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 | 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”

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:

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”