Adrian Hamilton

The Independent’s former comment editor, Adrian Hamilton writes a weekly column largely on international affairs with particular focus on the Middle East, Iran and foreign policy issues. Before joining the paper he was deputy editor of the Observer newspaper.

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Exhibition of the week: Peter Doig: No Foreign Lands, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Peter Doig's belief in paint as the greatest medium of art is a love affair, a form of eroticism at times, which makes his figurative and pure landscapes fluid in their feel, edging towards abstraction.

Treasured island: Peter Doig at the Scottish National Gallery

As the Scottish National Gallery hosts the first major exhibition of Peter Doig’s work in the country  of his birth, Adrian Hamilton finds that it is the images of the artist’s adopted homeland of Trinidad  that make for a thrilling show

Exhibition of the week: Laura Knight: Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London WC2

In her day the best known woman artist in Britain, Laura Knight was of a generation of women determined to make their way in the 20th century as a professional, the equal of any man.

Laura Knight's 'Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breechring' (1943)

Human touch: Laura Knight's National Portrait Gallery show is a timely reminder of her talent

She was once the best known female artist in Britain. After her death in 1970, she fell out of fashion, but a new show of her wartime paintings and sympathetic portraits is a timely reminder of her talent, says Adrian Hamilton

Exhibition of week: Ibrahim el-Salahi: a Visionary Modernist

Tate Modern, London SE1

Pictures of innocence: 'Female Tree' (1994)

Ibrahim el-Salahi: Out of Africa

As a student in London in the 1950s, Sudanese-born Ibrahim el-Salahi was influenced by Western art. But it is the images from his homeland that most fascinate, says Adrian Hamilton

Diego Rivera’s Dance in Tehuantepec

The Mex Factor: how Mexico's cultural revolution was inspired by the nation’s political and natural landscape

The Mexican civil war in 1910 sparked a cultural revolution. An enlightening exhibition shows how both home-grown and international artist responded

Exhibition of the week: Vermeer and Music: the Art of Love and Leisure

National Gallery, London WC2

Vermeer’s ‘The Guitar Player’ (c1672)

Vermeer hits the high notes at the National Gallery

The National Gallery's new summer exhibition devoted to the art of making music in 17th-century Netherlands makes the heart sing, says Adrian Hamilton

Exhibition of the week: Nash, Nevinson, Spencer, Gertler, Carrington, Bomberg: A Crisis of Brilliance, 1908-1922, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London SE21

This show explores what the First World War did to a generation of young artists who came to it full of the joys of modernity and emerged with a sense of inadequacy.

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