Art in Print

Descending Into Madness, a Russian Scientist Turned to Drawing

The exhibition Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theatre of the Imperceptible is running until the 20th of August at the Folk Art Museum in New York City. The Russian painter was first a scientist, studying biology at Moscow University and did postdoctoral research in Paris, New York and Edinburgh. However, a series of nervous breakdowns drove him to be interned in a psychiatric hospital in Munich where he spent the rest of his life. In the hospital, as Gabritschevsky was unable to further his scientific research, he used his time to paint and created more than 3000 gouaches. His work is part of the art brut discovered by Jean Dubuffet and was shown in the 1960s by the French gallerist Alphonse Chave.
Via: The New York Times

A British Collector Puts the Art in Department Store

For a new exhibition of Scottish painter John Bellany opening the 18th of September, British collector Frank Cohen organised it in department store Fortnum and Mason. The show will spread throughout the store, from the street windows to the areas near cash registers. The exhibited artworks are in part from Cohen’s personal collection and works on loan from the artist’s estate. Frank Cohen made his fortune by selling everything from wallpaper to wrenches. Now 73, Mr. Cohen gained interest in art in the 1970s through the work of L.S. Lowry.
Via: The Wall Street Journal

Martin Roth, the man who turned the V&A into a showstopper museum


Former director of the Victoria and Albert Museum from 2011 to 2016 passed away yesterday at the age of 62 will be remembered for his positive achievement at the V&A with many successful exhibitions and an increased number of visitors. For instance, the retrospective on David Bowie’s career proved highly popular and has been on an international tour since. Martin Roth already planned to leave the V&A that year, but the outcome of the Brexit referendum hastened his exit.
Via: Evening Standard