portraits http://www.theartsdesk.com/taxonomy/term/692/all en Tony Blair by Alastair Adams http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/tony-blair-alastair-adams <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-mast-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/newsletter_170x120/mastimages/Tony%20Blair%20portrait.jpg" alt="" title="How much of Blair&#039;s conviction is sincere this portrait cannot answer" class="imagecache imagecache-newsletter_170x120 imagecache-default imagecache-newsletter_170x120_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>“Repellent” is one word I’ve heard to describe Alastair Adams’ new portrait of Tony Blair, but I don’t know if that’s a reaction to the painting or the subject. In either case, I can’t say I share that gut-reaction. Most of the portraits in the National Portrait Gallery manage to say very little about the subject or their reputation. This one does, so that’s my first positive response to it.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/tony-blair-alastair-adams" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/tony-blair-alastair-adams#comments Visual arts Reviews portraits Sun, 22 Dec 2013 04:30:43 +0000 Fisun Güner 72279 at http://www.theartsdesk.com Bob Dylan: Face Value, National Portrait Gallery http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/bob-dylan-face-value-national-portrait-gallery <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-mast-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/newsletter_170x120/mastimages/Skip_Sharpe.jpg" alt="" title="Bob Dylan, Skip Sharpe, 2013" class="imagecache imagecache-newsletter_170x120 imagecache-default imagecache-newsletter_170x120_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Face Value – heh, who’d have thought to come up with <em>that</em> title for an exhibition of portraits? Yeah, it’s not particularly clever, but there’s something of the contrarian mischief-maker in it all the same, for in the 50 years that Bob Dylan has been making music, giving interviews and being lionised as the son of God, there’s never been much danger of anyone taking him at face value. Or at least there shouldn’t be. And the same could be said of the 12 portraits that make up this exhibition.</p><p><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/bob-dylan-face-value-national-portrait-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/bob-dylan-face-value-national-portrait-gallery#comments Visual arts Reviews Dylan portraits Sat, 24 Aug 2013 09:31:35 +0000 Fisun Güner 71476 at http://www.theartsdesk.com BP Portrait Award 2013, National Portrait Gallery http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/bp-portrait-award-2013-national-portrait-gallery <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-mast-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/newsletter_170x120/mastimages/BP_Portrait_Award_2013_1146.jpg" alt="" title="BP Young Artist Award: Owen Normand, Das Berlinner Zimmer (The Berlin Room)" class="imagecache imagecache-newsletter_170x120 imagecache-default imagecache-newsletter_170x120_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>One is increasingly struck by the oddity of an annual portrait prize, or at least I am. Imagine an annual still life award or an open competition for a major prize for abstract art. And imagine how formulaic and stale that would soon become. How many variations of a photorealist table laden with grapes or half drunk glasses of wine could you put up with? Or just think of all those coolly two-tone geometric canvases that’ll come pouring in.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-gallery-images"><legend>Gallery Images</legend><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-gallery-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/BP_Portrait_Award_2013_0073.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=134303">BP_Portrait_Award_2013_0073.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/BP_Portrait_Award_2013_0385.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=80244">BP_Portrait_Award_2013_0385.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/BP_Portrait_Award_2013_0206.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=114562">BP_Portrait_Award_2013_0206.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/BP_Portrait_Award_2013_1288.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=77911">BP_Portrait_Award_2013_1288.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/The_Uncertain_Time_John_Devane.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=202503">The_Uncertain_Time_John_Devane.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/BP_Portrait_Award_2013_0502.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=97065">BP_Portrait_Award_2013_0502.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/BP_Portrait_Award_2013_1320.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=58464">BP_Portrait_Award_2013_1320.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/Daniela%20Astone%20sp.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=79259">Daniela Astone sp.