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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Modigliani – A Major Retrospective at Tate Modern: 23 November 2017 – 2 April 2018

Amadeo Modigliani Nude, 1917 Private Collection (detail) Amedeo Clemente Modigliani 1884 – 1920 moved from Italy to Paris at the age of 22 where he lived until his death from tuberculosis at the age of 35.  Best known and admired – posthumously – for his portraits and female full figure nudes, this huge Exhibition brings together […]