Reviews

“I must say, I really enjoy your captions (especially the recent one about Burne-Jones). Little essays actually, always well-informed and beautifully written. Thank you.”

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“There should be a name for your caption reviews, like capsule reviews or something. You are a pro at it, ie Gentileschi

@antsyartsy

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

2020

Tate Modern

Dora Maurer

Tate Modern

Bruce Nauman

‘Ultimately, the exhibition shows that Artemisia Gentileschi was no mere legend. Through passion and hard work, she devoted her life to building her reputation as a noteworthy artist. She wasn’t satisfied until she could be the best of the best, constantly vying for patronage from the most prominent members of society.’

Review – Artemisia

Hayward Gallery

Among the Trees

Tate Modern

Dora Maar

Royal Academy of Arts

Picasso and Paper

‘I think one’s ability to clearly differentiate the individual hairs on Adam’s legs is testament enough to the unprecedented opportunity to view the exterior panels of the Ghent Altarpiece as Hubert and Jan van Eyck once did.’

Review – Van Eyck: An Optical Revolution

British Museum

Troy: Myth and Reality

‘In a culture superficially obsessed with youthful appearances, Freud’s portraits of himself and others celebrate the aging body. His unforgiving, unflattering approach to his sitters compliments an appreciation for wrinkles, stretch marks, and bruises.’

Review – Lucian Freud: The Self-Portraits

Royal Academy of Arts

Lucian Freud: The Self-Portraits

2019

National Gallery

Gauguin Portraits

Tate Britain

William Blake

Victoria and Albert Museum

Food: Bigger than the Plate

‘I think what Vallotton ultimately became was a painter of stillness. His subjects are frozen in time. Whether it was embracing couples, reclining nudes, outdoor activities, or inanimate objects, there was always a photographic quality to his works. Indeed, photography was part of his creative process, but his paintings transcend documentary function and enter a state of ambiguous storytelling.’

Review – Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet

‘Her self-portraits are witty but critical. Her practice is solitary but her messages are timelessly relevant.’

Review – Cindy Sherman

National Portrait Gallery

Cindy Sherman

National Maritime Museum

The Moon

Tate Modern

Olafur Eliasson

‘The flow of ideas in Leonardo’s graphic oeuvre defies chronology, and the fact that the curator has managed to guide visitors through this in a comprehensible way whilst also educating them about complex drawing techniques is a feat worthy of admiration.’

Review – Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

Tate Britain

Van Gogh and Britain

British Museum

Manga

Tate Modern

Pierre Bonnard

Two Temple Place

John Ruskin

Royal Academy of Arts

The Renaissance Nude

General | Room 1 | Room 2

Room 3 | Room 4 | Room 5

‘This exhibition isn’t a competition between two artists; it’s a dialogue about humanity and the human form, showing society at its finest and at its worst. It forces us to consider the other side.’

Review – Klimt / Schiele: Drawings

Royal Academy of Arts

Klimt / Schiele: Drawings

Royal Academy of Arts

Bill Viola / Michelangelo

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