Manet is the blockbuster exhibition of the season in London.  Advance bookings are among the highest in the RA’s recent history, so the show will doubtless help replenish the RA’s coffers.  The RA, unusually quick to spot an opportunity, is offering ‘exclusive’ Sunday evening openings – for £30 (double the normal price) – although this includes a drink and an audio-guide.

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Berthe Morisot with a bouquet of violets 1872

Light from the Middle East

This exhibition is fascinating and contains many really exciting works and the entrance is free.

The V&A has been collecting art from the Middle East and photography since its foundation in the 1850s.  Thanks to the Art Fund, the V&A and the British Museum started building up a collection of photography from the Middle East in 2009, and this exhibition represents a selection of those photographs.

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Constable, Gainsborough, Turner: The Making of British Landscape

At the Royal Academy

8 December 2012  – 17 February 2013

Aside from its blockbuster, coffer-filling exhibitions, the RA often offers little stocking-filler exhibitions – usually small, low-budget, bijou shows, drawn from their own collection.

Now that the surprisingly successful Bronzes exhibition has finished and before they open their next big blockbuster, Manet’s Portraits (26 January – 14 April), they have a charming, if slightly academic, exhibition in the opulently gilded John Madekski Rooms and two adjacent rooms. All the works come from the RA’s own collection, though they have never been shown together and many are little known.
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John Constable The Leaping Horse

The Vintage Magazine’s International  Art Editor, Terence Rodrigues shares his experience of The Frieze Art Fair:-

Contemporary art – smoke and mirrors?

For months before, people are planning their flights, their diaries and, of course, their wardrobes.  It’s the place to be seen.  All other invitations, whether in New York, Paris, Moscow or Beijing, have to be declined. London is abuzz and never looks so lively, sexy, cool or international.  It is Frieze Week.
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String Frame


“A Shared Passion for Environmental Campaigning” brings Artist Susan Swartz and environmental leaders, Louie Psihoyos and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. together at Belgravia Gallery in London November 7th

 Paintings by  American Painter and Environmental Campaigner Susan Swartz

on view at Belgravia Gallery Oct 22 – November 24

PARK CITY, Utah August 19 – Strikingly different life experiences brought environmental campaigners Susan Swartz, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Louie Psihoyos to each other’s attention.  But having sparked a strong friendship the three are now speaking jointly to sound an alarm about the fragility of our planet and the very personal impact environmental challenges can have on us and our families.
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American Abstract Painter Susan Swartz

The next Live  Auction at Summers Place is on Tuesday October 23rd,  with a  Sealed bids Auction closing at 5pm Wednesday  October 24th

All items will be on view from  Friday 19th until the day of sale, from 10am-4pm

The October sale at Summers Place Auctions in association with Sotheby’s includes  an iconic bronze head by Dame Elisabeth Frink. It is the artist’s copy of  one of  four giant male heads each 4ft high originally commissioned in 1986  for the Montague Centre in Worthing, West Sussex .

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The Stunning New Gallery and Auction House

Royal Goodwood: 6th August – 15th October 2012


With 300 years of Royal history and to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Summer Exhibition at Goodwood House features an exciting collection of Royal heritage.

A unique collection of paintings and stories are revealed in this Summer’s Exhibition with a selection of special performance dates when actors will recreate Goodwood House as it might have been 100 years ago.

The Summer Exhibition showcases the Royal pictures in the splendid State Rooms of Goodwood House and tells the story of the Royal visits through the photographs, letters and Royal gifts associated with these glorious house parties.

‘Royal Goodwood’, an Exhibition of Goodwood’s Royal heritage to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, runs from 6th August to 15th October

‘She’s got everything she needs: she’s an artist; she don’t look back’- Bob Dylan, 1965

There is an exhibition of Monroe Hodder’s work at the Belgravia Gallery, 45 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W15 4JL from 17th September until 5th October.  Her paintings sell for between £7,000 to £18,000 and there are examples of her work in the Denver Art Gallery and one in Tom Cruise’s Private Art Collection.

There will be a private viewing of this exhibition on Thursday 20th September, so please let us know if you would like to be invited by contacting Laura Walford on 020 7495 1010.

Be seduced by Monroe Hodder’s chromatic sensations, but don’t be fooled by them.  Her career spans a number of chapters in the history of American Art.  Inspired by a vast web of experiences, her work is charged with the urban intensity and stimulation of life in London, together with the peace and solitude of a studio in Colorado. Read more…

Monroe Hodder in her studio

The Great Atlantic Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall

Tel:  01326 318 452,

Email:  michaeljay@greatatlantic.co.uk

Due to the popular demand for the works of this exceptional artist this exhibition has now been extended to the end of September.

The Robert Lenkiewicz sale continues to generate interest with almost 100 sketches, 2 signed prints and 2 oil paintings sold so far.

But there is still a wide choice available and 31 superb sketches have been added, in addition to the early figure studies and the nude collection.  So you can own a piece of history by buying a sketch or two by this remarkable 20th century artist.   Sketch prices range from £50 to £395.  The paintings have rather higher prices!

These and many more Lenkiewicz sketches will be on show at the Manchester Art Fair 27 – 30th September

Colourful, charismatic, controversial
Robert Oscar Lenkiewicz (1941 – 2002) was all of these and much more, as one of South West England’s most celebrated artists in modern times. Read more…

Robert Oscar Lenkiewicz - Bianca