Great names of British and Irish art dominate Bonhams £3.6 million London sale

Bonhams sale of British and Irish art yesterday (28.5.14) was headed by a roll-call of modern greats – Lynn Chadwick, L.S. Lowry, Henry Moore, Eric Gill, Euan Uglow and no fewer than four Ivon Hitchens in the top ten prices achieved. The colourful paintings by Hitchens who was bombed out of his house in 1940 and who painted for 40 years from a caravan at Petworth West Sussex, came from a single owner collection of 15 pictures – the largest such collection to come to the market. Produced over three decades the collection of Hitchens pictures sold for total of £812,100 and was 100% sold. The top price was £79,300 for ‘Poppies against a Grey Background’. Ivon Hitchens the son of a painter, and the father and grandfather of painters, started exhibiting in the 1920s going on to exhibit all over the world. He was part of the collection of artists known as the London Group. When his house was bombed during WW2 he took

Fundacion Mapfre opens new gallery space with exhibition of works by Vanessa Winship

Fundacion Mapfre opened a new exhibition hall in the heart of the city, alongside Madrid’s main cultural institutions. Located at Calle Bárbara de Braganza 13 (on the corner of Paseo de Recoletos), opposite the National Library, the space boasts 868 square meters spread over two floors and will provide Fundacion Mapfre with a city-center venue in which to host the photography exhibitions the foundation has been organizing for several years. In 2007 Fundacion Mapfre decided to make photography a key theme of its arts program and acquired the complete Brown Sisters series by Nicholas Nixon, marking the beginning of an incipient photography collection. This acquisition also lay the foundations for a new focus in Fundacion Mapfre’s exhibition program, launched at the Azca gallery in January 2009, based simultaneously on the work of the grand masters and on contemporary photographers who had earned international acclaim but had ne

Exhibition at Bulgaria’s National Art Gallery presents 80 sculptures by Auguste Rodin

The Metamorphoses Exhibition presents 80 sculptures by Auguste Rodin and 20 drawings of his from the collection of the Musée Rodin in Paris, displayed in Bulgaria for the first time. This project, initiated by Catherine Chevillot, Director of the Musée Rodin, 18 months ago, includes some of the most well-known and highly valued works of the “father of modern sculpture” as well as some relatively rare works, which have never been exhibited in front of the general public. Divided in six separate sections, the exhibition allows us to cover Rodin’s overall work. The visitors will be able to see figures from “The Gates of Hell”, “Fragmentation of the Figures”, “Assemblages” and “Enlargements” – some key techniques in the artist’s approach. The role of the pedestal is also shown as a means of glorifying some of the sculptures; there are also drawings, which had a central role in Rodin’s