Wessie du Toit writes about art, design and culture. He lives in London.

Mattias Härenstam, Lorck Schive Kunstpris 2017. Photo: TKM/ Susann Jamtøy

Norway’s top art prize brings the focus back home

The four artists shortlisted for this year’s Lorck Schive Kunstpris all find ways of challenging local artistic traditions

11 Oct 2017
Hugo Erfurth with Dog (1926), Otto Dix. © DACS 2017. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Staring at the zeitgeist

August Sander’s photographs and Otto Dix’s paintings take an unflinching look at Weimar Germany

17 Aug 2017

The importance of South Africa’s craft traditions

This survey of the history of South African art needs to pay more attention to the country’s craft traditions

23 Jan 2017
Group IX/SUW, No. 17. The Swan, No. 17, by Hilma af Klint.

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The Swedish painter wasn’t a pioneer, she was an anomaly

15 Mar 2016

Manchester’s love letter to the machine age

A show inspired by Alan Turing probes our fascination with technology in a city of industrial importance

23 Feb 2016

More sensual than a Campbell’s soup can: the collages of Tom Wesselmann

Tom Wesselmann’s collages show that Pop Art could have a more voluptuous – and thoughtful – side.

3 Feb 2016

What are the challenges facing young artists today?

Creative freedom, but limited resources: starting out in the art world can be a blessing and a curse

7 Jul 2015

Public art, private funds: can Oslo learn from Christian Ringnes’ sculpture park?

Changing Norwegian attitudes to privately-funded art

9 Jun 2015

Carol Bove’s art relies on the gallery for conceptual clout

Context is everything: and without it, her work looks a lot like design

23 Apr 2015

‘Provisional painting’ or ‘slacker abstraction’? Christian Rosa at White Cube

Rosa’s work embodies a particularly nonchalant branch of contemporary culture

2 Apr 2015

Pure abstraction: ‘Sotto Voce’ and the appeal of the abstract white relief

London’s Dominique Lévy Gallery looks again at the 20th-century trend

10 Feb 2015