Laura Cumming

Manet: Portraying Life

Royal Academy, London Manet: Portraying Life opens with a coup - The Luncheon from 1868. The scene occurs after the meal. In the background, spectral as the fading day, a maid hovers with coffee. In the middle distance, a shadowy man drags on a pos

A state of neutral pleasure

Whitechapel Gallery, London Gerard Byrne is an Irish artist in his early 40s whose name has been on people's lips of late. He was a hit at last autumn's Documenta in Kassel, has represented Ireland twice at the Venice Biennale and had solo shows in c

Morandi: Lines of Poetry - review

Estorick Collection, London A great exhibition can sometimes alter one's view of an artist. Morandi: Lines of Poetry , which opens this week at the Estorick Collection in London, is such an event. Apart from a couple of peachy watercolours, everything o