Reviews and Highlights | 2021

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

The Blue Boy (1770) – Thomas Gainsborough

‘Where his paintings are tightly choreographed performances, his drawings show the frantic chaos and craftsmanship of the endless rehearsals within Poussin’s mind.’

Review – Poussin and the Dance

National Gallery

Poussin and the Dance

Stephen Ongpin Fine Art

Giorgione to Picasso

‘The ink matches his existing drawings. The monogram is as iconic as it gets. And the graphic style is recognisably Dürer’s own. But the true light at the end of the tunnel was the watermark on the paper.⁠’

Review – Dürer and his Time

‘Treasures are literally around every corner, from Guido Cagnacci’s magnificent Jacob Peeling the Rods taking centre stage in the Italian section to a glistening little Gerrit Dou of A Girl chopping Onions on the way to the Rembrandts!⁠’

Review – Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace

The Queen’s Gallery

Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace

Frieze Art Fair

Frieze Masters 2021

‘This is the definition of an excellent and concise exhibition which breathes life into a national icon using the best possible historic objects available to us. The only disappointment is that this could not be a permanent display for future generations to enjoy.⁠’

Review – Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint

Victoria & Albert Museum

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Stephen Ongpin Fine Art

Master Drawings 2021

‘This is a show worth visiting for the simple reason that it features exceptional artworks, just enough text to get you through, and the experience isn’t tedious, despite its subject matter.⁠’

Review – Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict

Royal Academy of Arts

Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict

‘This exhibition isn’t rosy and beautiful; it’s depressing, emotional, and gut-wrenching.
And for that reason, it’s just perfect.’

Review – Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul

Affordable Art Fair London

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea 2021

White Cube, Bermondsey

Liu Wei: Nudità

The Other Art Fair

The Other Art Fair 2021

Pace Gallery, London

JR: Eye to the World

Victoria & Albert Museum

Renaissance Watercolours

‘Appearing like paintings made by a child, there is also a complexity of emotions and viewpoints in her works. Bearing exaggerated expressions, the sitters are uncomfortable in the picture plane and they know it.⁠’

Review – Chantal Joffe: Story

Victoria Miro Gallery

Chantal Joffe: Story

Victoria Miro Gallery

Yayoi Kusama

Tate Modern

The Making of Rodin

Tate Britain

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

White Cube, Mason’s Yard

Julie Curtiss

Newport Street Gallery

Damien Hirst: The End of a Century

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