The Gallery Companion

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This month's videos


American-French art?

Inspired by a painting I saw at the Walter Sickert exhibition at Tate last week, here are some thoughts on the influence of French art on this great 20th century American painter


Beauty you're under arrest

I have a camera and I'm not afraid to use it! These were the words of this pioneering Victorian photographer. I saw some of her lovely work on instagram this morning and it inspired me to make this video.


A real-life Mary Poppins?

Unknown during her lifetime, Maier (1926-2009) worked as a nanny to support her passion for photography. It is only in the past 10 years that her amazing art has come to light


Murder, music hall and naked women

That sort of sums up Sickert, the bad boy of art in his day, and one of my favourite artists of the late 19th century. In this video I talk through a handful of his paintings depicting scenes of working-class life in Victorian London.


Maggie vs Puppies

What is the role of public statues in our society? I discuss the recent work of an American transgender artist, and compare it to that Thatcher statue I ranted about a couple of weeks ago.


The value of art?

The conceptual artist Ryan Gander is really good at talking about his work and ideas about art in general. And it got me thinking: how much does the artist's personality affect what you think about their art?