Digby Warde-Aldam is a freelance writer based in London

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

The shows worth seeing in London this week

The art shows worth seeing in London this fortnight, from Naum Gabo’s subtle prints at Alan Cristea, to Jo Spence’s harrowing final work

15 Feb 2016

London Diary: fine art in ‘sinful Soho’

The current show at Marian Goodman gallery is a blast, and White Cube has come up with a winner, too

25 Jan 2016

‘It is impossible to overstate Bowie’s influence on our cultural landscape’

From performance art to painting, David Bowie’s legacy stretches far and wide

11 Jan 2016

12 Days: Highlights of 2016

Digby Warde-Aldam anticipates a sensory overload in 2016 as Bosch and Bridget Riley take the stage

1 Jan 2016

London Diary: who gets to be a national treasure?

Is it acceptable to lay into an octogenarian painter who has long been a ‘national treasure’?

8 Dec 2015

London Diary: Art and Anxiety

‘I made it my mission last week to find a show that captured the city’s twitchiness.’

25 Nov 2015

London Diary

Hacktivists crash Tenderpixel’s private view; Berenice Abbott’s works intrigue at Beetles + Huxley; and Sadie Coles opens a new gallery

10 Nov 2015

London Diary: Auerbach’s City

Nobody has captured the city’s ever-changing whirl quite like Auerbach: don’t miss his shows at Tate Britain and Marlborough

26 Oct 2015

London Diary

Cartier-Bresson, Bomberg’s circle and Damien Hirst’s homage to Hoyland: don’t let Frieze week distract you from these London shows

12 Oct 2015

The Turner Prize is better off in Glasgow than London

Tramway’s a great place for it. Plus, two out of four of the exhibits are less navel-gazing than last year

1 Oct 2015

London Diary

Be won over by Ai Weiwei, blown away by Bridget Riley, and get lost in the National Theatre’s concrete corridors this week

29 Sep 2015

London Diary

Thank god for September. The art year has kicked off like a mule with a grievance

14 Sep 2015

London Diary

Zzzzzzz. That, in brief, is the most accurate way to sum up London at the moment

25 Aug 2015

London Diary

London is now stuck in the August doldrums. I’d complain about it more if only I could muster the energy

9 Aug 2015

London Diary

Thrilling and thoughtful work by an Angolan collective puts shows by Marc Quinn and Joseph Cornell in the shade

21 Jul 2015

Is it time to scrap the BP Portrait Award?

The prize has come up for criticism this year, as it always does. But there’s still merit in it

17 Jul 2015

London Diary

Alexander McQueen’s exquisite tailoring; the Serpentine’s slightly shabby pavilion; Andy Warhol’s money-worship; and Kallos gallery’s exceptional ancient art

5 Jul 2015

London Diary

Tate’s ‘Fighting History’ is a failure: if you want proper history, see Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Revolutionary work at Victoria Miro

21 Jun 2015

London Diary

Michael Craig-Martin has brightened up the RA Summer Exhibition a bit, but Agnes Martin is truly unmissable at the Tate

7 Jun 2015

London Diary

Hockney’s psychedelic new creations at Annely Juda; Thomas Struth’s exceptional photographs at Marian Goodman; and Andre Kertesz at James Hyman

17 May 2015

London Diary: 3 May

Supersymmetry dazzles in the Vinyl Factory; Lawrence Lek empties the Royal Academy; and a horrible vision in Hammersmith

3 May 2015