Exhibitions

Exhibition review: Saloua Raouda Choucair, Shanti Panchal

25 May 2013 9:00 am

Forgive my ignorance, ladies and gentlemen, but I must confess that I had never heard of Saloua Raouda Choucair before…

Exhibitions: Tiziano

25 May 2013 9:00 am

‘When Titian paints eyes,’ observed Eugène Delacroix, who spent a lifetime admiring, studying and copying the Venetian artist, ‘they are…

Julian Trevelyan, a Jekyll and Hyde painter, at the Bohun Gallery

18 May 2013 9:00 am

Between 1917 and 1923, Julian Trevelyan produced a map and an illustrated guide to Hurtenham, an industrial town on the…

Is the Louvre suggesting that Germany is programmed for war and catastrophe?

18 May 2013 9:00 am

Curated by the Louvre as a tribute to mark the 50th anniversary of the Franco–German co-operation treaty signed in January…

Museums in dire straits forced to sell treasure to raise funds

18 May 2013 9:00 am

It is a desperate state of affairs when museums and art galleries sell outstanding works of art in order to…

‘Six Violas’, 1985, by Mary Newcomb (left); ‘Circuit’, 2011, by Eilís O’Connell (right)

Alexander Calder, Eilis O’Connell, Mary Newcomb

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Alexander Calder (1898–1976) needs no introduction. The master of the mobile — that poignant hanging arrangement of moving elements —…

‘Queen Tomyris’, 1448–9, by Andreadel Castagno

Springtime of the Renaissance: Sculpture and the Arts in Florence, 1400–1460

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Sixty per cent of the best Renaissance art is said to be in Italy, and half of that is in…

Cabinet of curiosities

4 May 2013 9:00 am

In 1951, the artist and writer Barbara Jones (1912–78) organised an exhibition called Black Eyes and Lemonade at the Whitechapel…

Why on earth paint portraits in the age of photography?

27 April 2013 9:00 am

‘Everybody faces rejection,’ the portrait artist Aaron Shikler said. He should know, having had three official White House portraits of…

Marvellously languid: ‘Sir Brooke Boothby’, 1781, by Joseph Wright

Exhibition review: Looking at the View, Tate Britain

27 April 2013 9:00 am

Most of us like to look at a view, though not all are fortunate enough to live with one, in…

Exhibitions: R.B. Kitaj: Obsessions The Art of Identity

20 April 2013 9:00 am

Nowadays, R.B. Kitaj (1932–2007) tends to be ignored by the critics in this country — like a bad smell in…

Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

13 April 2013 9:00 am

The Reading Room is currently packed with Roman remains and with visitors attempting (or pretending) to look at them. The…

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…