The Tate Modern effect is spreading: the Wallace Collection no less, has ventured into contemporary art, albeit in a self-reflective mode. ‘Sanctuary’, an exhibition of nine works by the American photographer Karen Knorr, is a triumph of self-examination. Knorr explores the nature and conflicting imperatives of the Wallace and its contents in her works, in an ironic yet wholly contemporary manner. Arguably, both subversive and critical of High Art, the photographs offer a cinematic perspective; surreal, yet painterly, whereby animals and birds wander the galleries, creatures seemingly related to those in the paintings of Fragonard or Boucher, for example. It seems difficult, after such an experience, to review Fragonard, or indeed Boucher, in the same way ever again.
This Is What It Is to Be Happy
What is it to be happy in an age where mental health problems are so prevalent? How can communing with nature, externalising the internal – both metaphorically and literally – help with this? This slickly curated three-person show delves deep, lays bare, and offers a very plausible answer to an unanswerable question
Her legacy has often been dwarfed by her biography – as Rodin’s student and lover, who spent 30 years in a psychiatric institution. But with a new museum in her name, and 11 of her works saved for the French nation, Camille Claudel is coming out of the shadows
Seduced by the Oldest Topic in the World
Sex is an extremely popular subject, but 'sex appeal' is nearly impossible to define. People seem to seek this elusive quality in everything they do and buy. As in ages past, sex - the act and its mystique - is a part of everyday daily life. Of course, the difference today is that 'sex' now reaches far beyond its main objective, the procreation of the human species, and out to the marketplace. In that vast scene of hopes and fears, desires and dreams, sex becomes all things to all people; the golden calf, lurking, hidden among the dross of everyday existence.
Raphael to Renoir
The Raphael to Renoir exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) allows a rare glimpse into the exceptional private collection of Geneva based banker Jean Bonna. The exhibition has come to Edinburgh from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and is accompanied by an excellent catalogue. The 120 drawings selected make up an idiosyncratic exhibition that displays the personal tastes of its private collector.