Rosalind Ormiston MA: Art Historian, Arts Writer, Author


An Interraction with Marc Quinn at Kew Gardens

Published online in The Arbuturian 17 July 2024, an illustrated feature on the stunning exhibition of Marc Quinn's sculptures and art at Kew Gardens, south west London.

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An Interaction with Marc Quinn at Kew Gardens | The Arbuturian

On carousel: Burning Desire,2011, Marc Quinn. Image copyright RGB Kew 2024.


Sent to London with love from Yayoi 


Launched in London on 9 July 2024, Yayoi Kusama's Pumpkin, 2024. Six metres high, in chrome yellow with gradated black polka dots, the painted bronze sculpture can be found by the Round Pond in Kensington Gardens - close to Kensington Palace, until 3 November 2024. Presentation made possible by Victoria Miro Galleries and the Serpentine Galleries.

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On carousel : Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin, 2024 (detail) Image copyright Rosalind Ormiston


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.

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On carousel: Toyohara Kunichika 豊原 国周 (1835 - 1900),  Scene From the Kabuki Adaptation of Edward Bulwer Lytton's Play Money, 1879, 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)


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.

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

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


A Spring Bloom at Strawberry Hill House


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


At Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, London, an exquisite exhibition (until 8 September 2024) is 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.



JULY 2024


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