Summer arts: The lure of the gallery

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Summer arts: The lure of the gallery

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Four exhibitions offer insights into six centuries

Left, Ingres’s Study for La Grande Odalisque at the Courtauld Gallery. Right, Kandinsky’s Circles in a Circle at the Barbican

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist
Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace,
until 7th October

Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from the Courtauld Gallery
Somerset House, until 9th September

Bauhaus: Art as Life
Barbican Art Gallery, until 12th August

Yoko Ono: To the Light
Serpentine Gallery, until 9th September

Boats and more boats, the lycra’d body beautiful, sport and more sport: what lurks behind the Jubilee and Olympics in London to challenge the eye and tax the intellect? Three extraordinary exhibitions, each extraordinary for parallel reasons. Each leads us more deeply into the heart of a teeming globe than any royal flotilla or running race could. A fourth show, by a woman whom the late 1960s made globally celebrated for reasons that had nothing to do with visual art, is like a Dalí-esque moustache-curlicue

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James Woodall
James Woodall is an arts writer, and author of a biography of Jorge Luis Borges 

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