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Tate Britain has put on show two newly discovered works by Britain’s earliest professional female painter for the first time, as part of a radical rehang of its collection.
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?
The Tate Modern will next year stage the first major UK exhibition devoted to Roy Lichtenstein in 20 years, its most comprehensive retrospective of the celebrated pop artist. The exhibition, which opens next spring, will bring together 125 of the artist's definitive paintings and sculptures.
Until now, anyone who aspired to be well versed in the artistic highlights of the world's great galleries required time, money and a penchant for air travel. Soon, they will need just a laptop.
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
Shrivelling chrysanthemums, ravishing fuchsias and a single red rose remind us that we all have our moment in the sun
Staff at the Tate galleries are furious about the use of two external consultants who have made £750,000 of savings, describing their techniques as "psychobabble" whose only purpose is to force through job cuts.
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
The Week in Arts
Comedy: I liked Roisin Conaty at the Soho Theatre. She won Best Comedy Newcomer at Edinburgh. She was her own support act, so supporting a character she played who was nothing like her real self.