Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

If you feel like life hasn’t been surrealistic enough recently and are up for an immersive art show of Dali and Gaudi, then the happy news is that the Carrieres de Lumieres at Les Baux opens again tomorrow.  (The chateau which dominates the nearby village has already re-opened).

Visits to the Carrieres though are not as we knew them in the pre-Feb 2020 world:

  • Entry by internet booking only
  • Masks to be worn throughout the visit
  • Temperature check on entry
  • Hand-cleansing gel available
  • One-metre distancing to be maintained
  • No groups
  • No audio-guides available.


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Feeling like some exercise?  Here’s news of a 10-day hiking trail with culture included!  Perfect for the post-lockdown list.

Works by British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, known for creating outdoor installations from natural materials found nearby, form part of a new 150km “art” hiking route which stretches across the north of our region.  Named the Refuge d’Art, in the Unesco Geopark reserve in collaboration with the Gassendi Museum in Digne-les-Bains and the Réserve Géologique de Haute-Provence, it is the largest public collection of his work.

Visitors to Chateau Lacoste near Aix will be familiar with Goldsworthy’s work. ‘Oak Room’ was installed in 2009 – it’s the one where steps lead down into a subterranean bird’s nest of wood. (more…)

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One here for all Aix book-lovers and a message for us all from Phil Shaw, a brilliant digital artist who has recreated real book titles in this display.

He designs the book spines on his computer and then places them in order to make a narrative.  ‘I became so tired of the doom and gloom,’ Shaw told The Times. ‘So I thought: Let’s try to do something positive about it’.

Ten per cent of the proceeds from the sales are going to the NHS and Medecins Sans Frontieres.  £1,500 a pop – but 100 sold in first 24 hours. https://rebeccahossackartgallery.tumblr.com/

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A series of half-hour programmes, each dedicated to one painting with a commentary by art critic Waldemar Januszczak, finishes tomorrow with a detailed analysis of ‘The Card Players’.  Cézanne painted the subject 5 times – this one is part of the Courtauld collection. (more…)

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David Hockney recently left his beloved Yorkshire and his LA base to live in Normandy where he is currently in lockdown with his dog Ruby and two of his long-standing assistants.

He is in the garden most days, drawing the spring awakening – his favourite time of year – on his iPad. In a BBC exclusive, he is sharing 10 of his most recent images, nine of which have never been published before, for us all to enjoy at this difficult time, along with his thoughts on the role of art in life.

See his paintings of his new home and the first signs of spring: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52109901



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I have occasionally posted about the work of this exuberant Provencal painter and been surprised at the subsequent interest in these posts.  So here for all art-lovers is a heads-up on a forthcoming exhibition of his work at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Nimes this summer. (more…)

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Aix Museums: Important Info

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Musée Granet will close its doors from Monday 16th March for an indefinite period.  At the Hotel Caumont Centre d’Art, where the lovely Japanese art exhibition ‘Les Grands Maitres du Japon’ is due to end on 22nd March, they have posted this notice: (more…)

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