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November Arts Newsletter

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We had a last blast of warmth in Corfu last week for half term. I took my sketchbook and particularly enjoyed wandering around Corfu town sketching in cafes. The stunning ‘Liston’ in the left-hand image is a 19th century arcade based on Rue du Rivoli in Paris. A wonderful place to soak up Corfiot atmos. 
I still love painting the animal portraits. If you would like to commission one in time for Christmas, email me before 12th November. 

Exhibitions opening this month
Philip Guston
 at Tate Modern is a retrospective of the US painter (1913-1980) which has been postponed several times, both here and in the US, in the wake of the murder George Floyd. A Guston motif, the Klu Klux Klansman was felt to be too sensitive to show.  It is clear that Guston, as a Jewish leftist, despised everything the KKK represented and the show has opened to fantastic reviews. Guston straddles the 20th century with his painterly, sometimes abstract style. I am looking forward to seeing this. Tate Modern until 25Feb

Avery Singer: Free Fall is an exhibition about trauma particularly that surrounding the US on 9/11. Singer lived growing up close to the World Trade Centre at that time and this show looks at how she, and all around her, were affected.  The gallery has been transformed into a grey, claustrophobic office and includes portraits of some of the individuals who’s lives were wrecked by that day. The juxtaposition of horror and office aesthetic heightens the horror.  Hauser and Wirth until 22Dec

Women in Revolt! Art and Activism in the UK 1970-1990 at the Tate opens next week. Not the snappiest title but it does describe what you’re getting in this survey of over 100 female artists in a variety of media making work about all sorts of social issues: Women’s Lib, Greenham Common, Section 28, the visibility of Black and Asian women to name but a few. Girl power! Tate Britain 8Nov- 7Apr

Spies, Lies and Deception at the Imperial War Museum is a fascinating look at the world of espionage from WWI to the present day. James Bond style contraptions are exhibited like a tear-gas fountain pen and this match box containing one match adapted for writing secret messages.  There are also objects for the renowned Operation Mincemeat (now a comedy musical?!) and stories of brave individuals who risk all for their country. IMW until 14April
I still have some spots left on my sketching tour of the V&A on Weds 22nd Nov.
Email me to book a spot.

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