William Morris and His Legacy, London

The wide-ranging influence of Victorian designer, artist, furniture-maker, poet and social reformer William Morris is explored in a new exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery. Far more than a straightforward display of portraits, the exhibition includes drawings, paintings, objects, textiles  ...

Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010, London

Typical. You wait ages for an exhibition to do with a major post-1945 German artist, then two arrive at once. Hot on the heels of the new Anselm Kiefer show at the Royal Academy (previously reviewed on this site) comes  ...

David Bowie Is, Chicago

"David Bowie Is" Chicago Exhibit Reveals a Cultural Icon, Beyond the Pop David Bowie was born September 16, 1965. Actually, that’s the day that 18-year-old David Jones legally assumed the name that became famous. This is one piece of  ...

Anselm Kiefer, London

Anselm Kiefer was born in Germany in 1945. A war baby (just) he grew up among the ruins of a country devastated by war and divided by ideology. It is hardly surprisingly, then, that on first sight many of his  ...

John Constable: The Making of a Master, London

My favorite anecdote about the painter John Constable (1776-1837) concerns the hare that can be seen running across the foreground of his large watercolor "Stonehenge" (1835), one of the highlights of this new show at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  ...

Late Turner — Painting Set Free, London

Come the end of this year, London will have hosted three major exhibitions focusing on the late works of three highly significant artists — Rembrandt, Matisse and Turner — offering audiences and critics the opportunity to appreciate and reflect on  ...

Ed Paschke Art Center, Chicago

  The work of a Chicago artist who won national and international fame is settled in at a small museum on the far northwest side of Chicago, the neighborhood where he grew up. Ed Paschke, whose vividly colored and brilliantly  ...

Imperial War Museum, London

London’s Imperial War Museum (IWM London) has reopened after a £40 million ($68 million) refurbishment, its first since the 1980s. The result is a sleek, lofty interior designed by Foster & Partners housing a spacious and attractive museum that invites  ...

Making Color, London

Ultramarine is a blue pigment derived from a semi-precious stone, lapis lazuli. During the Renaissance period, lapis lazuli was more highly prized than gold, and with good reason: its only source was in the remote province of Badhakhshan in northeast  ...