Archive | July, 2014

Peter Fleming

Yes, that Fleming; Ian was his brother. Far less of an armchair traveller than his bestselling sibling (who plotted many a Bond mission from the safety of his swank Jamaican digs), Fleming-the-lesser-known rambled through Asia and South America in the inter-war years. While I’m not usually a fan of travel writing—a very cosy genre in […]

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John Richardson, ‘A life of Picasso: volume II’, 1997

John Richardson, A life of Picasso: volume II, 1907–1917, Jonathan Cape, London, 1996. Since the time of writing (1997), Richardson has reduced the number of projected volumes from five to four. And who can blame him? The third appeared in 2007 and the final volume will be published later this year. In the 1970s, one […]

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The Basil Sellers Art Prize

In 2006 Basil Sellers AM, an art collector and sport lover, realised that his two passions weren’t connecting. There were no art works in his collection featuring sport and he’d come across few such works in galleries and museums. Basil contacted me at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, which had just staged ‘Game on!’, […]

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