Category Archives: Exhibitions

Edinburgh: “True to Life” exhibition

Edinburgh is a handsomer city than Glasgow I suppose, but the centre lacks the latter’s eclecticism. I like mercantile cities that experienced a burst of dynamism in the 19th/early 20th centuries, even if it means that they also suffered a … Continue reading

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Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919-1933

To Liverpool today to see this excellent exhibition at the Tate. It was really two exhibitions in one: the photographs of August Sander and the works of Otto Dix, both influenced by the Neue Sachlichkeit movement. In Sander’s case, you … Continue reading

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Shirley Baker: Women and Children; and Loitering Men

Photographs of streets and their occupants in Salford, Moss Side, Hulme and Ancoats in the 1960s and 70s. The exhibition in Manchester Art Gallery also had recorded reminiscences from people who had featured in the shots.  Even allowing for an … Continue reading

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Manchester today

First stop was the Art Gallery, where there is an offshoot of the exhibition I saw this last year at the Barbican: “Strange and Familiar“. This time round, Shinro Ohtake’s photographs from his first visit to Britain in 1977 stood … Continue reading

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Wynford Dewhurst: Manchester’s Monet

I ended my day in Manchester yesterday with a visit to the exhibition of paintings by Wynford Dewhurst (1864-1941) at the art gallery. Dewhurst insisted that Impressionism was rooted in British landscapes, citing Constable and Turner as influences. Perhaps . … Continue reading

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Vogue 100: a century of style

To Manchester Art Gallery yesterday to see this exhibition, which  showed photographs and covers from the first issue of Vogue magazine in 1916. 1916! The middle of war – as a separate gallery displaying images of the Somme by Nevinson and … Continue reading

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Fashion on the Ration

A very well-curated and informative exhibition at the IWM North of wartime clothing, uniforms and fashion. It was fascinating to see the lengths that women went to to be smart when clothing was rationed, silk stockings were a distant memory, … Continue reading

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