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Anna Zemánková (1908-86) was a self-taught Czech painter, draftswoman and pastel artist. Her work was featured in a grou...
05/05/2021

Anna Zemánková (1908-86) was a self-taught Czech painter, draftswoman and pastel artist. Her work was featured in a group show at London’s Hayward Gallery in 1979, and eighteen of her pieces were shown at the Venice Biennale in 2013.

Awol Erizku, GIRL WITH A BAMBOO EARRING, 2009.Born in Ethiopia and raised in the Bronx, Erizku studied painting at Coope...
04/05/2021

Awol Erizku, GIRL WITH A BAMBOO EARRING, 2009.

Born in Ethiopia and raised in the Bronx, Erizku studied painting at Cooper Union in New York, and graduated from Yale with a masters of fine art in photography. Since then, he has shot for Vogue and The New Yorker. He is a sculptor, painter, photographer, and musician. In his 2012 solo show “Black and Gold,” he repopulated classic portraits with black figures. His painting Girl with a Bamboo Earring—a take on Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring—caused a sensation in the art world. So did his short film Serendipity I, which saw him smashing a bust of David with a sledgehammer and replacing it with Nefertiti.

#awolerizku @awolerizku

Awol Erizku, GIRL WITH A BAMBOO EARRING, 2009.

Born in Ethiopia and raised in the Bronx, Erizku studied painting at Cooper Union in New York, and graduated from Yale with a masters of fine art in photography. Since then, he has shot for Vogue and The New Yorker. He is a sculptor, painter, photographer, and musician. In his 2012 solo show “Black and Gold,” he repopulated classic portraits with black figures. His painting Girl with a Bamboo Earring—a take on Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring—caused a sensation in the art world. So did his short film Serendipity I, which saw him smashing a bust of David with a sledgehammer and replacing it with Nefertiti.

#awolerizku @awolerizku

We have updated our website, please have a look https://www.nejasartwalks.com/book-onlineFor the next 3 months we will b...
03/05/2021

We have updated our website, please have a look

https://www.nejasartwalks.com/book-online

For the next 3 months we will be offering the following Art and History Walks:

-See Tate Modern with an Art Historian
(in both English and Russian)
-Mayfair Art Walk
-The Secrets of the London's Docks.

We will also continue with the Art Crime Dispatches Art Talks on Wednesdays.

If you have other dates and times in mind, please don't hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to accommodate your requests.

All the best and hope to see you soon,

NEJA's Art Walks

We have updated our website, please have a look

https://www.nejasartwalks.com/book-online

For the next 3 months we will be offering the following Art and History Walks:

-See Tate Modern with an Art Historian
(in both English and Russian)
-Mayfair Art Walk
-The Secrets of the London's Docks.

We will also continue with the Art Crime Dispatches Art Talks on Wednesdays.

If you have other dates and times in mind, please don't hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to accommodate your requests.

All the best and hope to see you soon,

NEJA's Art Walks

Ellen Altfest (b.1970) is an American painter who lives and works in New York. She is best known for her realist depicti...
30/04/2021

Ellen Altfest (b.1970) is an American painter who lives and works in New York. She is best known for her realist depictions of landscapes and still lives as well as close-ups of the male body, "painstakingly labor-intensive canvases that look at things in the world."

Altfest paints parts of the male form, nude or partially covered and close-ups of objects in and from nature. These works are made during direct observation from life and require months or even years to complete.

Her subjects are one to one in scale and painted with an accumulation of detail that is beyond what the human eye can absorb in a single glance. Altfest says that she wants ‘...to upend the traditional hierarchy of painting by making the subject secondary to the composition that would support it’.

Her first painting of the male nude, made in 2006, was the candid work The Pen*s, in which she topographically registered every hair, vein and skin tone of its titular subject as equally as the worn, paint-stained stool that her model sits on. As Jerry Saltz has written about the painting, ‘This has the disconcerting effect of making the pen*s a piece of furniture and the furniture erotic.’

In other paintings Altfest offers partial, truncated views of the male body, inflected by a sense of intense looking – verging on voyeurism – and a wry sense of humour. Armpits, feet or hands are depicted in tightly cropped compositions, isolated from the familiarity of a body’s whole.

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If you find yourself in New York then this exhibition is for you."Alice Neel: People Come First presents Alice Neel (190...
29/04/2021

If you find yourself in New York then this exhibition is for you.

