= The Crawford Arts Review: July 2015

Thursday, 23 July 2015

This is Abutilon Kentish Belle, a work by nature and the plantsman

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Go online to see work by artists fresh from a year-long studio residency with the Florence Trust

The Florence Trust has just celebrated its 25th anniversary with a glittery exhibition in Highbury, north London. Many of the anniversary year works by the 12 participating artists are still available to purchase. There's nothing better for developing your artist's eye than to see newly developed work so go ahead and do some artistic talent spotting.*

The Florence Trust
(it was named for the city of Firenze) has a relatively simple formula for developing artists. Since 1990, artists have been able to apply for a studio residency lasting a year. The studios themselves are set up in the converted St Saviour's Church in Aberdeen Park Road N5.

Then begins a year of work, artistic development, mentoring, and engagement with the art world. With public exhibitions, gallery tours, group critiques and curatorial visits, the mentees are very busy indeed. Here are just three samples of work emerging from this anniversary year (top to bottom): ceramic by William Martin, installation by Francis Olvez-Wilshaw, and automaton by Ting-Tong Chang (images courtesy of the respective artists).

As well as studio space, the artists work within the neo-gothic splendour of a grade-1 listed, William White designed church set among the quiet green spaces of the park. I was more than a little envious. 

But of course the most rewarding thing for someone with a residency is to sell. Selling their work enables elevation from artist to professional artist as well as enabling the artists to fund their work for the year ahead. 

Before the 2016 intake arrives in September, take a look at this year's artist page. As well as showcasing the artists' work, it is one illustration of the devoted work that goes on behind the scenes by the studio manager, the director and the trustees on behalf of the following artists:

Phoebe Boswell, Kirsty Buchanan, Susannah Douglas, Anna Jung Seo, Cara Nahaul, Natalia TriviƱo Lazano, Ting-Tong Chang, Timothy Hon Hung Lee, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, William Martin, Jonathan Munro, Francis Olvez-Wilshaw           

The Florence Trust
St Saviour's
Aberdeen Park

London N5
Contact neil [at] florencetrust.org

Open from: 16pm daily or by appointment

Note: If you feel you lack confidence in your appreciation of art (or don't think you have an eye for art), prove yourself wrong. Google 'art appreciation courses': even a short course will soon bring you up to speed.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Nature: the inspiration for art, science, life. This is Regent's Park.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Until Saturday 11 July

Three Male Sculptors: Rodin (1840-1917), Brancusi (1876-1957) and Moore (1898-1986)

Sculpture by definition occupies space - inner space - much like a building occupies outer space. What one does not often see is the process of the making of this inner space.

Waddington Custot is showing vintage photographs, taken or commissioned by the sculptors themselves, of their work in progress: the making of this inner space.

There is also video of the most contemporaneous sculptor, Henry Moore, at work. Thus we see the artist choosing the block of Roman Travertine he will later sculpt into the majestic female form that will be placed outside the UNESCO HQ in Paris. Constantin Brancusi is shown blithely breaking all the laws of photography to brilliant effect. Auguste Rodin, since early photography was in the hands of professionals, commissioned Eugene Druet and Pierre Choumoff among others to take his studio shots and there is one which is such a symphony of exposure that it resembles an incised relief (sold . . . sold . . . ).

You'll also have the treat of seeing the gallery, always beautifully lit, bathed in additional daylight, the building opposite having just come down as Cork Street undergoes some rebuilding. But hurry, the exhibition ends on Saturday.

Waddington Custot Galleries
Through the Sculptor's Lensin association with David Grob
11 Cork Street, London W1

Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm
Saturday 10am to 1.30pm

Monday, 6 July 2015

Art by and for children

The final picture in this series of art by children on show at Tate Modern as part of Bloomberg Connects.

A further sample of Tate Modern's collection of paintings by children to hopefully add some cheer to our Monday mornings.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Art by and for children as well as adults

Mondrian through the eyes of a child

Give a child a bright and airy space, some paper and some primary colours, and this happens . . . Tate Modern  

Tate Modern offers light and airiness during these hot days. I spent a cool afternoon there recently, exploring level 2: the paintings; what the video room has to offer (I particularly recommend Gerhard Richter in his studio being interviewed by Nicholas Serota).
     I was also charmed by the small wall projections of visitors to the gallery being asked questions such as 'what do you think art is?' ('art and science are parallel' offered one visitor I thought to be particularly well informed). There are also lots of colourful paintings done by children inspired by the paintings in the Tate's collection and screen projected around the gallery as part of Bloomberg Connects. I took screen shots of five of them which I will publish over the coming days.