Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection

Photography is quite, literally, a miracle. In this technological age we forget how much, forget what the world was like before we could capture the fleeting, the momentary and lock it with one single click of the shutter into eternal aspic.

Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album

“Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive/But to be young was very heaven,” wrote Wordsworth on the eve of the French Revolution. Though his words could equally have been describing a very different time and place and another, later, revolution where to be young was, also, ‘very heaven’.

Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) 2014, Bill Viola. St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

Fire, Water, Air and Earth have long been used by neo-pagans and occultists to represent the forces of nature and spiritual aspects of ourselves and our relationship to the divine, Tiny Deaths, Tate Modern, Sue Hubbard, Girl in White, Cinnamon Press, The Forgetting and Remembering of Air, Salt Publishing. Elements

The Maestà (1308-1311). Duccio da Buoninsegna. Opera Metropolitana Museum, Siena

Though Duccio flirts with naturalism The Maestà still remains an object of heavenly veneration with its beautiful colours, but one that is capable of showing not only the divine but also human love.

PETER DOIG: Early Works. Michael Werner Gallery, London

It takes a certain chutzpah for an artist to dig out his early student work and put it on display for the world to access, especially in a rarefied Mayfair Gallery hidden away in a gracious Georgian house just yards from Claridges Hotel.

Hannah Höch. Whitechapel Gallery London, 15th Jan-23rd March 14

It’s not surprising looking at her work that this is the period that saw the rise of Freud. For many of Hoch’s images are like the psyche laid shockingly bare.

UPROAR! The First 50 years of The London Group 1913-63. Ben Uri Gallery, London

This is a fascinating exhibition that shows the ferment, the maelstrom of ideas and the rather undervalued richness of British art in the first half of the 20th century

Painting Now: Five Contemporary Artists. Tate Britain.

Painting has now been declared dead more times than the proverbial cat with nine lives. Yet it refuses to lie down quietly and expire, unprepared to hand over the aesthetic reins entirely to competing visual art forms. Painting Now at Tate Britain aims to give wider exposure to five-British born artists.

Coronation! Westminster Abbey, London

The Queen’s Coronation in 1953, was one of the coldest and wettest of the year. Perhaps there’s something about the Monarchy that the weather gods don’t favour. The Queen shivered through the recent sodden river pageant for her Diamond Jubilee.

ON THE EDGE: retreat on the west coast of Kerry

I have come about as far west in Europe as I can go without falling into the sea. The next stop is America. It is a different world to the busy life in Islington, north London that I normally lead dominated by deadlines, art openings, friends and family. I am in retreat. I have been coming to this extraordinary place, Cill Rialaig, an abandoned hamlet of stone cottages on the edge of a cliff, 300 feet above the Atlantic in Kerry on the west coast of Ireland for some time now

GENISIS: Sabastião Salgado, National History Museum, London

The Wild contains answers to more questions than we’ve yet learned to ask. There was a time when the wilderness never seemed far away. Life was a battle against its encroachment. It existed on the edge of our consciousness and our safe physical world: a place of danger and a space for the imagination to roam.

Five new poems from ‘Over the Rainbow’, the central section of ‘The Forgetting and Remembering of Air’, (Salt Publishing), due May 2013

by Sue Hubbard EVA “When the Fuehrer has won the war, he has promised me that I can go to Hollywood and play my own part in the film of our life story.” Not long out of the convent, balanced on Herr Hofmann's ladder in search of files I knew, when you entered the studio…

A Terrible Beauty: Mat Collishaw

by Sue Hubbard He, too, has resigned his part In the casual comedy; He, too, has been changed in his turn, Transformed utterly: A terrible beauty is born. Extract from ‘Easter’, 1916, W B Yeats When we meet to discuss his work we have to decamp from the pub in Camberwell, which is both Mat…

Judy Chicago and Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick, Tracey Emin: Ben Uri Gallery, London

by Sue Hubbard Until 10th March 2013 I remember seeing Judy’s Chicago’s The Dinner Party (1979) in a rundown Islington warehouse. It was 1985 and I had just arrived in London; a young single parent mother, newly divorced, and a fledgling art critic. The year before that the work had been shown at the Edinburgh…