"Alice Neel: People Come First presents Alice Neel (1900–1984) as one of the twentieth century’s most radical artists, a champion of social justice whose long-standing commitment to humanist principles inspired her life as well as her art. “For me, people come first,” Neel declared in 1950. “I have tried to assert the dignity and eternal importance of the human being.” In keeping with the ethical foundations of humanism, Neel dedicated herself to painting what she called “pictures of people.” The artist focused especially on individuals who had experienced injustice as a result of sexism, racism, and capitalism as well as those who combatted it. Democratic and inclusive, Neel painted people from many different backgrounds and walks of life."

The MET
Until 1 August 2021

"A completely unknown portrait by Thomas Gainsborough has been discovered, to the excitement of scholars of art and musi...
27/04/2021

"A completely unknown portrait by Thomas Gainsborough has been discovered, to the excitement of scholars of art and music as it is thought to depict an unjustly forgotten musician who was well known in 18th-century Britain.

A painting of a man holding a scroll of manuscript music was described only as “British School” when it surfaced in France in December, selling in a Paris auction for around £2,500.

Hugh Belsey, a world authority on Gainsborough, thinks that layers of accumulated dirt, discoloured varnishes and mismatched overpaint had concealed the master’s hand and that the picture’s conservation has now revealed the sensitivity of Gainsborough’s brushstrokes and the brilliance of his draughtsmanship.

The £2,500 sale price pales against the picture’s true value. Comparable portraits of that size have exceeded £1m, with the much larger Portrait of Miss Read, Later Mrs William Villebois, selling for £6.5m in 2011.

"A completely unknown portrait by Thomas Gainsborough has been discovered, to the excitement of scholars of art and music as it is thought to depict an unjustly forgotten musician who was well known in 18th-century Britain.

A painting of a man holding a scroll of manuscript music was described only as “British School” when it surfaced in France in December, selling in a Paris auction for around £2,500.

Hugh Belsey, a world authority on Gainsborough, thinks that layers of accumulated dirt, discoloured varnishes and mismatched overpaint had concealed the master’s hand and that the picture’s conservation has now revealed the sensitivity of Gainsborough’s brushstrokes and the brilliance of his draughtsmanship.

The £2,500 sale price pales against the picture’s true value. Comparable portraits of that size have exceeded £1m, with the much larger Portrait of Miss Read, Later Mrs William Villebois, selling for £6.5m in 2011.

Art crime dispatches.In 2016, two Vincent van Gogh paintings that were stolen from a museum in Amsterdam in 2002 have be...
25/04/2021

Art crime dispatches.

In 2016, two Vincent van Gogh paintings that were stolen from a museum in Amsterdam in 2002 have been recovered by Italian law enforcement authorities in Naples after an investigation targeting a powerful organised crime syndicate involved in the cocaine trade.

The paintings, View of the Sea at Scheveningen, painted in 1882, and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, painted in 1884, were discovered after allegedly being hidden away in a house affiliated with an international drug trafficker based in Castellammare di Stabia, near Naples.

Officials hailed the discovery as a major victory in the fight against organised crime. It also provided an insight into the inner workings of the Italian underworld, where precious works of art are seen as valuable currency.

The paintings were discovered thanks to a tipoff from Mario Cerrone, a suspected drug trafficker. The discovery was part of a broader investigation into the Camorra’s Amato-Pagano clan, which prosecutors said was one of the most dangerous and active gangs of drug traffickers operating in the region. Investigators came across the paintings in a building that they were searching after a judge last week ordered the seizure of the gang’s assets. They also seized a small plane.

The FBI considered the 2002 heist one of the “top 10” art crimes, according to its website. The thieves entered the Van Gogh museum from the roof of the building, which allowed them to get past security and cameras undetected, even though their entry did trigger alarms. They had used a ladder to climb up to a window and then smashed

Two men, Octave Durham, an art thief who earned the nickname The Monkey for his ability to evade police, and his accomplice Henk Bieslijn, were eventually convicted of the theft in 2004 after police discovered their DNA at the scene of the crime. They were handed four year sentences, but authorities were never able to track down the stolen works.

The town of Castellammare di Stabia, about 19 miles south-east of Naples, where the paintings were found, has long been known as a Camorra stronghold. It was the home of Assunta Maresca, known as Pupetta, who was a former beauty queen, convicted murderer, and Camorra boss described as a trailblazer and suffragette in the syndicate.

