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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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Karla Thompson
Creative Partner




Detail of Yarn Bombing UK

Entries in Frieze London 2013 (8)


Translated Vase

Yeesookyung, Translated Vase, 2012
Ceramic shards, aluminium, epoxy, 24k gold leaf

Korean artist Yeesookyung’s work Translated Vase is an exquisite arrangement of broken ceramic pieces that have been re-arranged and re-imagined into organic bulbous sculptures.

Her work delves deep into Korean consciousness, though reminds me of a Japanese art called Kintsukuroi, the practice of fixing broken pottery with a lacquered resin sprinkled with gold powder. The end result more beautiful and/or appealing in some cases that owners deliberately smashed their treasured vessels so that they could be ‘fixed’.

Kintsukuroi – broken is better than new – applies to Yeesookyung’s Translated Vase. The broken pieces used as the starting point were finely crafted treasures already, but broken and re-imagined Yeesookyung has transformed them into new heights of beauty and elegance that are uniquely breathtaking.


Ghada Amer - Baisers #1

Ghada Amer (b. 1963), Baisers #1, 2012. Gold leaf bronze

Egyptian born, French educated and now resident in New York City, Ghada Amer is a contemporary artist working on an international scale. Describing herself as a painter – she is most know for her erotic paintings – she is more a multimedia artist whose entire body of work, be it sculpture, embroidery or painting is infused with her strong ideology and aesthetic concerns. Themes such as celebrating the female, the foolishness of war and violence as well as an overall quest for formal beauty are all expressed through her work.

Baiser #1 is a beautiful, intricately detailed, golden egg-form with sublime images of faces kissing woven through the surface pattern. The word ‘Baisers’  is French for kissing, though these days it is more commonly used as a derogatory word for ‘making love’. I like the juxtaposition of a vuglar word for the name with such a beautiful form; something Amer is strongly associated with.

Ghada Amer (b. 1963)
Baisers #1, 2012
Gold leaf bronze

By Kukje Gallery (Korea) at Frieze London 2103


Frieze London 2013 - roundup

More favourites from Frieze London 2013.

A. Willem Boshoff
South African conceptual installation artist

Willem Boshoff Flag 1, 2003
Smashed up plastic toys on a wooden base


B: Katharina Fritsch
German sculptor whose recent work Hahn / Cock is the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London

Katharina Fritsch, Madonnenfigur (Madonna)
1982 Plaster and Paint

Katharina Fritsch, Maus (Mouse)
1998 Polyester resin, paint


C: Mai-Thu Perret
Swiss Artist best know for her multi-disciplinary practice encompassing sculpture, painting, video and installation.

Mai-Thu Perret, Leviathan II, 2013
Canvas, Leather, metal loops, wood, coconut fibre, cord


D: Elmgreen & Dragset
Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset - two Scandinavians that work together as an artistic duo, exploring the relationship between art, architecture and design. 

Elmgreen & Dragset, Tomorrow
Marble & Soil

E: Mexican Artist Gabriel Kuri

Gabriel Kuri
Large scale woven restaurant receipts


Frieze London 2013 - Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas & Jeff Koons

The Good, the Beautiful and the Baffling.

Big names in art and some big bold work - Sarah Lucas, always good. Damien Hirst with an array of spectacularly beautiful exotic insects and the baffling collection of cast ‘inflatable’ toys from Jeff Koons. There is no place like Frieze.

The Good (my favourite) Sarah Lucas

The Beautiful - Damien Hirst and his insects

and the Baffling - Jeff Koons



Frieze London 2013 - Mikhael Subotzky - 

Mikhael Subotzky Tactical Unit, Johannesburg, 2007

Number one in a set of five identical inkjet prints, framed and mounted to Dibond, with face-mounted toughened glass smashed by the artist

A South African photographer, Mikhael Subotzky is not afraid to get to the heart of the matter and is powerful in its confrontational message that all is not right with the world.  

More of his work can be found online here – and definitely worth your time.