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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Wellington in India at Apsley House

Wellington in India at Apsley House

It is always a treat to visit Apsley House, known more widely as Number One, London. They have a very fine collection of paintings, porcelain, silver and statuary, including no less than four paintings by Velazquez, two by Ribera, a Titian, a Van Dyck and a Goya, as well as...

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The Renaissance Nude at the Sackler Gallery

The Renaissance Nude at the Sackler Gallery

The publicity material surrounding this exhibition uses Bronzino’s portrayal of Saint Sebastian as a rather beautiful young man with a shock of ginger hair, and a red cloak draped over his nude torso, coyly looking out of the frame with a wistful expression, which contains more than a hint of...

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Don McCullin at Tate Britain

Don McCullin at Tate Britain

  There should be a warning before entering the Don McCullin retrospective at Tate Britain, stating, ‘Brace! Brace!’ This extraordinary photographer has covered most major conflicts in the world for the past sixty years, including the Berlin Wall in 1961, Biafra, Cyprus, Republic of Congo and Vietnam, all in the...

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