Modern Art by Amy Dempsey © Thames & Hudson, London.

“Modern Art” is a very involving book by Amy Dempsey, published by Thames & Hudson, London.

The author, Dempsey, has singled out t host important moments in Modern Art. The book lists sixty – height styles, schools and movements, focusing on the most significant of them.

Arranged in a chronological order, “Modern Art” spans the last 150 years of art, starting from 1860s, the Impressionism and the begin of the Avant- Garde, ending at nowadays with Destination Art, passing through Modernism (1900-1918), New Order (1918- 1945) and New Disorder (1945- 1965).

Amy Dempsey wrote an introduction for art neophytes, which is a guide to the last and ongoing period of art. It brings us into the knowledge of what one society and culture are, showing the recent history of our own world, leading to self- consciousness in terms of who we are and where we come from.

As part of the significant Art Essentials series, published by Thames & Hudson, “Modern Art” is not designed to be complete. It is intended to be a quick guide to Modern Art.

The text is written for people who want to improve their knowledge about the art scene, without going too much into an unnecessary depth. The book is a starting point for those who want to explore certain art movements in further details. This book avoids the often intimidating language the sophisticated art vocabulary has developed into.

Amy Dempsey is an art historian. She studied under Rosalind Krauss at Hunter College New York and received her doctorate from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Dempsey has written for various museums, including Tate, and is the author of Destination Art and Styles, Schools & Movements: The Essential Encyclopaedic Guide to Modern Art.

Art Essentials is an affordable, accessibly written and authoritative new series from Thames and Hudson on the visual arts. Its books are realized by specialists that present the keys to a richer understanding of art of all kinds. Spanning between different topics, the series is build into a set of must-have companions for every interested enquirer and gallery visitor, making it possible for everyone to enjoy the experience of the visual arts, whatever their prior knowledge of art is.

Written by Amy Dempsey, “Modern Art” is published by Thames & Hudson, London.

Looking at pictures Thames and Hudson Susan Woodford

“Looking at pictures” by Susan Woodford is an interesting book published by Thames & Hudson, London.

A pocket sized paperback, “Looking at pictures” can enhance visit to an exhibition for art lovers or can be a practical guide for inexpert or else an effortless reminder for professionals. Easy to read, with explanations of the main aspects of picture usage, it spans through the history of art.

There is always more than one way of looking at any picture and considering the reason for its creation. In this brilliantly presented book, Susan Woodford offers the indispensable equipment to support anyone to understand and explore pictures.

Looking at pictures can be a wonderful, stimulating or touching experience. However, some pictures require some explanation before they can be fully understood. Exploring the origins, designs and themes of over one hundred pictures from different periods and places, Susan Woodford illuminates the art of looking at – and talking about – pictures. Woodford’s enthralling prose compares different artistic approaches, questions assumptions and introduces the reader to a wide range of stimulating ideas. She shows how you can read a picture by examining the formal and stylistic devices used by an artist, and explores popular themes and subject matters, and the relationship of pictures to the societies that produced them.

“Looking at pictures” opens with the Introduction followed by a chapter on different ways to look at pictures (how to use picture; cultural context; resemblance to reality; and design and structure) which are really clear and give the necessary basic tools. It continues with settings like Land and Sea, with portraiture, passing by History and Mythology, the Christian’s contribution, and the Tradition ending with more complex Formal Analysis, Hidden Meanings and Quality.

This short and practical guide is part of the Art Essentials series recently launched by Thames & Hudson, London. Art Essentials is an affordable, accessibly written and authoritative new series from Thames & Hudson. Its books present need-to-know expertise that provides the keys to a richer understanding of art of all kinds.

Susan Woodford received her BA from Harvard University and her MA and PhD from Columbia University. She teaches art history and lectures at the British Museum. In addition to scholarly articles, she has written five other books for the general reader and was the winner of the Criticos Prize 2003.

“Looking at Pictures” by Susan Woodford has been published by Thames & Hudson, London.


David Franchi – Thursday, 30th June 2016.

Curious Duke Gallery, London, and Secret Art Prize for Moniker Art Fair 2016Curious Duke Gallery offers the opportunity to win a solo exhibition at Moniker Art FairLondon, for the winner of the Secret Art Prize 2016.

London –based, Curious Duke Gallery and Secret Art Prize will be the major sponsor of the edition of the Moniker Art Fair 2016.

Secret Art Prize is one of the best emergent competitions. Coinciding with the most important art week for exhibition in London, it will dedicate a space to the winner during the Moniker Art Fair in October 2016. Both Moniker Projects and Curious Duke Gallery will be offering their curatorial support.

Additionally, the winner will be offered a month long exhibition at the influential Curious Duke Gallery, £1000 in cash, a profile in State Magazine, full gallery representation and mentoring from CDG founder Eleni Duke.

