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: 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.

David Bomberg’s ‘In the Hold’ (1913-14)

Brushed aside by the chaos of conflict: A Crisis of Brilliance at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

A new exhibition shows how the First World War crushed the ambitions of a generation of  talented artists, who felt they had failed to portray the full horror of the slaughter

Jessica Jackson Hutchins

Paper view: Turning a 2D sheet of parchment into a 3D delight

A new exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery demonstrates how unpromising materials such as old fast-food bags and stained newsprint can be transformed into art works of breathtaking beauty, says Adrian Hamilton

Exhibition of the week: Propaganda: Power and Persuasion, British Library

Propaganda has become a dirty word but it remains a much-employed tool, as this provocative show proves. Posters, films, cartoons and tweets expose the mind-boggling ways in which states from over the world have tried to exercise their powers of persuasion in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Art review: Patrick Caulfield, Tate Britain, London

For no good reason, Tate Britain has decided to show a retrospective of Patrick Caulfield alongside a general review of the work of Gary Hume. It’s a comparison that does neither  artist much favour.

Marc Chagall's true colours are shining through

When Marc Chagall arrived in Paris in 1910, the art world was buzzing with Cubism and the thrilling works of Cezanne, Van Gogh and Matisse. A new exhibition at Tate Liverpool shows how the Russian painter blossomed with it

Exhibition of the week: Rembrandt and His Contemporaries: Paintings from the Royal Collection, Holburne Museum, Bath

There are just two dozen works in this superb exhibition, but each is top notch.

Bath Goes Dutch: Ravishing Rembrandts at the Holburne Museum

Forget the Rijksmuseum, the Holburne Museum is hosting a superb show of 17th-century art from the Netherlands, including two ravishing Rembrandts

Cold War: US Government health poster (c1960)

Big Brother is watching you: Propaganda at The British Library

An intriguing new exhibition at  the British Library shows how  state propaganda has inspired  some of the most provocative and visually powerful images of the  past century. By Adrian Hamilton

L.S. Lowry The Fever Van 1935

LS Lowry and his legacy: The matchstick man is back in vogue at last as Tate Britain showcases first retrospective of Manchester’s controversial painter

Ahead of a major show that promises a radical rethink of an artist who divides critics, Adrian Hamilton wonders why it has taken so long

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