Curatorial Quandaries

Posted on by Tom Fleming

Tiffany Jenkins’s new book about museums is partly historical, partly political. ‘I fear for their future’, she writes on the first page. But when she tells us of the hundred new museums opening in China each year and of highly ambitious projects in the Middle East and elsewhere, it becomes evident that it is not […]

A Portrait of the Artist

Posted on by Tom Fleming

In the half-century between 1730 and 1780, about 3,500 members of the English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish landowning class went on the grand tour, many of them finishing their travels with a visit to the studio of Pompeo Batoni (1708–87) in Rome. Batoni was the son of a successful goldsmith and learned a lot from […]

Painting the Past

Posted on by Tom Fleming

I remember meeting David Solkin in the corridors of the Henry Cole Wing of the V&A some time in the mid-1980s. He declared, ‘It’s war,’ implying that I, like he, should be at war with the powers that be – in other words, everything represented by traditional art history. He provides a short encapsulation of this […]

Light Shows

Posted on by Tom Fleming

Nicola Gordon Bowe has written a remarkable book that reinstates Wilhelmina Geddes as one of Europe’s great 20th-century artists. It is wonderfully illustrated and expansively rich in iconographical and biographical detail. Geddes was born in Drumreilly in the north of Ireland

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

RLF - March