Isabella Smith is senior editor of Apollo.

Dealers draw together for Salon du Dessin

There are plenty of new discoveries to be made at the Paris fair focused on fine draughtsmanship

26 Feb 2024

Sensory overload – an interview with Laure Prouvost

Behind the artist’s enjoyably exuberant artworks is a serious concern with rewiring language and remaking bodies

26 Feb 2024

The bric-a-brac brilliance of Gillian Lowndes

An exhibition of the late ceramicist’s creations features only 11 works, but open-minded viewers will find plenty to delight in

16 Feb 2024

Museums and the art trade get together for Asia Week New York

The annual event provides plenty of artistic surprises and has much to offer to smaller collectors

2 Feb 2024

BRAFA marks the centenary of the birth of Surrealism

This year’s edition of the Brussels fair is full of dreamlike offerings from new exhibitors and stalwarts of the event alike

19 Jan 2024

The godmothers of conceptual art take centre stage – contemporary highlights in 2024

Yoko Ono and Sophie Calle are the subject of major retrospectives while museums also have more material concerns

3 Jan 2024

The city of Nantes has really pushed out the boat for culture

Ambitious arts programming has transformed the fortunes of the French city since it experienced tough times in the 1980s

16 Nov 2023

The Cornish museum with a thoroughly bewitching collection

The custodian of the largest collection of occult objects in Europe explains the enduring appeal of all things supernatural

25 Oct 2023

Around the galleries – ambitions are high at Asian Art in London

The return of the event shows that the capital remains a global hub for the market

24 Oct 2023

Man of the cloth – Karun Thakar on his extraordinary collection of Asian textiles

Among the collector’s many objects is one of the most important holdings of antique textiles in private hands

23 Oct 2023

Frieze week highlights: calligraphic paintings and serene still lifes

More than 100 works by the painter Frank Walter are on show at the Garden Museum while the Foundling Museum pairs contemporary works with its historic holdings

10 Oct 2023

Around the galleries – Paris+ par Art Basel is back with even grander plans

Art Basel’s newest offshoot returns to the French capital with a public programme that is free and open to everyone

2 Oct 2023

A seriously good trip – the Dreamachine at Hackney Downs Studios

The psychedelic artwork-meets-wellbeing experience is still in its pilot stages but it deserves to be a mainstream hit

8 Sep 2023

Around the galleries – British Art Fair welcomes a fresh crop of collectors

Under new owners, this stalwart of the London fair calendar shows that a focus on British art needn’t be parochial

22 Aug 2023

How the Buddha became the Buddha

John Guy, curator of an exhibition of early Buddhist art at the Met, tells Apollo how the new religion transformed art in India

10 Aug 2023

The colourful life of Madame Yevonde

The advent of new technology transformed the photographer’s work in the 1930s – but it couldn’t last

10 Jul 2023

The artist who worships stained glass, but detests the modern Church

Brian Clarke hopes his favourite medium has a bright future, but that’s no thanks to museums or the Church of England

9 Jun 2023
Shoji Hamada at work in 2008

How Shoji Hamada reinvented British ceramic traditions

The Japanese ceramicist infused his approach to pottery with British traditions from his travels in the 1920s, before bringing this new style back to his native country

24 Oct 2022
Still from Story of Yanxi Palace (2018), with the empress wearing a replica of a fengguan (phoenix crown) now in the Palace Museum, Beijing.

An audience with the Qianlong Emperor, via the small screen

The meticulous attention to Chinese decorative arts is as great a draw as the court intrigue in ‘Story of Yanxi Palace’

19 May 2021
Ryoji Koie photographed outside his studio in Japan in 2017.

In praise of Ryoji Koie, the enfant terrible of Japanese ceramics

The ceramic artist, who has died at the age of 82, took a playful and provocative approach to pottery

24 Sep 2020
Bernard Leach working at the wheel (detail; 1963).

Wheel of fortune – the life and achievements of Bernard Leach

A century after the founding of the Leach Pottery in St Ives, the ‘father of British studio pottery’ remains an influential, if contested, figure

18 Jul 2020
Aizuhongo ware covered container (20th century), Japan. Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Tokyo

The East Asian and Nordic artists who found common ground

The West’s borrowings from Japanese modernism are well known – but an exhibition in Helsinki shows that the traffic moved both ways

25 Sep 2019
Sculpture of a large anthropomorphic crab by the Martin Brothers, 1880, salt-glazed stoneware.

Who’s going to shell out for this monumental crab?

‘Truly grotesque’ it may be, but the export bar placed on this characterful Victorian ceramic reflects its importance as a work of art

27 Jun 2019
Left: Vase (1884), decorated by Laura A. Fry, Rookwood Pottery. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Right: Vase (c. 1885–89), Hugh C. Robertson, Chelsea Keramic Art Works. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The art and craft of American pottery

American art ceramics haven’t received as much attention as they deserve, but a major gift to the Met is changing this

11 Feb 2019