Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul – Royal Academy of Arts, London

I’ve been struggling for days to write this review and I don’t know why. The short answer is that it’s an impressive exhibition. But it’s also more than that. It leaves an indelible impression on you. Consisting of works created almost exactly 100 years apart, I like to think Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch: TheContinue reading “Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul – Royal Academy of Arts, London”

Review: Among the Trees – Hayward Gallery

With climate change looming above our heads every minute of everyday, sometimes it’s important to take a step back and remind ourselves of the organisms which give us the ‘breath of life’. Among the Trees at the Hayward Gallery blew me away with how immersive and engaging it could be without feeling overwhelmingly repetitive. AlthoughContinue reading “Review: Among the Trees – Hayward Gallery”

Top 5 London Art Exhibitions 2019: A Personal Selection

But Nigel, it’s already 2020! And it’s February! Indeed, it is, and I hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to the new year. If you haven’t followed me on Instagram yet, I highly encourage you to do so! I’m a lot more active there with a fabulously wonderful community of like-minded followers. On toContinue reading “Top 5 London Art Exhibitions 2019: A Personal Selection”

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing – The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Out of the world’s collections of Leonardo da Vinci drawings, the Royal Collection’s holdings are the largest, totalling an impressive 550 sheets. For the 500th anniversary celebrations of the artist’s death, a third of these were exhibited at 12 simultaneous venues in the UK, before being reunited in a major exhibition at The Queen’s GalleryContinue reading “Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing – The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace”

Connect Art Fair 2019

In recent years, it seems as though there is a new set of art fairs popping up spontaneously on the calendar without a moment’s notice. Many of these tend to be derivative of others, exhibiting the same kinds of work and targeting the same minority of wealthy collectors. Yet dealers continue to exhibit in asContinue reading “Connect Art Fair 2019”

Top 5 London Art Exhibitions 2018: A Personal Selection

Another year has passed and sadly I’ve been too occupied to write properly this year! However, my Instagram has been very active indeed with short reviews and nuggets of art-historical information. I also published a number of book reviews on the Museum Bookstore website, writing about Michelangelo and Andrea del Sarto. 2018 has been aContinue reading “Top 5 London Art Exhibitions 2018: A Personal Selection”

Top 5 London Art Exhibitions 2017: A Personal Selection

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! As festive cheer spreads throughout the country, let’s look at some of the best exhibitions this year. Below are my top 5 exhibitions of 2017 in London, in addition to some special honourable mentions:

The Queen’s House and the $400 million Leonardo da Vinci

By now, everyone will have heard of the world record-breaking sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi (c.1500) at Christie’s New York on 15 November 2017. Christie’s ‘triumph of marketing’ praised it as ‘the last da Vinci’, referring to its status as the last painting by the artist in private hands; this is untrue asContinue reading “The Queen’s House and the $400 million Leonardo da Vinci”

3-2-C: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The V&A is known for many things: full-sized casts of Michelangelo’s David (1501-4) and Trajan’s Column, the Raphael’s tapestry cartoons, the ‘Green’ Dining Room designed by William Morris, the Indian barrel organ called Tippoo’s Tiger (1793), Matthew Cotes Wyatt’s sculpture of the dog Bashaw, the Faithful Friend of Man (1832-34), Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s The DayContinue reading “3-2-C: Victoria and Albert Museum, London”

A case of ‘mirror mania’ – Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

When the National Gallery acquired Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait (1434) in 1842, it was the only pristine example of early Netherlandish painting from this period in their collection. Van Eyck had also been erroneously credited as the inventor of oil painting, a sixteenth-century myth invented by Giorgio Vasari in Italy and perpetuated by KarelContinue reading “A case of ‘mirror mania’ – Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites”