REVIEW | Picasso Ingres: Face to Face – National Gallery, London

The National Gallery in London is currently holding a little reunion between Pablo Picasso’s Woman With a Book (Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena) and its original inspiration, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ beloved portrait of Madame Moitessier (National Gallery).⁠ Ingres’ portrait was commissioned in 1844 to celebrate the marriage two years earlier of Marie Clotilde-Inès de Foucauld to theContinue reading “REVIEW | Picasso Ingres: Face to Face – National Gallery, London”

REVIEW | A Century of the Artist’s Studio: 1920-2020 – Whitechapel Gallery

The recently closed A Century of the Artist’s Studio: 1920-2020 exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery was a fascinating dive into the transformative approaches by artists towards their sites of production. What was immediately clear was the incredibly broad cast of international artists represented.⁠ Split up between two floors, it opened in part with photographs of artistsContinue reading “REVIEW | A Century of the Artist’s Studio: 1920-2020 – Whitechapel Gallery”

REVIEW | Van Gogh. Self-Portraits – The Courtauld Gallery, London

Van Gogh. Self-Portraits at The Courtauld Gallery was a fabulous assembly of nearly half of the artist’s surviving autobiographical likenesses, specifically 16 from at least 35 in total. They even threw in Van Gogh’s Chair (National Gallery, London) and his portrait of Eugène Boch (Musée d’Orsay, Paris) for good measure. Every encounter was a personalContinue reading “REVIEW | Van Gogh. Self-Portraits – The Courtauld Gallery, London”

REVIEW | The Art of Experiment: Parmigianino at The Courtauld – The Courtauld Gallery, London

The Art of Experiment is a beautiful little show devoted to The Courtauld’s small but significant holdings of works by Parmigianino. Comprising 24 autograph sheets of drawings, about half are on display to represent the artist’s extraordinary frescoes, altarpieces, and prints. It’s quite humbling to see here some studies for the artist’s most famous paintings,Continue reading “REVIEW | The Art of Experiment: Parmigianino at The Courtauld – The Courtauld Gallery, London”

REVIEW | Symbiosis: Living Island – Japan House London

Opening today at Japan House London is Symbiosis: Living Island, a fascinating look into the Inujima ‘Art House Project’ which, for the past 13 years, has used art and architecture to rejuvenate the small Japanese island of Inujima, just south of Okayama in the Seto Inland Sea. It is the brainchild of Hasegawa Yuko, artisticContinue reading “REVIEW | Symbiosis: Living Island – Japan House London”

REVIEW | Raphael – National Gallery, London

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: RAPHAEL at the National Gallery, London, is not your typical survey of the artist’s works. Instead, it is a silver sampling dish featuring every aspect of Raphael’s artistic personality.⁠ Consisting of a rigorously selected portion of autograph works, the exhibition succeeds in balancing some of the highlights of his career withContinue reading “REVIEW | Raphael – National Gallery, London”

REVIEW | 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 “REVIEW | 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”