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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 Raisonné
    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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Entries in Barcelona (5)


Ones by Andreu Alfaro

Ones by Andreu Alfaro

Presiding over the main entrance to the port in Barcelona is a gigantic steel sculpture, entitled Ones by Andreu Alfaro. The large tubular sculpture designed by the Valencian sculptor mimics the shapes and movement of waves and consists of seven steel arches, the largest one reaching up 42 meters into the sky.


Movement is an underlying theme of this iron and steel sculptures. I particularly like, though have not seen, his work Femme-a-la-toilette, a sensual piece of curve steel whose contours outline a beautiful woman going to the toilet? Or perhaps, let us assume she has been, and is partaking in something a little more dignified.

Andreu Alfaro was born 1929 in Valencia, Spain and lives and works in Valencia.


La Deessa by Josep Clara

La Deessa by Josep Clara

I have always loved women’s bottoms. That is kind of a weird thing to write, but it is true. I have obsessed over beautiful bottoms in art books, wanted to touch the cool marble in many a gallery and loved drawing that beautiful line that runs down the back of the female form over the hip and down to that delicious curve.

The statue ‘La Deessa o l’Enigma’ which I believe translates to ‘The Goddess’ or ‘The Enigma’ in Catalunya possess one of those beautiful back lines that I so love, a goddess of rounded forms and inner strength.

Centre stage in Barcelona’s Plaça de Catalunya, the marble figure watches the masses of tourists who visit the square each day with her delicate smile, wishing all those who pass her to enjoy their visit to her city.

Thank you La Deessa, we had a lovely time.



condensation cubes

Hans Haacke, Condensation Cube

Another find at the Museu D’Art Contemporani De Barcelona, the beautiful glistening cube of condensation drops was a sparkling treasure. Not from all sides and angles though, as the cube changed dramatically when you walked around it, appearing grey and damp from certain perspectives. However, keep inching toward it and SHAZAM!, perfectly formed sparkling spheres of glistening colour appeared, as if by magic.

Yes, magic, but only for those who took the time to walk that little bit closer to Hans Haacke’s cubed work.



Raymond Hains in Barcelona

Raymond Hains (Saint-Brieuc, Côtes-du-Nord, France, 1926 - Paris, 2005)

Untitled, Paper on Metal

Museu D’Art Contemporani De Barcelona

Collecting fragments of posters and billboards from the streets to re-use as the base material for his large abstract compositions, Raymond Hains work appealed to me on a number of levels. The size, the texture and finishes of the pieces, the recycling or up-cycling value adding aspects - taking something commercially produced on mass, that has expired, been exposed to the elements and basically become rubbish and turning it into something new and fresh – all make me feel happy and give me pleasure.

As quoted from the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona and curated by Catherine Bompuls:

In 1949 the streets of Paris were Hain’s workshop and offered an ironic take on Abstract Expressionism, calling himself an “inaction painter”.

An exhibition by Raymond Hains is constructed rather like a narrative; a narrative made up of moments, readings, discoveries, of a kind of objective chance.



Antoni Llena's towering monument in Barcelona

Homenatge als castellers by Antoni Llena.
Plaça de Sant Miquel, Barcelona.


Barcelona is a glorious city, full to the brim with wonderful people, great food and outdoor eating spaces and an abundance of outdoor art.

Meandering through the gothic quarter we stumbled upon this towering wire sculpture in the Plaça de Sant Miquel.

Created as a tribute to the Castellers (a Catalan specific public spectacular where teams of people create human towers in large crowds) the stainless steel tube sculpture spirals and climbs 30 meters high. Its lightness and openness encourage visitors to walk through and around the artwork, without affecting the normal functions of the square, which I expect in Barcelona mean sitting, eating, drinking and enjoying the sunshine.

Castellers are an interesting bunch of people, skilled at jumping up on each others shoulders and creating human towers to the extraordinary height of 9 or 10 people high. Well I never.