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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 […]

“Painters’ Painters” at the Saatchi Gallery extended to 22 March 2017

Richard Aldrich, Future Portrait #49, 2003 Acrylic on panel 30.5 x 30.5 cm At Saatchi Gallery to 22 March, this exhibition showcases the work of 9 contemporary artists, all of whom work with paint in an art world currently dominated by more modern media such as video, installation and conceptual art – paint was entirely absent […]

The Bayeux Tapestry – coming to England on loan from France … but not until 2022!

The Bayeux Tapestry – scenes 43, 44, 45 and 46 hIC TRAhUNT(UR): NAVES: AD MARE (Here the ships are dragged to the sea) ISTI PORTANT: ARMAS: AD NAVES (These (men) carry arms to the ships) Over 230 ft. long,  just under 20 inches high, comprising 89 embroidered scenes in eight sections with decorative borders along the top and […]

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 […]