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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Vogue @ NPG

People collect all kinds of things: books, stamps, coins, the new and the antique. Like many others, I collect magazines. While many men and women regularly buy vogue, my collection currently fills over four bookcases. I have even had shelves break under the weight of my hoard. Whenever I go away, the first thing I […]

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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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