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Richard Diebenkorn, Royal Academy, review: 'a blast of fresh air'

The climactic paintings in this exhibition of the idiosyncratic American artist make the entire journey worthwhile, says Richard Dorment<p>For most of us, American art of the second half of the 20th century is about what happened in New York during and after the war. Until the Nineties, at least, …

Fourth Plinth, review: 'It's about the money running out'

Richard Dorment applauds the latest work to adorn the famous Trafalgar Square plinth - Hans Haacke's sinister, 15-foot-high equine skeleton, 'Gift Horse'<p>As far as I know, 78-year-old German-born conceptual artist <b>Hans Haacke</b> has never been offered Tate Modern’s annual <b>Turbine Hall</b> Commission. And, …

Inventing Impressionism, National Gallery, review: 'the exhibition of the year'

Inventing Impressionism at the National Gallery begins with a theatrical flourish – in a gallery inspired by the drawing room in the apartment of the Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel. A blow-up of a black-and-white photograph taken in the 1890s shows what must have been one of the most …

Sculpture Victorious, Tate Britain, review: 'its incoherence is frightening'

This survey of British sculpture from the Victorian age is so cack-handed it's depressing, says Richard Dorment<p>Sculpture Victorious is like nothing I’ve encountered in a gallery before. Its incoherence is frightening.<p>The subtitle, “Art in the Age of Invention 1837-1901” makes it clear that this is …

Marina Abramovic, review: 'I hated every second but I can't deny its power'

The performance artist Marina Abramovic is in residence at the Serpentine Gallery. Richard Dorment squirmed at the results<p>In 2010 the Serbian born performance artist Marina Abramovic staged a breakthrough work that not only transformed the medium of performance art, but brought her a level of …

Ben and Winifred Nicholson: Art and Life, review: 'an exercise in tedium'

Both Ben and Winifred Nicholson were talented and well-loved artists, yet this new exhibition of their early work sends Richard Dorment to sleep<p>The thing that interested me most about Dulwich Picture Gallery's exhibition of the early work of Ben and Winifred Nicholson is that it almost put me to …

Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation, review: 'makes Clark fallible but more likeable'

A new exhibition at Tate Britain changes your view of Civilisation's Kenneth Clark, says Richard Dorment<p>Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation does full justice to the remarkable life of a man whose whole existence was centred on <b>art</b> – as a collector, museum director, curator, writer, patron, …

Sack Tate Britain’s director? What a stupid idea

A recent newspaper article argued that Tate Britain director Penelope Curtis should go – in fact, says Richard Dorment, the gallery is lucky to have her<p>You know how it is. You’re sitting at the breakfast table reading a review happily nodding in agreement, when suddenly you splutter into your …

Inside Van Gogh's London home

A new installation commissioned by Artangel, uses the artist's Brixton base as its canvas, says Richard Dorment<p>Dutch-born artist Saskia Olde Wolbers is known for videos that feature meticulously crafted miniature sets and props against which she tells stories that mingle fact and fiction. I’ve …

Matisse's cut-outs, review: 'a guaranteed winner'

Tate Modern's super exhibition shows Matisse's cut-outs aren't just visual delights - but the product of painful searching and thought, says Richard Dorment<p>Tate Modern must know that with 'Matisse: the Cut-Outs’ they have a winner. I guarantee that this exhibition of the colour-saturated works …

Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice, National Gallery, review

The great Venetian artist was no intellectual – but, says Richard Dorment, with technique as stupendous as his, who cares?<p>"It may be doubted whether, as mere painter, Paolo Veronese has ever been surpassed.” That deliciously feline “mere” in Bernard Berenson’s assessment of the Venetian master …

The First Georgians, review: 'nothing less than a revelation'

The Queen's Gallery exhibition The First Georgians confounds expecations by the quality of its exhibits, says Richard Dorment<p>A quick question: off the top of your head, can you tell me what King George I looked like? How about George II? Maybe it’s just me, but when I try to visualise the first …

Joseph Wright of Derby: Bath and Beyond, review: a cracking show about a fascinating painter

Joseph Wright's time in Bath was a bit of a disaster. But it was the making of him as an artist as a briliant exhibition at The Holburne Museum shows, says Richard Dorment<p>It’s hard to think of a more unpromising idea for an exhibition than one about Joseph Wright of Derby in Bath. The portraits he …

Constable at Petworth: 'Constable didn't do glamour'

An intriguing story about tastes in art lies behind a new exhibition which explains why Constable's paintings were not popular in his own day, says Richard Dorment<p>Petworth House in West Sussex is currently hosting a modest but utterly original exhibition – and one that is unusually built around a …

John Craxton, Fitzwilliam Museum, review

This small show does full justice to the inimitable work of John Craxton, says Richard Dorment<p>Though he didn’t like to be labelled there’s no getting around it: John Craxton, who <b>died in 2009</b>, was the last Romantic. Or rather neo-Romantic.<p>Born in London in 1922 and mostly self-taught, Craxton was …

