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Tate Britain: a question of balance

Tate Britain has several demands on the display of its collection. Foremost is its role as the leading national museum exclusively devoted to showing works of what is called the British School of painting (and, to a lesser extent, of sculpture). It should be able to exhibit not only the work of major figures in considerable depth but also prime examples by many lesser artists who have contributed to the full current of British visual culture. The display must be amenable to visitors, especially those from abroad, for many of whom the British School is unfamiliar territory, with only a handful of recognisable names to guide them.

Article (5)

Whistler at the Society of French Artists, London, in 1875

By Martin Hopkinson

James McNeill Whistler’s contributions to the Society of French Artists Exhibitions in London in the 1870s.

The life and death of Vincent van Gogh

By Louis van Tilborgh and Teio Meedendorp

A review article on the recent Van Gogh biography Van Gogh. The Life, by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith.

The acquisition of the Wegener collection of Chinese paintings by the British Museum

By Michelle Ying Ling Huang

The acquisition of Chinese art by the British Museum in 1909 from the German collector Olga-Julia Wegener.

The 1912 Futurist exhibition at the Sackville Gallery, London: an avant-garde show within the old-master trade

By Barbara Pezzini

A discussion of the Futurist exhibition at the Sackville Gallery, London, in 1912, its choice of venue and the show’s reception.

Helen Sutherland, patron, collector and friend of Ben Nicholson

By Frances Spalding

Unpublished letters illuminate Helen Sutherland’s relationship with Ben Nicholson and her collection of modern British art.

Book Review (10)

Lalibela. Wonder of Ethiopia. The Monolithic Churches and their Treasures

Reviewed by Thomas Pakenham

Carlo Cesare Malvasia’s ‘Felsina pittrice’, Lives of the Bolognese Painters: A critical edition and annotated translation, volume I: Early Bolognese Painting

Reviewed by Robert Gibbs

Museo Nazionale del Palazzo di Venezia. Il Palazzo di Venezia e le sue collezioni di scultura. II – Sculture in legno,

Reviewed by E. Neri Lusanna

Alla ricerca di ‘Ghiongrat’. Studi sui libri parrocchiali romani (1600–1630)

Reviewed by Gabriele Finaldi

Gabriel Metsu: Life and Work

Reviewed by Peter C. Sutton

The Life & Letters of Gavin Hamilton

Reviewed by Jonathan Scott

Caspar David Friedrich

Reviewed by Armin Kunz

Gustav Klimt: Sämtliche Gemälde

Reviewed by Elizabeth Clegg

A Dealer’s Hand: the Chinese Art World Through the Eyes of Giuseppe Eskenazi

Reviewed by Stacey Pierson

Sculpture in Florence 1400–60. Florence and Paris

Reviewed by Peter Dent

Exhibition Review (13)

Boris Aronson. London

Reviewed by Anne Blood

Moore Rodin. Perry Green and Compton Verney

Reviewed by Melanie Vandenbrouck

Houghton Revisited. Houghton Hall, Norfolk

Reviewed by Alastair Laing

A medieval Renaissance. Paris and Saint-Omer

Reviewed by Alexandra Gajewski

Giotto & Co. Paris

Reviewed by Carl Brandon Strehlke

Slovene Impressionism. Paris

Reviewed by Elizabeth Clegg

Boudin. Paris

Reviewed by James Beechey

Ziem. Paris

Reviewed by James Beechey

Laurencin. Paris

Reviewed by James Beechey

Manet. Venice

Reviewed by Philip Rylands

The exhibition Manet. Ritorno a Venezia at the Palazzo Ducale, Venice (to 18th August), sets out to illustrate the role that Italian Renaissance painting played in the art of Edouard Manet.1 Stéphane Guégan, the show’s curator, writing in the catalogue, proposes that an over-emphasis on Manet the hispanisant, enshrined in the Manet/Velázquez exhibition in Paris and New York in 2002–03, overplayed the formal aspects of Manet’s technique, obscured non-Spanish sources, and depreciated the value of Manet’s later, luminous Impressionist works. Nevertheless, the present exhibition checklist has been opened up from its Italian focus and gives Venice the considerable visual pleasure of a full-fledged Manet show.

Piero in America. New York

Reviewed by Frank Dabell

Ballets Russes. Washington

Reviewed by Eric Zafran

Los Angeles 1940–90. Los Angeles and Washington

Reviewed by Lucy Bradnock

Obituary (1)

Nigel Glendinning (1929–2013

By Hilary MacArtney

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