Bilte, (2008) Tomma Abts, installation view at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, 2018, © 2018 readsreads.info

Tomma Abts’ intriguing paintings contain infinite worlds

In the largest survey of her work so far, the artist explores the tensions between control and chaos

11 Jul 2018
Idriss, (2012), Mary Heilman. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth, Zurich and 303 Gallery, New York, © Mary Heilman

An alternative history of abstract art

A survey of works by women painters makes for an enthralling display, but is the gender of the artists the most important factor?

25 May 2018
Le parfum de l'abîme, René Magritte, Private Collection. © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018

What Magritte found out in Paris

The artist’s time in the French capital was not a success, but it formed his thinking about words and pictures

21 Mar 2018
Autumn Arrival, (n.d.), Giorgio de Chirico, Estorick Collection

Reading the riddles of Giorgio de Chirico

Considering the artist’s writing gives us invaluable new ways in which to see his painting

4 Dec 2017
The Theatre Box, (detail; 1910), Oswald Birley. Private collection

Oswald Birley’s society portraits should have a wider public

The portraitist was highly sought after in his heyday, but his reputation has languished in recent years

6 Oct 2017