There will also be four runners up, with each artist awarded a place in the Curious Duke Gallery group show that opens on the 29th September and runs until 29th October 2016.

The public will vote for a winner of People’s Choice Award, who will be automatically shortlisted straight to the final 30. The procedure for the selection will be the following: once applications have closed on 31 July, Curious Duke Gallery shortlists 100 applicants and their work will be published on the Secret Art prize website. The public can vote for their favourite. The piece with the most votes will win the People’s Choice Award.

Curious Duke Gallery is focused on representing new contemporary artists who work in a great variety of media that often are out of classification. Curious Duke Gallery, London, promotes the accessibility of original and affordable artwork, whilst supporting young artists in their early career. Secret Art Prize was inaugurated in 2014. Multi award winning Curious Duke Gallery placed 2nd at Micro Business Smarta 100 2013 Awards in association with O2, and 2nd best cultural venue in Shoreditch and Hoxton by TimeOut #LoveLondon Awards 2015.

Now in its seventh year, Moniker Art Fair has an established reputation as one of the most exciting contemporary art fairs with its roots set in urban culture.

Staged during London’s most important art week in October, Moniker Art Fair attracts some of the most talked about artists, galleries and collectors from the finer side of the street art movement and its related subcultures.

The panel of judges will choose who is the overall winner of the Secret Art Prize 2016. The panel of judges is composed by Anna Smithson, Director and curator of Smithson Gallery; Mark Powell, Artist; Anna McNay, Freelance art writer, Deputy Editor at State Media and Arts Editor at DIVA magazine; Ana Bambic Kostov, Art Historian; Trevor Nelson, DJ and art collector; and Frankie Shea, Director of Moniker Projects, Founder of Moniker Art Fair.

The deadline is 31st July 2016. Fee is £10.

To apply for Secret Art Prize 2016 the you can visit the Curious Duke Gallery website, or go there in person at 173 Whitecross St, London EC1Y 8JT, for a chance to win an exhibition space at the Moniker Art Fair.


David Franchi – Sunday, 5th June 2016

“Introduction to art” by Thames and Hudson a great book.The Thames and Hudson “Introduction to art” is a complete guide book to all aspects of the visual arts.

Besides the introduction, it is divided in four parts each approaching an element of the visual arts.

An important part is the Introduction, as it explores the primary questions What, Where, Who, Why and the last is When but divided into Value and Censorship.

The four parts, instead, are: Fundamentals; Media and Processes; History and Context; and Themes.

The first part, Fundamentals, introduces to visual language of arts, by analysing the indispensable elements and principles of art that create the language of artworks.

The second part, Media and Processes, describes how art is made, from such traditional media and processes, for example stone carving, fresco and oil painting, to contemporary approaches, such as digital and conceptual art and installations.

The third part, History, deals with the forces and influences that have shaped art throughout the course of human history. It offers and overview of the history of art from prehistoric times to the twenty – first century in all over the world.

The fourth part, Themes, explains art through the major cultural and historical themes that have stimulated artists to create great works of art.

While the introduction outlines the most important knowledge and skills you need to analyse and understand art, you can read the chapters of Thames and Hudson “Introduction to art” in any order, because is an entirely modular publication.

This manual has lots of references, practical examples and features. There are eight boxes called ‘Getaway to art’ which explore eight famous artworks and repeatedly analyses them using different approaches, throughout all the chapters of the book, each time from a different angle – compositional, stylistic, biographical, etc.

More than 1,000 images of art are reproduced and considered in a neat and vibrant way.

The vast knowledge of art is well synthesised, although is a difficult task. Thames and Hudson “Introduction to art” is thick but however not exhaustive, for art is an immense matter. Some points can be developed.

Superbly illustrated, this energetic and handy book is particularly suitable for the art enthusiast as to those looking for an exceptional educational resource. It is also sensible for those who have no knowledge and would like to move their first steps into the art world. No other book currently available has such an extensive coverage, presented in a modular form, which enables students and teachers to work in a really flexible way.

The authors are highly competent and with a good curriculum. Debra J. DeWitte has studied art history at the University of Texas Arlington, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Texas at Dallas. She has developed an award – winning online art appreciation course at UT Arlington.

Ralph M. Larmann has a BFA from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA from James Madison University. He currently teaches at the University of Evansville and is a past President of Foundations in Art: Theory and Education.

Kathryn Shields has a Ph.D. in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University and has taught at the University of Texas at Arlington and at Guildford College.

Thames and Hudson “Introduction to art” was firstly published in the UK in 2015. Originally was published has’ Gateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts’ in 2012 by Thames and Hudson Inc. (USA).

This is publication very good. Thames and Hudson “Introduction to art” is an unmissable book for all kinds of art lovers.