The Philistine: The Very Best Of London Culture This January

Stevie Mackenzie-Smith, Something Curated, January 9, 2019

Through The Looking Glass, at Cob Gallery | Alexander Calder, Lynn Chadwick, Idris Khan, Pablo Picasso, Tristan Pigott, Akiko & Masako Takada, Craig Wylie & More (Until 19 January 2019)


Works by 44 artists, from Lynn Chadwick, Grayson Perry and Pablo Picasso to Becky Beasley, India Dewar and Akiko & Masako Takada, are brought together to explore miniaturism, once a much-revered and popular artform. “The skill of a miniature portraitist, “ Cob Gallery notes, “often determined the reputation and social status of the client, and the commissioning of these portraits remained popular until the emergence of photography.” For some reason, there’s a heightened charm to objects that are small enough to fit into the palm of one’s hand, or in the very least a keepsake box, and The Cob Gallery has knowingly tapped into this strangely alluring power.