Art

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The picture of health

14 April 2012 10:15 am

It must have been hard to settle on a title for this book; but then this is not the book…

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Bookends: Disarming but disingenuous

14 April 2012 9:00 am

At first glance, Be the Worst You Can Be (Booth-Clibborn Editions, £9.99) by Charles Saatchi (pictured above with his wife,…

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Where dreams take shape

7 April 2012 10:00 am

The question of what artists actually get up to in their studios has always intrigued the rest of us —…

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A fine and private painter

31 March 2012 11:00 am

Prunella Clough was a modest and self-effacing artist who nevertheless produced some of the most consistently original and innovative British…

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Portraits of an age

3 March 2012 10:00 am

By a fine coincidence, two legendary icons of British art were being feted in London on the same evening last…

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Currents of imagery

17 December 2011 9:00 pm

In the first book of his scientific-cum-philosophical poem ‘De rerum Natura’ — or ‘On the Nature of Things’ — Lucretius…

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Oh brother!

17 December 2011 8:00 pm

Long in the writing, deep in research, heavy to hold, this is the latest of umpteen biographies of Vincent van…

Settling old scores

10 December 2011 10:00 am

As a boy, Brian Sewell was unimpressed by opera but enraptured by pantomime which, he reveals in Outsider, sowed in…

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Lust for life

3 December 2011 10:00 am

Seduced by the hayseed hair and the Yorkshire accent it’s tempting to see the young David Hockney as the Freddie…

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Art Books: A sumptuous tour

19 November 2011 10:00 am

In 1930 Evelyn Waugh, already at 27 a famous novelist, spent two days in Barcelona. He came upon one of…

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William Nicholson: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings by Patricia Reed

5 November 2011 10:00 am

A pleasingly tactile canvas-like cover adorns this heavy book and proclaims its purpose; the boldly brushed illustration is a detail…

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A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney by Martin Gayford

29 October 2011 10:00 am

Like his contemporary and fellow Yorkshireman, Alan Bennett, whom he slightly resembles physically, David Hockney has been loved and admired…

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Art for ransom

27 August 2011 10:00 am

These two books make mutually illuminating and surprisingly contrasting companions, given the similarity of their subjects.

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Poetry in paint

23 July 2011 12:00 am

At the age of just 21, Samuel Palmer produced one of British art’s greatest self-portraits.

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The English El Greco

25 June 2011 12:00 am

Talk about ‘enemies of promise’.

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1951 and all that

18 June 2011 12:00 am

The author of this book and I both visited the 1951 Festival of Britain on London’s South Bank as schoolboys.

Religious doubt

23 April 2011 6:00 am

No description of Eric Gill is ever without the words ‘devout Catholic’, and Eric Gill: Lust for Letter & Line…

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Fish and chaps

23 April 2011 12:00 am

This is the ultimate ‘niche’ book.

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The Midas touch

23 April 2011 12:00 am

Now that we can read on Kindle and some people fear that paper-and-ink books will become extinct, one’s first impulse might be to say hurrah for this mighty production.

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Never the same

12 February 2011 12:00 am

There is a saying that art in restaurants is akin to food in museums. You know the feeling: the attendant monstrosity on the wall peers over your shoulder, wrecking your appetite. But times are changing. Independent galleries have faded under recent financial strain, and the upward pressure on shop rents continues. Denied their premises, dealers are using new spaces and have reached new markets in the process.

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Creative protesting

22 January 2011 12:00 am

It’s time to heed the complaints and free art schools from the constraints of the university system, says Niru Ratnam

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Never the same

15 January 2011 6:00 am

Simon Starling’s art often involves some form of recycling — his controversial ‘Shedboatshed’ won the 2005 Turner Prize – and his ‘new’ exhibition at Camden Arts Centre (until 20 February) is no different.

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More real art, please

15 January 2011 12:00 am

Although I am an admirer of Dulwich Picture Gallery, and like to support its generally rewarding exhibition programme, I will not be making the pilgrimage to see its latest show, Norman Rockwell’s America.

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Best in show

15 January 2011 12:00 am

Penelope Curtis, director of Tate Britain, talks to Ariane Bankes about the planned revamp of the museum and 100 different ways of showing sculpture

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A Cumberland legend

8 January 2011 12:00 am

The legend of the glamorous artist Sheila Fell (1931–79), with her striking looks — black hair, white skin, large eyes — who died young, has tended to obscure the real achievement of her art.