Matthew Sperling writes fiction, poetry, and criticism and lives in Berlin

‘Tell me who Kandinsky is’: T.S. Eliot among the artists

Can T.S. Eliot’s poetic experiments be read alongside parallel developments in the visual arts? And how much has he influenced artists?

10 Feb 2018
Wader (1963), Milton Avery/. Courtesy The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and Victoria Miro, London.

Milton Avery’s unique American modernism

An exhibition of the artist’s works at Victoria Miro – the first in London in over a decade – is a lesson in painterly deftness

23 Jun 2017

The pull of Hockney’s pool paintings

David Hockney found his great inspiration in the backyards of California – creating a look that influenced generations of artists

4 Feb 2017

When Derek Walcott met Peter Doig

The only living poet to have won the Nobel Prize for Literature responds to one of the greatest living painters

19 Jan 2017

David Hockney and Alex Katz: two great colourists on top form

Neither painter seems afraid of trying new things in their respective shows at the Royal Academy and Serpentine Gallery

27 Jul 2016
Boat in Harbour, Brittany (1929), Christopher Wood.

Poetry, painting and the world of Christopher Wood

Several notable modern poets have been attracted to the freshness of Wood’s artistic vision and the romantic glamour of his short life

27 Jun 2016

Berlin’s wartime bunkers are becoming unlikely havens for art

Désiré Feuerle is the latest person to move his art collection underground

28 Apr 2016

Rocking out in Berlin

Copying prehistoric rock painting was an art in its own right – and one that had a striking impact on modernism

14 Mar 2016

Readings Held Worldwide for Condemned Poet and Artist Ashraf Fayadh

Hundreds attended events in support of Ashraf Fayadh, who faces the death sentence in Saudi Arabia

17 Jan 2016

Drinking scenes: the relationship between artists and alcohol

The Romantic association between creativity and alcohol has no foundation, but alcohol and its effects have proved a rich subject for artists

17 Dec 2015

Ruins and reconstruction at the Neues Museum

The building is simultaneously remnant and monument, a showcase for historical artefacts which itself embodies Europe’s disastrous history

30 Nov 2015

Time is Ripe for a David Jones Revival

His literary and profoundly religious approach to art put Jones out of step with modernism. Can two new exhibitions revive his reputation?

3 Oct 2015

Autumn Art Highlights: Berlin

Berlin Art Week kicks off the season, while the art fair ‘abc’ (art berlin contemporary) promises corners without walls…

9 Sep 2015

Centenary show proves Ben Uri Gallery deserves a permanent home in London

Too many masterpieces from this collection are stuck in storage

21 Aug 2015

BBC Bloomsbury drama opts for safe sex

Life in Squares is not the intellectual romp that we were promised

28 Jul 2015

Enigmas: Caroline Walker’s lithographs and paintings

The characters in Walker’s works are caught in moments of enigmatic significance, at once inconsequential and charged with possible implication

15 Aug 2014

Deconstructing ‘Jerusalem’: Paul Pfeiffer revisits the 1966 World Cup final

With the World Cup final fast approaching, it’s a good time to reconsider this particular collective myth

11 Jul 2014

Prints and the ‘painterly’ object: Harland Miller’s limited editions

Why would one of the most painterly of contemporary painters decide to start issuing screenprints?

2 May 2014

‘I never got involved in drugs, or any of the wild goings-on’. Alex Katz on the US art scene

Alex Katz talks to Matthew Sperling about his memories of the New York School and his love of poetry

17 Apr 2014

‘I was pretty much seen as a bad Pop artist.’ Alex Katz speaks to Apollo

Extracts from our April issue, in which the celebrated painter discusses his life and work

6 Apr 2014

Enitharmon Editions

‘Makin’ lit’ry his-tor-y…’ Founded in 1967, Enitharmon Press is flourishing, and has adapted its publishing profile in recent years

28 Feb 2014

Affordable Art

A new 50p piece, designed by Tom Phillips to celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, attempts to ‘set the wild echoes flying’

9 Jan 2014

Zervos Redux

Elegant and expensive, the republication of the Zervos Picasso Catalogue by Cahiers d’Art is a strange throwback to a very different era

9 Dec 2013

Open Book

The recent two-day symposium, ‘Art, Poetry and the Making of the Book’, brought together three veterans of British book-art with some new tricks

28 Nov 2013