Frank Holl: Emerging from the Shadows, The Watts Gallery, Compton, Guildford, review

Richard Dorment delights in the work of a forgotten Victorian artist.<p>Born in 1845, the Victorian social realist painter Frank Holl’s early career coincided with a late glorious flowering of the Victorian subject picture, a phenomenon paralleled (and to an extent created) by the popularity of the …

Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life, Tate Britain, review

Anyone interested in British art should see this show, says Richard Dorment - even if, like him, you hate every single moment you spend in it.<p>Few 20th-century artists come with as much baggage as <b>LS Lowry</b>. Anyone trying to evaluate his work has to take into account the Manchester-size chip on the …

Paul Klee: Making Visible, Tate Modern, review

Tate Modern's new survey of Paul Klee's work is one you'll want to visit again and again, says Richard Dorment<p><b>Paul Klee</b>may be one of the most inventiveartistsof the 20th century, but he’s also among the most demanding. His intricate drawings and delicate watercolours are small in scale and short on …

In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion, Queen's Gallery, review

You'd be hard-pressed to find a painting that doesn't hold your attention in this superlative new show, says Richard Dorment.<p>In May 1551 the future Elizabeth I sent her portrait to her half-brother Edward VI, who had succeeded his father Henry VIII as king in 1547. In the letter that accompanied …

Art Under Attack, Tate Britain, review

Richard Dorment learnt nothing new from Tate Britain's show about art iconoclasm - plus there's pernicious drivel in the catalogue essays.<p>When some bright spark at Tate Britain came up with the idea of doing a show about the history of Iconoclasm in this country why wasn’t the plan strangled at …

Pearls - nature’s lightest touch

The V&A is hosting a magnificent exhibition that explores the world of the lustrous, lusted-after pearl, says Richard Dorment<p>In one respect, <i>Pearls</i> at the Victoria & Albert Museum delivers just what we would expect of any major exhibition of gems and jewels. On view is a king’s ransom of …

The Discovery of Paris at the Wallace Collection

These pictures of Paris in the early 19th century are ravishing works of art, writes Richard Dorment.<p>The British have always loved <b>Paris</b>, right? So you’d think a comprehensive exhibition of early 19th century views of Paris by British artists would be a great big sprawl of a show. But ‘The Discovery …

Patrick Caulfield, Tate Britain, review

Patrick Caulfield teaches us to question the evidence of our eyes, says Richard Dorment.<p><b>Tate Britain</b> is staging exhibitions of the painters Patrick Caulfield and Gary Hume in back-to back in separate galleries. Officially there is no link between the two shows, but they are two artists of different …

Gary Hume, Tate Britain, review

Gary Hume is an abstract artist who happens to paint recognisable subjects, says Richard Dorment.<p><b>Tate Britain</b> is staging exhibitions of the painters Patrick Caulfield and Gary Hume in back-to back in separate galleries. Officially there is no link between the two shows, but they are two artists of …

The Alternative Guide to the Universe, Hayward Gallery, review

The Alternative Guide to the Universe is an extraordinary show which asks you to look at the work of people on the edges of art - and of sanity, says Richard Dorment<p>Had The Alternative Guide to the Universe at the Hayward Gallery been yet another <b>exhibition</b> devoted to the art of the psychotic, …

Was Chagall actually any good?

His work has given more pleasure to more people than almost any other modern artist, but was Chagall actually any good, asks Richard Dorment.<p>The painter known to the world as Marc Chagall was born Movsha (Moses) Shagal on 7 July 1887, into a poor family living on the fringes of the Russian empire. …

Rachel Whiteread, Gagosian Gallery, London, review

Turner Prize-winning artist Rachel Whiteread's new show at the Gagosian Gallery highlights how she transforms building structures we wouldn’t look at twice into minimalist sculptures, says Richard Dorment.<p>Rachel Whiteread turned 50 last week. Is that young or old? It sounds ancient if you associate …

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, Photographer's Gallery, review

Like previous years, the 2013 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize at the Photographer's Gallery doesn't disappoint, says Richard Dorment.<p>Now in its 17th year, the Deutsche Börse <b>Photography Prize</b> never disappoints and in 2013 the exhibition of the work of the four shortlisted <b>artists</b> is particularly …

New Order – a Survey of British Art Today, Saatchi gallery: A unique best of British

This nifty little show of Brit art, New Order – a Survey of British Art Today, is proof that Charles Saatchi’s judgment is surer when he is casting a fly over artists who live and work in this country, says Richard Dorment.<p>On the way to see New Order – a Survey of British Art Today, which is …

Walk Through British Art, Tate Britain, review

Tate Britain Director Penelope Curtis's rehang of the gallery's historic collection is gloriously, satisfyingly, reactionary, says Richard Dorment.<p>Anyone interested in the story of British art should pay close attention to the re-opening this week of Tate Britain’s newly renovated galleries. What …