The cosmic visions of Hilma af Klint
The Swedish artist is now fêted as a pioneer of abstract art, but her spiritual inclinations are what really resonate today
‘Every generation rewrites the past in its own image’
Hettie Judah revisits the past as it is presented by artists delving into the archives and reusing old footage
Girls observed: the art of taking young women seriously
Hettie Judah on what artists have got right (and also wrong) when it comes to depictions of girls
The film-makers who deserve a fair hearing
While Peter Strickland’s most recent feature sends up sound artists, Georgina Starr’s short makes for a more challenging listen
Can stones unlock the secrets of our existence?
Contemporary artists are looking to geological forms less for aesthetic cues than for perspective on time, place and human agency
Body politics – how physical illness affects an artist’s work
We are well used to art expressing mental anguish, yet when we are presented with work that responds to physical pain, our urge is to look away
Is slow painting gathering steam?
Slow painters, who only finish a few works each year, may be less visible in the art world, but their work is no less valuable
Are artists who are parents getting a raw deal?
Artists have long turned to their children as subjects for their art but with each generation, such work is met with new objections
How Issey Miyake brought art into fashion
The Japanese fashion designer revolutionised womenswear by creating comfortable clothes appreciated for their androgynous elegance and ease
An everyday luxury – the artists finding beauty in banality
Artists have long found beauty in the mundane, but choosing to represent everyday subject matter is a privilege that requires the luxury of time
Child’s play – why artists are looking to childhood for inspiration
Artists have long embraced playful behaviour – not just as a form of creative release, but also as a way of dealing with conflict and taboo
Why aren’t more women artists gazing at men?
There is no great tradition of male nudes by women artists, but this underlines an asymmetry of power rather than a lack of female desire
Has art writing made us forget how to think visually?
Lengthy exhibition texts, catalogues and essays are everywhere nowadays – but do they help us to see the art for what it really is?
Are artists getting screwed over by galleries and museums?
A new report shows that most practitioners are still working for love rather than fair pay