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2:33pm Thursday 21st November 2013
10:38am Friday 15th November 2013
10:33am Friday 15th November 2013
5:30pm Friday 25th October 2013
4:00pm Thursday 17th October 2013
This autumn sees a characterist-ically exciting programme of exhibitions at the Brian Sinfield Gallery in Burford. “We were looking for a strong line-up of quality painters, making sure we had a good mix of work,” Brian Sinfield said. “It’s a very diverse mix, each artist very different to the others.”
4:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013
Some things have to be seen to be believed. Photos give some idea, and videos even more, such as the clips on Waddesdon Manor’s website, but nothing can match going there and seeing for yourself this extraordinary exhibition of elaborately folded linen napkins and table centrepieces by Catalan artist Joan Sallas. Location is all. The Rothschilds’ grand reception rooms provide the perfect setting for an exhibition celebrating the historical art of linen folding. A collaboration with the Holburne Museum in Bath where some larger pieces were displayed earlier this year, this is the first time Sallas has exhibited his work in the UK.
4:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013
Now in its 13th year, the Oxford Ceramics Fair was started by the Craft Potters’ Association, the professional body that represents studio potters. Studio pottery is pottery made by craftspeople working alone or in small groups to make unique items or short runs. It includes both functional wares and sculptural pieces. The Ashmolean is collaborating with the fair to hold an Overture Event on Saturday, October 20. This will be at the Ashmolean and introduced by Timothy Wilson, Keeper of Western Art, who has responsibility for the museum’s contemporary ceramic collection. Tanya Harrod will give a talk based on her award-winning book The Last Sane Man. The book is an elegant exploration of the life, work and philosophy of Michael Cardew, a main architect of modern studio pottery.
5:30pm Thursday 19th September 2013
The Oxford Art Society (OAS) was founded in 1891 and its past alumni include Edward Burne-Jones, Stanley Spencer and John Piper. This is its 122nd year and this year’s show continues the society’s long and august tradition.
5:36pm Thursday 19th September 2013
Victoria Rees is showing her powerful collection of drawings, paintings and large-scale studio pieces to coincide with the Britten in Oxford festival and tomorrow’s performance by the South Bank Sinfonia of The Young Britten.
12:00am Thursday 12th September 2013
Bicester-based Janine Kilroe cites as her source of inspiration the British Isles. Over 30 years she has been exploring Britain’s landscapes, our magnificent coastline and the impact that each changing season and the movement of wind and water have on both.
12:00am Thursday 12th September 2013
This summer the newly created Bath Spa Porthleven Prize awarded five students a residency at the Porthleven Art Studio, South Cornwall. The students worked collaboratively to produce a body of work in a range of media, which culminated in this touring exhibition. The work draws inspiration from the environment – both built and natural – local people and Celtic folklore.
12:00am Thursday 5th September 2013
It may seem odd to pair these two,” said Richard Calvocoressi, Director of The Henry Moore Foundation, referring to the forthcoming autumn exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum that brings together works by Francis Bacon and Henry Moore. “Moore is all about structure, endurance, stability, and Bacon quite the contrary: dissolution, flux, the dissolving of flesh.”
12:00am Thursday 29th August 2013
12:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013
In the late 19th century, the Pitt Rivers acquired a group of Native American ceremonial shirts from a senior official of the Hudson Bay Company, who had collected them from the Blackfoot tribes when visiting the company’s fur trading stations in the 1840s.
12:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013
A man, perhaps a mystic, his face concealed behind a golden starburst, stands before us, gold necklaces about his chalk-whitened neck; people in white robes stand holding staves as though guarding something sacrosanct; the same duo reappears, now a trio with a man sitting cross-legged on the floor waving a palm frond slowly to and fro; behind them the pure white wall and alcove suggest some temple-like space.
12:00am Thursday 8th August 2013
Magic, legends, magical beings and magical beasts have over the centuries inspired a wonderfully rich vein of imaginative writing. This exhibition, drawn from the fabulous Ashmolean and Bodleian collections, has been skilfully and eruditely curated to create an enchanted and enchanting experience. The fact that it is low-lit (to preserve the manuscripts) adds to this. Each part of the exhibition explores and explains a particular aspect of magic and its interpretation through words and pictures.
