America after the Fall

London,

America after the Fall

The big draw in the Royal Academy's new show on American painting during the 1930s is the iconic painting "American Gothic" by Grant Wood. The stern-looking father and daughter pair - actually posed by Wood's sister Nan and his dentist, ...

Rigoletto, English National Opera

The ENO has revived an original Jonathan Miller production that took flight in 1982 – it received rave reviews regarding its unique and authentic stage work. Back in 1982, Miller’s innovation came from shifting Verdi’s original 19th century Italian Renaissance ...

The Pirates of Penzance, English National Opera

Returning after two years is Mike Leigh’s inimitable production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, which is notably stronger in direction and performance compared to its first outing. It didn’t make the cut for some critics who complained ...

David Hockney: 60 years of work

In the year of the artist’s 80th birthday, Tate Britain presents a survey of almost 60 years of David Hockney’s work in the first major retrospective for nearly 30 years and already the gallery’s fastest-selling exhibition. David Hockney ...

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. The two terrific full-length plays (one matinee and one evening performance, separated by about two hours) that comprise “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” are ...

Lulu at the English National Opera

This week is another tasteful and satisfying evening out at the ENO. It is also the second time the ENO has presented a revival work, following The Pearl Fishers that went down a treat in New York's Met opera house ...

Paul Nash (Tate Britain)

How serious were the British about Modern art? When the first Post-Impressionist exhibition arrived in London in 1910, students at the Slade School of Art were banned from attending, for fear it would corrupt them, although ...

Beyond Caravaggio

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, bad boy of Baroque art, defier of precedence and authority, produced strikingly original and emotionally-charged paintings in his short life. Dramatically lit and rich in colour and gesture, his work had an immediate impact on ...

Picasso Portraits

Revolutionary though the art of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) may have been, at its core was the human figure, and portraiture was always an important part of his output. In association with the Museu Picasso Barcelona, the ...