Richard Diebenkorn, London

London, UK

Richard Diebenkorn, London

Before last week, I knew the work of Californian artist Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) only secondhand and had never actually stood in front of one of his paintings. Compared to the giants of the New York school, the San Francisco Bay  ...

Savage Beauty

Before Alexander McQueen became the iconic, illustrious fashion designer of the twenty-first century he worked for a costume design company Berman’s and Nathan’s cutting clothes for major West End theatre shows. At the time he was only 19 but this  ...

Inventing Impressionism, London

It's a curious fact that the decisive moment in the history of Impressionism took place not in Paris but in London. In September 1870, just after the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel (1831-1922) moved a  ...

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends, London

Renowned for his portraits of the great and the good of late-Victorian society and dismissed by critics as a painter of “crowd-pleasers” after his death, a more personal side of the artist John Singer Sargent is revealed in a major  ...

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden, London

Dead babies, zombie brides, sex workers, Osama bin Laden, Phil Spector without his wig; welcome to the world of Marlene Dumas. The subject matter Dumas chooses for her paintings certainly isn't for all tastes. "Crude" and "offensive" are among the  ...

Rubens and His Legacy, London

The Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) used to be known as "the Prince of Painters and the Painter of Princes." In a century overloaded with artistic talent, Rubens reigned supreme. But whereas the reputations of his contemporaries, including Caravaggio,  ...

Garrick Ohlsson Scriabin Program, London

Talking to a reviewer colleague during the intermission of Garrick Ohlsson’s all-Scriabin recital at London’s Wigmore Hall, he commented that he just "couldn't get Scriabin." This was after we had heard the "White Mass" Piano Sonata (No. 7 in F-sharp),  ...

Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die, London

When the first Sherlock Holmes story, "A Study in Scarlet," begins, the narrator, Dr. John H. Watson, is kicking his heels in London, having recently been invalided out of the army. Watson isn't very complimentary about the capital, calling it  ...

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude, London

Fin de siècle Vienna. A city fizzing with avant-garde intellectualism and “new” music. The city of Freud, Mahler and Schoenberg. A city teetering on the precipice of change in the twilight years of the crumbling Austro-Hungarian Empire. Onto the  ...