9:50am Thursday 1st August 2013
Oxford resident Dr Steven Parissien is director of the glorious Compton Verney. Opening its latest exhibition Turner and Constable: Sketching from Nature, he said: “The landscape oil sketch first appeared in British art in the 1770s, flourished during the first two decades of the 19th century pioneered by JMW Turner and John Constable and then effectively disappeared…”
12:00am Thursday 25th July 2013
When I first visited the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition years ago, I didn’t really know what to expect, except that it was a historical art event (now in its 245th year) that was part of the London summer calendar. Over time I became used to the format, knew to expect hundreds of artworks of all styles and media, including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and architectural models, by artists I had heard of, and many more I had not.
12:00am Thursday 18th July 2013
Africa looks to be having its day. In the art world, that is, and not before time you might say. What with Angola winning the prize for the best national pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, and Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui’s gigantic shimmering installation hanging in all its glory outside the Royal Academy, perhaps it’s not by coincidence that the first work you see at Tate Modern in the concourse outside a major retrospective of Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi has the title The Inevitable.
12:00am Thursday 11th July 2013
Next week, this wonderful festival of fine art and crafts returns to Waterperry. Now in its 36th year, the festival runs for four days, and last year attracted a 25,000-strong crowd. Visitors are given the opportunity to observe the creative process first-hand as 150 artists and craftspeople demonstrate their skills. A vast array of techniques and mediums are demonstrated, including: calligraphy, ceramics, glass, illustration, metalwork, jewellery, painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and woodwork. Sarah Morpeth will be demonstrating the intricate art of cut paperwork. Her starting point for each piece is a phrase or text that has inspired her which she then combines with images and motifs inspired by the wildlife and countryside that surround her Northumberland studio. For example in a work entitled A Violet, the phrase ‘A violet by a mossy stone half-hidden from the eye’ is cut our and beautifully integrated into the delicate tracery of leaves, butterflies, bees and flowers, pictured.
12:00am Thursday 4th July 2013
The State of the Art Gallery (SOTA) and Oxfordshire photographer David Willoughby have teamed up to provide Witney people, both adults and children, with a unique opportunity this Saturday to take part in creating a portrait of Witney and so become part of a unique collage of photographs of local people.
12:00am Thursday 27th June 2013
A Stradivarius knows no boundaries, said Tasmin Little OBE at the opening of the Ashmolean Museum’s exhibition celebrating the life and work of Antonio Stradivari (1644 to 1737) — or Stradivarius as he is more commonly known. The classical violinist had been asked what makes a Stradivarius violin so special. “A seamless flow, strength of tone, a subtlety and purity of sound. It’s just a joy,” she replied, demonstrating the violin’s qualities. Canadian violinist James Ehnes, who played at the Ashmolean’s gala concert in its opening week might say the same. Writing in the exhibition catalogue Mr Ehnes said like most violinists he was enthralled from his earliest years: “The name Stradivarius had an air of magic to me. A Stradivarius was more than just a musical instrument; it was a symbol of achievement, of success, of greatness,” he said.
10:53am Friday 14th June 2013
Sacred Stitches: Ecclesiastical Textiles in the Rothschild Collection & Cantus Arcticus: Waddesdon Manor
12:00am Thursday 13th June 2013
Inspiration comes in many ways. For Wiltshire-based artist Bruce Munro it came when driving home from Waddesdon Manor late last year idly listening to the radio. Switching to Radio 3 he heard “a wonderful piece of music” he had never heard before. “I day-dreamed all the way home,” he said. “As soon as I got in I phoned them saying, I know exactly what I am going to do.” The music was Cantus Arcticus by Finnish composer Einohujani Rautavaara (b.1928). Munro’s visit to the Renaissance- style chateau near Aylesbury was for the commission of a new light installation for the Coach House as part of the Manor’s 2013 contemporary art programme.
