London Exhibitions

May 5, 2015

  500_Final_Sargent_Pozzi_1 I still nip into London for meetings on occasion, and it’s a good excuse to catch up with exhibitions. The John Singer Sargent exhibition on at the National Portrait Gallery is possibly one of the best exhibitions I’ve seen in London. A wonderful selection of oil portraits, some not often displayed, and a few watercolours too (he was a truly great watercolour artist). Do go and see it if you can, the man was a genius. I was pretty shellshocked after I left.

On the subject of watercolours; the Eric Ravilious exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery is on my list of things I must visit. I’m very fond of Ravilious, his composition, mark-making and colour come together to create strange, ethereal, and often beautiful landscapes. There’s something introspective about his work; you get the feeling that when he paints a landscape he’s actually creating a self portrait. I was a tad miffed at Radio 4’s lukewarm review of this show, the critics just didn’t seem to understand what makes his paintings so moving.

The illustrator Alexis Deacon recommended this next exhibition, which closes soon. Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album, brings together surviving drawings from this particular album of sketches. It’s on at the Courtauld until the 25th May.

Finally, this upcoming exhibition could be great: If, like Louise and I, you are fascinated by all things relating to crime and the underworld, then The Crime Museum Uncovered, which opens at the Museum of London later in the year might be right up your street. It will show a selection of goodies from the Metropolitan Police’s collections, including items relating to the Acid Bath Murderer and The Krays. Hopefully it will be something along the lines of the Museo Criminologico in Rome, which we have visited a couple of times now.

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