Exhibition | Artists at Work

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on May 22, 2018

Carlo Labruzzi, The Colosseum seen from the Palatine Hill, Rome, graphite, pen and brown and grey ink, watercolour

◊  ◊  ◊  ◊  ◊

Now on view at The Courtauld:

Artists at Work
The Courtauld Gallery, London, 3 May — 15 July 2018

Curated by Deanna Petherbridge with Anita Viola Sganzerla

With drawings ranging from Tiepolo and Ingres to Schiele and Lovis Corinth, this exhibition explores the rich subject of the artist at work, illustrating the variety of ways in which artists have represented themselves and others making art through a selection of drawings from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, drawn primarily from the Katrin Bellinger Collection. Whether in their studios or art academies, out and about sketching a landscape or recording their own likeness in a mirror, artists have long taken pleasure in representing themselves at work. When immersed in the act of drawing or painting, artists are often shown with their backs turned to the spectator. We, therefore, are invited to look over their shoulders and share in the moment of creation.

Depictions of the artist in the studio are expressions of creative concentration and introspection and, like self-portraits, offer a chance to reflect on artistic practice and identity. The care consistently taken in recording the studio apparatus of easels and palettes, or assistants grinding pigments, indicates their significance for practitioners. Yet, the studio, as well as being the everyday workshop of dirty brushes and sculptural debris, is also the realm of allegory and myth where artists create or dream.

Deanna Petherbridge and Anita Viola Sganzerla, edited by Ketty Gottardo and Rachel Sloan, Artists at Work (London: Paul Holberton, 2018), 64 pages, ISBN: 978-1911300441, £17.

Additional information is available from Anita Sganzerla’s blog posting for the Tavolozza Foundation.

New Book | Windsor Castle: A Thousand Years of a Royal Palace

Posted in books by Editor on May 22, 2018

I’m a few days late with this, and I realize some of you may be Windsored out by this point. But for anyone inspired by Saturday’s events, the late eighteenth century was a significant period for the Castle, and the alterations by George IV are, of course, even more important. CH

Published by the Royal Collection Trust and distributed by The University of Chicago Press:

Steven Brindle, with contributions by Eleanor Hoare, Brian Kerr, Charlotte Manley, Jonathan Marsden, Claire Rider, Jane Roberts, Nigel Saul, Tim Tatton-Brown, Simon Thurley, and Michael Turner, Windsor Castle: A Thousand Years of a Royal Palace (London: Royal Collection Trust, 2018), 560 pages, ISBN: 978-1909741249, £95.

As England’s largest castle and premier royal residence, Windsor Castle is of outstanding importance: historically, architecturally, artistically and in the life of the nation. This authoritative history, the first to be published in 100 years, will draw upon new research and primary sources to present a general account of Windsor Castle and its immediate environs from around AD 700 to the present day, setting this iconic building against the background of wider social, political and cultural events in the life of the monarchy and the nation.

The book is richly illustrated with historical drawings, watercolours and photographs from the Royal Collection and elsewhere, and includes newly commissioned photography and 3D reconstructions of the Castle at key points in its development, showing how this historic site has changed and evolved over 13 centuries.

Steven Brindle is an architectural historian with English Heritage. He has been involved in the investigation of the architectural history of Windsor Castle since the beginning of the restoration programme following the disastrous fire of 1992.

%d bloggers like this: