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  • Nice piece on the watershed tumbling of David Nash's 'Wooden Boulder'

    David Nash and the mystery of Wooden Boulder, his missing sculpture 20 Aug '16, 1pm

    Nash wasn’t being altruistic: he was so short of money that he could barely afford to buy materials. The oak tree was a potential career-saver; it contained enough wood for months, if not years, of work. Nash cut down the tree in the spring of 1978 and chopped the trunk into a roughly...

  • 'Critter' by William Edmondson, an Outsider Art highlight from our 14 September sale

    Outsider Art: 6 names to note, from Bill Traylor to Henry Darger 11 Aug '16, 1pm

    First coined by the critic Roger Cardinal in 1972, the term ‘Outsider Art’ was originally employed as a synonym for ‘Art Brut’, a label created by Jean Dubuffet in the 1940s to describe art formed beyond the boundaries of the mainstream art world. In the ensuing decades the label has ...

  • The Courtauld’s ‘Unfinished’: the graft behind the glitter 30 Jul '16, 3pm

    Del Vaga’s work was considered the perfect teaching tool for Renaissance painting, and was the first purchased addition to Samuel Courtauld’s collection. When you look closely, it has everything: there’s a graphic outline in pen and ink, and the thinness of the paint means there are v...

  • How Christie’s helped secure the iconic Armada portrait for generations to come #savearmada

    Queen Elizabeth I Armada portrait saved for the nation 29 Jul '16, 10am

    When she sat for the portrait, Elizabeth I was in her late 50s, and at the height of her power. Immediately prior to the Armada victory, in August 1588, she had given a speech that would come to be the most famous of her tenure, telling her troops at Tilbury: ‘I know I have the body o...

  • What I've learned: Christie's legendary London doorman on James Bond and his love of Madonna

    What I’ve learned: Colin Kemp, doorman 24 Jul '16, 8pm

    What I’ve learned: Colin Kemp, doorman Christie’s London doorman discusses James Bond’s car, his love of Francis Bacon, and the memorable day he met Madonna I spent nine years working at Whitehall , providing security for British government ministers. I joined Christie’s on 30 March 1...

  • John Wayne's Stetson — plus 5 other objects with famous former owners from our upcoming sale

    Christies - Owned by celebrities 25 Jul '16, 10am

    Robert Franklin Stroud was one of the United States’ most notorious criminals who, improbably, came to be a respected ornithologist — earning the nickname Birdman of Alcatraz. Sentenced to life imprisonment, Stroud gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous inmates in Kansas’s L...

  • Marks and labels on paintings: a specialist's guide 18 Jul '16, 10pm

    When trying to learn more about a painting, chalk marks form an integral part of the jigsaw puzzle. Sotheby’s has always used yellow chalk to mark pictures, which can offer some clues about a work’s past. Christie’s has used a variety of marks since the 19th century, which allow you t...

  • Meet the man making miniature replicas of the world's greatest buildings @TRofbath

    Timothy Richards’ miniatures and architectural models 23 Jul '16, 8pm

    After art college in Taunton, he InterRailed around Europe looking at furniture design (‘I was in love with the Wishbone chair’), helped to build an Outward Bound centre in Lesotho, taught on the Gower Peninsula in Wales, and joined the explorer Tim Severin on the Greek island of Spet...

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