Art

Erotic art from Japan

Erotic art from Japan

The exhibition at the British Museum, Shunga and Pleasure in Japanese Art displays Shunga, paintings of erotic sex scenes, banned and kept hidden in darkened rooms during the 20th century.  As is often the case, the best pictures were those where there was mystery, comedy or parody to give it an “edge”; those showing sex […]

Golden art from Columbia

Golden art from Columbia

The British Museum’s autumn exhibition is the stunning “Beyond Eldorado – Power and Gold in Ancient Columbia which shows 200 artefacts from the pre-Spanish period.  Gold was not considered financially valuable by the Columbian civilisations, but was pillaged by the Spanish in the 16th century, so it is marvelous that these items managed to survive.  […]

Vote now for the next sculpture in Trafalgar Square

Vote now for the next sculpture in Trafalgar Square

One of the more innovative and continuing art projects, is the ongoing programme of sculpture of the “fourth plinth” in Trafalgar Square. Now in its 14th year, the shortlisted six submissions for the next installation are on display in the crypt of St Martin’s in the Fields.  An interesting and wide variety of proposals from […]