London Art Studies is the world’s premier online arts education subscription platform and it’s absolutely awesome. It offers a fast, fun and easy way to learn more about art and the art world through a series of short online art courses. For a modest monthly or annual subscription, subscribers are offered a wide variety of short art videos (4-8 minutes) without any jargon. The content is smart and engaging and there is certainly no tedious “art talk” that might put viewers off. Expert speakers explore the world’s greatest works of art, from artists such as Rembrandt and Raphael to Gerhard Richter and Cindy Sherman. Want to learn more about Impressionism or what is the difference between modern and contemporary art, why the Mona Lisa is so famous or what art to see in galleries in Madrid? London Art Studies covers all of this and more in a smart and light way.
London Art Studies is the brainchild of TV arts producer Kate Gordon and started offline in 2011 with short art courses offered at various London hotels and arts organizations including The Berkeley, The Bulgari Hotel, The Connaught and Phillips Auction House. In 2018, London Art Studies grew online and already has over 100 short films on great works, modern masters, the nude in art, the art of color, women artists and more. London Art Studies already has more than 2000 subscribers and has won The right guide to the web‘s Award for Excellence in Education, just five months after its launch. Speakers, including Ben Street, Dr Richard Stemp and Colin Wiggins have been involved from the start and more experts like Financial times Art Market columnist Georgina Adam, have been added to online courses. And to make the subscription even more appealing, they’ve just teamed up with Phaidon, who offers book recommendations to their subscribers, while Phillips is their jewelry series partner.
A new series called Dangerous women starts this month and features artwork from or about women who have broken boundaries. It includes a female artist who forged an international career at a time when no other woman was able to, an artist who dissected how popular culture portrays women, and a woman whose artistic career has saved her. the life. A short film narrated by an art historian Linda smith describes two portraits of the famous 18th century courtesan Kitty Fisher, one by Joshua Reynolds who was a close friend of Kitty and the other by Nathaniel Hone, a lesser known artist. Kitty Fisher was as famous in the 1760s as the Kardashians are today, so many portraits have been taken of her. Renowned portrait painter of the British aristocracy, Joshua Reynolds, knew how to present courtesans like Kitty in a riskier way than he could have done of his regular clients. His portrait Kitty Fisher as Cleopatra Dissolving the Pearl (1759) hangs in the Kenwood house in London and shows the courtesan making a circular shape with her fingers as she drops the bead. This obscene gesture was one that only someone like Kitty could be pictured making. Viewers of Nathaniel Hone’s portrait of Kitty at the National Portrait Gallery in London may have wondered why there was a cat and a goldfish bowl in the painting. Since it was not considered appropriate to write the lady’s name on the portrait frame in the 18th century, in this case the cat and the fish made it clear who the model was.
London Art Studies is full of fascinating stories and ideas like this one. Art historian and writer Ben Street compares ancient works of art with contemporary pieces in the Thoughts: yesterday and today series. that of Caravaggio Self-Portrait as Bacchus (Sick Bacchus), one of his earliest works, painted in 1607, was made while he was creating smaller paintings for private clients. The young man in the painting bears little resemblance to Bacchus, the god of wine. The yellowish skin and bags under the eyes make him look more like someone who has drunk too much wine. American artist Cindy Sherman typically appears in her theatrical portraits, and her portrait photograph # 244 (1991) is based on Caravaggio’s painting. Cindy Sherman plays the role of Bacchus and thus shows how a contemporary work of art can enhance elements of the older work.
More fascinating new content will be launched in October with a series in the Art market, currently valued at $ 60 billion per year. Financial Time Journalist Georgina Adam will provide a straightforward explanation of the complexity of the art market and explain why art is so expensive today and how artists and their work are turned into commodities, with artists producing “products”. In November, The art of jewelry The series in association with Phillips will launch with exclusive interviews with jewelry designers Christian Hemmerle and James de Givenchy (Taffin).
A monthly subscription to London Art Studies is £ 8.99 and the annual subscription is £ 88. There is also a ‘day pass’ for £ 5 (limit of 3 videos).