12:00am Thursday 30th May 2013
It’s “the greatest Old Master drawing in the world” — and we have it here in Oxford. The curators of the sublime Master Drawings exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum where this peerless Raphael is one the stars agreed, “It’s as simple as that. They don’t come better.”
10:59am Thursday 23rd May 2013
Contemporary artist Stephen Willats’ connection with Modern Art Oxford (MAO) began in 1967 and this, his fourth MAO exhibition externalises the idea of networks of people. Stephen says his fundamental aims involve exploring relationships between people and his idea that connections are fundamental to civilisation.
12:00am Thursday 23rd May 2013
4:37pm Thursday 16th May 2013
The phenomenal three weeks that comprise Oxfordshire’s Artweeks finishes with a final triumphant flourish of creativity in North Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds. Here as everywhere else in the county there is a huge range of work on show, all created by committed artists: some professional, some talented amateurs, and others, college or school students and community groups who are showing what they can do.
12:00am Thursday 2nd May 2013
As it enters its fourth decade this year Artweeks is even bigger and busier than ever. With more than 500 exhibitions and 1,000 artists and craftspeople taking part, this is both an event that one could not miss and indeed one should not miss. And it is an event that The Oxford Times is proud to sponsor.
12:00am Thursday 25th April 2013
It’s a huge accolade to be invited to exhibit at COLLECT in London’s Saatchi Gallery, but Dylan Bowen’s name has long been on the rise. The Oxford ceramicist, who is the first to admit that he floundered under the glare of his own father’s fame, has finally emerged from Clive Bowen’s shadow to make a name for himself with his large sculptural pieces, a lifetime away from the functional domesticware he grew up with.
10:50am Thursday 18th April 2013
2:40pm Thursday 11th April 2013
Bellini, Botticelli, Titian… 500 years of Italian Art runs the title of Compton Verney’s first exhibition this year. “All you ever wanted to know about Italian art and were afraid to ask,” quips Steven Parissien, the Warwickshire gallery’s director — and he’s not far off the mark for this is a well thought-out exhibition of more than 40 paintings from the Glasgow Museums’ collection of Italian paintings that guides the visitor through the changes in Italian art from roughly 1400 to 1900, offering just enough detail to interest, entertain and inform.
11:40am Thursday 4th April 2013
12:00am Thursday 4th April 2013
11:24am Thursday 21st March 2013
12:37pm Wednesday 6th March 2013
Visit The Ashmolean and see the museum’s first major exhibition of contemporary art. Contemporary too is the smartphone technology available to enhance your experience of this outstanding exhibition. Some readers may be surprised that a Chinese artist, Xu Bing, has been chosen for this landmark event. Director Christopher Brown says that “The Ashmolean has possibly the best collection of post-war Chinese art outside of mainland China” acquired with the help of the Sullivan Fund.
1:30pm Wednesday 20th February 2013
‘The year 2012 was a very busy and exciting one for the Ashmolean,” said the museum’s director, Professor Christopher Brown. The museum had almost 90,000visitors, half of them schoolchildren on school visits – and to put those figures into perspective, Oxford city itself has just under 165,000 inhabitants. Oxford’s university museum, the oldest public museum in the UK, has become a magnet for visitors, as much for its temporary exhibitions, latterly the hugely popular Edward Lear and Japanese Meiji textiles, as for the breadth and depth of its permanent collections. Add in headline-making acquisitions such as Manet’s portrait of Fanny Claus saved from export last year by a £7.83m appeal, including a “remarkable” public response — and it is clear the Ashmolean has made for itself a hard act to follow.
1:22pm Wednesday 20th February 2013
With the ability to penetrate imaginations, renowned Albanian artist Agim Sulaj employs a visual narrative that transcends language. He has spent more than 20 years acquiring endless prizes and awards across the length and breadth of the globe from the traditional yearly competition of satire and humor organised by Albanian magazine Hosteni — Satire and Humor, to a prize awarded at the first European Union International Biennale held at the European Cartoon Centre in Belgium.
