: .45 ACP Production Date: 1943 #NRAmuseums #GunOfTheDay #guns #history

National Gallery Photo 2018-06-07 12:43

Gauguin was born #OnThisDay in 1848. 'Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window' by Gauguin is a tribute to a Cézanne painting Gauguin had acquired around 10 years earlier, 'Still Life with Compotier, Glass and Apples'. It repeats many of the elements of this painting, such as the fruit, pottery, rumpled tablecloth and the knife at the lower right. On a wider level it is also indicative of Gauguin moving away from Impressionism to a more structurally rigorous art exemplified by Cézanne's work. View this homage to still life in Room 43: http://bit.ly/2GQArzJ