In LOVE with Mark Mulholland's work!Mark Mulholland (b.1971) is a contemporary Scottish artist. He has recently appeared...
23/04/2021

In LOVE with Mark Mulholland's work!

Mark Mulholland (b.1971) is a contemporary Scottish artist. He has recently appeared on Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2020.

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21/04/2021
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"If we don’t amend history by making new images and new representations, we are always going to be excluding ourselves."...
21/04/2021

"If we don’t amend history by making new images and new representations, we are always going to be excluding ourselves."
—Titus Kaphar

Painter, sculptor, filmmaker, and installation artist Titus Kaphar confronts history by dismantling classical structures and styles of visual representation in Western art in order to subvert them.

Through the deconstructive techniques of cutting, shredding, stitching, binding, and erasing both subject and support, Kaphar (b. 1976) reconstructs new codes and modalities, reckoning on Black possibilities.

"Flies have a long history in Western art. Dating back to Medieval times, the bug’s appearance in an artwork was used to...
20/04/2021

"Flies have a long history in Western art. Dating back to Medieval times, the bug’s appearance in an artwork was used to symbolize death or rot of the flesh and soul.

At the time, flies were believed to generate spontaneously out of mud, and had a strong affiliation with the Devil, or Beelzebub, who is described in the New Testament as the “lord of the flies.” In vanitas paintings, flies often appear alongside a skull, a reminder of the impermanence of the physical body and the inevitability of death. Pictured buzzing about a woman, flies indicate lustful wantonness and impropriety. And near a nobleman or clergy, the bug is thought to have implied corruption and deceitfulness.

Some art historians have argued that artists included flies less for their symbolic meaning than as a signifier of the artists’ own talents—and with good reason. Flies often appear as a playful trompe l’oeil feature in the margins of medieval manuscripts and on painting frames."

The significance of the fly inevitably varied from painting to painting, you can decide which interpretations you think fit these fly-featuring paintings from art history.

Art Crime dispatches.Last week, Dutch police has arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of stealing two paintings by Vi...
18/04/2021

Art Crime dispatches.

Last week, Dutch police has arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of stealing two paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals from museums in the Netherlands last year. The man was held at his home in the central town of Baarn but neither of the paintings were yet recovered.

The Van Gogh painting was stolen from the Singer Laren Museum near Amsterdam on 30 March while it was closed due to coronavirus restrictions. The theft happened on what would have been the 19th-century painter’s 167th birthday.

Two months later, the Dutch art detective Arthur Brand received two “proof of life” photos of the Van Gogh alongside a dated front page of the New York Times newspaper. Parsonage Garden was painted relatively early in Van Gogh’s career, before the prolific artist embarked on his trademark post-impressionist works such as Sunflowers and vivid self-portraits.

Two Laughing Boys by the 17th-century Dutch master Hals was stolen in a burglary in August from the Hofje van Mevrouw van Aerden Museum in Leerdam.The painting, which features a pair of laughing boys with a mug of beer, was previously stolen from the museum in 2011 and 1988. It was recovered after six months and three years respectively.

Hals was a contemporary of fellow masters Rembrandt and Vermeer during the so-called Dutch golden age, a flowering of trade, science and art in the Netherlands spanning the 17th century.

The plot thickens....

Paul Feeley's first solo exhibition in the UK for over 50 years is currently on show. The exhibition shines a light on t...
16/04/2021

Paul Feeley's first solo exhibition in the UK for over 50 years is currently on show. The exhibition shines a light on this significant but relatively overlooked artist who worked with Clement Greenberg and played a pivotal role in the careers of many seminal abstract artists, including Helen Frankenthaler.

To book our Mayfair Art Walk:
https://www.nejasartwalks.com/bookings-checkout/mayfair-art-walk

3 hours, £120
Fixed price per tour
Max 4 people

The offer is only valid on certain dates, please do get in touch with your preferred date before booking.

This week we want to highlight some of the exhibitions that you can see as a part of our Mayfair Art Walk.Antony William...
14/04/2021

This week we want to highlight some of the exhibitions that you can see as a part of our Mayfair Art Walk.

