Mail + #PalaceConfidential 31st July 2020
Andrew Marr tells the stories behind ten of the greatest paintings ever and I’m delighted to be one of the expert contributors giving my take on artists, art history and art throughout the 10 episodes. Watch here.
15 February 2019, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm, join me at the Mall Gallery where I’ll be ‘Art Expert in Residence’ and discuss work in The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, ideas around art making, get art market insights and ask your questions on all things art!
I will be based in the Main Gallery space and you can drop in anytime between 12 noon and 1.30pm.
The Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AH
“Art Critic Estelle Lovatt FRSA has the experience of being on both sides of the canvas; having trained as a painter, read art history and as a gallery exhibition curator, Estelle is able to teach, judge and talk about works of art, from Cave Art to Banksy, with expert opinion.
Estelle Lovatt is a freelance art critic on BBC TV and radio; Front Row and Today programmes, SKY News, CNN International, Al Jazeera. She writes art exhibition catalogues, including Henry Moore at Work, Serenity Halcyon Gallery & The Royal Parks, London, Jane McAdam Freud, Deborah Azzopardi, Kelvin Okafor, McAlpine Miller and more.
Estelle has also collaborated with The Reduced Shakespeare Company, writing the Reduced History of Art skit. From her TED Talk, The Fun & Irony in Art, to features in Artists and Illustrators magazine, Estelle is the art expert to read and hear. She’s also an art prize judge including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Sunny Dupree Family Award and Female Artist Prize. And she teaches and lectures at the Hampstead School of Art, London.”
What did our ‘Art Expert in Residence’ Estelle Lovatt think of her first Mall Galleries residency day?
I was thrilled to be ‘Art Expert in Residence’ at the FBA Futures 2019 Exhibition. I also wasn’t sure what to expect, as total strangers were invited to join me at my table in the Mall Galleries café, to discuss any question about art, from the exhibition itself, through to ideas around art making, and art market insights.
As a freelance art critic, who has trained as a fine artist, I have the experience of being on both sides of the canvas, but not both sides of the table. Sitting at my designated table, I wondered whether I would feel like I was speed-dating for an art chat. Or be more like Marina Abramovic at her performance ‘The Artist Is Present’.
My table became a place for gallery-goers to rest their feet and eyes, whilst talking ‘art’ with me. I heard lovely comments from people who said how much they liked the exhibition: ‘it’s getting better and better…firing on all cylinders…interesting…impressive’! Several exchanges were very short – a few seconds, but still interesting, some chatted for minutes, others longer.
One of the exhibiting artists, Keron Beattie, who had impressed me with his lead and glass figures, came to chat with his friends. We talked with a primary school teacher about what scale is the right scale to make art, as Beattie’s settles at 6 cms. Another visitor dropped by my table for a chinwag, whilst waiting to go to the talk that was taking place alongside the exhibition. He thought the art ‘looked so vibrant’.
Me and my newly-made art-talking-table-friends created a ‘community’ in which to engage, schmooze and widen our understanding, appreciation and tolerance of our art world.
There were no boring conversations, and it was great to talk about art from the Renaissance to the YBAs – both giving guidance specifically on the individual’s career or work, or more generally the wider subject minus toffee-nosed art-world gobbledygook, often heard, talking about contemporary art and the role of the artist today.
Next time you see me at my table, please do come and join me.”
Art Critic Estelle Lovatt FRSA talks to Nikki Bedi on BBC Radio London.
Round up of the London art scene highlights include:
Monet & Architecture, National Gallery, Includes paintings of London across the Thames, painted when Monet stayed at The Savoy hotel
Degas: Drawn in Colour, National Gallery. On loan from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Scotland
Anthea Hamilton: The Squash, Tate Britain. Performance Art with Sculpture from the 2016 Turner Prize nominee with her giant bottom, Tate Britain
Charles II: Art & Power, Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. The Royal Collection includes Italian Renaissance and Dutch Golden Age masterpieces
This week’s round up of the London art scene highlights:
Another Kind Of Life, photography exhibition, Barbican
Murillo, The Self-Portraits, National Gallery
Picasso 1932, Tate Modern
Sutra – the play, with Antony Gormley, Sadlers Wells