Published four times a year, Art Quarterly is the magazine of Art Fund and is one of the highly valued benefits of becoming an Art Fund member. It provides readers with insightful, accessible content and comment on art and artists, and current and upcoming exhibitions in UK museums and galleries.
It also highlights the discounted entry and other benefits available to Art Fund members with their National Art Pass, as well as the wider work of Art Fund’s charitable programme.
In the autumn 2020 issue:
Titian in the Flesh
The National Gallery’s once-in-a-lifetime Titian exhibition was a temporary casualty of the coronavirus spring shuttering. Mark Hudson tells the story of how the paintings were created, and how lockdown has made us see them afresh.
In March, where we live took on a different focus for all of us. David Trigg looks at how the Museum of the Home captured that moment, and how, when the museum reopens after a major refurbishment, it will be foregrounding its subject in new and more timely ways.
Meet the Collectors: Kathleen Garman and Sally Ryan
A wish to give something back to her West Midlands roots led Kathleen Garman to leave the substantial art collection she had accrued in the 1960s, with her friend Sally Ryan, to the town of Walsall. Anna McNay tells their story.
Different Ways of Perceiving
One effect of coronavirus lockdown was a heightened awareness of just how important engagement with museums and galleries is to our wellbeing, and also how that engagement needs to be responsive and inclusive. Visually impaired guide Lisa Squirrel and Deaf guide John Wilson share how they facilitate that experience for others, and explain how lockdown has affected them.
The Fruits of Our Labours
One of the many activities lockdown inspired was sowing and growing our own food. Christina Harrison charts the history of the country-house ‘kitchen garden’, and highlights venues around the UK at which to find edible inspiration.
Opinion: How do we engage all of society to deal with problematic public monuments from the past, and create appropriate ones for the future?
Acknowledging that values change over time and having honest and wide-ranging discussions about what belongs in a museum are the steps forward in the current debate on contentious statuary, says Jean-françois Manicom, curator of Transatlantic Slavery and Legacies at Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum.
Ghana-born, Cambridge-based artist Harold Offeh explains what the importance of Afrofuturism is to him and his work.
Agenda lead previews
Q&A with curator Mark Sealy on the upcoming survey show of artist and photographer Sunil Gupta at the Photographers’ Gallery, and an extended preview of the upcoming show of Haegue Yang at Tate St Ives.
Previews and listings of selected exhibitions coming soon and open now, reviews of books and museums' digital activity, and the latest news on the impact of Art Fund’s charitable programme, including the works of art that Art Fund has helped museums and galleries to acquire over the past quarter.
Edited by Helen Sumpter, Art Quarterly’s past and present contributors include Mary Beard, Martin Coomer, Gabriel Coxhead, Charles Darwent, Nancy Durrant, Marcus Field, Sam Jacob, Hettie Judah, Maev Kennedy, Fisun Güner, Hilary Mantel, Anna McNay, Chris Sharratt, Rachel Spence, Ben Street, David Trigg and Marina Vaizey.
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