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Burnt Generation: Contemporary Iranian Photography (Terrace Rooms, Somerset House)

Friday, 25 April, 2014 by Natasha Morris

Iran’s Generation X, known as Nasl-e Sokhte, encompasses those born between 1963 and 1980. They are known as ‘The Burnt Generation’, born to an epoch bookended with the events of The 1979 Iranian Revolution and the Iran/Iraq war. The human … Continue reading

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Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice (National Gallery)

Wednesday, 2 April, 2014 by Susannah Smith

Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice is the first monographic exhibition of the artist’s work to be held in the UK. The expansive selection of works clearly aims to reposition the master alongside his better known Venetian counterparts Titian and Giorgione; … Continue reading

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Vikings: Life and Legend (British Museum)

Saturday, 15 March, 2014 by Beatrix Callow

For many of us, mention of the Vikings brings up images of ferocious, sword-wielding barbarians who made an everyday habit of killing monks and building very big boats in order to forcefully conquer new lands.  The British Museum however promises … Continue reading

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Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance (National Gallery)

Thursday, 27 February, 2014 by Kirsten Tambling

In the nineteenth century, the National Gallery’s Keeper, Charles Eastlake, refused a Cranach for the nation, stating that ‘it does not please me’. Indeed, for much of this period, as Strange Beauty shows, insofar as German art was studied in … Continue reading

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Richard Hamilton (Tate Modern)

Thursday, 20 February, 2014 by Harry Laughland

British Pop Art has recently been showing a resurgence in popularity. As international audiences and auction houses have recognised the relatively untapped wealth of importance and value respectively, the predecessors to the likes of Warhol, Lichtenstein, Johns and Rauschenberg have … Continue reading

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Jeremy Deller – English Magic (William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow)

Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 by Aindrea Emelife

Jeremy Deller is a modern day alchemist. This rings especially true in light of his latest exhibition at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow – ‘Jeremy Deller: English Magic’ – last experienced in the British Pavillion at last year’s Venice … Continue reading

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Vladimir Baranov-Rossiné (1888-1944): From Cubism to Surrealism (St Petersburg Gallery, London)

Thursday, 13 February, 2014 by Costanza Beltrami

If every ground-floor window on Cork Street is alive with the lure of artworks, St Petersburg Gallery’s is ablaze with a kaleidoscope of colours and styles. Dazzling variety is indeed one’s first impression of Vladimir Baranov-Rossiné’s work, an impression strengthened … Continue reading

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A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscapes from Britain and Germany (Courtauld Gallery)

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014 by Lindsay Wells

Spring might still be over a month away, but the winter rain cannot darken the stunning natural views currently on display at The Courtauld Gallery in “A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscapes from Britain and Germany.” This exhibition, jointly organized … Continue reading

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Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined (Royal Academy of Arts)

Friday, 7 February, 2014 by Vincent Marquis

“Allowing room for the visitor’s imagination is essential if a space is to become a satisfying physical experience.” These are the words of Li Xiaodong, one of seven architects who have been invited to transform the neoclassical galleries of the … Continue reading

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Alan Sorrell: A Life Reconstructed (Soane Museum)

Thursday, 30 January, 2014 by Aimee Rubensteen

  Sir John Soane’s Museum is the most fitting setting for the first major survey of Alan Sorrell’s oeuvre. Alan Sorrell (1904-1974) was an English artist who worked in multiple mediums, but is best known for his archeological illustrations. Like … Continue reading

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