Laura Cumming

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

Light Show - Everything is illuminated

Hayward Gallery, London The Light Show , as its shiningly simple title suggests, is a show of art that twinkles, glitters, radiates and glows. Everything in it is conjured out of electricity and bulbs. There are neon dawns, fluorescent mists and crackli

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