Gauguin Portraits at the National Gallery

Gauguin Portraits at the National Gallery

Surely an exhibition entitled ‘Gauguin Portraits’ should have been housed at their next-door neighbours in St Martin’s Place? However, the National Gallery have been busily borrowing over 50 works from all over the world, with half a dozen from private collections, never before seen in the UK. But why so...

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Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

Is there is more to Antony Gormley than the rather stiff, unyielding and angular Angel of the North in Gateshead and his own body-casts plonked onto Crosby Beach on Merseyside and elsewhere? In the courtyard of the RA, there is there is a tiny sculpture of what, at first, looks...

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Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy

Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy

The RA seem to have an extraordinary knack of conjuring up exhibitions of ‘neglected’ artists, as though from a cupboard under the stairs. The last ‘overlooked’ artist was Felix Vallotton, still in the Sackler Galleries until 25 September, which exposed the Swiss to a wider audience. Helene Schjerfbeck’s name does...

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Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life at Tate Modern

Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life at Tate Modern

The Danish-born artist Olafur Eliasson needs a big canvas for his installations, and Tate Gallery’s new-ish extension has space a-plenty to accommodate his immersive and topical works. Fifteen years ago he packed them in at the Turbine Hall with his Weather Project, which was dominated by a giant sun, with...

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Cutting Edge : Modernist British Printmaking

Cutting Edge : Modernist British Printmaking

Between the wars, there emerged a radical and vibrant art movement in Britain called Modernism, using the medium of lino-cut. You may think that Speed and Flight were just two of the subjects touched on, along with Urban Living, At Work and Play, and Pastoral Life, but Claude Flight and...

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This is MANGA – The Art of URASAWA NAOKI at Japan House

This is MANGA – The Art of URASAWA NAOKI at Japan House

Japan House Until 28 July 2019 Going to another a Manga exhibition, this time at Japan House on High Street Kensington, so soon after visiting the extensive and incredibly impressive collecton currently on display at the British Museum seemed a bit like overkill. After all, even though I am interested...

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Who’s Afraid of Drawing? at the Estorick Collection

Who’s Afraid of Drawing? at the Estorick Collection

Who’s afraid of . . . ? What?  Why drawing? And who is afraid of drawing? Not many of the artists featured in this new show in Canonbury Square, surely? Umberto Boccioni was an influential Futurist painter and sculptor, his most famous work was most probably Unique Forms of Continuity...

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Smoke and Mirrors: The psychology of magic

Smoke and Mirrors: The psychology of magic

My only real close contact with a magician, was with a delightful nonagenarian, and survivor of the horrors of the Burma Railway, called Fergus Anckorn, who died two years ago aged 99; the oldest member of the Magic Circle. As an 18-year-old conjuror called ‘Wizardus’, he was their youngest member,...

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Edvard Munch: Love and Angst at the British Museum

Edvard Munch: Love and Angst at the British Museum

The Scream by Edvard Munch has become one of the most popular images from the world of art, ever, jostling with such contenders as Mona Lisa and The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Rembrandt’s Night Watch, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, Picasso’s Guernica, while...

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Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain

Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain

Judging from the title, Van Gogh and Britain looked as though it would be, on paper, at least, if not exactly padded out, certainly well-upholstered. Although he did a few drawings during his three-year stay in Britain, he never did one painting, and was not really an artist at all...

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