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Award-winning Spanish photographer Cristina de Middel is our second In Focus artist, exhibiting previously unseen prints from a new body of work as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016.

Gentleman’s Club is a series of photographs taken of prostitutes' clients in brothels in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. By recruiting her sitters through a newspaper advert, de Middel inverted...
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Inspired by our Luc Tuymans: Glasses display, poet John Hegley promises a specs-tacular performance at the Gallery next month. Find out more and book tickets here: [ Ow.ly Link ]
"I have photographed Edward Watson, Principal of The Royal Ballet, many times, and each and every time he surprises me... He was generous enough to offer me up his feet, a source of pride and shame for any dancer and a physical manifestation of all the hardship in a dancer’s life."

Rick Guest is our new Photographer in Focus. Read our interview with him here: [ Ow.ly Link ]
It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Lord Snowdon, whose contribution to photography has been profound and far-reaching. His portraits, many of which he has generously gifted to the Gallery, stand as some of the most striking and enduring images of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Lord Snowdon was also a frequent visitor to the Gallery, and his warmth, good humour,...
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We were delighted to welcome curator and writer Antony Penrose to the Gallery yesterday for a sold-out talk on Picasso's relationship with his mother, Lee Miller. Here he is beside the artist's 1937 portrait of Miller, on display in our exhibition Picasso Portraits.
We're excited to feature in the new series of The Big Painting Challenge, coming to BBC One later this year.

Mariella Frostrup and Reverend Richard Coles take over BBC1’s The Big Painting Challenge

Picasso spoke of Old Master painters as his companions, crowding his studio and commenting on the development of his work. In our final exhibition film, curator Elizabeth Cowling explores the artist’s responses to portraits by Velázquez and Rembrandt.

Watch all exhibition films here: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Picasso Portraits ends 5 February - book tickets for the final weeks here: [ Ow.ly Link ]
For one night only, step inside the mind of Picasso at Late Shift Extra. Join us for a free evening of poetry, performance, film, art and live music from the likes of Feral 5, White Noise and the Radiophonic Workshop.

See the full line-up: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Late Shift Extra: Everything You Can Imagine is Real

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In Judy Gelles' Fourth Grade Project, the photographer asks school children from across the world three questions: Who do you live with? What do you wish for? What do you worry about?

See 'Be Murdered' from her series as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Image © Judy Gelles
“We were born in different times, we have different concerns, and we come from different backgrounds. She didn’t know me, yet I know her.”

The Guardian previews our spring exhibition, Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask, opening 9 March. Find out more and book tickets here: [ Ow.ly Link ]

A ghost in kiss curls: how Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun share a mask

On what would have been David Bowie's 70th birthday, artist Stephen Finer speaks to Art UK about painting the late legend - a portrait now held in the Gallery's Collection.

Stephen Finer: Painting David Bowie | Art UK Art UK | Discover Stories Stephen Finer: Painting David Bowie

Students enjoy discounted entry to Picasso Portraits and the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 every Thursday. Book your tickets online or at the Gallery:

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"You could probably get through life without knowing how to roast a chicken, but the question is, would you want to?"

Happy birthday Nigella Lawson!

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Three portraits, three different women, three distinctly different styles, all painted in the same year. In our new exhibition film, curator Elizabeth Cowling explores Picasso's constant experiments with style.

Don't miss the final month of Picasso Portraits, closing 5 February. Advance booking recommended: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Watch all exhibition films here: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Made a creative resolution for 2017? Last chance to enter the BP Portrait Award:
Last year, members of the Gallery's Youth Forum took to the streets of Barcelona to explore Picasso's early life in the city.

Watch the full film here: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Our revels are not quite ended: in this week's lunchtime lecture, curator Louise Stewart celebrates some of the greatest parties in British history. Find out more: [ Ow.ly Link ]
How's the head this morning? Happy New Year from the National Portrait Gallery!
Arise, Sir Mo!

Congratulations to all those recognised in the 2017 New Year Honours list.

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The Gallery is open as usual tomorrow, New Year’s Day, 10.00 – 18.00.

Ease yourself into 2017 with a visit to our two current exhibitions or a wander around the permanent collection. See what’s on:

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