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Baroque and Later Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum reviewed


September 2017’s issue of Apollo features a review of Catherine Whistler’s catalogue by Xavier F Saloman, who describes her ‘impressive’ achievement as ‘a fascinating study on often obscure, but thought-provoking paintings, many of which were previously unpublished’, and notes that the detailed entries and comprehensive illustrations make ‘this handsome volume exceptionally valuable.’

The full review can be found here

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Picasso and the Art of Drawing by Christopher Lloyd


Modern Art Press is delighted to announce the publication of Picasso and the Art Of Drawing, by Christopher Lloyd.

Pablo Picasso’s was possibly the most audacious and prolific artist of the twentieth century. His paintings and sculpture fundamentally altered conventional modes of representation and perception. But there is a paradox stemming from his respect for tradition and his innovation, best demonstrated in the drawings that served so many different purposes throughout his life.

Christopher Lloyd sets out and interprets the achievement of Picasso the draughtsman, tracing his work from his academic training onwards through his life, covering his Blue and Rose Periods; the gestation of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon; Cubism; brushes with Surrealism, and his final years. He argues that Picasso was pre-eminently a graphic artist and many of his paintings are interchangeable with his drawings in both style and purpose. Drawing serves as the vital thread connecting all of Picasso’s art, just as it links his private world with his public persona.

Trained within the academic system, Picasso very quickly undermined and soon overthrew all the assumptions associated with formal teaching and yet always remained respectful of earlier Spanish (El Greco, Velazquez, Goya), Dutch (Rembrandt), and French (Poussin, Ingres, Delacroix) masters, while at the same time acknowledging the achievements of his immediate predecessors such as Manet, Renoir and Cézanne. Added to this was his fascination with African and Oceanic art, which were being rediscovered in Paris at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Such a diversity of sources lies at the heart of modernism as does the self-revelatory nature of the art itself, its profligacy and its willful erosion of existing hierarchies.

One estimate of puts the total number of Picasso’s drawings at 19,000, including 175 sketchbooks dating from all stages of his life.

Although there have been many books and exhibitions on all aspects of Picasso’s work, those about his drawings have tended to focus on particular periods. In this generously illustrated and lively introduction, Christopher Lloyd sets out and interprets for the general reader the lifelong achievement of Picasso the draughtsman. The publication will coincide with Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, which opens at Tate Modern in March 2018 and anticipates an exhibition of Picasso’s drawings at the Royal Academy in 2020.

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Peter Lanyon: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings and Three-Dimensional Works publication date announced


Modern Art Press is pleased to announced that Toby Treves’ much-anticipated catalogue raisonné of the oil paintings and three-dimensional works of Peter Lanyon will be published on 8 February 2018, exactly one hundred years to the day after the artist was born. Such a comprehensive work will be a fitting celebration for Lanyon’s centenary, recording and reproducing his entire oeuvre in these media.


Baroque and Later Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum by Catherine Whistler


Modern Art Press is pleased to announce the publication of Catherine Whistler’s catalogue of Baroque and Later Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, a collaboration between Modern Art Press and the Ashmolean Museum. The 560-page catalogue illustrates all 182 paintings in the Baroque collection at the Museum, with extensive accompanying entries by Dr Whistler, drawing on a wealth of research.

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Fake or Fortune: ‘Lucian Freud’ Painting


On Sunday 17 July, Toby Treves featured on the BBC’s Fake or Fortune, as part of a panel discussing a portrait purportedly painted in part by Lucian Freud. After filming, Toby wrote to the BBC outlining his thoughts on the work, which he thought could not be fully attributed to the artist and so will not be included in the main body of the catalogue raisonné. For the full text please click here

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‘Soaring Flight: Peter Lanyon’s Gliding Paintings’ – ‘Glorious and dynamic’, ‘superbly curated’


Soaring Flight: Peter Lanyon’s Gliding Paintings has opened at the Courtauld Gallery to excellent reviews. The Telegraph and Time Out both gave the show four stars, and Apollo Magazine has called the exhibition ‘compact yet powerful…a breath of fresh air’. The Observer described the works on show as ‘Exhilarating, uplifting, startling in their high originality – Peter Lanyon’s gliding paintings at the Courtauld Gallery are the revelation of the year.’






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‘Soaring Flight: Peter Lanyon’s Gliding Paintings’ exhibition catalogue


Soaring Flight: Peter Lanyon’s Gliding Paintings opens on 15 October 2015 at the Courtauld Gallery, London. It will be accompanied by a 152-page colour exhibition catalogue, produced by the Courtauld Gallery in association with Paul Holberton Publishing.

