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Whorled Explorations: Kochi Muziris Biennale 2014

Friday, 13 February, 2015 by Giula Sartori Conte

Since 2012, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale has turned Fort Kochi, a vibrant town overlooking the Arabian Sea, into a pivotal location for India’s contemporary art scene. The 2014 Whorled Explorations Biennale, curated by artist Jitish Kallat, showcases the work of 94 … Continue reading

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John Golding: Finding the Absolute (Piano Nobile, Kings Place)

Tuesday, 10 February, 2015 by Jenna Lundin

The title of Piano Nobile’s current exhibition of John Golding’s 1960s abstract paintings is a nod to the artist’s seminal work in the field of art history, Paths to the Absolute, which brought together his A. W. Mellon Lectures in … Continue reading

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Black is the Color of My True Love’s Square

Thursday, 5 February, 2015 by Patricia Manos

The Whitechapel Gallery has turned what might have been the Sisyphean curatorial endeavour (and tortuous viewing experience) of revisiting a century of geometric abstraction into a thoughtful, engaging exhibition. Adventures of the Black Square‘s greatest strength lies in its presentation … Continue reading

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Post Pop: East Meets West (Saatchi Gallery)

Tuesday, 27 January, 2015 by Clare Lamport

The (re-) appropriation of Pop Art as an international movement is experiencing a resurgent moment. Until 3rd March, the Saatchi Gallery is presenting a major exhibition: ‘Post Pop: East Meets West’, exploring Pop art since the 1960s. This show gathers … Continue reading

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From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia (Dulwich Picture Gallery)

Tuesday, 11 November, 2014 by Costanza Beltrami

From the Forest to the Sea brilliantly turns the disadvantages of Dulwich Picture Gallery’s small exhibition space into an opportunity: the gallery’s long vista — a corridor rather than an enfilade of rooms — and its changing wall colours firmly … Continue reading

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Pilgrims, Healers, and Wizards: Buddhism and Religious Practices in Burma and Thailand (British Museum)

Sunday, 9 November, 2014 by Ethan A. Perets

It is easy to forget that curatorial control is not absolute. During the preparations for any show project curators must contend with numerous obstacles. These might include time constraints, lack of high quality objects or works of lasting significance, as … Continue reading

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Germany – Memories of a Nation: a 600-year history in objects (British Museum)

Monday, 3 November, 2014 by Julia Secklehner

Entering the dimly lit exhibition space for “Germany – Memories of a Nation” feels exciting, as does being greeted by a video installation of the fall of the Berlin Wall, people on the street celebrating, driving in old trabants and … Continue reading

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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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