Hockney, Printmaker: a joyous celebration of mastery

Self-portrait, 1954 Barely a month since seeing the Walker’s early Hockney exhibition, we enjoy a much bigger, comprehensive survey of David Hockney’s long and distinguished career as a printmaker at Dulwich Picture Gallery.  It’s a joyous celebration of his mastery of the techniques of etching and lithography, timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of … Continue reading Hockney, Printmaker: a joyous celebration of mastery

Radical Figures: the reinvention of figurative art in post-war Britain

Euan Uglow, Girl’s Head in Profile with Cap On, 1963-64 The other day I spent an absorbing afternoon in Manchester Art Gallery, looking at Grayson Perry’s wonderful tapestries (The Vanity of Small Differences) and an exhibition curated by Jeremy Deller, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air in which he takes a personal look at … Continue reading Radical Figures: the reinvention of figurative art in post-war Britain

Tracing the Century: arbitrary and puzzling, but with gems

Just before it closed, I went along to see Tracing the Century: Drawing as a Catalyst for Change at Tate Liverpool, an exhibition which aims to highlight the fundamental role of drawing as a vehicle for change in modern and contemporary art.  For the average art-lover it’s a deeply puzzling assembly, not only of sketches … Continue reading Tracing the Century: arbitrary and puzzling, but with gems