Art Quarterly

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 and accessible content and comment on art and artists, galleries and museums, and the works they show and hold in their collections, as well as highlighting the discounted entry and other benefits available to Art Fund members with their National Art Pass.

Art Quarterly, winter AQ

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 its new Funded section, which details works of art that Art Fund has helped museums and galleries to acquire over the past quarter, and the impact of the four strands of Art Fund’s charitable programme.

In the winter 2018 issue:


• Taking Part and Doing More

Grass-roots participation by members has always been part of Art Fund’s DNA. Director Stephen Deuchar salutes the support already given and looks forward to how new models of engagement can benefit museums and their visitors.

• The Bonnard Effect
Ahead of Tate Modern’s exhibition, Martin Coomer charts the life and work of French Post-Impressionist painter Pierre Bonnard, celebrating him not only as a great colourist, but as the creator of disarming compositions, who has influenced generations of artists.

• The House that Dior Built
Couturier Christian Dior was an art lover and an avid Anglophile. As the Victoria and Albert Museum prepares for its lavish Dior exhibition, Hettie Judah reflects on seven decades of the designer and his maison.

• Interview: Penny Woolcock
Artist and filmmaker Penny Woolcock’s fictionalised tales of lives on the margins reveal multiple truths about race and class. Ahead of the opening of her first institutional show, at Modern Art Oxford, she revisits her own history of collaboration and creativity. Interview by Helen Sumpter.

• Leonardo: A Life in Twelve Drawings
To mark the quincentenary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, 12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK will each feature 12 different drawings by Leonardo from the Royal Collection. Curator Martin Clayton charts the artist’s life through 12 of his drawings, one selected from each of the exhibitions.

• Meet the Collectors: George Loudon
A good eye and a curiosity for art and the natural world led to former banker George Loudon’s collection of 200 beautifully crafted objects that were originally educational tools in the teaching of life sciences. Helen Sumpter tells how he now wants these – and other such items – to be appreciated anew.

Spotlight: Isle of Wight
With 2019 marking the bicentenary of the birth of Queen Victoria, Ben Murray visits Osborne House, her rural retreat on the Isle of Wight, and highlights some of the other cultural venues the county island, and nearby mainland has to offer, including Dimbola Museum & Galleries, Newport Roman Villa, the Museum of Island History, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery.

Q: Norman Ackroyd
Ahead of his exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, artist and printmaker Norman Ackroyd speaks to Anna McNay about how his upbringing and schooling influenced his opinions on art education.

Neil Griffiths, chief executive of Arts Emergency, explains why, for young people without connections, the arts need a new type of old boy network.

Previews of selected exhibitions on during the winter, plus themed and additional listings of shows to see around the UK.

Exhibition reviews:
‘Senga Nengudi’ at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; ‘Edwin G Lucas: An Individual Eye’ at City Art Centre, Edinburgh; ‘John Akomfrah: Mimesis: African Soldier’ at the Imperial War Museum, London; ‘Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-33’ at Tate Modern, London; ‘Clowns: The Eggs-hibition’ at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery; and ‘Voices from the Deep’ at the Postal Museum, London.

Book reviews:
Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Constable’s Skies: Paintings and Sketches by John Constable by Mark Evans; Deaccessioning and Its Discontents: A Critical History by Martin Gammon; Atlas: A World of Maps from the British Library by Tom Harper; Starry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum by Martin Bailey; and Animal: Exploring the Zoological World by Phaidon editors.


• Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar on how quick decision-making and collaborative action secured the acquisition of French artist Pierre Prévost’s magnificent panorama of lost London, A Panoramic View of London, from the Tower of St Margaret’s Church, Westminster, c1815, for the Museum of London.

Building Collections – a focus feature on the generous bequest by Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor to the Fitzwilliam Museum, plus other recent acquisitions and exhibitions.

Art Fund chairman Lord Smith of Finsbury on the tension and turmoil depicted in a watercolour by Edward Burra, recently acquired by the Laing Art Gallery, through a dedicated fund held in trust by Art Fund.

Shaping Futures – a focus feature on national curatorial networks and a new scheme Art Fund is launching to support these, plus updates on Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grants, New Collecting Awards, traineeships and fellowships.

Reaching Audiences – a focus feature on the restoration of Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, recently acquired by the National Gallery, plus a round-up of forthcoming Weston Loan Programme exhibitions, ARTIST ROOMS, fig-futures shows, and RA250 exhibitions and events.

Making Connections – a focus feature on the real-life paid work experiences in the creative industries available with a Student Art Pass, plus the launch of Art Fund’s new podcast, Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019, and other membership updates.

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, Sarah Kent, Hilary Mantel, Griselda Murray Brown, Rachel Spence, Ben Street and Marina Vaizey.

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