Spain and the Hispanic World. Review by Carla Scarano. We are lucky that the Hispanic Society Museum and Library in Upper Manhattan is closed for refurbishing so that the collection that the philanthropist Archer M. Huntington accumulated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries can travel the world on loan.
Barber Institute. Review by Barbara Lewis. The Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham owes its existence to Lady Martha Constance Hattie Barber. She founded the Barber Institute in 1932, and built a home for it all – a magnificent art deco building opened in 1939.
The Ingram Collection: Revisiting British Art. Review by Carla Scarano. British art is popular, and it is well known that it comes in a variety of styles. The turn of the 20th century saw more diverse and challenging artworks being produced using all kinds of materials and being presented in different ways and from different social and political angles.
The Lindisfarne Gospels at Laing Art Gallery. Review by Carla Scarano. At the renowned Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle a new and enthralling exhibition features the Lindisfarne Gospels, which are on loan from the British Library until the 3rd of December 2022.
Abundance: Atlas of Infinite Possibilities. Review by Barbara Lewis. In celebration of its two decades of promoting Polish talent, a selection of winning works and of the art later produced by some of the laureates is on display in the State Gallery of Art.
Lubaina Himid, Tate Modern. Review by Carla Scarano. Visitors to Tate Modern are invited to complete, via their presence, the artwork by Lubaina Himid that is on display. They feel encouraged to wander around and attempt to answer questions such as ‘What are monuments for?’ or ‘What does love sound like?’ that are written on walls at the beginning of each section.
Casa Balla. Review by Carla Scarano. Giacomo Balla was an Italian painter, who moved with his family to 39b, via Oslavia, near piazza Mazzini, in June 1929. Balla, his wife, Elisa, and his daughters, Luce and Elica, transformed the house into a work of art, a workshop of sorts in which he experimented with his futurist theories.
Feminine Power: the divine and the demonic. Review by Carla Scarano. The Citi exhibition at the British Museum is a thought-provoking and diverse display of more than 80 artefacts and contemporary artworks that draw from the museum’s collections, loans and new commissions. They reveal the complexity of the representation of more than 5,000 years of femininity in cultures and religions around the world.
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Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2022. Review by Carla Scarano. ‘Climate’ is the theme of the Summer Exhibition 2022 at the Royal Academy of Arts, an unmissable event. The urgency of the climate crisis and global warming has inspired interesting and original pieces that sometimes explore and at other times defy and protest against such an important issue that is putting at risk our life on the planet.
Raphael, National Gallery. Review by Carla Scarano. The comprehensive exhibition at the National Gallery on Raffaello Sanzio’s career is an impressive and exceptional display of his most famous paintings as well as his achievements as a printmaker, architect, archaeologist, sculptor, entrepreneur and chief architect of the new basilica of St Peter.
Crazy: The Madness of Contemporary Art. Review by Carla Scarano. The thought-provoking and engrossing new exhibition at the enchanting Chiostro del Bramante in the centre of Rome near Piazza Navona absorbs the viewer well before the entrance of the exhibition and beyond the exit.
Surrealism Beyond Borders. Review by Barbara Lewis. Surrealism has never respected borders of any kind. As a movement, it crystallised in 1924 in Paris, and, even then, some artists questioned whether they could belong to something that by definition defied easy categorisation.