Courtauld Impressionists review – here is the tumult, wonder, beauty and terror of modern life

Jonathan Jones National Gallery, London The temporary closure of the Courtauld Gallery means some of its great masterpieces can sit alongside the National’s for this sensational exhibition his is Paris in 1882. In the big mirror behind the barmaid in Édouard Manet’s painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, male faces are grey masks under black slivers of top hats, spinning in space like kaleidoscopic shards under the silver glitter of chandeliers and moon-like orbs of gaslight. She places Read more [...]

Natalie Portman: ‘It’s dangerous when you can’t separate the emotion from the business’

Gwilym Mumford The actor, director and activist returns with two films that show the devastating effects of fame on young stars. She explains how she escaped a similar fate atalie Portman has gone through something of a transformation in recent years. Seeking to do her bit to improve the appalling statistics on the lack of female directors in Hollywood, she took on 2015’s A Tale of Love and Darkness, an adaptation of Amos Oz’s novel about Israel’s difficult early Read more [...]