Art in Print

The Medieval manuscripts that force us to think differently about art – review

In two darkened rooms of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum Medieval manuscripts are lit up, jewel-like in an exhibition featuring 150 works some on display fort he first time.


The show features  samples of the plants, metals and crystals from which pigments were derived, the development of the form is explained and  unfinished works showing how faces were left until the end, with gold leaf being applied even before the colouring of figures.


Jonathan McAloon gives it 4 stars saying,


“It’s a credit to the exhibition that a decent exposure to the real thing teaches you to spot the fakes, especially in terms of the gold, which here collects in globs, rather than the perfect, fitted armour platting of the art-form’s highpoint.”


 Via the Telegraph


Court to decide authenticity of Peter Doig painting as artist denies he made it

Scottish artist Peter Doig is trying to prove that he did not create a 40-year-old painting signed “Pete Doige”. Robert Fletcher and art dealer Peter Bartlow filed suit in 2013 after Doig refused to authenticate the Landscape scene when the pair tried to sell it.  


Fletcher says he met Doig’s at Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada and was his parole officer when the artist was incarcerated at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre. He claims he watched Doig paint the desert landscape in jail before he bought the work for $100.


Doigdenies he ever attended Lakehead University, according to the New York Times, and says he has never been near Thunder Bay Correctional Centre and has never been incarcerated. He was 16 or 17 years old in 1976, the year the painting is dated, and says he was living with his parents then in Toronto. 


Doig’s lawyers say they have identified a real Peter Doige who created the work and whose records match the claims by . This Doige died in 2012, but his sister Marilyn Doige Bovard is expected to testify during the court case. 


Via the Guardian 


Crashed train sculpture makes shortlist for HS2 station art

The High Speed 2 rail line has received more controversy after it was revealed that a sculpture that could be built outside a new station on the route resembles a train crash. The work also resembles one of the engines wrecked in the worst peacetime railway crash in Britain. Steam Railway magazine reported that the sculpture was based on the sister locomotive of the engine that crashed at Harrow and Wealdstone station in northwest London in 1952, killing 112 people. 


The work by artist Roger Hiorns has been shortlisted as part of a £2 million competition for an artwork to sit outside HS2’s Birmingham terminus. However  art chiefs in Birmingham said that the Turner prize-nominated artist had no knowledge of the disaster, insisting that it was not intended to resemble a train crash.
Via The Times