Jon Day Lives in London. He writes for the London Review of Books, N+1, the New Statesman, the Telegraph and others.

Ellen Terry (‘Choosing’) (detail; 1864), George Frederic Watts. National Portrait Gallery, London

Scents and sensibility: why smell counts in art

The visual arts have often toyed with odours and smells, however challenging they are to represent

5 Jun 2021
The Pyramidal Neuron of the Cerebral Cortex (1904), Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Cajal Institute (CSIC), Madrid.

Can neuroscience really tell us much about why we look at art?

The mystery of aesthetic experience is perhaps even greater than that of the human brain

1 Apr 2019
Chromosaturation (1965), Carlos Cruz-Diez. Installation view of the exhibition ‘Dynamo, A Century of Light and Motion in Art’ at the Grand Palais, Paris, 2013.

Kinetic art – a field that has always refused to stand still

From Calder to Kusama, modern and contemporary artists have created many different versions of kinetic art

17 Dec 2018
Das Paar (The Couple) (1956), Méret Oppenheim. Private collection

Meret Oppenheim – an outsider interested in the outsides of things

Swiss artist Meret Oppenheim’s objects – she referred to them as ‘things’ – are still deeply unsettling, drawing you into their worlds and their logic

27 Mar 2017

Richard Long: The Last Amateur

Nearly 50 years ago, Richard Long transformed a simple walk into a radical act. The artist talks to Apollo about mud and mark-making, his new prints, and why he can’t stop walking

18 Mar 2015

Review: ‘Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision’ at the National Portrait Gallery

Frances Spalding’s expertly curated exhibition places Woolf at the still centre of the Bloomsbury group

25 Jul 2014

Review: ‘Gerardo Dottori: The Futurist View’ at the Estorick Collection

Even in his aeropainting phase Dottori was committed to the pastoral

15 Jul 2014

Flesh over Bone

Francis Bacon wins the latest bout between artistic heavyweights, against Henry Moore at the Ashmolean

17 Sep 2013

Review: Curiouser and Curiouser

Unexpected connections abound in Brian Dillon’s eclectic cabinet of curiosities

2 Sep 2013