Considering Art Podcast – Lee Cavaliere, Director VOMA

In our latest podcast episode, Lee Cavaliere talks about the philosophy behind VOMA – the Virtual Online Museum of Art, the advantages and challenges of running this first online museum, the conversations he initiates as head curator over time and place, and about his educational charity the Sixteen Trust.

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Considering Art Podcast – Nancy Cadogan, figurative painter

In our latest podcast episode, British/American painter Nancy Cadogan tells how art has been her destiny from an early age, how she began painting landscapes in Africa, the US and Europe, how she turned from the observational to painting from the imagination and how her experience of lockdown influenced her latest exhibition based on the final days of the romantic poet John Keats.

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Considering Art Podcast – Fanny Rush, portrait painter

For two decades, Fanny Rush has been painting the portraits of high profile figures from the world of entertainment, business, politics and elsewhere. In our latest podcast episode, she tells why she gave up a successful career in the fashion and commercial film industries for painting, how she fell in love with portraiture, who influences her and how she goes about her work.

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Jim Shaw – Hope Against Hope

If you weren’t familiar with the work of the American artist Jim Shaw, it wouldn’t take you long to figure out who he won’t be voting for in next week’s Presidential election. His monochrome silkscreen print, above, is entitled Donald and Melania Trump descending the escalator into the 9th circle of hell reserved for traitors frozen in a sea of ice. It’s what it says on the tin, typical of the biting wit that Shaw unleashes in this marvellous exhibition of new works at London’s Simon Lee Gallery, his first here for four years.

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Nick Smith – Pioneers

British artist Nick Smith has a unique process. A former interior designer of 11 years, he was used to working with swatches, those thousands of colour variations each with their own name that you find in expensive design books or even as paint charts in your local DIY store.  Back in 2011, a friend challenged him to make an artwork from them. He accepted and hasn’t looked back since and that’s only half the story.

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Leila Alaoui – Rite of Passage

In 2016, celebrated French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui was on assignment in Burkina Faso investigating women’s rights in the country on behalf of Amnesty International and UN Women. She had the misfortune to be sitting in a parked car outside the Cappuccino café in the capital Ouagadougou when the café was attacked by Al-Qaeda gunmen. She was seriously wounded and died three days later. She was 33.

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The Grand Tour – Claire Partington, Emily Allchurch, James B Webster, Matt Smith

In the 18th and 19th centuries, it became something of a rite of passage for upper class Europeans, mostly from Britain, to embark on the Grand Tour taking in cities such as Paris, Rome, Venice and Florence in order to learn about Classical and Renaissance art and architecture. They’d accumulate works and souvenirs as they did so. Four artists have given a contemporary spin on this phenomenon in Grand Tour at London’s James Freeman Galley.

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