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Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy: 20 July — 27 October 2019

Self-portrait, 1912 The UK’s first major exhibition devoted to the work of Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946), one of Finland’s greatest 20th century artists who painted well into her 80’s, having been recognised as a child prodigy from the age of 11.  The exhibition features over 60 portraits, landscapes and still lifes, including a sequence of self-portraits which […]

Félix Vallotton – Painter of Disquiet. At the Royal Academy of Arts: 30 June — 29 September 2019

Red Peppers (Poivrons rouges), 1915.  Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Dübi-Müller Foundation, Photo © SIK-ISEA, Zurich   The UK’s first major exhibition of Félix Vallotton (1865 – 1925), Swiss / French painter and print maker, drawing together more than 80 paintings and prints, including portraits, landscapes and satirical prints.  Contemporary of Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillardof, he is best known for his […]

BP Portrait Award 2019 at the National Portrait Gallery: 13 June – 20 October 2019

Imara in her Winter Coat – by Charlie Schaffer © Charlie Schaffer (detail) Charlie Schaffer (b.1992), winner of the BP Portrait Award 2019, painted the portrait over a period of four months.  The painting is of the artist’s friend, Imara. Here are the the 4 award winning portraits: FIRST PRIZE Charlie Schaffer Imara in her Winter Coat […]

Edvard Munch – “Love and Angst” at the British Museum: 11 April – 21 July 2019

Edvard Munch, The Sick Child 1, 1896 (detail) Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944) is Norway’s most famous artist and father of Expressionism, his iconic Scream is a symbol of modern day anxiety and rivals Mona Lisa in “recognisability” even having its own emoji. Born in Kristiania (modern day Oslo), Munch – pronounced “Munc” – rejected his […]

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 […]