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Prix Pictet 2021: Fire review – a world going up in flames
Charred aftermaths from the Amazon to Australia loom large in the latest global award for photography and sustainability

Laura Cumming

09, Jan, 2022 @1:00 PM

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New year arts: Observer critics pick the culture to get us through to spring
From live music to glass sculpture, game-changing performances to fitness podcasts… our writers on cultural treats to light up the months ahead

02, Jan, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Laura Cumming’s best art of 2021
The blockbuster battled on, British Caribbean art came home, and from Iran to Nero’s Rome, art transported us far and wide

Laura Cumming

26, Dec, 2021 @11:00 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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Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything review – radical in every thought and gesture
The whole world bursts into life in the great Japanese artist’s rediscovered sketches for an encylopedia, drawn for a nation in lockdown…

Laura Cumming

12, Dec, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Life Between Islands review – a mind-altering portrait of British Caribbean life through art
Seventy years of tumultuous to-and-fro between grey Britain and the golden Caribbean, belonging and exile, power this crucial, enthralling show

Laura Cumming

05, Dec, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Lubaina Himid review – a promise unfulfilled
Spectacle and passion feel strangely neutralised in this immersive retrospective from the engaging Turner prize-winner

Laura Cumming

28, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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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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Late Constable review – a thrilling enigma
Turbulent, fervent and mostly unseen in his lifetime, the late paintings of John Constable are at once figurative, abstract and staggering to behold

Laura Cumming

31, Oct, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Ron Mueck: 25 Years of Sculpture; The Gaze review – size isn’t everything
Tiny woman beats giant skull in the inscrutably hyperreal sculptures of Ron Mueck. And Moroni’s handsome tailor inspires a look at the male gaze

Laura Cumming

24, Oct, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Anicka Yi’s Turbine Hall commission; Sutapa Biswas, Lumen – review
The Turbine Hall has been turned into a mesmerising giant aquarium, while colonial history spools into the present in Biswas’s wise, poetic retrospective

Laura Cumming

17, Oct, 2021 @12:00 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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