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J Walters

I curate visual arts under The Art Junkie banner

Picasso’s Menagerie

Pablo Picasso’s daughter Paloma once said: ‘We had a menagerie in the house. My father was like St. Francis of Assisi – animals couldn’t resist his aura.’ The Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker and ceramicist had an enduring love of the animal kingdom.

Meredith Woolnough: Textile Art

Textile art is such a specialized talent, and Australian artist Meredith Woolnough is at the top of the rank. Her elegant embroidered traceries capture the delicate beauty of nature in knotted embroidery threads. Through a system of tiny stitches, she creates intricate and complex openwork compositions that have […]

How to Move a Masterpiece

William Bouguereau’s La Jeunesse de Bacchus (The Youth of Bacchus) has been in the French painter’s Paris studio since 1884, and has previously left only three times for exhibition. Now, the painting is going to New York, to be offered by the direct descendants of Bouguereau at Sotheby’s. […]

Quick Hits: Polidori’s Sistine Chapel

Transplanted Canadian Robert Polidori is one of the world’s most acclaimed photographers, for his meticulously detailed, large-format color film photos. This week, he’s on the cover of WSJ magazine with his extraordinary shots of the Sistine Chapel (below – slide to see them all). See a previous Art […]