Art in Print

Carroll's portraits of Alice to go on display in birth of art photography show


The exhibition Victorian Giants: the Birth of Art Photography is due to launch at the National Portrait Gallery in London on the 1st of March until the 20th of May 2018. Fragile images by Victorian photography pioneers, which are rarely displayed due to its fragility and sensibility to light are going to be exhibited in this show. Highlights of the exhibition will include works by Swedish photographer Oscar Rejlander and Lewis Carroll’s portraits of Alice Liddell, the real-life model for Alice in Wonderland. Phillip Prodger, head of photographs at the NPG, is curator of the Victorian Giants: the Birth of Art Photography exhibition. He thinks it will show a different side of Victorian photography to the public.
Via: The Guardian

Painting by Canaletto’s nephew to stay in UK after £11.7m appeal

A painting of a German fortress by 18th century Italian artist Bernardo Bellotto has been acquired by the National Gallery after an appeal raised almost £12m to save it from export. The National Gallery raised the £11.7m through donations from individuals and trusts, including $6.5m (£5m) from the American Friends of the gallery and a £550,000 grant from the Art Fund. This artwork by Canaletto’s nephew was originally commissioned by the King of Poland, Augustus III and part of a series of five depicting the castle. All paintings ended up in England after the seven years war shifted all of Europe’s borders. Gabriele Finaldi, director of the gallery, called this piece a significant acquisition which shows Bellotto’s talent.
Via: The Guardian



Maira Kalman’s Irreverent Pictures for the Grammar Bible

Around 2002, artist and illustrator Maira Kalman came across a copy of “The Elements of Style” by William Strunk Jr. and E.B White in a yard sale. This book dealing with grammar and clear writing inspired Kalman and she decided to provide it with 57 illustrations inspired by sentences in the book. They were featured in the 2005 edition. “The Elements of Style” was originally written and self-published in 1919 by Strunk, an English teacher at Cornell University for in-house use. Maira Kalman’s illustrations can be seen now at the Julie Saul Gallery in New York until the September 16.
Via: The New York Times