Francis Bacon. Catalogue Raisonné. 5 Volumes.

Beautifully and meticulously produced, these five volumes are a magnificent work. Martin Harrison and Rebecca Daniels have laboured for many years to produce them: the result is surely a model of what a dedicated team can do if given sufficient time and resources. High quality catalogues of this type underpin the ability of scholars to study the work of a given artist seriously and in detail. The volumes are overwhelmingly scholarly and informative. Rather than seeking to contribute directly to the long-running debate about the meaning of Bacon’s work, they contribute indirectly by displaying the material which can enable objective analysis.


The Art of John Piper. David Fraser Jenkins and Hugh Fowler-Wright

Writing about the entirety of John Piper’s career presents a formidable challenge. It lasted a long time and encompassed a great variety of types of work. Describing it requires a very fine balance between detail and overview. The authors here on the whole make a good job of getting that balance right.


John Aldridge RA at The Fry Art Gallery Saffron Walden

The show at the Fry – that most wonderful of small galleries – was too small to make many substantive points in any debate as to Aldridge’s proper status. Whilst ahead of most artists of his time, he was nowhere near the top group, and as such, is likely to remain amongst the footsoldiers of 20th Century British art. An excellent little catalogue for the exhibition included a fine essay by local art historian, Peter Donovan. I would urge anyone within reach of Saffron Walden to visit and support the Fry Art Gallery.


Rina Arya. “Francis Bacon. Painting in a Godless World”

Farnham 2012 ISBN: 978-1-84822-044-7
Not all writers about Bacon have been able to write so clearly. But the interpretation of Bacon’s paintings is not a task where “success” is possible. The task facing the author of trying to analyse works created intuitively was never going to be easy. As ever with a great artist, we are left with the pictures speaking to us in whatever way we choose to hear them.


William Nicholson. Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings by Patricia Reed.

London 2011. ISBN 978 0 300 17054 2
Anyone wishing to assess 20th century English artists objectively will recognise Sir William Nicholson as one of the greats. This book fully supports that status and is itself a great book.


Stanley Spencer and the English Garden, Compton Verney/Exhibition at Kunsthal, Rotterdam

Stanley Spencer and the English Garden, edited by Steven Parissien, London, 2011. ISBN 978-1-907372 12 4. (First published in conjunction with an exhibition at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, 25 June-2 October 2011).
Exhibition of Stanley Spencer at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, 17 September 2011-15 January 2012.


The Face of Courage. Eric Kennington, Portraiture and the Second World War

Published in the British Art Journal, Volume XII No. 2, Autumn 2011


John Piper in Kent and Sussex – Exhibition at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne curated by Nathaniel Hepburn

Published in the British Art Journal, Volume XII No. 2, Autumn 2011


Evan Walters. Moments of Vision.

Published in the British Art Journal, Volume XII No. 2, Autumn 2011


Women Artists between the Wars. ‘A fair field and no favour’ by Katy Deepwell

Published in the British Art Journal, Volume XII No. 1, Summer 2011


‘John Craxton’ by Ian Collins

Published in the British Art Journal, Volume XII No. 1, Summer 2011


Henry Moore at Perry Green, edited by Sandra Pisano

Published in the British Art Journal, Volume XII No. 1, Summer 2011


Book review: LS Lowry. The Art and the Artist by TG Rosenthal

 


Review of 2009/10 Auerbach and Bacon exhibitions/books

Published in the British Art Journal, XI, 1, 2010


Exhibition Review: Sir Matthew Smith 1879-1959. A Survey of his life and work, drawn from the artist’s studio collection.

 


Book Review: John Piper. Myfanwy Piper

ublished in the British Art Journal, X, 2, Winter 2009


Welsh Art patrons: Winifred Coombe Tennant and Gwendoline and Margaret Davies

Published in the British Art Journal, X, 2, Winter 2009


Exhibition Review: Ivon Hitchens, Unseen paintings from the 30’s

Published in the British Art Journal, X, 2, Winter 2009


Book Review: Painter Pilgrim. The Art and Life of Tristram Hillier

Published in the British Art Journal, IX, 2, Autumn 2008


Graham Sutherland. Landscapes, War Scenes, Portraits 1924-1950; Bacon and Sutherland; Francis Bacon’s Studio

Published in the British Art Journal, VI, 3, Winter 2005


Book Review: Face to Face. British Self-Portraits in the Twentieth Century

Published in the British Art Journal, V, 3, Winter 2004


Exhibitions of Neglected British Century Painters: Prunella Clough and Gerald Wilde

Published in the British Art Journal, V, 2, Autumn 2004


Book reviews: William Scott by Norbert Lynton; Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century by Theo Snoddy

 


Book Review: William Gear by John McEwen

Published in the British Art Journal, V, 1, 2004


Exhibition Review: Alan Reynolds at Kettle’s Yard

Published in the British Art Journal, IV, 3, 2003


The Journals by Josef Herman, edited by Nina Herman; Ceri Richards by Mel Gooding; Kenneth Rowntree by John Milner

Published in the British Art Journal, IV, 2, Summer 2003


Exhibition Review: John Piper in the 1930s. ‘Abstraction on the Beach’.

Published in the British Art Journal, IV, 2, Summer 2003