Art in Print

Artists join #LondonIsOpen campaign to promote the capital as an open and tolerant city

10 Artists are taking the #LondonIsOpen Campaign to the London underground. The campaign which promotes the capital as an open and tolerant city has asked world leading artist including David Shrigley to contribute works to communicate the simple but vital message.


Mayor of London Sadiq Khan was joined by Shrigley and new deputy mayor for culture, Justine Simons, at Southwark Tube station to unveil the latest initiative in the campaign 


Mr Khan said: “Art is a powerful way to say London is open — open for business, open to ideas, and open to the people from across the world who have chosen to live and work here. London’s world-renowned arts and cultural activity is testament to the success of London as an international city.”


Via the Evening Standard

Zurbarán masterpieces to leave UK for US for the first time

Thirteen paintings by Spaninsh master  Francisco de Zurbarán are travelling to the US for the first time. The paintings of Jacob and his 12 sons will be the subject of technical analysis for about a year at Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas before being displayed  at the Meadows Museum in Dallas, followed by the Frick Collection in New York.


The works were pained between 1640 and 1644 and were originally meant to make to the New World as Ctholic propaganda for the indigenous peoples scuha s the Aztecs. The paintings never made it for unknown reasons but one story claims English pirates captured them. They found themselves in owner ship by  the prince-bishop of Durham Richard Trevor who bought them at auction.


Chris Ferguson, Auckland Castle’s curatorial director. said  “It is quite emotional to see them going, but it is exciting too. We become a building site for 18 months from September and we had this fantastic opportunity to send the paintings to the US, so off they go.” 


Via the Guardian


Rare Rodin sketch revealed as a fake by art detectives

A rare sketch believed to have been the work of Auguste Rodin, the French artist, has been revealed as a fake. 


the watercolour that was inherited by Alice Thoday from her mother believed it was one of a series of works that Rodin drew of a Cambodian dance troupe who visited France in 1906. The drawing was investigated by Fake or Fortune on BBC One and was found to be produced by a notorious forger who claimed he was Rodin’s last pupil.


Christine Buley, who uncovered several fake Rodin works in a collection at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris said the artwork showed more distinctive hallmarks of Ernst Durig, a forger.


Via the Times