Emilie Bickerton is the author of ‘A Short History of Cahiers du Cinema’ (Verso) and the screenwriter of the film ‘Amnesia’, which was released in 2015

Vivian Maier (1926–2009) often photographed her reflection in mirrors or windows, © 2018 The Estate of Vivian Maier

The double lives of outsider artists

Vivian Maier took thousands of photographs, but showed them to no one. Why are some artists so determined to keep their work secret?

8 Jan 2018
Andre Malraux holding a Khmer sculpture, Photo: © Bettmann/Getty Images

The many lives of André Malraux

Collector, dealer, novelist, art historian, culture minister, conservationist – André Malraux’s influence still looms large

26 Aug 2017

Has the French culture ministry lost its way?

The French state has always prided itself on its special relationship with culture. But its recent history has been a troubled one

27 Jun 2016