EXHIBITIONS / Critics Choice
Friday 30 December 1994
Paula Rego's series of large pastels creates a woman or rather a type of woman transformed into a dog through body language rather than by physical metamorphosis. Though not all are successful, Rego produces a strong and complex image, one which becomes a metaphor for both freedom and enslavement.
Marlborough Fine Art Making and Meaning: the Young Michelangelo This is above all an occasion to reconsider The Entombment, his only altarpiece. Perhaps no other of his works provides quite so stark a demonstration of the intense sensuality and spirituality that were so strongly and uniquely combined in him.
National Gallery James McNeill Whistler Beautiful, exemplary but somewhat dispiriting retrospective of this intriguing artist's work. He was forever complicating and diluting things and only very rarely cut loose to invent a kind of painting that was hisown. In fact, he did it only once during the period which saw the creation of his most nearly abstract Nocturnes. This is the most daring and effectively displayed exhibition ever seen at the Tate.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant