Whistler: Symphony White Barber

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J. A. M. Whistler Symphony in White, No.III, 1865-67, Birmingham, Barber Institute of Fine Arts Two women, one in white the other in a light cream dress, seem to be consumed by introspection – ennui pervades their listless postures. To the left the young woman with red hair subsides onto one elbow and stares out […]

Dorothea Tanning – Tate Modern, London

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Dorothea Tanning – Tate Modern, London In 1936 the twenty-six year old American artist Dorothea Tanning visited an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York entitled Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism. This proved to be a life-changing encounter, the starting point for her experiments with Surrealism for the next sixty years. Three years […]

Jeff Koons – Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Jeff Koons, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford There is no doubt that Jeff Koons is the embodiment of a ‘Marmite’ artist. You either hate him or you ‘really rather like him’.  He is a showman and a businessman whose works have sold for many millions at auction – and he is a provocateur. His lifestyle has often […]