Tim Smith-Laing holds a DPhil on early modern mythography from Merton College, Oxford

Still from the opposite The Opposite of Time (2017) by Andy Holden. 'Andy Holden & Peter Holden: Natural Selection' (2017), an Artangel commission. Photo: Marcus J. Leith

Why Andy Holden flew back to the nest

Artist Andy Holden has collaborated with his father, the ornithologist Peter Holden, on an Artangel project exploring our fascination with ‘home’

2 Nov 2017
Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones, and Tints, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon in 1890 (1980), Paul Signac. Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, New York

MoMA’s collection highlights fail to shine in Paris

MoMA’s ‘greatest hits’ are superb, of course – but are they a little too familiar?

26 Oct 2017
'The Disasters of Everyday Life', installation view at Blain|Southern, 2017. Courtesy the artists and Blain|Southern. Photo: Peter Mallet

The new Chapman brothers show is delightful and disturbing – and you need to see it

Featuring Goya, teddy bears and suicide vests, ‘The Disasters of Everyday Life’ is puerile, provocative, and superb

2 Oct 2017
Temporary Enclosure of Carioca Building Construction Site (1971), Jirō Takamatsu.

The political backdrop to Jirō Takamatsu’s art

The Japanese artist deserves to be better known in Britain, but his playful, political work suffers out of context

19 Jul 2017
Prayer nut with The Nativity and The Adoration of the Magi (detail; c. 1510–25), Adam Dircksz and workshop

Small but perfectly formed

Examples of Dutch micro-carving on show at the Rijksmuseum are full of astounding detail

28 Jun 2017
Minotaure dans une barque sauvant une femme (1937), Pablo Picasso. Private collection. Photo: Eric Baudouin; Courtesy Gagosian; © 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

What the Minotaur can tell us about Picasso

An exhibition documenting Picasso’s obsession with minotaurs and matadors is a curatorial triumph

2 May 2017
Apollo and Marsyas and the Judgement of Midas (1581), Melchior Meier. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Ovid’s Metamorphoses is the ultimate sourcebook for artists

Ovid’s epic mythological poem has fired the imaginations of artists since the Renaissance

22 Apr 2017

Up close and personal with illuminated manuscripts

This is a gem of a book, full of scholarly insight

25 Jan 2017
screestage (2013), Phyllida Barlow. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The Hepworth sculpture prize exhibition is completely baffling – in a good way

Materials range from concrete to soap bubbles; subjects include mass extinction and internet cats. This is a bizarre mix of work, but a fascinating one

23 Nov 2016
A RESTORATION (2016), Elizabeth Price, two-screen video still.

This is reckless restoration of the very best kind

Elizabeth Price’s new video is an audacious act of extrapolation, that asks deep questions about our impulse to preserve, restore, and destroy

1 Apr 2016