Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans

Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans

Trying to name famous Belgians is a popular question at pub quizzes. Some can come up with a handful, including two painters, René Magritte and Peter Paul Rubens, then maybe Eddy Merckx the five-times Tour de France winner, Adolphe Sax of ’phone fame, and then they let the side down...

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Beyond Caravaggio

Beyond Caravaggio

  Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was certainly the bad boy of Renaissance art. He killed a man, Ranuccio Tomassoni, in a row over a woman, Fillide Melandroni, one of his models and a famous Roman beauty and courtesan. Recent research has disclosed that Tomassoni, who was not only a rival...

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Bedlam: the asylum and beyond Wellcome Collection

Bedlam: the asylum and beyond Wellcome Collection

Until 15 January 2017 Admission free wellcomecollection.org   A cartoon by Berger and Wyse appeared in the Guardian a couple years ago, depicting a slice of fruitcake, some nuts, crackers and a banana waiting outside a building, entitled ‘Support group for food used as a metaphor for mental illness’. A sign hanging on the door says ‘Out...

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Wonderlab at the Science Museum: A review

Wonderlab at the Science Museum: A review

Summary: Wonderlab is a fresh breath of air for the Science Museum. A strong, well planned gallery that doesn’t shy away from the actual Science, encased in bright unassuming British “muf” architecture. It opens today, October 12 , and is free for schools that book in advance. Once upon a time,...

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You Say You Want A Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 at the V&A

You Say You Want A Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 at the V&A

You Say You Want A Revolution?Records and Rebels 1966-1970 at the V&A £16.00 It’s hard to not approach the V&A’s multimedia extravaganza du jour without a leaden feeling of cynicism. You Say You Want A Revolution? feels like a fairly transparent attempt by the V&A to follow up 2013 eye-wateringly...

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Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style From the Queen’s Wardrobe

Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style From the Queen’s Wardrobe

Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style From the Queen’s Wardrobe.   Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace.   Until 2nd October. 2016   This Exhibition, set in the  glorious, historic State Rooms, brings 90 years of royal fashion out of the shadows of yesteryear into the...

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Christopher Wood: Sophisticated Primitive

Christopher Wood: Sophisticated Primitive

  Kit Wood certainly had one of the most colourful, and painfully short, careers of any British artist, and he managed to cram more into his short life than many others who lived out their four score years and ten and beyond. He was patently a very attractive, and gifted,...

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Artists of the Colony Room Club  – The Dark Art of Soho

Artists of the Colony Room Club – The Dark Art of Soho

Hooray! No need to travel to Chichester if you never seem to make it, Bonhams is putting on a terrific show from the magnificent Pallant House Galleries in its Bond St galleries during Freize week. This is a very special collection from an important time of 20thCentury British art. Post...

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Colour and Vision: Through the Eyes of Nature

Colour and Vision: Through the Eyes of Nature

  Colour and Vision: Through The Eyes of Nature The Natural History Museum. Cromwell Road. London. SW7. 5BD   Until 6th November. 2016. This intriguing Exhibition reveals the differing mechanics of the vision of various species. It describes the 565 million years journey of the evolution of vision, uncovering perception...

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Claude Monet said that he owed becoming a painter to flowers and Ralph Waldo Emerson remarked that earth laughs in flowers. Unquestionably, they are some of the most beautiful things on God’s earth, but there are amongst us some philistines who abuse and mangle their beauty by trying to ‘arrange’...

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