Russian Portraits @ NPG

I would imagine that most of the visitors to the National Portrait Gallery’s incumbent Russia and The Arts exhibition have not been to Russia, and if they have, even fewer would have seen the paintings in their natural habitat. Unlike many, I have personally been to the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, which makes my response […]

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Grayson Perry @ National Portrait Gallery

Grayson Perry seeks to provoke his audience into asking themselves who they are. The artist has created 14 unique portraits of Britons who are in the midst of defining their identity. These portraits which have been presented to us by Perry in a series of Channel 4 documentaries are dispersed throughout the National Portrait Gallery […]

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Captioning portraits

While most reviews of visual art exhibitions write about the layout and presentation of shows, they very rarely concern themselves with critiquing the wall text and captions of the images on display. However, for this week’s post I am going to discuss the way in which captions are written, especially when it comes to portraits. […]

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David Bailey @ National Portrait Gallery

It seems fitting that the face of Kate Moss covers all the advertising for David Bailey’s career spanning exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. After all, Moss is probably the first model that springs to mind when we think of someone in the fashion industry who is British, timeless and has had the staying power […]

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Vivien Leigh @ National Portrait Gallery

100 years ago an icon was born. Vivien Hartley, later to be known by her stage name Vivien Leigh became a darling across Hollywood screens and is now being celebrated in a beautiful collection of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. Most famous for her role in Gone With the Wind, the exhibition includes photographs […]

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Laura Knight @ National Portrait Gallery

Before learning about the opening of the new summer exhibition at the National Portrait exhibition I had never previously heard of Laura Knight. Considering I have just spent my last semester at university studying the foundations of the Royal Academy and British art up until the early 20th century it was a crying shame. For […]

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Man Ray @ National Portrait Gallery

From Dada to Surrealism, throughout the visual and literary arts, everyone from Picasso to James Joyce were photographed by Man Ray. For more than fifty years, the artist captured the faces of his age to immortalise them in photographs which continue to be greatly revered today. Now the National Portrait Gallery are showcasing more than […]

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