LEADERS OF THE PACK / A veteran with youthful verve: Artist Of The Year
Sunday 19 December 1993
Little wonder that Old Master exhibitions looked more thoughtful and dignified. The National welcomed French paintings from Lille and there were two superb exhibitions of classical drawings, from Chatsworth at the British Museum and from the Getty Museum at the RA. We gained two new spaces, the Tate's outpost in St Ives and the Henry Moore Foundation's extension in Leeds. Museum of the year has been the National Portrait Gallery, which opened new galleries and gave us a choice exhibition of the American master Thomas Eakins.
By contrast, new art was seen in improvised circumstances. Best mixed show was East at the Norwich art school. It showed what talent there is around the country and introduced us to Pete Smith, Gabriel Weissmann, Padraig Timoney and Ben Cook, all names to watch. Peter Doig was a popular winner of the John Moores prize and I spotted future winners in Simon Callery, Jane Harris, Callum Innes and Rosa Lee. But they couldn't compete with the youthful vivacity of Prunella Clough, whose exhibition at Annely Juda has been the talk of the art world. Clough's daring, carefree pictures transform the everyday world into something not quite abstract but seemingly from another sphere. Astonishingly, Clough is in her seventies and first exhibited in 1947. Happy New Year to her, and a happy new century too.
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scottish independence: Learn from Quebec's mistakes and beware of promises. Vote Yes.
- 2 iOS 8 is full of shiny new features - but it's terrible news for app developers
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
- 5 Cocaine and cannabis haul hidden in Vatican car seized by French police
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams cast in new Channel 4 drama about cyber bullying
Downton Abbey: Liam Neeson wants to be a stableman in period drama
Star Wars 7 leaked set photo of Adam Driver changes everything
Friends 20th anniversary: Six things we wouldn't have without the influential comedy series
The Walking Dead season 5 synopsis is full of spoilers and existential questions
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'