Exhibitions

George Bellows; Sydney Lee RA

6 April 2013 9:00 am

The American artist George Bellows (1882–1925) is best known for his boxing paintings, but as this surprising exhibition reveals, that…

The Angel of the Odd: an exhibition that ends with a satisfying shiver

30 March 2013 9:00 am

To some extent, all Romanticism has its origins in darkness, coming in the wake of the 1755 Lisbon earthquake that…

Adjustable table, 1926–9

Shades of Gray

23 March 2013 9:00 am

The Anglo-Irish designer Eileen Gray keeps on being rediscovered but she remains a puzzle. The nub of the Gray ‘problem’,…

Barocci exhibition review: is he better unfinished?

16 March 2013 9:00 am

The press release blithely informs us that Federico Barocci (1535–1612) is ‘beloved by artists and art historians throughout the ages’,…

Free spirits

16 March 2013 9:00 am

‘Gypsies seem to have been born into the world for the sole purpose of being thieves,’ Cervantes begins his story…

Ominously unstable elements of ocean and atmosphere: ‘Turning Vessel’ by Peter Archer

Peter Archer — Notes from an Inland Sea

9 March 2013 9:00 am

Peter Archer used to paint landscapes on the Cornish side of the Tamar river. Their most notable features were lovingly…

Wandering eye

2 March 2013 9:00 am

‘When Matisse dies,’ declared Picasso, ‘Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what colour really is.’ Wandering around…

Foundling Hospital tokens

2 March 2013 9:00 am

‘Dear Sir, I am the unfortunate woman that lies under sentens of Death in Newgatt…’  So begins a letter of…

In the thick of it

23 February 2013 9:00 am

Man Ray, born Michael Emmanuel Radnitzky (1890–1976) in Philadelphia, was a maker of images par excellence. He made sculptures, paintings…

The new seekers

16 February 2013 9:00 am

Over the past year or so, art world insiders have queued up to denounce the current state of the contemporary…

Finding beauty in junk

9 February 2013 9:00 am

Although Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948) did not invent the technique or theory of collage, he was one of the greatest practitioners…

Bring in the lawyers

26 January 2013 9:00 am

When collectors want to purchase an expensive work of art, they contact their lawyers to write up a contract with…

Seraphic misfit

26 January 2013 9:00 am

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Estorick Collection and it is fitting that Giorgio Morandi (1890–1964), one of…

Line man

19 January 2013 9:00 am

One of the pleasures of the critic’s life is to review exhibitions of work by artists who have been forgotten…

Nexus of opposites

12 January 2013 9:00 am

Francesco Clemente (born Naples 1952) began his rise to prominence in this country with two exhibitions at the Royal Academy…

Particularity of place

29 December 2012 9:00 am

John Sell Cotman (1782–1842) is a key figure in the great tradition of English watercolour painting. A prominent member of…

Imperialist ambitions

8 December 2012 9:00 am

In 1997, the Russian Academy of Sciences gave the names Hermitage 4758 and Piotrovsky 4869 to two small planets discovered…

Friends reunited

1 December 2012 9:00 am

Christopher Wood (1901–30), billed as the great white hope of British Modernism, who perished by his own hand before his…

Keeping the faith

24 November 2012 9:00 am

In 1929 the founder of Italian Futurism, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, reported from Milan that, after a wartime setback, the movement…

Concealed treasures

24 November 2012 9:00 am

The Holburne Museum of Bath is a delight. Its collections were formed by Sir William Holburne (1793–1874), a naval officer…

Dressed to impress

24 November 2012 9:00 am

Does the costume make the man or the man the costume? Well, a little bit of both if the Hollywood…

Studio with Figure on Bed II 1966

Unexpected structures

17 November 2012 9:00 am

There are only eight single paintings in the current show of early work by Gillian Ayres (born 1930) — eight…

Missing links

10 November 2012 9:00 am

The primary experience of looking at painting is the crucial encounter between a painted surface and the human eye. Nothing…

Neglected master

27 October 2012 9:00 am

Every so often, about once a decade, the work of Mark Gertler (1891–1939) is rediscovered and exhibited. I remember seeing…

Bizarre visions

20 October 2012 9:00 am

If you want to see how myths arise from misunderstandings, the Tower of Babel provides a textbook example. In ancient…