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Rachel Whiteread – newly opened Retrospective at Tate Britain until 21 January 2018 – Don’t miss it!

Chicken Shed  (2017), inspired by a chicken shed in Norfolk. Photo: Rachel Whiteread/Tate Whiteread is a contemporary English artist who creates mainly sculptures, usually casts of the inside of objects – negative space – which bear the marks of every day human use – eg “One Hundred Spaces” (pictured), an installation of 100 jewel-like resin […]

Grayson Perry at the Serpentine until 10 September 2017 – ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’

Perry’s pots – Brexiteers and Remainers Grayson Perry’s new exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery provocatively – as ever the master of iconoclasm – titled The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! centres round 2 large pots which record the Nation’s feelings about Brexit: one pot representing the Brexiteers and the other the Remainers. The pots are sized […]

Alberto Giacometti – UK’s first major retrospective at Tate Modern until 10 September 2017

Alberto Giacometti with his plaster sculptures at the Venice Biennale, 1956. Photograph: Alinari/Roger-Viollet Alberto Giacometti was born in the Swiss Alps in 1901, eldest son of a well-known Impressionist painter.  He is famous for his tall, thin, bleak figures – humans honed almost to knife sharpness. He began his artistic career as a Surrealist but […]

Michael Armitage: The Chapel – at the South London Gallery until 23 Feb 2018

Michael Armitage, Exorcism, 2017, © Michael Armitage. Photo © White Cube (Ben Westoby). Courtesy of the artist and the Harry and Lana David Collection (detail) Armitage – London-based, Kenyan-born – explores the multi faceted contemporary culture of East Africa and the collision, often disturbing and brutal, between religion, folklore and modern life. Painted on Ugandan lubugo […]

Reflections: van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites – National Gallery until 2 April 2018

The Arnolfini portrait (Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife), 1434 Jan van Eyck William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, founders of The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood  in 1848, all became fascinated with The Arnolfini Portrait and the use of a mirror in domestic scenes to explore narrative and drama.  What can you see in the […]

Rose Wylie ‘Quack Quack’ at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery showing until 11 February 2018

Rose Wylie NK (Syracuse Line-UP), 2014 (detail – full image below). A large, compelling exhibition of Rose Wylie (1934 – ) paintings from the late 1990s to-date, including works inspired by Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and Wylie’s childhood memories of Bayswater during the Blitz with Spitfires and Messerschmitt planes fighting overhead – ‘ack-ack’ was the sound […]