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Laura Cumming

Ellen Gallagher: AxME - review

Tate Modern, London The American artist Ellen Gallagher is admired to the point of reverence on the other side of the Atlantic. Her distinctive combination of politics and prettiness has been catnip for collectors and critics alike these last 20 years.

Fiona Rae; New Order: British Art Today - review

Towner Gallery, Eastbourne; Saatchi Gallery, London Fiona Rae is a heron in the landscape of contemporary British art - solitary, sharply focused and so motionless she appears rooted to the spot. Ever since she was shortlisted for the Turner prize

Saloua Raouda Choucair - review

A bolt from the blue is not what one expects at Tate Modern. Unqualified revelations have never been the museum's priority. Nobody goes to Bankside hoping to be astonished by a brand new name, a new artist, a new strain of art that has not yet been bruite

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis – review Natural History Museum, London

The Natural History Museum has a coup – the global premiere of an epic photographic project by Sebastião Salgado, possibly the best-loved photojournalist in the world. It has taken eight years, Genesis is its title, and its scope is unashamedly biblica

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Happiest Man

The Happiest Man is an overwhelming experience. It takes place in a vast industrial bunker, pitch black except for the light streaming from a monumental screen. Old cinema seats stretch out like a ghostly audience, watching the movies forever in this su

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Happiest Man

The Happiest Man is an overwhelming experience. It takes place in a vast industrial bunker, pitch black except for the light streaming from a monumental screen. Old cinema seats stretch out like a ghostly audience, watching the movies forever in this su

Barocci: Brilliance and Grace - review

National Gallery, London It is hard to believe that there are any old masters left waiting to be rediscovered, but so it seems with the Italian artist Federico Barocci , a painter whose radiant, radical and amazingly joyous work is having its first ful

Lichtenstein: A Retrospective - review

Tate Modern's homage to Roy Lichtenstein opens with a huge splash of blue paint landing euphorically on a canvas. There it meets a vast yellow brushstroke. This stroke glides across the surface like a slow-moving river beneath a frisson of tiny blue stars

Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos - review

There is a giant crab in the Serpentine Gallery, a metre from claw to claw. It sits on a heap of knitted blankets like some outlandish version of the princess and the pea. Nearby, two beetles perform a ballet on film. A snake coils like convolvulus around

Ice Age Art: Arrival of the Modern Mind - review

British Museum, London The oldest portrait in the world has arrived in Britain. She is carved from a mammoth's tusk. Her long slender face, with its almond eyes and hint of a dimple, is straight out of Modigliani. One of her eyes is lively, but the other