Book review: ‘Lucian Freud’ by Virginia Button

Lucian Freud’s realist portraits of figures from Kate Moss to the Queen will be familiar to many. Less so, perhaps, are a pen and ink drawing of Loch Ness from Drumnadrochit (1943), or views of the back of residential London streets (Wasteground with Houses, Paddington, 1970-2). Virginia Button’s new critical survey of Freud’s life and… Read More Book review: ‘Lucian Freud’ by Virginia Button

Book review: Nari Ward, Sun Splashed

This mid-career retrospective of Nari Ward accompanies an exhibition at the Pérez Art Museum, Miami. Sun Splashed is the largest exhibition of Ward’s work to date and the publication is correspondingly rich. Both the book and the exhibition are organised thematically rather than chronologically, allowing them to effectively engage with issues central to Ward’s practice.… Read More Book review: Nari Ward, Sun Splashed

By Accident or Design: Writing the Victorian Metropolis

This review was originally written for the Institute of Historical Research’s Reviews in History. You can see the original article here, with Paul Fyfe’s response. By Accident or Design: Writing the Victorian Metropolis is an absorbing and complex piece of work. In it, Paul Fyfe argues that accidents not only shaped Victorian cities, but also played a role in… Read More By Accident or Design: Writing the Victorian Metropolis

Book review: Painting beyond Pollock

Morgan Falconer’s new work Painting Beyond Pollock is a sensitive exploration of the medium. Beginning with abstract expressionism, and ending with the ‘Pop Romantics’ – the latter encompassing post-1990s figurative painters such as Peter Doig and Elizabeth Peyton – it is a more delicate and thoughtful book than the rather bold title suggests. Indeed, Falconer… Read More Book review: Painting beyond Pollock