Antony Williams (b.1964) works almost exclusively in egg tempera – a painstaking, exacting medium in which egg is used instead of linseed oil as the binding medium. While oil allows for a degree of flexibility and manipulation of the painted surface before it dries, many days after initial application, this technique does not easily allow for alteration. All his work is based on intense observation, particularly of human flesh, creating as a result a heightened sense of realism.

The offer is only valid on certain dates, please do get in touch with your preferred date before booking.

https://www.nejasartwalks.com/bookings-checkout/mayfair-art-walk

Happy days! As from today, many of London's commercial art galleries have re-opened and we are taking bookings for our h...
12/04/2021

Happy days! As from today, many of London's commercial art galleries have re-opened and we are taking bookings for our highly popular Mayfair Art Walk yet again.

Mayfair Art Walk: See Mayfair with an Art Historian
3 hrs, £120
Fixed price per tour, up to 4 people

Today, London is regarded as a crucial centre for worldwide art and the art galleries and art dealers in Mayfair are some of the best in the city. With a variety of art-exhibitions every year showcasing paintings spanning the16th to 20th Centuries, as well as numerous sculptures and rare items for global art collectors who visit Mayfair galleries in search of inspiration. But you do not have to be a collector or indeed know anything about art in order to enjoy the rich offerings of this historic culturally significant district, internationally renowned as a vibrant hub of creativity and craftsmanship, where the worlds of art, fashion and luxury converge. We will visit a small but carefully selected number of the privately-owned art galleries and auction houses and share the stories of Mayfair's present and past. No prior knowledge of art is needed, all levels and ages are welcome. The offer is only valid on certain dates, please do get in touch with your preferred date before booking.

https://www.nejasartwalks.com/bookings-checkout/mayfair-art-walk?referral=service_list_widget

Art Crime dispatches.Rembrandt’s portrait “Jacob de Gheyn III” has been stolen so many times from the Dulwich Picture Ga...
11/04/2021

Art Crime dispatches.

Rembrandt’s portrait “Jacob de Gheyn III” has been stolen so many times from the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London (four between 1967 and 1983) that it’s known as “The Takeaway Rembrandt.”

In 1632 Rembrandt painted a portrait of Jacob de Gheyn III, an engraver living in Utrecht. The portrait is quite small, measuring approximately 12 by 10 inches, as a result, it's relatively easy to steal.

Between 14 August 1981 and 3 September 1981 the painting was taken from Dulwich Picture Gallery and retrieved when police arrested four men in a taxi who had the painting with them. A little under two years later a burglar smashed a skylight and descended through it into the art gallery, using a crowbar to remove the painting from the wall. The police arrived within three minutes but were too late to apprehend the thief. The painting was missing for three years, eventually being found on 8 October 1986 in a luggage rack at the train station of a British army garrison in Münster, Germany.

The other two times, the painting was found once underneath a bench in a graveyard in Streatham, and once on the back of a bicycle. Each time the painting has been returned anonymously with more than one person being charged for its disappearance.

#rembrandt #oldmasters #nejasartwalks #nejasarttalks #artcrimedispatches #artcrime #artthief #arttheft #londonartscene #dulwichgallery #takeawayrembrandt

Art Crime dispatches.

Rembrandt’s portrait “Jacob de Gheyn III” has been stolen so many times from the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London (four between 1967 and 1983) that it’s known as “The Takeaway Rembrandt.”

In 1632 Rembrandt painted a portrait of Jacob de Gheyn III, an engraver living in Utrecht. The portrait is quite small, measuring approximately 12 by 10 inches, as a result, it's relatively easy to steal.

Between 14 August 1981 and 3 September 1981 the painting was taken from Dulwich Picture Gallery and retrieved when police arrested four men in a taxi who had the painting with them. A little under two years later a burglar smashed a skylight and descended through it into the art gallery, using a crowbar to remove the painting from the wall. The police arrived within three minutes but were too late to apprehend the thief. The painting was missing for three years, eventually being found on 8 October 1986 in a luggage rack at the train station of a British army garrison in Münster, Germany.

The other two times, the painting was found once underneath a bench in a graveyard in Streatham, and once on the back of a bicycle. Each time the painting has been returned anonymously with more than one person being charged for its disappearance.

#rembrandt #oldmasters #nejasartwalks #nejasarttalks #artcrimedispatches #artcrime #artthief #arttheft #londonartscene #dulwichgallery #takeawayrembrandt

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