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Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision (National Portrait Gallery)

Tuesday, 28 October, 2014 by Thomas Hughes

The idea that an exhibition of assorted paintings, photographs and objects can constitute a ‘portrait’ of someone is an interesting one. Bloomsbury biographer Frances Spalding’s exhibition on Virginia Woolf has added another chapter to the interdisciplinary history of Bloomsbury by … Continue reading

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Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination (British Library)

Monday, 27 October, 2014 by William Ballantyne-Reid

Terror and Wonder, the latest exhibition to be presented by the British Library, is an overview of the Gothic genre from Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (1764) to the work of Jake and Dinos Chapman, via Byron and the … Continue reading

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Rembrandt: The Late Works (National Gallery)

Friday, 24 October, 2014 by Evy Cauldwell-French

Many an exhibition will market itself as “once in a lifetime”. The National Gallery’s Rembrandt blockbuster is no different, clearly marking out the rare accumulation of a vast amount of canonical works in one place. Exhibitions of this size take … Continue reading

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Constable: The Making of a Master (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Thursday, 23 October, 2014 by Chelsey Randall-Wright

John Constable is one of those artists who will stay forever loved among the English, but is unfortunately often relegated to obscurity abroad. When I visited the V&A for this major new exhibition of his painting, I was struck by … Continue reading

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Anselm Kiefer – A View from a critical distance?

Tuesday, 14 October, 2014 by Sarah Hegenbart

I need to begin with a declaration of interest. First, I am German. Second, I am currently writing a dissertation on another post-war artist. This could explain why I might be a bit more sensitive towards these topics than the … Continue reading

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Berlin Biennale 2014

Monday, 18 August, 2014 by Sarah Hegenbart

Listening to the sounds of a classical string quartet on the terrace of a beautiful lake-side villa in Berlin’s affluent Zehlendorf neighbourhood evokes an image of the past; somehow reminiscent of Berlin’s Golden Twenties. This grand venue is however, not … Continue reading

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A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution (V&A)

Sunday, 20 July, 2014 by Percy Darukhanawala

Art exhibitions come in many volumes. The more and more frequent stentorian blockbusters make London’s art offering both important and substantive. However, the noise made by these grand shows – aided by dense crowds, zig-zag prams, loud conversations et al … Continue reading

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Jenny Saville (Gagosian Gallery)

Monday, 14 July, 2014 by Lisa Moravec

The latest large-scale works by the British painter Jenny Saville (*1970) are for everyone who makes a fetish of delicate fingers and toes.  The strong, but at the same time tender, black outlines of bodily endings and coloured heaps of … Continue reading

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Art and Life (Dulwich Picture Gallery)

Monday, 7 July, 2014 by Harry Laughland

‘Art and life’ is currently in its third incarnation after stops in Leeds and Kettle’s Yard. When it closes after the Dulwich offering in late September it will have been on the road for nearly a year, an impressive feat … Continue reading

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Gueorgui Pinkhassov (Magnum Print Room)

Friday, 4 July, 2014 by Tom Balfe

The threshold of the visible, where frail light ebbs away into darkness, is the preferred territory of the Russian photographer Gueorgui Pinkhassov (b. 1952), whose work is the subject of a commercial exhibition of around 30 images currently on display … Continue reading

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