Rosalind Ormiston MA: Art Historian, Arts Writer, Author

Below are some of the features I have been commissioned to write.  The LATEST are published in THE NEW EUROPEAN newspaper Issue 391 6-12 June; THE ARBUTURIAN published online on 19 June, and 4 June; HAMPSHIRE LIFE magazine, June issue; and ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATORS magazine, July issue.


JUNE 2024


Edo-Pop at Watts Gallery

Published 19 June online in The Arbuturian, a feature review on the fabulous exhibition at Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey, on Edo-Pop 1825-95, from the collection of art historian Frank Millner. It's a colourful spectacle.

Read it here:


On carousel: Toyohara Kunichika (1835 - 1900)  豊原 国周, Three Actors and Egrets in an Edo Winter Setting, 1864, colour print from woodblocks © Collection_ Frank Milner.


Stealing Michelangelo

In February 1564 the Florentine sculptor, painter and architect Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), the greatest artist in Europe, died. He had lived in Rome for thirty years since 1534. Where should he be buried? Rome wanted his body. Florence wanted it more. Read Eurofile:  'Stealing Michelangelo' in The New European, issue 391: 6-12 June, pp.31-35.

Stealing Michelangelo


On carousel: detail of front cover of The New European - Eurofile section p.31. (image copyright The New European 2024)



Yinka Shonibare CBE: Suspended States

British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare is holding his first solo exhibition in London in over 20 years at the Serpentine Galleries, Hyde Park. The Arbuturian feature walks you through it. Read it here. 


on carousel: Yinka Shonibare CBE, Decolonised Structures, 2022-23. Fibreglass sculptures, hand-painted with Dutch wax pattern, gold leaf and wooden plinths. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, Johannesburg, London and New York, James Cohan Gallery, New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and New York. Photographer: Stephen White & Co. © Yinka Shonibare CBE


MAY 2024


The Story of an Art Addict

In 1934 Peggy Guggenheim bought a house, Yew Tree Cottage near Petersfield, Hampshire.  It was here that she launched her career as a modern art collector and gallery owner. The exhibition 'Peggy Guggenheim: From Petersfield to Palazzo' opens at Petersfield Museum and Art Gallery, on June 15th, with the remarkable story of her life in Hampshire before settling in Venice. I have a 7-page feature in Hampshire Life, June issue (published May 24th 2024) 'The Story of an Art Addict' pp.10-16.

Hampshire Life Magazine

On carousel: Peggy Guggenheim with art historian Herbert Read (photograph-detail)

Image: Gisèle Freund   Peggy Guggenheim and Herbert Read, London ©RMNCopyright / Fonds MCC/ IMEC


Bruges -  The Art of Recovery

The Sint Jan (Saint John) Hospital in the centre of Bruges was founded in the 1150s. It ministered medical aid year-round to residents until the 1970s. Now it is a museum dedicated to its remarkable past.  The New European, 'Carousel', p.7, issue 389, 23-29 May 2024, has published my article on its history.

The New European issue 389


On carousel: The Wards at Sint Jan's Hospital, Bruges, 1788, oil on panel, by Jan Baptiste Beerblock (1739-1806). Image copyright Hugo Maertens,2024 (This painting is in St John's Hospital Bruges.)


A Spring Bloom at Strawberry Hill House


Published online A Spring Bloom at Strawberry Hill House | The Arbuturian 


19 May 2024 At Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, London, an exquisite exhibition has just opened (until 8 September 2024) displaying a pair of paintings by Dutch painter Jan van Huysum. They have to be seen. Read about them in The Arbuturian here.


On carousel: Jan van Huysum's Fruits, including Grapes, Peaches, and a Pineapple, with Flowers and a Poppy in a Sculpted Vase, a Landscape Behind, 1731-32 (detail) image copyright Strawberry Hill House, 2024.



'The Painter and the Performer', a six-page feature in Artists & Illustrators, July issue, pp48-52.


In January 1879, the French artist Edgar Degas visited Cirque Fernando in Paris, over several nights. He made sketches of the circus ring, the clowns, the animals but his focus was on Miss La La, an acrobat with an 'iron-jaw' who could hold an exploding cannon between her teeth. Read Artists & Illustrators feature to find out what happened next. Degas' painting 'Miss La La at Cirque Fernando',1879 National Gallery, London is the subject of an exhibition at the gallery, 'Discover Degas & Miss La La' (6 June-1 September, 2024) 


On carousel:

1) Miss La La at Cirque Fernando, 1879, Edgar Degas (detail) - image copyright National Gallery, London

2) Poster for Cirque Fernando, Paris, c.1870's (detail)

Image copyright National Gallery, London.




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