Richard Martin is Curator, Public Programmes at Tate.

Becoming Alluvium (2019), Thao Nguyen Phan. Installation view at Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2020.

A voyage along the Mekong River with Thao Nguyen Phan

A film and a series of watercolour-on-silk paintings at Chisenhale Gallery reflect on the ‘beauty and suffering’ of the Mekong River

3 Nov 2020
In the final scene of Derek Jarman’s film The Last of England (1987), Tilda Swinton’s unnamed character destroys her wedding dress on Dungeness Beach.

English woes – Derek Jarman’s apocalyptic visions of England are as relevant as ever

Twenty-five years after his death, Jarman’s films, paintings and words are still incisive and inspiring

8 Nov 2019
Installation view of Synchronicity (2018) at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Tsuyoshi Hisakado.

What not to miss at the 58th Venice Biennale

From Ralph Rugoff’s main exhibition to the 35 national pavilions, there’s lots to see – so here are the expected highlights

6 May 2019
Carolee Schneemann holding a Venetian lion mask, photographed in London in May 2017, Photo: Benjamin McMahon

Painting for pleasure: an interview with Carolee Schneemann

Carolee Schneemann talks about capturing the moment – and explains why ‘performance art’ is a demeaning term

12 Aug 2017

Beyond the myth of 1970s New York

Douglas Crimp’s memoir-cum-cultural history reveals the reality behind the myth of New York’s thriving art scene in the 70s

24 Dec 2016
London’s Design Museum at its Kensington site.

What are design museums for?

As London’s Design Museum is set to reopen in its new home, the role of design museums is still surprisingly unclear

26 Sep 2016

Is this exhibition Stanley Kubrick’s worst nightmare?

Kubrick took an ‘infinite amount of care’ over his films. The same can’t be said for this chaotic exhibition

12 Aug 2016
Remainder (2016), Omer Fast. Tom (Tom Sturridge) peers round model of Madlyn Mansions

‘Remainder’ replays the past in a doomed search for the truth

Let’s face it, this film about a man struggling to regain a sense of reality is perfect viewing this week

30 Jun 2016

Porn and paranoia on Tyneside

Omer Fast puts contemporary fears and fictions on display at the BALTIC Centre

19 May 2016

Surveillance and secrecy in Gateshead and London

Hajra Waheed’s exhibitions at BALTIC and the Mosaic Rooms are full of strange, evocative details

6 Apr 2016

Mark Wallinger’s uncanny identity parade

There’s no shortage of ideas in Mark Wallinger’s psychoanalytically-inspired new show, but it’s hardly a walk on the wild side

16 Mar 2016

Carolee Schneemann brings chaos, mess and erotic liberation to Salzburg

Never have chaos and excess been presented so clearly and coherently…

3 Feb 2016

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehn, good night to Salzburg’s kitsch cultural image

The city, unlikely as it seems, is becoming a crucial place to explore contemporary art

9 Jan 2016

California Dreaming: Reconsidering the work of Charles and Ray Eames

Surprisingly, their relationship with Los Angeles was ambivalent at best

15 Oct 2015

Kara Walker’s wild fantasies address the difficult reality of racism today

This hellish and farcical show at Victoria Miro is not to be missed

9 Oct 2015

Does Christian Marclay hit the right note at White Cube?

‘Surround Sounds’ is excellent, but not all of Marclay’s latest work lives up to the hype

3 Feb 2015

Inquiry: Attention Seekers

Today’s museums and galleries are increasingly dominated by interactive displays. But do touchscreens, apps and the like enrich visitor experience?

8 Dec 2014

Review: Haunting new work by Steve McQueen at Thomas Dane Gallery

McQueen’s elegiac new work asks how we can memorialise a life

20 Oct 2014

Review: Modern ruins steal the show in ‘Constructing Worlds’

Abandoned and neglected sites feature as prominently as those in construction in the Barbican’s photography exhibition

3 Oct 2014