The first exhibition exploring the history of British iconoclasm opens in October
Tate Britain, London
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Alice Jones' Arts Diary
The first major exhibition to focus on artist Kurt Schwitters' life in Britain following his escape from Nazi Germany opens this week.
Schwitters, Manet, Vermeer ... it's set to be a vintage year for art shows, big and small
The Penguin English Library's books became design icons in the Sixties, but, asks Arifa Akbar, can the relaunched series be as big a success story?
David Shrigley, 43
How the master of Modernism taught the Brits a lesson
Sutherland is one of many mid-20th-century artists storming back into fashion at galleries and in salerooms alike
Beyond the overbearing and clunking blockbusters, the year's best shows were far-flung, small and perfectly formed
The Tate's scrupulously curated show illustrates the impact on British art of the short-lived Vorticist movement, abruptly ended by a shot in Sarajevo
The Vorticists may have only been active for a short period of time, but their influence and importance still burn bright, says Adrian Hamilton
A broken mirror, edges jagged, would be a fitting metaphor for the photographs by Alvin Langdon Coburn, taken early last century. He was smashing convention, refracting reality, elevating partial reflections over traditional images. It's not just a metaphor, though: the pictures he took in this period – vortographs, as they became known – were shot through the prism of three pieces of glass, splitting the image into segments, creating weird and wonderful distortions. "Why should not the camera throw off the shackles of conventional representation and attempt something fresh and untried?" Coburn wrote. "Why should not perspective be studied from angles hitherto neglected or unobserved?" His words might seem naïve when read from the perspective of this century, with our countless ways of seeing. But this was 1916, and Coburn's thoughts were radical.
Shortlisted artist's use of everyday items attracts judges' attention