The Renaissance master was boundlessly ambitious and intimidatingly energetic, charming, good-looking, diplomatic, and utterly opportunistic.
The studio is a place of self-mirroring, self-haunting, a space where the artist plays out the day-to-day reality of the fantasy of being an artist.
Bad Manners is thoroughly and unmistakably an endeavor of one-time art world provocateur Jake Chapman.
Perhaps Ai is untouchable. If that is the case, where were we left when judging his new art?
Bacon was obsessed by animals lifelong. Rawness. Beastliness. Fearsomeness. The way they lived. The way they died. The way they preyed upon each other.
Testament at Goldsmiths College asks: Can any monument be removed of its tarnish?
Albrecht Dürer always wanted to move on, to be somewhere else.
Braque’s paintings speak of self-containment, of a quietly impassioned, ongoing dedication to the task at hand.
Hogarth and his contemporaries agreed that human life was a stinking and dirty business once you had skimmed the froth off the top.
Sentimentality would creep into the artist’s late evocations of remembered childhood scenes, as would idealization.
Quite a bit of wildness hides beneath the artist’s cloak of scholarship and respectability.
I soon discovered that this gentle, wary, vulnerable man of 75 possessed a will of steel.