Art Quarterly

Published four times a year by Art Fund, Art Quarterly magazine is one of the essential benefits of becoming an Art Fund member. It provides readers with insightful and accessible content and comment on art and artists, galleries and museums, and the works they show and hold in their collections.

Art Quarterly, spring 2018

Art Quarterly, spring 2018

Each issue looks forward to what’s happening in the coming months around the UK and beyond, and comments on the events and issues of the day. It includes in-depth features, interviews, conversations, previews, reviews, news and opinion, by writers, critics, commentators and experts in the field, alongside details of works of art that Art Fund has helped museums and galleries to acquire over the past quarter, and the impact of its wider programmes.

In the spring 2018 issue:


  • Tacita Dean: The Power of Three – The award-winning artist talks about her unique three-exhibition collaboration at the Royal Academy, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.
  • On the Trail of the Silver Caesars – The renowned classicist Mary Beard investigates a set of 12 Renaissance silver-gilt figures on chased dishes (tazze), with an excerpt from her essay from the book that accompanies the exhibition travelling from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Waddesdon Manor.
  • Joan Jonas: The Electronic Sorceress – Pioneer of performance, installation and video art Joan Jonas is profiled by Rachel Spence ahead of her major retrospective at Tate Modern.
  • Created in Conflict – The curators of a new exhibition at Compton Verney, ‘Created in Conflict: British Soldier Art from the Crimean War to Today’, pick six key objects from the show.
  • Chantal Joffe: Painted Lives – Ahead of two new projects – public art collages for the new Elizabeth line in London and an exhibition of her paintings, alongside works by the German Expressionist painter Paula Modersohn-Becker, at the Lowry in Salford – Chantal Joffe opens her studio to Helen Sumpter.
  • Meet the Collectors: Jim Ede – Anna McNay explores the life and legacy of Jim Ede, the founder of the recently reopened Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge.
  • Book reviews – Sarah Kent on ‘The Conversation Piece: Making Modern Art in 18th-Century Britain’; Roz Hayes on five titles in a series of collected postcards by gallerist Kasmin; Ellen Mara de Wachter on ‘How Institutions Think: Between Contemporary Art and Curatorial Discourse’; Hettie Judah on ‘Chinese Wallpaper in Britain and Ireland’; Anna McNay on ‘Klimt & Rodin: An Artistic Encounter’; and Helen Sumpter on the versatility of clay in ‘Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary’.


Spotlight: Wolverhampton – As Wolverhampton Art Gallery hosts an iteration of the Diaspora Pavilion, seen in Venice in 2017 in parallel with the Biennale, Neus Miró highlights the city’s commitment to artistic diversity; Q: artist Chiharu Shiota on the roles memory and the idea of presence in absence play in her work; Art Fund chairman Lord Smith of Finsbury highlights a powerful 19th-century image painted in support of the abolition of the slave trade; columnist Matthew Sweet reflects on how an object comes to be valued; exhibitions across the UK, from March through May; plus an update on Art Fund activity over the past quarter.

Edited by Helen Sumpter, Art Quarterly’s past and present contributors include Martin Coomer, Gabriel Coxhead, Charles Darwent, Nancy Durrant, Marcus Field, Martin Gayford, Maev Kennedy, Hettie Judah, Sarah Kent, Hilary Mantel, Griselda Murray Brown, Frances Spalding, Rachel Spence, Ben Street, Marina Vaizey, Ossian Ward and AN Wilson.

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