Tracey Emin/ Edvard Munch:  The Loneliness of the Soul at the Royal Academy

Tracey Emin/ Edvard Munch:  The Loneliness of the Soul at the Royal Academy

Rudyard Kipling once said, ‘He wrapped himself in quotations – as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.’ Tracey Emin has done something not dissimilar with Art. Standing alongside an artist of superior talent, or even in his shadow, she hoped this would enhance her own, but,...

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The Sussex Pass at the White Hart, Wadhurst

The Sussex Pass at the White Hart, Wadhurst

To say that your average Londoner is hungry for a holiday is an almost laughable understatement. For most, after over a year spent primarily hunkered on the sofa, the desire to go anywhere not contained within a one-mile radius of your house is probably on a par for urgency with...

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Michelangelo’s fingerprint possibly found on 500-year-old statue

Michelangelo’s fingerprint possibly found on 500-year-old statue

A fingerprint that likely belonged to world renowned artist and Renaissance man, Michelangelo, has just been discovered on a wax statue he built approximately 500 years ago. Art historians and researchers at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum believe Michelangelo may have pressed his thumb into it, leaving behind a mark. ...

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David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020 at the Royal Academy

David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020 at the Royal Academy

So, what is all the fuss about? David Hockney’s status as National Treasure, Britain’s favourite living artist, Grand Old Man of Art, and most influential British artist of the 20th century, has grown and blossomed since other contenders fell off their perches. This artist has never stopped innovating ways to...

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Claudia Andujar: The Yanomami Struggle

Claudia Andujar: The Yanomami Struggle

For centuries after the Enlightenment, the forward march of civilisation occurred unabated and unquestioned. Underpinned by the intellectual pursuits of logic and reason, a cosmopolitan West emerged. Convinced that its own development represented a blueprint for social progress, it  swiftly set about systematically disseminating this blueprint around the world. Today,...

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The Making of Rodin

The Making of Rodin

The first time I saw Rodin’s The Gates of Hell was in 2006 in front of the Royal Academy, and I was completely blown away. Too monumental to go inside Burlington House, it suddenly appeared in the Annenberg courtyard at the opening of the Rodin exhibition. It was a sensation....

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Tudors to Windsors at the Royal Maritime Museum

Tudors to Windsors at the Royal Maritime Museum

This classy exhibition, mounted at the Royal Maritime Museum in Greenwich by the National Portrait Gallery, while their own building is under re-configuration, is the first since the lockdown finished, and runs until the end of October. It traces an unbroken line of 500 years of British monarchy, apart from...

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St Vincent: Daddy’s Home

St Vincent: Daddy’s Home

As a woman who took her stage name from a line in a Nick Cave song about “where poetry goes to die” (the hospital where Dylan Thomas breathed his last), Annie Clark, St Vincent to her fans and foes, knows a thing or two about artifice. The seven albums that...

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Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

The exhibition starts off in a pretty conventional mode, with faded old photographs, letters, original handwritten manuscripts and objects in vitrines, and an audio tape of a rowing boat paddling upstream on the Isis from Oxford to Godstow, on that ‘golden afternoon’ with the three Liddell sisters on board, with...

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