Kilburn High Road is melting; the weight of time and oil paint is pulling this unloved north-west London thoroughfare back into the primitive quagmire from whence it sprang, and passengers alighting at the Underground station are caught in a crossfire of colours and shapes, grotesquely stretched and distorted by gravity. Residents of NW6 can breathe a sigh of relief – as far as this reviewer is aware, no natural disasters have been reported in the vicinity – but should they care to take a trip south on the Jubilee Line to ‘Leon Kossoff: London Landscapes’ at Annely Juda Fine Arts...
Friday, 17th May 2013
Monday, 13th May 2013
For the 22nd Salon du Dessin, French commentaries mingle with English, German and Italian ones within the confines of the Palais de la Bourse, for an event that attracts a worldwide audience of collectors and curators, as well as casual visitors. Walking among the different exhibits this dynamism and variety is clearly visible, and the most pleasant aspect of the Salon can be found in the diversity of the crowd. The Salon veterans browse the stands, jotting down prices with enthusiasm, while others walk around simply to enjoy the Salon as a temporary exhibit. Other visitors appear to be confused...
Friday, 26th April 2013
Salisbury Cathedral is without a doubt one of the most awe-inspiring religious buildings in the UK. Built in a single style in just 38 years, the Cathedral is remarkable for having no foundations; lift up any flagstone in the nave and the water table is clearly visible. The magnificent interior is filled with ornaments, commemorations and effigies, from works by William Pye and Gabriel Loire to an original copy of Magna Carta, leaving little breathing space for addition. It is not, one feels, a natural venue for a major contemporary sculpture exhibition.
And yet, with this retrospective of Helaine Blumenfeld’s...
Wednesday, 24th April 2013
The rolling hills at Perry Green, the site of Henry Moore’s (1898–1986) former studio and family home, are presided over by the artist’s monumental and prehistoric looking Large Reclining Figure (1984). This dramatic landscape provides the setting for ‘Moore Rodin’ (until 27 October), the first exhibition from The Henry Moore Foundation to feature another artist alongside the British sculptor.
At first glance, Moore and Rodin (1840–1917) seem unlikely bedfellows. Works such as Monument to the Burghers of Calais (Rodin, 1889) and Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae (Moore, 1968) reveal immediate contrasts. Rodin is all process, a master of expression whose figures...
Monday, 15th April 2013
Born into a family of Ukrainian Jewish tailors in Philadelphia in 1890, becoming an artist and photographer hardly seemed a likely route for Michael Emmanuel Radnitsky. But the man who changed his name to Man Ray in 1912 would go on to portray some of the most influential figures of his time, subsequently establishing himself as a key contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements.
A retrospective of one of the best-connected men of the modern era, ‘Man Ray Portraits’, at the National Portrait Gallery in London until 27 May 2013, plunges us straight into the glitz of...
Brussels plays host to a trio of outstanding fairs at the Place du Grand Sablon in early June, and the ever popular Carré Rive Gauche – now in its 36th year – returns to the Left Bank in Paris.
The work of John Nash has often been overshadowed by that of his contemporary, John Soane. But his pragmatism, as well as his experiments with the picturesque, make him one of the most significant of all British architects.
Apollo is published in London, one of the world’s great art capitals and home to extraordinary, thrilling exhibitions such as last year’s ‘Bronze’ at the Royal Academy