Barnett Freedman: Designs for Modern Britain

Barnett Freedman: Designs for Modern Britain

Barnett Freedman’s style is very much ‘of a period’, which includes such other names as Edward Burra, Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious. At the Royal College of Art in the 1920s, Paul Nash described these artists as ‘an outbreak of talent,’ adding the potter Norah Braden, textile designer, Enid Marx...

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British Baroque: Power and Illusion at Tate Britain

British Baroque: Power and Illusion at Tate Britain

If Marmite had existed in the late seventeenth century, it would have summed up this exhibition. There are many art lovers who delight in the resplendent sumptuousness of the cascading satin and silk, extravagant floral arrangements, grand settings and painted courtesans. One normallly associates Baroque with the pomp and grandiosity...

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Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life at the Estorick Collection

Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life at the Estorick Collection

Crali was surely the quintessential Futurist painter. He embodied everything Futurism stood for; it was coursing through his veins. He was eighteen when he took his first flight in 1928 and the following year he contacted Marinetti, the founder of Futurism, and asked to join the movement. In the same...

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The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair returns until January 26

The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair returns until January 26

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair is back until 26 January in Battersea Park to continue to provide unique, fabulous displays of some of the best to twentieth century designs vendors can offer. If exploring spaces filled with extraordinary antiques and textiles is of interest to you, this is the...

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Generation Mars: Should we stay, or should we go?

Generation Mars: Should we stay, or should we go?

Since ancient astronomers first looked to the heavens, man has harboured a fascination with Mars. Named for the Roman God of war, the icy red planet has ignited the human imagination for centuries. Popular culture brims with imaginings of the planet and its secrets. From ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, to Bowie’s ‘Life...

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Gauguin Portraits at the National Gallery

Gauguin Portraits at the National Gallery

Surely an exhibition entitled ‘Gauguin Portraits’ should have been housed at their next-door neighbours in St Martin’s Place? However, the National Gallery have been busily borrowing over 50 works from all over the world, with half a dozen from private collections, never before seen in the UK. But why so...

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Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

Is there is more to Antony Gormley than the rather stiff, unyielding and angular Angel of the North in Gateshead and his own body-casts plonked onto Crosby Beach on Merseyside and elsewhere? In the courtyard of the RA, there is there is a tiny sculpture of what, at first, looks...

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Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy

Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy

The RA seem to have an extraordinary knack of conjuring up exhibitions of ‘neglected’ artists, as though from a cupboard under the stairs. The last ‘overlooked’ artist was Felix Vallotton, still in the Sackler Galleries until 25 September, which exposed the Swiss to a wider audience. Helene Schjerfbeck’s name does...

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Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life at Tate Modern

Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life at Tate Modern

The Danish-born artist Olafur Eliasson needs a big canvas for his installations, and Tate Gallery’s new-ish extension has space a-plenty to accommodate his immersive and topical works. Fifteen years ago he packed them in at the Turbine Hall with his Weather Project, which was dominated by a giant sun, with...

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Cutting Edge : Modernist British Printmaking

Cutting Edge : Modernist British Printmaking

Between the wars, there emerged a radical and vibrant art movement in Britain called Modernism, using the medium of lino-cut. You may think that Speed and Flight were just two of the subjects touched on, along with Urban Living, At Work and Play, and Pastoral Life, but Claude Flight and...

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