A must see show for people in or visiting London is the very special exhibition of painter John Constable’s landmark landscape works. It is on display now at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum at London until 11th January 2015.
John Constable (1776-1837) and his contemporary rival J.W.M. Turner are very much in the news it seems.
The major film about Mr. Turner, which won best actor category at the Cannes Film Festival 2014 for English actor Timothy Spall will be a Xmas treat and features James Fleet as his rival John Constable
The V & A holds an extensive collection of John Constable’s works, including three easel paintings, 92 oil sketches, 297 drawings and watercolours.
Then there are three sketchbooks, given by his last surviving daughter Isabel to the museum in 1888, an invaluable resource for imagery and information.
Curated by Mark Evans, Constable: The Making of a Master will showcase over 150+ of this much-loved artist’s well known and admired works of art, including oil sketches, drawings, watercolours and engravings.
Evans together with Susan Owens and Stephen Calloway has also produced an accompanying publication.
The exhibition will also showcase a previously unknown oil sketch by Constable, discovered in the V & A’s permanent collection.
It had been concealed inside a line canvas, having been painted on the reverse side of his Branch Hill Pond: Hampstead (1821-22).
President of The Royal Academy of Arts at London just prior to Constable’s day Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) once noted that ‘… the purpose of studying masters is to understand the great principles, which the work embodies. Consider the works only as a means of teaching one the art of seeing nature’.
The Royal Academy of Arts was considered the primary art institution and the leading venue for the study and display of art in Great Britain and Europe until at least the beginning of the 20th century and Reynolds’s opinions remained important and influential in Constable’s day.
There will be many whose form and subject will be sure to be recognised, perhaps even personal favourites, that were produced when he was painting en plain air.
This was when he was taking his inspiration from nature directly, endeavouring to capture and record its bold transitory elements of both light and ambiance.
The selection will include some of Constable’s most well known paintings – Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (1831), The Cornfield (1826) and The Haywain (1821).
Passion and dedication drove director Paul Dyer AO and Bruce Applebaum forward to found the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (ABO) 25 years ago.
Over that time, they have explored new ways of presenting the beauty and deep connection that exists between the early music of the Baroque period in Europe, our humanity and spirituality.
Now they are going beyond, taking that experience into a new realm, as they encounter the mystical qualities that exist between humankind, music and the spirit, as well as the separation that exists between west and east.
It’s not just about music as art and the evolution of our culture although all of that is important. It is also about recognising that despite known differences and viewpoints, there is a great deal we can share in common all over the world that should help bring us closer together.
During my lifetime I have only heard about the so-called ‘whirling dervishes’ and as yet have not had the pleasure of experiencing their performance, especially at Istanbul.
Now we can all enjoy an encounter of the first kind without having to travel, because they are visiting Sydney between the 22nd and 31st October 2014.
Thanks to director Paul Dyer, the ABO will present a very special program as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations, Ottoman Baroque Brandenburg & the Whirling Dervishes at City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney.
This wonderful evening of very special music will be a highlight of the ABO’s special year on stage, a wonderful shared experience.
The musical journey we will go on together is important in a cultural climate of creativity.
From Anna’s crinolines to the glitz of King Mongkut’s court, Jo Bayley understands why “The King and I”, now on stage at Sydney Opera House, has won many awards
The Art of Science is a travelling exhibition from Museum Victoria that toured to Mornington, Ballarat, Adelaide, Mildura, Sale and Sydney between 2012–14 and is now open at the Melbourne Museum and will run until 1 February 2015. It traces the development of scientific art and with the advance of exciting technologies, that allow us to investigate a world of uncommon beauty.
Animals inspire our creative endeavours as they fly, swim, crawl, wriggle or walk, it seems we are endlessly fascinated with the creatures of our world and over the last 300 years their dazzling diversity has been described with increasing precision through scientific illustrations.
The show’s scope covers the period from 1700, when Amsterdam was the epicentre of global trade and ships of the Dutch East India Company returned to port laden with goods from China, India and South-East Asia and a host of strange animals, mostly as dried skins or as specimens preserved in alcohol.
They helped us find new ways of understanding and ordering nature with John James Audubon and John Gould bringing the splendour of the planet’s avian diversity to world attention – Gould’s etchings demonstrating precision and delicacy of line, while aquatint etching, the technique used by Audubon, gave shading and atmospheric effects. Their art has since become inextricably linked with the scientific artwork of naturalists.
From the discovery of new worlds to minute details of the butterflies of Victoria, The Art of Science at the Melbourne Museum presents the best of the museum’s collection of natural history artworks: rare books from the 18th and 19th centuries, field sketches from early colonial exploration of Australia’s wildlife, and contemporary photographic records.
The Art of Science at the Melbourne Museum is an outstanding journey for people of all ages, and most especially families to take together with many school holiday activities. Daily, Until 1 Feb 2015 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM General Entry Adults $12 Children & Concessions FREE and Members Museums Victoria FREE
Painter John Constable and his artistic legacy has been influential through to our present day and his works will be at V & A Museum London from September 2014
Paul Dyer and the ABO will present their very special program Ottoman Baroque Brandenburg & The Whirling Dervishes 22 - 31 October 2014 City Recital Hall Sydney
The Lost Prince and The Winter Queen are poignant royal portraits from London of the ill fated children of King James I of England & VI of Scotland (1566-1625)
The play at Brush Farm House by Wendy Blaxland will celebrate the Bicentenary of CROSSING the Blue Mountains of NSW in 1813 by Blaxland Lawson and Wentworth
Of Meissen Men, is a thought provoking exhibition of ceramic sculpture by Sydney multi talented award winning artist Mark Thompson at the Robin Gibson Gallery