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/bp-portrait-award-2013-national-portrait-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/bp-portrait-award-2013-national-portrait-gallery#comments Visual arts Reviews National Portrait Gallery portraits Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:12:49 +0000 Fisun Güner 70148 at http://www.theartsdesk.com Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration, White Cube Bermondsey http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/chuck-close-prints-process-and-collaboration-white-cube-bermondsey <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-mast-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/newsletter_170x120/mastimages/Chuck%20Close%20Lou.jpg" alt="" title="Lou, 2012 jacquard tapestry" class="imagecache imagecache-newsletter_170x120 imagecache-default imagecache-newsletter_170x120_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Chuck Close is often described as a photorealist. It’s a fair description. His paintings often look like photographs, and he came to prominence in the late Sixties, when photorealism was the rage. At first his huge heads were scaled-up painted transcriptions of black and white photos, such as <em>Big Self-Portrait</em>, 1968, which is the painting you’ll find in most art history accounts of the period. It captures a kind of rough diamond <em>Easy Rider</em> persona. Then he turned to colour and painted his huge heads as if they were seen through the distorting prism of a bathroom window.<p><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/chuck-close-prints-process-and-collaboration-white-cube-bermondsey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/chuck-close-prints-process-and-collaboration-white-cube-bermondsey#comments Visual arts Reviews portraits Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:15:51 +0000 Fisun Güner 65483 at http://www.theartsdesk.com Manet: Portraying Life, Royal Academy http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/manet-portraying-life-royal-academy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-mast-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/newsletter_170x120/mastimages/Manet_Tuileries.jpg" alt="" title="Edouard Manet, Music in the Tuileries Gardens, 1862" class="imagecache imagecache-newsletter_170x120 imagecache-default imagecache-newsletter_170x120_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>While any Manet survey, however compromised by a lack of significant loans, must be considered "an event", this is not quite the exhibition one might have hoped to see of a great artist. Taking up one vast floor of the Royal Academy with just over 50 paintings (and some not very good pastels), many of which are unfinished and must have been judged unsatisfactory by the artist himself, it is far too thinly spread to be the touted blockbuster it seeks to sell itself as.<p><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/manet-portraying-life-royal-academy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/manet-portraying-life-royal-academy#comments Visual arts Reviews Paris Royal Academy portraits Fri, 25 Jan 2013 08:45:03 +0000 Fisun Güner 62908 at http://www.theartsdesk.com Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, National Portrait Gallery http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/catherine-duchess-cambridge-national-portrait-gallery <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-mast-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/newsletter_170x120/mastimages/KatePortrait.jpg" alt="" title="The Duchess of Cambridge by Paul Emsley, 2012" class="imagecache imagecache-newsletter_170x120 imagecache-default imagecache-newsletter_170x120_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The first thing to say about Paul Elmsley’s portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge, which was unveiled yesterday at the National Portrait Gallery, is that it looks rather better in real life than it does in reproduction. That doesn’t make it a great painting, but nor is it a risible one. The soft-focused, Vaseline-smeared visage, framed by that undulating cascade of buoyant hair (it’s unfortunate how much this makes her look as if she's taking part in an ad campaign for shampoo) is more convincingly defined and skilfully modelled than it is when you see it on the screen.</p><p><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/catherine-duchess-cambridge-national-portrait-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/catherine-duchess-cambridge-national-portrait-gallery#comments Visual arts Reviews National Portrait Gallery portraits Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:00:42 +0000 Fisun Güner 62225 at http://www.theartsdesk.com Yuletide Scenes 1: The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/yuletide-scenes-1-reverend-robert-walker-skating-duddingston-loch <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-mast-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/newsletter_170x120/mastimages/NG_2112.jpg" alt="" title="The Reverend Robert Walker glides effortlessly on the ice" class="imagecache imagecache-newsletter_170x120 imagecache-default imagecache-newsletter_170x120_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>In our chilled Decembers, even when snowless, winter scenes are visually synonymous with Christmas, and Henry&nbsp;Raeburn’s small painting of <em>The Reverend Robert Walker</em>, from the 1790s, skating with abstracted solemnity and perfect balance on Duddingston Loch, only a few minutes away from the National Gallery of Scotland itself, is one of the most irresistibly memorable seasonal images.