• Angela de la Cruz

    Wilkinson Gallery

    Since 1994, the London-based Spanish artist Angela de la Cruz has been making what she modestly calls “everyday paintings.” Her basic technique is simple. To begin with, she makes a blank, monochrome abstract painting in a conventional way, applying oil paint to stretched canvas. But having created an impeccable surface and shape, she then puts them through some grueling paces, distressing and manipulating the painting in a variety of ways. Seeing a group of de la Cruz’s paintings is like following a tragicomic abstract version of the Stations of the Cross. Let’s call it Stations of the Canvas.

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  • Howard Hodgkin

    Dulwich Picture Gallery

    Collections of historical masterpieces have two main ways of engaging with contemporary art, if they don’t ignore it completely: One is to feed the mouth that bites them, so to speak, by bringing in some institutional critique; the holdings will look stronger for having survived the in-house sniping (as Karen Knorr’s recent exhibition of photographs at the Wallace Collection demonstrated). The other is to show a “contemporary classic” in harmony with the classic classics. This, surprisingly, is the riskier option. Between the old masters and even the most conservative contemporary artist there

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