Art in Print

A new book reveals the personal torment that lay behind Monet’s most famous series of paintings


Ross King’s new book, Mad Enchantment, tells the story of France’s most celebrated artist Monet and his series of enormous water lily paintings on which he worked on from the beginning of First World War in 1914 until his death in 1926. Throughout the 1890s Money poured resources into his garden which he used as inspiration for his works of art. All the while Monet’s phenomenal creation of the water lily series coincided with the least happy, though most prosperous, period of his life as his wife, mistress and son passed away successively. It wasn’t until after the Second World War that a new wave of Americans in Paris saw Monet’s work in a new light, as a proto-Abstract Expressionist.
Via The Daily Telegraph


Banksy mural removed from wall in Cheltenham

A famous Banksy mural satirising Government surveillance has disappeared from the wall of a house in Cheltenham.
The Spy Booth artwork, depicting three 1950s-style agents using listening devices to monitor conversations in a telephone box appeared in 2014 on the wall of a house just a few miles from GCHQ where the UK’s surveillance station is based. In the following year, the Cheltenham Borough Council granted the mural listed status.
But the mural has now disappeared after pictures from the scene showed the wall stripped back to bare brickwork. A video posted on Twitter on Saturday appeared to show the site covered with a tarpaulin and the sound of machinery on masonry.
Via The Telegraph


An art show on the Greek island of Samos hopes to inspire refugee crisis solutions


One of the largest Greek islands, Samos, has been on the frontline of the Mediterranean refugee crisis since 2015. According to the island’s mayor, Michalis Angelopoulos, Samos saw 153,000 arrivals within a year — five times the local population. In the hillside above Vathy on the north side of the island, more than 1,000 people — a third of them children — remain in an overcrowded, nominally closed camp ringed by razor-wire.


The show’s curator, Katerina Gregos, attempts to tackle tensions in this area with global context. A World Not Ours, a group show devoted to the global asylum crisis, at the Art Space Pythagorion in Samos. According to Chiona Xanthopoulou-Schwarz, the Art Space’s founder, “it’s up to Greece to participate in the discussion, not just be passive to a wave of incomers.”


Via Financial Times


Group show at Edinburgh’s Inverleith House celebrates 30-year anniversary

Inverleith House in Edinburgh celebrates its 30-year anniversary this year with the summer exhibition I Still Believe In Miracles. Curator Paul Nesbitt has pulled off the group exhibition with a deft hand, creating lively encounters between the art and the neo-Palladian villa overlooking Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden.


The exhibition features 30 Scottish and International artists who have shown previously at the gallery. Instead of looking to intellectual themes for cohesion, Nesbitt has taken a more surrealist and impressionist approach, weaving together varied artists from William Eggleston to Richard Tuttle to Isa Genzken into a dreamcloth of images, colours and textures.


Via Financial Times