National Gallery

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Gainsborough’s Blue Boy: a cocksure kid who looks right through you – review
Sold in 1921 for a record price, this youth in blue and silver is back after 100 years away. Yet it’s as hokey a vision of English art as a Disney cartoon of a fox hunt

Jonathan Jones

24, Jan, 2022 @2:53 PM

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Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover obituary
Businessman who oversaw the rise of the family firm, J Sainsbury, which became the largest supermarket in Britain

Stephen Bates

16, Jan, 2022 @1:22 PM

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National Gallery to reconnect Britain with giant of US art Winslow Homer
Exhibition to tell story of painter’s move to seaside village in north-east England in 1881

Mark Brown North of England correspondent

12, Jan, 2022 @3:43 PM

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The best art and architecture of 2021 – the year the galleries reopened
As the galleries reopened, Jean Dubuffet was recast as an incendiary prophet, Poussin revealed his raunchy side – and a giant Swedish ‘plyscraper’ showed the miracle of wood. Our critics rank the highlights of 2021

Adrian Searle, Jonathan Jones and Oliver Wainwright

20, Dec, 2021 @9:46 AM

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Kehinde Wiley: The Prelude review – old masterpieces, new illusions
The transposed black figures in Wiley’s photo-real paintings question the ownership of landscape, history and art

Laura Cumming

19, Dec, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Escape from the cage of whiteness – Kehinde Wiley: The Prelude review
National Gallery, London
Barack Obama’s portraitist took black Londoners to Norway and filmed their frozen adventures. Shown alongside his diverse reworkings of great paintings, the result is an exhibition full of resonance

Adrian Searle

09, Dec, 2021 @5:56 PM

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Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist review – all over the place
The strange creatures, saints and distant landscapes depicted by the great German artist are thrown together with the work of lesser painters in a show that veers between wondrous and inexplicable

Laura Cumming

21, Nov, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Artist Kehinde Wiley: ‘The new work is about what it feels like to be young, Black and alive in the 21st century’
The US painter is famous for reimagining the western portrait tradition with Black protagonists. Now he aims to refresh the Romantic landscape canon

Kadish Morris

21, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Dürer’s Journeys review – magical sensual mystery tour is slowed to a sedate plod
The Nuremberg artist’s revelatory experiences in Italy and beyond, which transformed the Renaissance, should have made a thrilling show. What went wrong?

Jonathan Jones

17, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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National Gallery publishes research into slave trade links
Project highlights links between slave-ownership, art collecting and philanthropy in 19th-century Britain

Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent

08, Nov, 2021 @3:45 PM

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Poussin and the Dance review – the greatest frozen ballet in all art
Bacchus and his cavorting retinue of centaurs, satyrs and naked nymphs are in constant motion and yet spellbindingly still in the precision-engineered art of Nicolas Poussin

Laura Cumming

10, Oct, 2021 @12:00 PM

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‘Some of art’s most luxurious orgies’ – Poussin and the Dance review
So sombre Poussin was actually a hedonist? What a surprise! By dwelling on his decade in Rome, then a city revelling in raw sensuality, this show casts him as Caravaggio’s lewder cousin

Jonathan Jones

05, Oct, 2021 @3:57 PM

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