Life Between Islands Lights up Tate Britain

Life Between Islands at Tate Britain is a large show, so give yourself time to peruse the wealth of Caribbean-British art from the 1950s to the present. The exhibition opens with the old guard artists, who came to settle in Britain between the late 1940s and 1970s.  Aubrey Williams’s expressionist art grabbed my attention in the first…

Hogarth and Europe. A rewarding show at Tate Britain

               Hogarth’s ‘Marriage-A-La-Mode 2 – The Tête à Tête 1743 I am always happy to revisit Hogarth’s work. His irreverent paintings and prints seem more alive today in our age of political correctness.  Hogarth and Europe at Tate Britain contains sixty Hogarth works, some of them new to the…

Poussin and the Dance at the National Gallery, London

 Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665)  A thought-provoking exhibition which offers a different view of Poussin’s early work in Rome and displays his paintings in a sympathetic and joyous environment.  Guest review by Sarah Mulvey Detail from a Bacchanalian Revel Before a Term, ca.1632-33, London, National Gallery  I am spellbound before Poussin’s painting of the Adoration of the Golden Calf in the…

Barbican Show of Sculptor and Lighting Designer Isamu Noguchi 1904-1988

In 1988, in the last year of his life, Japanese American artist, Isamu Noguchi, remarked “Art for me is something which teaches human beings how to become more human”. Having just visited the Barbican Centre’s Noguchi show, I can see to what extent art was therapeutic for him. In his sculptures he seems to have…

Queen’s Dutch and Italian masterpieces go on display

A Girl Chopping Onions by Gerrit Dou 1646 Dripping wet from a heavy downpour I was very relieved to step inside the rarefied atmosphere of the Queen’s Gallery to see Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace. The exhibition is the latest offering from the Royal Collection with sixty-five priceless Dutch and Italian works on display. The first blue…

Boakye’s Show at Tate Britain Alluring and Enigmatic

    The Matters 2016   Of Ghanaian descent, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was born in London in 1977. Now into her fourth decade, she has already achieved so much as an artist. Her oil paintings are to be found in museum collections across the world and since 2015 she has had solo shows in London, Munich, Basel…

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2020

Guest review by Sarah Mulvey Featured: Nijdeka Akunyili Crosby, Blend In-Stand Out, Mixed Media, 243 x 314cm From July this year social life for gallery-goers returned almost to normal as many museums and galleries opened their doors to visitors. So, we re-inhabited the streets and met friends indoors, our smart phones tracking our movements around…

Turner’s Modern World at War

Tate Britain is home to the majority of J.M.Turner’s total output due to his bequest to the institution in 1851 .  Three hundred oil paintings and many thousands of watercolours and sketches, have, over the years,  either travelled to other galleries, been archived, or have featured in the Clore Gallery’s ever-changing displays. Turner’s Modern World is Tate Britain’s…

ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI at the National Gallery

Mark my words, it’s going to make us all so much fussier about the shows we turn out to see, this new normal. You really have to be motivated to see a show, to don a mask, to brave the tube, to socially distance your way along the pavement, and then to do the same…