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

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