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 | 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”

Louvre Abu Dhabi – a new collection awaits

The art world is about to get a little bit more exciting as the Louvre opens the doors to a new museum in Abu Dhabi in December 2015. The Louvre Abu Dhabi seeks to be a universal museum, embracing cross-cultural similarities instead of differences with its newly-bought collection. The Musée du Louvre’s Louvre Abu Dhabi:Continue reading “Louvre Abu Dhabi – a new collection awaits”

2 Weeks in Paris – Day 5: Versailles

Out of our entire two-week programme, Thursday was perhaps the biggest day in the schedule. My day began with a brief breakfast at Reid Hall consisting of a pain au chocolat and university-provided coffee. Dr Stefan Goebel conducted our crash-course seminar on Versailles, focusing on the periods 1789-1871-1919, highlighting the Women’s March on Versailles –Continue reading “2 Weeks in Paris – Day 5: Versailles”

Looking at architecture in a new light – Building the Picture at the National Gallery

Dear readers. How often do you look carefully at the buildings portrayed in paintings? How many times have you focused on the painted surroundings more than the figures in the image? For the majority of you, “very little” is likely to be your response. Building the Picture attempts to reverse this, forcing us to lookContinue reading “Looking at architecture in a new light – Building the Picture at the National Gallery”

Philosophising ‘painting’ – TAINT at GRAD

What is ‘painting’? A general dictionary definition of the term might be along the lines of “a process of applying paint to a surface for artistic effect”. In the world of contemporary art, this term has gained a significant amount of leeway, substituting paint for alternative media. The GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and DesignContinue reading “Philosophising ‘painting’ – TAINT at GRAD”