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Small blessings

20 November 2010

As I pointed out last week, one of the chief attractions of the Treasures from Budapest show at the Royal Academy is the inclusion of two rooms of Old Master… Read more

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Picasso by Picasso

30 October 2010

In an upstairs room in an unfrequented corner of Zurich’s Kunsthaus, there is a portrait of one of the unsung heroes of modern art. In an upstairs room in an… Read more

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Taking a firm line

23 October 2010
A Life In Pictures Alasdair Gray

Canongate, pp.303, 35

This book collects nearly 300 examples of Alasdair Gray’s work as a painter and illustrator. This book collects nearly 300 examples of Alasdair Gray’s work as a painter and illustrator.… Read more

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Double exposure

18 September 2010

I never thought I’d write these words. I never thought I’d write these words. This book is unclassifiable. It belongs to a whole new genre. The field of literature has… Read more

Surprising literary ventures

9 September 2009
Miranda the Panda is on the Veranda Doris Sanders and Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith, as readers will know, was the author of the upmarket thrillers Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr Ripley, among others. She was also a keen artist,… Read more

From worthless to priceless

15 April 2009
The Ultimate Trophy: How Impressionist Painting Conquered the World Philip Hook

Prestel, pp.223, 17.99

A combination of art history ‘lite’ and the personal touch — a common yoking together these days, even in books supposedly of art history ‘full strength’ — makes for, in… Read more