Killed Negatives: Unseen Images of 1930s America

Killed Negatives: Unseen Images of 1930s America

An odd title, you may think, for an exhibition of photography, but not as odd as the reasons behind it. In the 1930s, the Information Division of the Farm Security Administration (FSA), commissioned photographers to record and document life in rural America during the Great Depression years, but to a...

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Royal Academy Summer Show

Royal Academy Summer Show

Grayson Perry is everywhere. He is in the Summer Exhibition with two pieces, a glazed ceramic piece entitled Stupid White Thing and a woodcut called Selfie with political causes, in an edition of 12 and priced at £51,600 each. He was hosting a tour of the exhibition at the press view, flouncing through the galleries in...

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Victorian Giants: The Art of Photography

Victorian Giants: The Art of Photography

The NPG have selected four pioneering photographers, Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll, Lady Clementina Hawarden and the Swede, under whom they all studied, Oscar Rejlander. In the middle of the nineteenth century, photography was no longer such a novelty, but the prints that were being produced were rather staid, and...

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America’s Cool Modernism

America’s Cool Modernism

If your penchant is for figures in a landscape, or even just figures, then steer clear of Oxford for the next five months, or, at least the exhibition currently showing at the Ashmolean. Hard-edged, geometric cityscapes fight with hard-edged rural scenes of barns, silos and grain elevators. There are some...

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Special Forces: In The Shadows at the National Army Museum

Special Forces: In The Shadows at the National Army Museum

It is a year since the National Army Museum had its makeover, funded in part by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and it has transformed what was a rather dingy and dusty old mausoleum, to a light and airy, twenty-first century, rock’n’roll, razzamattazz display of film posters, neon signs, interactive consoles,...

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Charles II: Art and Power

Charles II: Art and Power

England was no longer a Monarchy after King Charles 1 of England, Scotland and Ireland was executed in 1649 at Whitehall Palace. This brutal act marked the climax of the English Civil War. The following period was known as the ‘Interregnum’, and England was, de facto, a Republic, ruled by...

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Modigliani

Modigliani

This is Tate’s Big One for the autumn/winter season. Alexei Modigliani is a favourite with the public, probably because he represents everything an artist living in Paris at the time of Picasso should be.  He ticks all the boxes: often penniless and sometimes starving, he adopted the role of the...

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Red Star over Russia

Red Star over Russia

    The sub-title of this densely-illustrated exhibition is A Revolution in Visual Culture 1905-1955, and is taken from the enormous and comprehensive collection of the graphic designer and historian David King, who died last year. It is a remarkable achievement, amassing, as he did, over a quarter of a...

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Living with Gods: People, Places and Worlds Beyond

Living with Gods: People, Places and Worlds Beyond

The human race has always had an awareness of its own ‘divinity’, its soul, and the belief in a ‘ higher power’ since the earliest Ice Age up to the present time. ‘Divinity’ is in us all and fear, insufficiency and inadequacy turns us towards it. Our ‘divinity’ gives us...

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Cézanne Portraits

Cézanne Portraits

Although Cézanne himself said that he was more interested in ‘capturing a moment in time’ and the physicality of paint than in any underlying personality of the sitters for his portraits, it is impossible not to detect the persona beneath the application of oils and the layering of colours. How...

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