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John Craxton, Stanley Spencer and the Levant

Posted by RDN under Mind & body / On art on 3 January 2014. No comments.

The John Craxton show at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge is very lovely, and much more so than I dared expect. This is Ne0-romanticism, or the English Romantic, at its giddy, evocative best. (It is very decently reviewed by Robin Blake in the FT.) It jived surprisingly with the London visit of Stanley Spencer paintings from the Sandham Memorial Chapel. (These are well-reviewed by Adrian Hamilton in the Independent.) More »

Chinese and Japanese art: masters for the West

Posted by RDN under Mind & body / On art on 3 January 2014. No comments.

It was off to the V&A Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 – 1900 (ends 19 January 2014)  and to the Fitzwilliam, Cambridge for The night of longing: Love and desire in Japanese prints (12 January, 2014). Yes, I was stupid enough to miss the Japanese Shunga show in the British Museum’s Rooms 90/91, the very place which set me off on this quest… More »

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