• An Alice in Wonderland home

    Skeel Library, Hampstead Manor From its literary origins as a school for young Edwardian ladies, there’s a touch of Alice in Wonderland in the newly restored Skeel Library, a Grade II-listed building that forms part of Mount Anvil’s award winning Hampstead Manor complex. Two years ago, Mount Anvil dived down the rabbit hole to begin […]

    Andrea Watson February 2, 2020
  • Pick of the spring art shows in 2020

    Andrea Marechal Watson takes a look at spring shows from London, Cambridge, Bonn, Vienna and, Washington DC and enters the magical world of the new Story Museum in Oxford Picasso and Paper Forgive a tiny quibble but this magnificent exhibition is far more than works on paper by Picasso and perhaps it’s why the show […]

    Andrea Watson January 30, 2020
  • Creativity? It’s a rainbow pack of plastic toys

    Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years has just opened at the Holburne Museum, Bath. The exhibition has instantly put this little known art collection on the international map as Andrea Marechal Watson discovers. Claire in a bus stop, courtesy of Andrew Gibson There are quite a lot of words and phrases that Grayson Perry doesn’t like. […]

    Andrea Watson January 27, 2020
  • Food for thought – five of the best autumn art shows

    Last Supper in Pompeii When Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, the people of Pompeii were doing what Romans loved best – eating, drinking and producing food from the many kitchen gardens and vineyards serving the city. Last Supper in Pompeii explores this ancient Italian love affair through exquisite mosaics, wall paintings, statues and objects, many […]

    Andrea Watson August 11, 2019
  • New wave art

    The latest Knight Frank Weath Report, published in March, has some generalised data on one of the assets most prized by High Net Worths – yachts: how many, where they sail and so on. Unlike cars, yachts are not on the asset value list Objects of Desire because – presumably – they lose value. They […]

    Andrea Watson March 6, 2019
  • Best exhibitions in Europe for spring 2019

    Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway One of Norway’s greatest and most original landscape artists, Harald Sohlberg, finally gets a show in the UK. Born in 1869, he was a close contemporary of Edvard Munch (The Scream) and like Munch, outside the mainstream of contemporary art. The label of symbolist has fallen on Sohlberg’s shoulders however much […]

    Andrea Watson January 31, 2019
  • Frieze Frames: diversity and restraint mark 2018 art fair

    Revolver Galerie, Buenos Aires, Lima – one of the booths in the Focus section – presented an installation piece by Andrea Galvani. Slowly gyrating around a series of white neon mathematical equations, the performers hummed haunting acapella harmonies as they moved across the stand. It was as if the sounds of the universe, represented by […]

    Andrea Watson October 5, 2018

    Wallpaper has made a huge comeback in interior design.

    Andrea Watson September 21, 2018
  • A summer of fine art

    Monet and Architecture Who needs another Monet show? This was the view of a cheeky Time Out reviewer who thought we had perhaps had enough of water lilies. It struck a chord because some art degrees (mine included) refuse to teach ‘the Impressionists’ because they are not cutting edge enough and are also rather over-exposed. […]

    Andrea Watson May 30, 2018
  • The mystery of Greek gates

    Greek gates are like fingerprints – no two appear to be similar

    Andrea Watson May 29, 2018