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Monthly Archives for May 2014


Artistic Exchanges: Corot, Costa, Leighton (National Gallery)

Friday, 30 May, 2014 by Lindsay Wells

If you plan on visiting the National Gallery this summer, you won’t want to miss the sun-drenched Mediterranean landscapes currently on view in “Artistic Exchanges: Corot, Costa, Leighton.”  The paintings in this display reconstruct the interactions between three of Europe’s … Continue reading

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Thank Francis It’s Friarsday: Art, Architecture and the Friars: New Work and Future Prospects (23rd May 2014)

Wednesday, 28 May, 2014 by James Alexander Cameron

This was no Friday, but a Friarsday, when the lecture theatre became like a plenary general chapter meeting of scholars working on mendicant art and architecture, discussing the large amount of scholarship that has recently appeared on the friars in … Continue reading

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Curating the Immaterial: Histories, Theories and Practices of Sound Art

Wednesday, 28 May, 2014 by Michael Carter

  By Carlos Kong “Sound Art Curating Conference: Histories, Theories, and Practices of Sound Art” (15-16 May) brought together an interdisciplinary community of curators, artists, and academics to discuss the philosophical, aesthetic, and practical challenges of curating sound art. The … Continue reading

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Pangaea: New Art From Africa and Latin America (Saatchi Gallery)

Thursday, 22 May, 2014 by Izzie Hewitt

‘Pangaea: New Art From Africa and Latin America’ is a moving, intriguing exhibition of wide-ranging art from sixteen contemporary artists, often with complex socio-political influences. The diversity of media and raw talent of several of the artists on display promised … Continue reading

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Converging on the Object: The Courtauld Metal Bag

Tuesday, 20 May, 2014 by Michael Carter

By Clara Chivers The Converging on the Object symposium took place just before closing of The Courtauld Gallery exhibition Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq. ‘The Courtauld Bag’, a piece of Islamic metal work dated c.1300, is the … Continue reading

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Seventeenth-Century Oil Paintings on Canvas from Safavid Iran: People from ‘Parts Unknown’

Monday, 19 May, 2014 by Natasha Morris

As part of the pioneering Persian and Islamic arts lecture series at the Courtauld, eminent Persianist scholar Dr Eleanor Sims examined the case of ‘people from parts unknown’. The works in question were two suites of almost life-size oil paintings … Continue reading

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Design to the T: The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Sunday, 18 May, 2014 by Aimee Rubensteen

Squeals of delight slip from the lips of students, older ladies and a few gentlemen at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s new exhibition of Italian fashion from 1945 to the present, a show promising to be both comprehensive and glamorous. … Continue reading

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Matisse: the cut-outs (Tate Modern)

Saturday, 3 May, 2014 by Tijana Todorinovic

After an eleven-year interlude, the works of Matisse return to Tate Modern. After the Matisse Picasso exhibition in 2002, the focus is now solely on Matisse and his now iconic, paper cut-outs, and related works of his late period. Not … Continue reading

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