Marina Vaizey, Tom Birchenough
Old, New and Now. LONDON’S ROYAL ACADEMY TURNS 250
#4 2018 (61)
The anniversaries of celebrated cultural institutions are Janus-like: they look backwards to history to commemorate and celebrate - and forwards towards modernisation and change. Marking its 250 th "birthday” this year, London’s Royal Academy of Arts has made a huge and optimistic affirmation of its future, and thus of the role of art in the society which it inhabits. Its private supporters have backed an enormous fundraising campaign, with some £84 million raised to support a physical expansion of the Academy’s premises which underlines a much enhanced engagement with both professional practitioners and the general public.
WYNDHAM LEWIS. PORTRAITS OF FRIENDS AND FOES
#2 2016 (51)
Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) was a key figure of the English modernist movement in both art and literature, acquainted with - as friend or enemy - almost all the key figures of British culture in the first half of the 20th century. Best known from 1914 as the founder and leading proponent of the pioneering British modernist movement Vorticism, his considerable legacy in another field, portraiture, was the subject of a retrospective at London’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG).
ALEXANDER GOLOVIN AND SPAIN
#4 2015 (49)
"Golovin visited Spain only three or four times - less than France, Germany or Italy, to which he travelled in the years before World War I almost every year. But Spain became something of a poetic homeland for the artist, and a lasting source of inspiration for him. Golovin studied the Spanish language, knew the country's history, literature, music and art very well... [The works he painted on Spanish themes and his theatrical productions involving Spanish motifs] can only be termed 'genre' works in the loosest sense, rather they are painting-remembrances, painting-fantasies, in which Golovin expressed his painterly view of Spain, and his feeling for the Spanish national character."
A Double Portrait: Sargent and Sorolla
#4 2013 (41)
One of the main exhibitions of Winter 2006 in Madrid was an unprecedented "double" exhibition of the artists John Singer Sargent and Joaquin Sorolla, staged in two locations – the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and the major central city exhibition hall, the Fundacion Caja Madrid. After its closure in Spain in January, it will run at the Petit Palais in Paris until May 13.
Giorgio Morandi: A Master of Stillness
Special issue. ITALY-RUSSIA: ON THE CROSSROADS OF CULTURES
The great Italian artist of the 20th century Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964) received major renown in New York in Autumn 2008, with a landmark exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, accompanied by a range of other shows at other galleries in the city. The largest retrospective in North America for the artist to date, it will move back, in a slightly adjusted format, to the artist’s hometown, Bologna, to be displayed at that city’s Museo d’Arte Moderna from January 22. It was in Bologna that the artist spent the greater part of his life, and where a museum dedicated to his memory occupies an honoured place in one of the city’s central town square buildings.