2:37pm Wednesday 13th February 2013
1:46pm Wednesday 6th February 2013
FOUR STARS The Bury Knowle Art Group was founded in 1948, and each year it holds a winter exhibition. In 2013 this is at Wolfson College where the panoramic views across the River Cherwell and the water meadows provide a splendid context for the work on show.
1:43pm Wednesday 6th February 2013
Peter Blake’s forename is strikingly well-suited to him; he is the Peter Pan of British art, the boy who never grew up. And what a good thing it is for us that he didn’t. Blake’s works fizz with a shy, childlike adoration of the things people actually like looking at — Mickey Mouse, Marilyn Monroe, California, Venice — all observed by Blake with a sympathetic yet scientific gaze. In his current exhibition Peter Blake: A Celebration at Henley-on-Thames’s Bohun Gallery, a celebration of the gallery’s 40th birthday, a selection of the artist’s silkscreen prints spanning the period from 1991 to the present is on display. Surely one of the greatest living printmakers, the works carry with them the rhythm of an unorthodox, idiosyncratic logic that makes all of Blake’s creations so beguiling.
2:55pm Wednesday 30th January 2013
What an apt title! Lights, Camera, Action! Blenheim’s special exhibition starts on February 9 when the palace reopens as the star of TV and film. The palace has become part of cinematic history as a jewel location for many films and TV dramas. One of the aims of this exhibition is to point visitors to the scene locations. Some are easy to recognise and others more surprising. For some scenes in The Young Victoria (2008), Blenheim doubled for Buckingham Palace while, in the same film, it became the Laeken Palace where King Leopold holds conversations with Prince Albert about the young Victoria played by Emily Blunt. Rupert Friend, who played Victoria’s husband Prince Albert, is now famous across the Atlantic for his role in series two of Homeland. Comments by him and some of the costumes from The Young Victoria are on display in the Long Library.
2:50pm Wednesday 16th January 2013
Landscape painting is so popular a subject for art these days we forget it was not always so. History painting used to be number one in the hierarchy of art, painted in the grand manner awash with rhetoric and high ideals. Portraiture came next, making good money for the artist in the 18th century, the greatest age for the genre in Britain. Then came landscape, of much lower status, at least until the later 18th century.
12:00am Thursday 10th January 2013
Romance is in the air: romance with a capital R, with religion, poetry, and medievalism thrown in. Tate Britain’s enormous show, which ends very soon, on January 13, has 180 works on view from the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, the group of young artists who rebelled against the art establishment in Victorian London. Over-familiarity is one of the group’s bugbears nowadays; being held as painters of pretty pictures another. This is why seeing their works in a new context is good — and not just paintings, but sculpture, photography and applied arts as well — and even if, for some, the show’s premise that it shows the Pre-Raphaelites as proto-modernists may be hard to take. Tate shows the group, formed in 1848, as radical, as Britain’s first modern art movement, in an era of political and social discontent. For example, their painting en plein air more than a decade before the Impressionists, and works are juxtaposed to show the Pre-Raphaelite’s influence on the developing Arts and Crafts movement.
2:02pm Wednesday 9th January 2013
The new year provides an ideal opportunity to focus on those permanent art collections housed in Oxfordshire one might normally overlook. For instance, did you know there is a growing collection of exciting contemporary art at the John Radcliffe and Churchill hospitals?
9:58am Thursday 20th December 2012
Coincidentally, the 2012 Waddesdon Christmas theme is all things British, fitting for a year which included the Jubilee and the Olympics. But next year is Vienna, which is why the Waddesdon team will be jetting over to Austria in the New Year to gather information and inspiration and star planning 2013’s Christmas display.
9:51am Thursday 20th December 2012
oanna Harrison is surveying the chaos of her London studio when we speak, surrounded by the 200,000 drawings used to make the new version of The Snowman. As art director and co-writer, she took on the enormous responsibility of creating the next instalment of the beloved Christmas film that so captured our hearts 30 years ago, and has been shown on TV every Christmas since.