Phaidon has set the standard once again with this new art book, Art =, published in conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Art = covers 6000 years of art history and over 800 artworks, which are categorised by thematic keywords as well as exploring how artists have influenced each other throughout the centuries. Don't forget LAS subscribers get a 30% discount on Phaidon books...
British opera singer, Peter Brathwaite, was, like many, left with time on his hands when his performances were cancelled due to the national lockdown - luckily for us, he discovered the Getty Museum challenge which saw people recreate famous art images with objects found in the home. The result has been a fantastic collection of self-portraits and has led to a collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, Rediscovering Black Portraiture. Follow him on Instagram for his latest works.
One of our favourite contemporary artists, Kerry James Marshall's work is challenging and empowering at the same time. We adore his paintings but you can pick up some of his work in other media, notably these patches (pictured) for a fraction of the price! Head to Artsy to see the range on offer...
"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery."
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
We have always had a soft spot for The Met in New York and can highly recommend a visit to this photography exhibition which is open until November 30th. Celebrating the rise of photography over the last century, the exhibition is packed with 100 masterpieces by big-name artists such as Cindy Sherman, Diane Arbus, Man Ray and Walker Evans. If you're lucky enough to be in New York, we urge you to go!
What could two works, made centuries apart possibly have in common? In our unique series, My Virtual Museum, two of our lecturers compare and contrast two works and ask you, the viewer to vote for your favourite - we recommend starting with "The Deposition" vs "Ashes" - then cast your vote, it's currently a close-run with "The Deposition" in the lead.
We actually have no words for this: we've won the People's Vote for Best Art Initiative in the world, 2020. These awards are, according to The New York Times, the Internet's highest honour. Firstly, there's the judge's selection, out of 13,000 applications from 70 countries, and we made it to the last 5 in our category. It really was enough to get that far. But that you, our subscribers, voted us into 1st place -- and that, for us, was the greatest compliment. Thank you all so very much, from all of us here.
The most watched film on our website this month was Impressionism from our Five Things You Need to Know series. We find it fascinating to learn what our students are watching each month - it goes to show that the appeal of Impressionism endures even in the 21st century...
I set my sights upon becoming the kind of artist who would make a contribution to art history.
What better way to brighten up your breakfast table than with these delightful egg cups from the Tate shop? Featuring Salvador Dalí and Frida Kahlo, surely an inspiring start to any day?