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Memories of Scotland: Painter and printmaker Lesley Birch

For accomplished abstract painter Lesley Birch, painting is never a chore: it’s a compulsion. From her studio in York — which has become something of a creative sanctuary during multiple lockdowns — she paints places from memory. Join us as we catch up with her to discuss keeping up creative momentum during times of uncertainty, and her latest works inspired by the wild West Coast of her beloved homeland, Scotland.

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Christie’s has announced that it will sell Warhol’s 1964 Shot Sage Blue Marilyn in May 2022. We explore the genesis of the pop art prince’s Marilyn series, and the iconic silkscreen which is estimated to fetch $200 million, making it the most expensive twentieth-century artwork ever to sell at auction.

Playful, colourful, and joyous to behold, mixed media artist Candida Powell-Williams’ work explores representations of overlooked historical women. With an esoteric language of symbols, signs and spiritual practices, she creates compelling performances and works of sculpture. 

Using a wide range of materials – including industrial domestic carpets, cork, oil paints, pastels, and ceramics – Bea Bonafini cuts, reshapes and sculpts beautifully-textured landscapes. To her, they’re like openings into another world.

Dee Ferris’ work pushes against the serenity of idealised travel images found in books and glossy magazines. With a keen eye for colour and narrative, her exquisite landscapes are at once peaceful and intentionally unsettled. 

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Incredibly imaginative, the titles of Hoffnung’s playful works alone – ‘Cat with Musical Whiskers’, ‘Cymbal Player with Bandaged Nose’, ‘Tubular Bell Accident’, amongst others – all bring extraordinary scenes to life.

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Ashton’s Mix is an homage to Spencer Ashton Richards, Frank Bowling’s long standing friend and New York studio manager. When Richards first set eyes on Bowling’s work in a New York gallery in 1994, he admitted being overwhelmed by what he saw.

David Price, a self-confessed aquatint aficionado, originally went to the Royal College of Art where he learned printmaking and later became a Fellow at the Royal Academy. He talks to curator Becca Pelly-Fry about his fascination with brash, colourful ‘non-art’, and the edition he’s made for our soon-to-be launched Curated Editions collection, New Mythologies.

Curated Editions: Meet curator Becca Pelly-Fry

Join us as we catch up with London-based curator Becca Pelly-Fry to discuss how the soon-to-be-launched Curated Editions collection New Mythologies is taking shape, which artists to look out for, and how to receive information about the limited edition artworks.

Scraps of fabric found at markets, toxic colours, and traffic cones – these are just some of the things that influence London-based collage artist Scarlett Bowman.

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From Audubon’s Birds of America to V&A’s Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear, there’s a fascinating selection of exhibitions to see this Spring.

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Established in 1912, the French lifestyle magazine Gazette du Bon Ton included designs by leading Art Deco artists of the day. These women, with their cloche and wide-brimmed hats, red-rouged cheeks and pearls represented the height of 1920s fashion.

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As one of the only American artists associated with both the Dada and Surrealist movements, Man Ray was a key figure in the rise of early twentieth-century avant-garde art. Join us as we take a look at his accomplished career and the events that led him to create a sculptural piece called La Poire d’Erik Satie. 

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At first glance, there is nothing unusual about this colourful paper cut-out. But, look a little closer, and you’ll notice that French Fauvist Henri Matisse has positioned the pieces to mimic the spiral of a snail’s shell. Look closer still, and you’ll spot the silhouette of a teeny-tiny purple snail sliding along the top left hand corner…

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Rarely exhibited today due to their fragility, Henri Matisse’s original cut-outs were last exhibited at Tate Modern in 2014. Nearly a decade later, to keep the spirit of these seminal works alive, we have obtained the rights to produce these widely-celebrated works as part of our Tate collection.