Post Tagged with: "National Portrait Gallery"

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Dick French: On The Town – September 2016

There’s a room in my flat that I rather grandly refer


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to as ‘The Library’. About 20 years ago I had it fitted out with shelves up 404 Not Found to the

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ceiling with nicely boxed-in corners. It’s painted deep red. For a few years it looked splendid, then it gradually started filling up with junk. Now it’s waist-deep in motorcycle parts, leather […]

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Van Dyck self portrait: do we really want to pay £12 million for this?

The self-portrait by Van Dyck is the

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subject of a deferred export licence in order to give British museums an opportunity to find the £12.5 million required to stop it
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going abroad. The NPG, where the picture is currently on show 404 Not Found drumming up donations, has started a campaign to raise £12.5 million to acquire the picture. They have raised £1.2 […]

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Bob Dylan at the National Portrait Gallery

THE LINE IT IS DRAWN … BADLY The now routine phenomenon of paintings by celebrities


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shown in serious galleries defies

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belief. You’d think they’d be sniffy about this 404 Not 404 Not Found Found sort of populist stunt; and you’d be wrong. However bad the work is people swarm to see it, hexed by the name. Photos and paintings by pop stars and […]

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Carl Randall – easel words

Recent paintings made in Japan will be showing at my exhibition ‘In The Footsteps of Hiroshige: The Tokaido Highway and Portraits of Modern


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Japan’, at

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the National Portrait Gallery from June 20th to September 15th (then touring the UK 404 Not Found until May 2014). The exhibition is the result of being awarded the 2012 BP Portrait Award. My proposal for the award […]

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Bargain basement royal portraiture

This is the portrait of an intelligent, thoughtful and educated sitter with no less than a degree in art history. It is perfectly adequate for the boardroom of a supermarket but entirely inadequate for a national collection.


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Kate deserves better. We deserve better too,

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and so does the future. This commission – Kate’s first official portrait – demanded an 404 Not Found artist, […]

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Another portrait of the Queen

A portrait of the Queen by Australian


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artist Ralph Heimans has gone on show 404 Not Found at the National Portrait 404 Not Found Gallery in Canberra. It shows the monarch at night in Westminster Abbey standing on the spot where she was crowned 60 years ago.

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She looks like a giant genie 404 Not Found has suddenly appeared from the train of […]

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Hitting the right tone (or tits first)

Almost part of The


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Season now, the only surprise these days about the annual BP Portrait Award is that the Queen doesn’t cut the ribbon and hand out the rosettes. As ever, this year is as popular with the public

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as any art exhibition, with large numbers jostling and genuinely engaging with 404 Not Found the work eagerly discussing merits and demerits of […]

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The RA summer show in record time

Out of respect for one of its recently deceased Academicians, Leonard Rosomon (1913– 2012), the Royal Academy skied one of his best works in the corner of an

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obscure gallery at
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this year’s Summer Exhibition (until August 12th). His Committee Meeting, Royal Academy (above), 1979-1984, was on loan from the 404 Not Found National Portrait Gallery, where it has probably never been on […]