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Art from your armchair

These are the links in the 17 June Mailchimp email from your Chairman (older ones lower down the page):

If you enjoyed our visit to Waddesdon Manor a few years ago, you will enjoy looking at their online offering: where you will see various virtual tours of the rooms and the artworks but also short films about the beautiful gardens. These are now open but, like most other National Trust properties, you can only visit if you have booked ahead even if you are a member.

The Arts Society website has added 4 new videos since my last email to you. Just click on the link and then click on Talks and Lectures. You will see the following:

  • Rebecca Hossack - Aboriginal Art (very new, just out yesterday)
  • Marc Allum - The Anatomy of Collecting at Home
  • Nicola Moorby - An Artist of Note: Turner and the new £20 note
  • Mark Hill - The 1960s Revolutions in Glass
The videos average between 20 and 35 minutes.

In April/May the BBC did a series of 4 programmes called Museums in Quarantine. My favourite was Young Rembrandt at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, which had only been open a few days when we went into lockdown and everything had to shut. You are guided around the exhibition by Simon Schama.

The other episodes in the series are Andy Warhol at Tate Modern with Alastair Sooke, Dr James Fox on the Tate Britain collection, and Dr Janina Ramirez on her favourite treasures at the British Museum. If you have iPlayer on your TV rather than just on your computer you will enjoy them even more.

Finally, a museum I have only visited once but with which I was very impressed: The Art Institute Chicago. They have a really good and varied collection, and are quite strong on the Impressionists. But what I liked best was the American art I knew from books and photographs, such as American Gothic by Grant Wood and Nighthawks by Edward Hopper. Have a look - this isn't a virtual tour, you just click on each painting and it will tell you all about it:

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The British Museum
The British Museum has a vast collection, which can be daunting if you are visiting in person or online! However, their online content can be accessed at different levels - from virtual tours with Google Streetview to individual collections. This link gives you the various options:

The Royal Academy
This is one of my favourites, and I particularly like the many short videos on various artists or exhibitions. Find the person/exhibit you want to look at and either click on the video or on 'read more', then scroll down the page and you will find the videos. My favourites are Picasso and Paper, one on Klimt, and 3 videos on different Anthony Gormley installations.

The National Gallery
Like the British Museum, the National Gallery has a huge collection. There are different types of virtual tour you can take, but to be honest I found them quite bewildering! What I like best about their online offering is their Highlights from the Collection - which is their top 30 masterpieces. These are paintings you will all recognise, and as you click on each one you will see headings across the top. Click on 'description' and it will tell you all about the painting.

The Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection has a short introductory video to their collection and, like the National Gallery, you can look at particular highlights.

More links from your chairman (30/04/2020)

The Arts Society itself has started a new website.

You may already have heard of this as when it started a couple of weeks ago it even got a mention on Radio 4's Today Programme! If you go to the website you will see a list of headings across the top - click on Talks & Lectures. So far there are two short lectures, both by established Arts Society lecturers and each about a quarter of an hour long. One is by Dr Jacqueline Cockburn on Las Meninas by Velazquez, and the other is Sarah Dunant talking about Venice: Dressed and Undressed. Both are excellent, and just the right length for while you are having a cup of coffee. More lectures will be added over the coming weeks.

As you may know, a big Jan van Eyck exhibition opened in Ghent, Belgium in February and then had to close again. This link gives you a selected guided tour by one of the curators of the exhibition.

This one is a quick look at another exhibition that opened and then closed again: Andy Warhol at Tate Modern.

For those of you who missed the fabulous Dior exhibition at the V & A last year, it has now been put online. This is actually a film about the making of the exhibition as much as it is about the clothes, so it is quite long. However, you don't have to watch it all at once and it is easy to skip bits.

Here are two films from the Royal Academy. The first is a David Hockney film of two of his past exhibitions at the Royal Academy - A Bigger Picture (2012) featuring the East Yorkshire landscapes, and 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life (2016).

The second is a beautiful film about painting gardens - from Monet to Matisse.