<p><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/yuletide-scenes-1-reverend-robert-walker-skating-duddingston-loch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/yuletide-scenes-1-reverend-robert-walker-skating-duddingston-loch#comments Visual arts Scotland Wigmore Hall Christmas portraits Wed, 19 Dec 2012 08:00:27 +0000 Marina Vaizey 61002 at http://www.theartsdesk.com Painting the Queen: A Portrait of Her Majesty, BBC Four http://www.theartsdesk.com/tv/painting-queen-portrait-her-majesty-bbc-four <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-mast-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/newsletter_170x120/mastimages/PaintingQueen.jpg" alt="" title="The gap between dreams and reality: Phil Richards portrait of the Queen " class="imagecache imagecache-newsletter_170x120 imagecache-default imagecache-newsletter_170x120_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Has there ever been a successful portrait of the Queen? Not a photograph - there are been plenty of those (with its delicious air of ambivalence, Thomas Struth’s portrait of the Queen with Prince Philip stiffly occupying two ends of a sofa at Windsor Castle, is among the best) but a painted portrait. Or rather, since we have Warhol’s screen prints which cannot be bettered in the age of incessant reproduction – not to speak of the air of decadent Hollywood glamour she acquired in the process – &nbsp;an official painted portrait?</p><p><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/tv/painting-queen-portrait-her-majesty-bbc-four" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theartsdesk.com/tv/painting-queen-portrait-her-majesty-bbc-four#comments TV Visual arts Reviews BBC Four portraits royalty Wed, 24 Oct 2012 08:00:35 +0000 Fisun Güner 53033 at http://www.theartsdesk.com The Queen: Art and Image, National Portrait Gallery http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/queen-art-and-image-national-portrait-gallery <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-mast-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/newsletter_170x120/mastimages/Leibovitz_Queen.jpg" alt="" title="&#039;Mindless melodrama&#039;: Annie Leibovitz&#039;s photograph of the Queen, taken in 2007" class="imagecache imagecache-newsletter_170x120 imagecache-default imagecache-newsletter_170x120_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Queen is the first mass-media monarch, and still probably the most&nbsp;ubiquitously depicted person in history. Her 60 years on the throne is only exceeded by Victoria,&nbsp;and her reign has coincided, of course, with photography, film and television. The profusion of royal imagery is exaggerated and exacerbated by the cult of celebrity and the new&nbsp;technology of the internet and social networking. This has led to an overwhelming sense that the public has the right to know the most intimate details of the lives of public figures.</p><p><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/queen-art-and-image-national-portrait-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/queen-art-and-image-national-portrait-gallery#comments Visual arts Reviews National Portrait Gallery painting Photography portraits royalty Sun, 20 May 2012 05:29:46 +0000 Marina Vaizey 36899 at http://www.theartsdesk.com First ever exhibition of a lost prince http://www.theartsdesk.com/arts-news/first-ever-exhibition-lost-prince <!--paging_filter--><p>One of the earliest known autopsy reports will go on display in a exhibition this autumn. <em>The Lost Prince: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart</em> at the National Portrait Gallery will look at the extraordinary, albeit short, life of the eldest son of James I of England and VI of Scotland. Widely seen as an ideal prince, Henry would have become Henry IX had he lived.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/arts-news/first-ever-exhibition-lost-prince" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theartsdesk.com/arts-news/first-ever-exhibition-lost-prince#comments News National Portrait Gallery history portraits Tue, 08 May 2012 14:55:40 +0000 Fisun Güner 35275 at http://www.theartsdesk.com Gillian Wearing, Whitechapel Gallery http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/gillian-wearing-whitechapel-gallery <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-mast-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/newsletter_170x120/mastimages/GW_Deparate_02.jpg" alt="" title="Man holding up placard in &#039;Signs&#039;, 1992-93" class="imagecache imagecache-newsletter_170x120 imagecache-default imagecache-newsletter_170x120_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The first major retrospective of the videos, photographs and sculptures of Gillian Wearing is a deeply disturbing experience. Her videos can be just a few minutes, or as long as an hour, but are not sequential narratives. They can be dipped in and out of - unlike many video artists you do not have to acquiesce to her time scale. But take a lot of time: they are more than worth it, and repay repeated viewings.