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Soaring Flight


In preparation for the forthcoming exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery, Soaring Flight: Peter Lanyon’s Gliding Paintings, earlier this year curators Toby Treves and Dr Barnaby Wright took to the air in a glider at the London Gliding Club. The aim was, by sharing the experience of powerless flight, to better understand the magnificent gliding and weather paintings that Lanyon created in the later years of his career, which drew directly upon the emotion and sensation of being in the sky.


Barry Flanagan – the catalogue raisonné by Jo Melvin


Modern Art Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of the catalogue raisonné of the works of Barry Flanagan, by Dr Jo Melvin

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‘Lucian Freud and the Animal’, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, until 7 June 2015


The Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Germany, presents the last few weeks of its exhibition of a selection of Lucian Freud’s work featuring the animals that he was so fond of. The show includes many early drawings and works from private collections that are on display for the first time ever.

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‘Soaring Flight: Peter Lanyon’s Gliding Paintings’, The Courtauld Gallery, 15 October 2015 – 17 January 2016


This autumn and winter, the Courtauld Gallery will be showing an exhibition of Peter Lanyon’s ‘gliding paintings’, made towards the end of his career when the Cornish artist took up gliding as a new way of experiencing his home landscape.

Modern Art Press has moved office


The Modern Art Press office is now located at:

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All postal enquiries should be addressed here. All other contact details remain unchanged.

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Lucian Freud exhibition opening in Vienna


A retrospective exhibition of the work of Lucian Freud opens at the Kunsthistoriches Museum in Vienna on 8 October. The works, selected with the help of the artist before his death in July 2011, are from throughout Freud’s artistic career – a period of almost seventy years – and will explore Freud’s interest in historical art and artists such as Dürer, Holbein, Titian and Velasquez, amongst others.  Lucian Freud: In Private, an exhibition of photographs of Freud in his studio taken by David Dawson, will run concurrently at the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna, and includes images of the artist at work which have never been shown before.

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‘The Company of Artists’ nominated for the Berger Prize for British Art History 2012/13


Modern Art Press is delighted to announce that The Company of Artists by Charles Saumarez-Smith has been nominated for the William MB Berger Prize for British Art History 2012/13.


William Nicholson catalogue raisonné shortlisted for 2013 Historians of British Art Book Prize


Modern Art Press is delighted to announce that William Nicholson: catalogue raisonné of the oil paintings has been shortlisted for the 2013 Historians of British Art Book Prize, in the Multi-Author category.  The prize is awarded by the Historians of British Art for the best books published on British art and architecture.


Leon Kossoff – the catalogue raisonné of the oil paintings


Modern Art Press is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of the catalogue raisonné of the oil paintings of Leon Kossoff, edited by Andrea Rose with research by Andrew Dempsey and Stephanie Farmer

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Wyndham Lewis – the catalogue raisonné by Paul Edwards


Modern Art Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of the catalogue raisonné of the oil paintings, drawings and other works of paper of Wyndham Lewis by Paul Edwards

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Lucian Freud – the catalogues raisonnés


Modern Art Press is pleased to announce it has been appointed to publish catalogues raisonnés on the prints, paintings and drawings of Lucian Freud.


William Nicholson catalogue raisonné wins Spear’s Award 2012


Modern Art Press is delighted to announce that Patricia Reed, William Nicholson: catalogue raisonné of the oil paintings has won the Spear’s Award 2012 for Outstandingly Produced Book.

The Company of Artists – ‘well told and beautifully drawn’


‘Charles Saumarez Smith knows the company of artists well enough to know that artists are an amusing bunch; you tend to get a lot of miscreant with your creant. The major artistic themes of the 18th and 19th centuries are observed and the key players nodded to, but the book is best on the politics and exploded stuffiness of an institution that stands for both creativity and the Establishment. This is well told and beautifully drawn – and it seems that the best way to live in the titular fellowship is to open a bottle of something strong’, Monocle


Reviews of The Company of Artists



‘Art politically momentous: bringing the then so vividly to life, throws a spotlight on our – and the Academy’s – now’, Michael Daley, The Jackdaw

The Company of Artists is to the art community what The First Three Minutes is to the science world. A real insider’s view, this elegant, illuminating and often amusing account of the Royal Academy’s early history brings to life the characters involved and its surprisingly tumultuous beginning’,  Finch’s Quarterly Review

‘Saumarez Smith writes with verve and enthusiasm, evoking the period with curious anecdotes and pungent quotations. For anyone interested in the RA’s history, this is essential reading’, Giles Waterfield, RA Magazine

John Nicoll becomes chairman of Modern Art Press


John Nicoll, the former owner of Frances Lincoln Ltd and director of Yale University Press, has accepted the position of chairman of Modern Art Press. He takes over from Professor Brian Allen, who stepped down earlier in the year after five years at the helm.