Bridget Riley in 1963. All images © The National Portrait Gallery
Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer, 1908-74 National Portrait Gallery, 10th March-19th June, Tel: 020 7306 0055
What happens to art in times of recession? The National Portrait Gallery’s new exhibition of postwar photographic portraits by the long-forgotten artist Ida Kar offers one answer. When the most recent downturn began, conventional wisdom was that the lack of buyers might push the art world towards self-indulgence, or a defiant testing of boundaries. Yet what has instead come to the fore since 2007, at least among curators, has been a quieter, more reflective…
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