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December 2017

Vol. 159 | No. 1377


The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize

Last month we launched the 2018 Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize, our annual award of £1,000 to a writer under thirty-five for a review of a recent exhibition of contemporary art. We are delighted that Fiona Banner, an artist who has made writing a central part of her practice, and Jenni Lomax, former Director of the Camden Arts Centre, London, have agreed to be judges.



Editorial read more
Exhibition Review

Fragonard’s fantasy figures. Washington

Jean Honoré Fragonard’s fantasy portraits or ‘fantasy figures’, as the exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington (to 3rd December), calls them, have long presented a series of problems. He made at least twenty, depending on how one reads the evidence, and the best are among the artist’s greatest works. Their uniform size, free, spirited brushwork and similarity of subject – men and women dressed in fanciful costumes (usually described as Spanish, but more likely seventeenth-century Flemish), shown at half length, their bodies and heads turned in dynamic contrapposto – suggest a series, or at least a concentrated artistic project. 

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  • Monogram

    Gustave and the goat: Rauschenberg’s ‘Monogram’ and Courbet’s ‘The painter’s studio’

    By Lisa Wainwright
  • KRCMA.RauschDante

    Dating the Dante drawings: Rauschenberg and method

    By Ed Krčma

    Paintings by Canaletto and his father in Aberdeen University

    By Charles Beddington,John Gash
  • ALAI.Libri

    Two fragments by Girolamo dai Libri and an illuminated leaf by Mariano del Buono in the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin

    By Beatrice Alai

    The paintings and sculptures of Jasper Johns: the catalogue raisonné

    By Catherine Craft
  • Hamish Miles (1925–2017)

    By Paul Spencer-Longhurst
  • Santina Levey (1938–2017)

    By Clare Browne
  • Tiziano: Le botteghe e la grafica (Collana della Fondazione Centro Studi Tiziano e Cadore, vol.4). By Peter Lüdemann

    By Matthias Wivel
  • La Picardie flamboyante: Arts et reconstruction entre 1450 et 1550. Edited by Etienne Hamon, Dominique Paris-Poulain, Julie Aycard and Raphaële Skupien

    By Alexandra Gajewski
  • Malkunst im 19. Jahrhundert. Die Sammlung der Nationalgalerie. Edited by Angelika Wesenberg, Birgit Verwiebe and Regina Freyberger

    By Lorenz van der Meij
  • La collezione Calcagnini d’Este. Una famiglia e le sue raccolte fra Ferrara e Roma. By Cecilia Vicentini

    By Silvia Davoli
  • Peinture et discours. La construction de l’école de Toulouse, XVIIe–XVIIIe siècles. By Stéphanie Trouvé

    By François Marandet
  • Georges Seurat: The Art of Vision. By Michelle Foa

  • Cubism and War: The Crystal in the Flame. By Christopher Green

    By Francis Frascina
  • Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West. Edited by Lois P. Rudnick and MaLin Wilson-Powell

    By John Wilson
  • Grand Illusions: American Art and the First World War. By David M. Lubin

    By Loyd Grossman
  • Richard Diebenkorn: The Catalogue Raisonné. Edited by Jane Livingston and Andrea Liguori

    By Kenneth Baker