Art in Print

Katsushika Hokusai's later life to feature in British Museum show

He produced one of the most recognisable of all art images, but the British Museum believes there is much more to the 19th-century Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, particularly his output as an older man. The museum has announced details of the first UK exhibition to explore the later life and art of Hokusai (1760-1849), who produced his most famous work, the Great Wave, when he was at least 70.
It will be the first time many of the paintings, drawings and woodblock prints have been displayed in the UK, and some can only be on show for a limited time because of their sensitivity to light. At any one time there will be 110 works on display, and there throughout will be the British Museum’s prized print of The Great Wave, acquired in 2008 but rarely put on display. Between 5,000 and 8,000 impressions were made from Hokusai’s woodblock. Several hundred still exist, and the museum’s example is considered one of the finest.
Via: The Guardian


Tate’s first woman director brings colourful pedigree and quirky art



Maria Balshaw is about to become the most powerful woman in British art after her name was submitted to the prime minister for approval as the new director of Tate. The head of the Whitworth in Manchester is understood to have been selected by Tate’s trustees but her appointment will not be announced formally until it has been authorised by Theresa May.

Ms Balshaw, 46, has been the frontrunner ever since Sir Nicholas Serota announced in September that he would leave after 28 years. She would be the first woman to hold the post. Her name has been on every list of potential candidates for senior arts posts ever since she presided over the £15 million redevelopment of the Whitworth, where she became director in 2006. Ms Balshaw persuaded the Heritage Lottery Fund to give her £8 million for the project, which doubled the gallery’s public space and has resulted in a doubling of visitors to 170,000.


Via: The Times



Why Rudyard’s father was a hero of the empire



John Lockwood Kipling, father of Rudyard Kipling, husband of a pre-Raphaelite muse, sculptor, ceramicist, designer, writer, illustrator, teacher, museum director, campaigner and champion of traditional Indian art — and now the subject of an exhibition at the V&A. Lockwood Kipling: Arts & Crafts in the Punjab and London tells the story of a man who became a world expert in Indian arts and crafts and in the process saved traditional skills and techniques at risk of dying.

Divided into four sections — South Kensington, Bombay, Lahore and Wiltshire — the exhibition explores the life and achievements of Kipling. Many of the Indian objects on display were acquired for the V&A (then the South Kensington Museum), helping to form the foundation of the museum’s collection, and some are shown here: a marble inkwell made in Agra, a sinuous gold and enamel bracelet from Dholpur set with diamonds and a steel and gold helmet made in Lahore and adorned with three perky heron-feather plumes.


Via: The Times