Maggie Gray is a writer, editor and art historian based in London.

Autumn Foliage (detail; 1916), Tom Thomson. The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

The legend of Canoe Lake

Tom Thomson’s sketching trips in the wilderness changed the course of Canadian art, but also claimed his life

30 Aug 2016
A female nude (1930), Frank Dobson

Don’t miss Dobson’s drawings at Daniel Katz gallery

The rough-and-tumble humanity of the modern British sculptor’s sketches is refreshing to see

22 Jun 2016
Footage released by ISIS this week appears to show the destruction of the Temple of Nabu in Iraq.

ISIS destroys Temple of Nabu in Iraq

New footage released this week shows the militants detonating explosives at the site, and concludes with a threat to ‘demolish’ the pyramids at Giza

10 Jun 2016
Xavier Bray is to take over as director of the Wallace Collection

Wallace Collection appoints Xavier Bray as new director

It will take both ambition and creative thinking to lead the museum: thankfully, Bray’s record so far suggests he has plenty of both

27 May 2016

Dorset, in a Mediterranean light

John Craxton is known today for his sparkling paintings of Greece. But he first found inspiration in the colder, darker landscapes of rural England

5 Apr 2016

Contemporary wounds at the heart of TEFAF

The curator of ‘Show your Wound’ discusses his thorny choice of subject and changing ideas

10 Mar 2016

The modern mysteries of Michaël Borremans

The Belgian painter reveres the Old Masters but is ‘ashamed’ by the state of figurative painting today

5 Mar 2016
Frances Morris will take over from Chris Dercon as director of Tate Modern later this year.

Tate Modern keeps it in the family with new director

The gallery has bucked the trend by appointing an internal candidate to its top job

15 Jan 2016

12 Days: Highlights of 2016

Maggie Gray looks forward to British modernists at Tate Britain and Dulwich Picture Gallery, antiquities at the Metropolitan Museum and the Fitzwilliam, and the Queen’s House at 400

3 Jan 2016

Peter Lanyon’s reputation is finally taking off

His gliding pictures at the Courtauld Gallery show an artist in his element

30 Nov 2015

‘We have one heritage.’ Syria’s chief of antiquities calls on Europe for help

‘The dangers surrounding the Syrian archaeological heritage are growing beyond our capabilities’

18 Nov 2015

Sickert at the Seaside: how Dieppe shaped the artist’s work

Camden Town, Venice…and Dieppe. Pallant House explores a forgotten influence on Walter Sickert’s art

1 Oct 2015

Autumn Art Highlights: London

Look forward to frantic Frieze Week festivities and quality museum shows in the UK capital

16 Sep 2015

Antiquities minister calls on Egyptians to buy back the Sekhemka statue

Mamdouh Eldamaty has spoken out about the controversial sale of an ancient Egyptian statue in the UK

24 Aug 2015

An Art History Lesson from Bridget Riley at the De La Warr Pavilion

‘I was looking at Cézanne along Matisse’s lines’

12 Aug 2015

London can’t make up its mind about its Brutalist past

The city’s post-war concrete blocks have always divided opinion. But is the new stuff any better?

7 Aug 2015

Are the National Gallery strikes just the beginning?

However this issue is resolved, it won’t be the last such confrontation

5 Aug 2015

Picasso painting seized from super-yacht in Corsica

The incident raises difficult questions about private collectors and national interests

5 Aug 2015

Since when did art galleries become playgrounds?

Slides, video games and bedtime stories…London’s galleries don’t want to grow up

20 Jul 2015

Art Outlook

Art news: Ai Weiwei shows in Beijing; Gwangju Biennial and New Museum Triennial curators announced; stolen Rodin sculpture found; MFA Boston in racism row

10 Jul 2015

Art Outlook

French culture minister sacks Nicolas Bourriaud; Italy seeks 20 new museum directors; Whitworth wins Museum of the Year award; condom art controversy in Milwaukee

3 Jul 2015

Art Outlook

Isis destruction in Palmyra; Russborough treasures withdrawn from auction; Court orders Danh Vo to produce new work; Queen Elizabeth deeply unimpressed by painting

25 Jun 2015

Art Outlook

Europe remembers Waterloo; Outsider artist Nek Chand dies; Art Basel opens its doors; and Anish Kapoor’s ‘vagina’ sculpture is vandalised at Versailles

18 Jun 2015