Reviews

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Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun review: Gender surrealism

This exhibition brings together the work of the former Turner Prize winner and the late French surrealist writer and photographer, both who shared an interest in the self-portrait through photography and explored the themes of gender and identity 

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Photographs by Vanessa Bell and Patti Smith, review

To coincide with the major Vanessa Bell solo show at Dulwich Picture Gallery, photographs by the Bloomsbury artist along with Patti Smith's black and white Polaroid photographs of Bell's Charleston farmhouse in Sussex, make for an interesting pairing

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Revolution: Russian Art, review:

Focusing on a period of 15 years, just before Stalin’s clampdown in 1932, this exhibition of works includes paintings, photography, sculpture and filmmaking, at a time when Russian art was booming

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Georgia O'Keeffe, Tate Modern, review: 'an extraordinary show'

The major retrospective of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work that opened this week at Tate Modern in London is a rare opportunity for British viewers to engage with this revered American artist. In the same season as the opening of the Tate extension Switch House, this exhibition illuminates the gallery’s determination to provide new readings of old favourites. Curator Tanya Barson has spun a new tale of O’Keeffe, showing her as a progressive artist who was influenced by photography and not “merely an observational painter”. The inclusion of photography, while interesting, again shows a lack of confidence by the institution to let a singular medium prevail.

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Tarek Atoui: The Reverse Collection, Tate Modern, review

Tate Modern in London opened the long-awaited Switch House last week. Some critics assumed the Tate was opening a fun palace, more intent about creating an enjoyable visitor experience than a close encounter with the arts of our time and of the future. True, there is the pleasing ascent to the 10th floor, with its 360-degree panoramic views of the city, but I encourage visitors to linger in the basement. Joined to the “old” Tate Modern by the Turbine Hall, architects Herzog and de Meuron have carved out a lobby complete with a brutal yet perversely graceful curving stairway. On this ground floor visitors can enter into what were the tanks of the old power station, one of which is currently partly inhabited by Lebanese sound artist Tarek Atoui. Atoui was born in Beirut in 1980 at the height of the civil war. He left Lebanon in 1998 and moved to France, where he studied electronic music at the French National Conservatory in Reims.