Art in Print

Billionaire couple face backlash over plans to demolish parts of chapel to store art collection

One of Britain’s richest couple, Art patron Anita Zabludowicz and her Finnish business tycoon husband Poju are facing backlash from historians over plans to demolish parts of a Grade II listed church for their art collection. The couple took over this former church in 2007 to host works of art by emerging contemporary artists. In January, the couple submitted their project to extend the gallery and create a café space by demolishing part of the chapel’s former Sunday school, but the project was deemed as damaging to the listed building by Historic England. The Zabludowiczes submitted a revised plan for the building.
Via: Evening Standard

Charles Saatchi's Great Masterpieces: Olympia by Édouard Manet - The Parisian Venus who shocked polite society

In the Salon de Paris in 1865, Édouard Manet’s Olympia shocked and was fiercely condemned by both public and critics alike. The painting represented a naked contemporary woman simply doing nothing. This suggested that the woman was waiting for sex, as a prostitute. The inspiration for Olympia came from Titian’s naked Venus of Urbino. The model was Angela del Moro, one of Venice’s highest paid prostitute. However, Titian depicted her in a gently thoughtful pose, unlike Manet’s earthy Olympia. Lying on her bed, Olympia gazes at us directly and unflinchingly, as if the French painter wanted to acknowledge the feelings of repressed women in society, but French middle- and upper-class gentlemen of 1865 were not ready to witness a real woman shamelessly confronting them.
Via: The Telegraph

'No-talents': Artist RB Kitaj takes revenge on critics from beyond the grave

RB Kitaj’s memoir was found among his possessions after the artist’s suicide in 2007. It will be published with a preface by friend David Hockney, where he expresses his dismay over the “vicious” attacks by the critics on Kitaj. In 1995, the American artist received the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale. RB Kitaj’s work was praised by influential critic Robert Hughes. However, his major Tate retrospective one year earlier did not garner the same reaction. For instance, Brian Sewell described Kitaj as “unworthy of a footnote in the history of figurative art”. Kitaj was deeply affected by the critics.
Via: The Guardian