Digby Warde-Aldam is a freelance writer based in London

Untitled (Pink Torso) (1995), Rachel Whiteread. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian. © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: © Tate (Seraphina Neville and Marke Heathcote)

Rachel Whiteread’s conspicuous absences

The artist’s ongoing record of what was not there becomes more thought-provoking as time passes

18 Sep 2017
Still Life with Seashell on Black Marble (1940), Henri Matisse. Photo © Archives H. Matisse © Succession H. Matisse/DACS 2017

A nosey parker’s paradise in London

Pore over Matisse’s prized possessions and get a glimpse into Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s home at these fascinating exhibitions

16 Aug 2017
Boxkampf fur die direkte Demokratie at documenta V (1972), Joseph Beuys. © Hans Albrecht Lusznat

Joseph Beuys’s boxing career

Waddington Custot celebrates Beuys’s boxing skills, while a mysterious British artist steals the show at Bagshawe Fine Art

20 Jul 2017
The Parthenon of Books (2017), Marta Minujín. Friedrichsplatz, Kassel, Documenta 14. Photo: Roman März

What has Kassel’s Documenta learned from Athens?

The Kassel leg of Documenta 14 has just opened, but will it fare batter than its much-criticised Athens counterpart?

19 Jun 2017
Scalata al di la dei terreni cromatici / Escalade Beyond Chromatic Lands (2016–17), Sheila Hicks. Photo: Italo Rondinella, courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

How did ‘Viva Arte Viva’ go so wrong?

Wasn’t this year’s Venice Biennale exhibition supposed to do away with grand curatorial conceits?

19 May 2017

Fifty years of The Velvet Underground

It tanked in 1967, but the band’s debut album, produced by Andy Warhol, was still the best pop cultural achievement of its decade

4 May 2017
'Mementos. Artists Souvenirs, Artefacts and other Curiosities' (2017), Art Brussels.

Highlights of Art Brussels

Like the city itself, the strength of this fair is in its variety

23 Apr 2017
The Visitation (detail; 1518–19), Sebastiano del Piombo. © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Hervé Lewandowski

Which London shows are worth going indoors for?

Spring is here and the sun is out, so choose your exhibitions wisely…

11 Apr 2017
Exhausted renegade elephant, Woodland, Washington, June 1979, by Joel Sternfeld. © Joel Sternfeld. Image courtesy Beetles+Huxley and Luhring Augustine

The elephant in the road

Go and see Joel Sternfeld’s strange and beautiful photographs of the USA at Beetles+Huxley while you still can

10 Feb 2017
Installation view of 'John Baldessari: Miró and Life in General' at Marian Goodman Gallery, London. © John Baldessari. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris & London. Photo: Thierry Bal

John Baldessari’s jumble sale style, and the wonders of Tooting Broadway

You can stumble across good art in the strangest places…

26 Jan 2017
Zaha Hadid, Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (8 December 2016–12 February 2017) © Zaha Hadid Foundation. Image © 2016 Hugo Glendinning

Legends in London: Zaha Hadid and Robert Rauschenberg

A look around some of London’s most talked-about winter exhibitions

23 Dec 2016
Orange Body (1969), Robert Raschenberg. © DACS

Spectacular Rauschenbergs and surprisingly good Gavin Turks

There’s an absolutely extraordinary exhibition of Robert Rauschenberg’s art in London right now – and it’s not at the Tate. Plus more London art highlights

9 Dec 2016
Dog (c. 1954–60), Keith Cunningham

Keith Cunningham: the artist who walked away from fame

He was ranked alongside Auerbach and Kossoff: so why did Cunningham stop painting just as his career was taking off?

24 Oct 2016
Anthea Hamilton's installation at the 'Turner Prize 2016', Tate Britain. Courtesy Joe Humphrys © Tate Photography

Is it time for the Turner Prize to break out of the Tate?

It’s a mixed bag this year, with Anthea Hamilton coming out on top. But whatever you make of the work, Tate is no longer the place to show it

28 Sep 2016
Author Stephen Bayley decided to baptise his book 'Death Drive' with a night of performance art in which guests were invited to destroy a beaten up old Saab...

Smashing stuff…London’s art world wakes up with a bang

Kicking off the London art season by kicking in an old Saab (for art’s sake)

27 Sep 2016
From Medina to Jordan Border, Saudi Arabia (2003), Ursula Schulz-Dornburg

Saudi Arabia’s lost railway in Fitzroy Square

Plus: Virginia Chihota’s claustrophobic blast of colour; a surreal spectacle from James Richards at the ICA; and Suzanne Treister's sinister take on technology

24 Sep 2016

Michel Houellebecq’s new exhibition is extremely terrible and utterly compelling

The writer has deployed the deadpan satirical streak that runs through his novels to defy the rules of contemporary art

3 Aug 2016
Momentary Monument – The Stone (2016), Lara Favaretto, installation view at Welsh Streets, Liverpool Biennial 2016.

The Liverpool Biennial’s emphasis on local identity could not be more prescient

The sociopolitical slant of this year’s event has added weight in light of the Brexit vote. Can a city’s regeneration be artist-led?

12 Jul 2016
Bibi, Arlette and Irène. Storm in Cannes (May 1929), Jacques-Henri Lartigue

Art and politics in London (and where to go to escape it)

If the ‘Brexit’ debates have all got a bit much, there are some good shows on to take your mind off things

21 Jun 2016

Spilled water and naked bomber jackets in Marylebone

Returning to the scene of an embarrassing art accident…Plus, Simon Mullan’s surprisingly beautiful tiled compositions

29 May 2016

Going it alone in the modern city

Olivia Laing’s book on the art of loneliness has some excellent insights, but who is it meant for?

23 May 2016
La Coupole V, Algiers, Algeria (2013), Jason Oddy

London needs a spring clean, or perhaps a period of stagnation…

The galleries haven’t changed that much, but the city itself has, and not for the better

20 Apr 2016

An artistic pilgrimage that will make you see London in a spiritual light

You don’t have to be Christian to appreciate the ‘Stations of the Cross’ trail this Easter weekend

22 Mar 2016

London has served up the diet version of Delacroix

Has the National Gallery made Delacroix a bit…dull? Can a B-movie really be classed as art? And why is Barry Flanagan only famous for his hares?

11 Mar 2016