</p><p><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/gillian-wearing-whitechapel-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/gillian-wearing-whitechapel-gallery#comments Visual arts Reviews contemporary art Photography portraits Wed, 28 Mar 2012 08:15:16 +0000 Marina Vaizey 32676 at http://www.theartsdesk.com Johan Zoffany: Society Observed, Royal Academy http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/johan-zoffany-society-observed-royal-academy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-mast-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/newsletter_170x120/mastimages/Zoffany_Key%2050.jpg" alt="" title="Johan Zoffany&#039;s &#039;The Tribuna of the Uffizi, 1772-7&#039;" class="imagecache imagecache-newsletter_170x120 imagecache-default imagecache-newsletter_170x120_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Royal families and royal academies. Aristocrats at ease in exquisitely landscaped gardens or inside in gorgeous drawings rooms. Actors emoting, notably Sir David Garrick and his troupe. Nabobs in India. All are depicted in Johan Zoffany’s rivetingly detailed paintings of Georgian society.</p><p><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/johan-zoffany-society-observed-royal-academy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/johan-zoffany-society-observed-royal-academy#comments Visual arts Reviews Royal Academy Florence Germany portraits royalty Fri, 09 Mar 2012 00:00:48 +0000 Marina Vaizey 30174 at http://www.theartsdesk.com Lucian Freud: Painted Life, BBC Two http://www.theartsdesk.com/tv/lucian-freud-painted-life-bbc-two <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-mast-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/newsletter_170x120/mastimages/949124-high_res-lucian-freud-painted-life.jpg" alt="" title="Lucian Freud: the painter painted. Well, photographed" class="imagecache imagecache-newsletter_170x120 imagecache-default imagecache-newsletter_170x120_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>He was uncompromising, honest, personal. He didn't like doing what he was told. He never followed fashion. Is this an accurate picture of Lucian Freud, or is it a description of almost every great artist who ever lived? The intensely banal voiceover for <em>Lucian Freud: Painted Life</em> on BBC Two which contained these insights (at least in the rough cut I viewed) made it seem like a painter out on his own, stringent in his artistic pursuit, was something we had never seen before. Thankfully the talking heads, intimates of Freud, created a properly personal portrait.</p><p><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/tv/lucian-freud-painted-life-bbc-two" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theartsdesk.com/tv/lucian-freud-painted-life-bbc-two#comments TV Visual arts Reviews BBC Two biography documentary Lucian Freud painters painting portraits Sun, 19 Feb 2012 00:52:37 +0000 Josh Spero 28875 at http://www.theartsdesk.com Lucian Freud: Portraits, National Portrait Gallery http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/lucian-freud-portraits-national-portrait-gallery <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-mast-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/newsletter_170x120/mastimages/095_Large_Interior_W11_%28After_Watteau%29_low_res_%281%29.JPG" alt="" title="&#039;Large Interior, W11 (after Watteau)&#039;, 1981-3: a strange and beguiling theatrical group portrait" class="imagecache imagecache-newsletter_170x120 imagecache-default imagecache-newsletter_170x120_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sitting for Lucian Freud was quite a commitment. Unlike Hockney, whom he painted and who painted him, Freud was a very slow painter and he was methodical. Paying close attention to detail and absorbed by different textures, he was intent on building up surfaces meticulously, layer upon layer. This meant that sessions would usually go on for several months, sometimes years.<p><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/lucian-freud-portraits-national-portrait-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/lucian-freud-portraits-national-portrait-gallery#comments Visual arts Reviews National Portrait Gallery Lucian Freud painters painting portraits Wed, 08 Feb 2012 08:59:06 +0000 Fisun Güner 27745 at http://www.theartsdesk.com The private space of Lucian Freud revealed http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/private-space-lucian-freud-revealed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-mast-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/newsletter_170x120/mastimages/dawson_riaalmostfinished200_1.jpg" alt="" title="Lucian Freud at work, from David Dawson&#039;s images of &#039;Working with Lucian Freud&#039;" class="imagecache imagecache-newsletter_170x120 imagecache-default imagecache-newsletter_170x120_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pallant House in Chichester has just inaugurated the series of Lucian Freud exhibitions this season which have have now become memorial commemorations since the artist’s death last July.&nbsp; Freud’s life and studio have taken on a mythic quality, here reinforced by the photographs taken by his long-term studio assistant, David Dawson<strong> (see gallery below)</strong>.</p><p><a href="http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/private-space-lucian-freud-revealed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/private-space-lucian-freud-revealed#comments Visual arts Buzz Lucian Freud Photography portraits Wed, 01 Feb 2012 09:13:35 +0000 Marina Vaizey 26707 at http://www.theartsdesk.com