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Books About Big Art
  • A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    by John Richardson
  • Sarah Lucas: A Catalog RaisonnĂ©
    Sarah Lucas: A Catalog Raisonné
    by Yilmaz Dziewior, Sarah Lucas
  • Grayson Perry
    Grayson Perry
    by Jacky Klein
  • Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    by Pim Milo, Kathy Ryan
  • David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    by Marco Livingstone, Margaret Drabble, Tim Barringer, Xavier Salomon, Stuart Comer, Martin Gayford
  • Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    by Robert Leonard, Anthony Gardner, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Blair French, Glenn Barkley
  • Yayoi Kusama
    Yayoi Kusama
    by Midori Yamamura, Jo Applin, Yayoi Kusama
  • Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Prestel Publishing
  • Wall and Piece
    Wall and Piece
    by Banksy
  • Mark Rothko
    Mark Rothko
    by Mr. Jeffrey Weiss
  • Louise Bourgeois
    Louise Bourgeois
    by Robert Storr, Paulo Herkenhoff
  • Damien Hirst
    Damien Hirst
    by Ann Gallagher
Join the Big Picture

A blog that aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing works of art

Historically, artists have always worked big, and nowadays those boundaries are being pushed to the limits.

Large-scale art, whether in the form of photos from the Hubble space telescope, sharks floating in tanks of formaldehyde, rooms full of dots, concrete sculptures cast from Victorian buildings or hand knitted blankets wrapped around trees, large-scale art is all around us. Join the Big Picture aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing these works.

All content by Karla Thompson, an ex-pat Aussie living in East London. When not working on Join the Big Picture she is part of the backbone to the Leonhard Pfeifer brand.

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Detail of Yarn Bombing UK

Entries in Art Museum of Estonia (2)


Villu Jaanisoo - Seagulls

Seagull by Villu Jaanisoo, 2006 installation of bust sculptures
Art Museum of Estonia

Estonia’s prodigal son Villu Jaanisoo is a fantastic sculptor working internationally though now based in Finland as Professor and Head of the Sculpture Department in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts.

This installation ‘Seagull’ features 87 sculpted heads ranging from children to Joseph Stalin via Estonian folk heroes. The installation originally had an audio track of recordings from the original interviews with all the subjects played simultaneously, creating a cacophony of noise.

Jaanisoo’s work is culturally sensitive and deep with metaphor and meaning, and is quickly becoming a favourite sculptor of mine.  


Christo's Wrapped Oil Barrels - 1958/59

Beautiful; waste; simple; complex; ugly; necessary.

Christo’s Wrapped Oil Barrels are a wonderful glimpse into a time when environmental issues were yet to come to the surface, so to speak, but artist were already seeing the industry and the objects as potential issues.

Part of the “Critique and Crises (Art in Europe since 1945)” exhibition at the KUMU – Art Museum of Estonia, Christo’s wrapped objects are a striking exhibit in the grand foyer of the gallery.

Now days, oil, and its price per barrel are such a complex issue and one of great pain and concern for many. However, what were the concerns in 1959 when the works were completed?

The KUMU gallery have speculated on this as part of their exhibition: ‘Christo’s arrangement could be understood as a memorial, as a future memorial reflecting a time unconcerned with sustainability, a time that almost met its demise because of its unquenchable thirst for energy. Technological advances have brought humanity to a juncture where dealing with resource management and climate change, in short, environmental destruction, are on the agenda. The outcome remains uncertain.’

It is an interesting analysis, one that implies that artists have a sensitivity and insight that should perhaps be listened too more often in strategic global planning. It is also interesting, being in Estonia, a country still strongly connected to the oil industry, with huge blackened freight trains lumbering through the cities outer suburbs, on route from neighbouring Russia.

Christo Wrapped Oil Barrels, 1958-59

Fabric, enamel paint, steel wire, 18 oil drums. New York, courtesy of the artist. USA