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Art historian Julia Bagguley gives an introduction to the extraordinary artist at the centre of Kettle’s Yard’s latest exhibition, Lucie Rie, and celebrates her almost alchemical ability to make stunning pots, buttons, bowls and vases.
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The Royal Academy’s latest exhibition, Whistler’s Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan, uses paintings, drawings and sketchbooks to shine a light on the woman behind the muse, the business manager and companion behind the model.
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From a renaissance falconer’s bag to Haute Couture purses, the V&A’s current show, Bags: Inside Out, explores the history of this much needed and, at times, coveted accessory, writes Julia Bagguley.
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During lockdown, Julia Bagguley found solace and hope in her garden. Here, in the twenty-fifth postcard of the series, she reflects on another gardener, Gertrude Jekyll, as captured in William Nicholson’s portrait.
Read More “Postcards in Isolation 25: William Nicholson, Miss Jekyll’s Gardening Boots, 1920”
As Covid-19 brings Europe into lockdown, Julia Bagguley recommends three books, inspired by Italian history, which reveal the humanity and courage of individuals in a time of crisis.
Read More “An Italian Serenade: three books about strength in the face of adversity”
With a major retrospective of Linder’s work opening at Kettle’s Yard, Julia Bagguley reflects on the life, art and legacy of one of Britain’s most overlooked feminist artists and performers of the punk era.
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Julia Bagguley reflects on the life and work of Lucian Freud in light of the current Royal Academy exhibition of his self portraits.
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Our use of pottery for everyday rituals dates back to before the Neolithic period, but today we appreciate the subtle beauty of ceramics. Here, Julia Bagguley discusses the history of pottery in relation to artist Jennifer Lee’s work, currently on show at Kettle’s Yard.
Initially termed as ‘a minor producer of charming still lifes’, the late artist Mary Fedden OBE went on to sell her work for six figure sums. Our arts contributor, Julia Bagguley, reflects on Fedden’s journey from mural maker to internationally known painter.
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Julia Bagguley leads us through the history of haute couture in anticipation of the V&A’s upcoming exhibition, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams.
Read More “Haute Couture: Past, Present and Future”
The Royal Academy provides an architectural feast with their current exhibition, Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings.
Read More “Review of Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings at the Royal Academy”