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Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones at Tate Britain – until 24 February 2019

Laus Veneris [Latin: The praise of Venus or love], 1873-1878.  Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne. Edward Burne-Jones (August 1833 – June 1898) was a leading Pre-Raphaelite and one of the most influential British artists of the late 19th century.   The Pre-Raphaelite movement, founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, […]

Yayoi Kusama – THE MOVING MOMENT WHEN I WENT TO THE UNIVERSE – at Victoria Miro until 21 December 2018

All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (detail), 2016. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore, and Victoria Miro, London. © Yayoi Kusama.  The Cleveland Museum of Art. A major exhibition of new vibrant works by the Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), including painted large-scale pumpkin and flower sculptures […]

The Secret to a Good Life: showing until 3 Feb. 2019 at the Royal Academy

This fun exhibition – which your kids will certainly enjoy – celebrates the life and work of Deirdre Borlase (1925 – 2018).   The display includes a selection of historic paintings by Borlase from the 1940-80s, as well as a portrait of her by her husband, Frederick Brill. So, what is the secret to a good […]

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up – at the V&A from Saturday, 16 June 2018

Frida Kahlo, communist revolutionary and feminist icon, was born in Mexico in 1907 and is one of the most recognised artists of the 20th century.  As a young child she contracted polio so her right leg was thinner and shorter than the left which she tried to conceal with large-skirted dresses.  Tragically, as a teenager, […]

Rachel Whiteread – newly opened Retrospective at Tate Britain until 21 January 2018

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 […]