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Ivor Abrahams, Mystery and Imagination, Royal Academy

Ivor Abrahams, Mystery and Imagination, Royal Academy

A print show that is tart and sweet, small but perfectly formed

Ivor Abrahams' 'A Dream Within a Dream' has a Magritte-ish sense of illusionismAll images © Ivor Abrahams RA. Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London / Prudence Cuming Associates

In this month of royal weddings, endless bank holidays and (possibly?) equally endless good weather, it can be hard to focus, so perhaps this is the perfect opportunity to catch up with a show that nearly got away. Instead of winsome blockbusters like Tate Modern’s Miró, or the V&A’s The Cult of Beauty, Ivor Abrahams' print show is tart as well as sweet, small but perfectly formed, the ideal restorative after too much sugar, whether in wedding cakes or art galleries.

Instead of the terrible, a terrible beauty is born

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