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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 […]

Turner Prize – Demystified

Hurvin Anderson, Is it OK to be black?  2016.  (Detail) The Turner Prize was set up in 1984 to encourage wider appreciation of contemporary art and has become one of the best known visual art prizes in the world.  Each year 4 artists are short-listed. They must be “British” which means either working mainly in […]

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power – Tate Modern until 22 October 2017

Benny Andrews Did the Bear Sit Under a Tree, 1969 (detail) Emanuel Collection © Estate of Benny Andrews/DACS, London/VAGA, NY This brave and bold Exhibition focuses on the early 1960’s civil rights movement in America through to the later more militant Black Power rallying cry for African American equality.  The political turbulence and calls for action were […]

Raphael: The Drawings at the Ashmolean, Oxford until 3 September 2017

The Heads and Hands of Two Apostles (detail), c. 1519-20 © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford The Exhibition, based on a research project “Raphael and the Eloquence of Drawing”, brings together 120 of Raphael’s drawings, demonstrating his outstanding technical and expressive mastery in ink, pencil and chalks. “His drawing is eloquent in two senses: in a rhetorical […]

Hokusai – “Beyond the Great Wave” at the British Museum until 13 August 2017 – one of Japan’s greatest artists

Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), Under the Wave off Kanagawa (detail).  Colour woodblock print, c. 1831 Katsushika Hokusai ( 北斎 ) (c. 1760–1849) is widely regarded as one of Japan’s most famous and influential artists.  Born in the Katsushika district of Edo (present-day Tokyo) he was known by at least thirty names during his lifetime.  He produced works […]