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America After the Fall – at The Royal Academy until 4th June 2017

Edward Hopper, Gas, 1940. Oil on canvas. 66.7 x 102.2 cm. Collection of Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund, 1943 Photo © 2016. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence The Fall  was the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 which triggered the greatest economic depression in US history. […]

David Hockney at Tate Britain (9 February to 29 May 2017)

Detail from Play Within a Play, 1963.  Private collection.  © David Hockney Hockney is one of the world’s greatest living artists, and the retrospective is Tate Britain’s bestselling exhibition ever.  He still works daily, and is currently designing a large stained glass window in Westminster Abbey to honour the Queen.  Appointed to the Order of Merit […]

Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 – Royal Academy – to 17th April 2017

Boris Kustodiev, The Bolshevik, 1920. Oil on canvas. 101 x 140.5 cm. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow Photo © State Tretyakov Gallery The 15-years from the 1917 October Revolution to the devastating collectivisations and industrial reforms in the early 1930’s was a transitory golden age of Russian art, when State and idealistic artists had the same dream of […]

Banksy – and – Brexit

Banksy, May 2017 (detail). Dover, Kent Banksy’s mural appeared over-night during the weekend 6/7 May 2017 on the entire side of an amusement arcade building in Dover, Kent, close to the cross-channel ferry terminal.  It is his first work featuring Brexit and the two-year countdown* to the UK’s exit from the European Union. * Article 50 […]

“Painting the Maharaja” Christie’s sale (18 May – 25 May 2017)

A Seated Portrait of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala (1900-1938) as a Young Prince. North India, c. 1900. Opaque pigments on paper (59.3 x 40.4cm) One of three forthcoming Christie’s London auctions, Painting the Maharaja showcases, in 30 lots, the Indian art of portraiture. Nawabs, Maharajas and their courtesans from India’s fabled courts of Delhi, Patiala, Gwalior, Lucknow […]

Michelangelo & Sebastiano – National Gallery to 25th June 2017

Sebastiano del Piombi, The Raising of Lazarus, 1519 (detail) The exhibition explores the 25-year friendship and partnership between Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475 – 1564) and Sebastiano del Piombi (1485 – 1547) which began in 1511 as Michelangelo was finishing his decoration of the Sistine Chapel.  (Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael are considered the […]