Will Wiles is the author of the novels, ‘Care of Wooden Floors’, ‘The Way Inn’ and, most recently ‘Plume’ (all published by Fourth Estate)

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Anthony McCoy in Candyman (2021; dir. Nia DaCosta).

The Candyman is back – and this time he’s haunting the art world

The Chicago art scene turns out to be a suitably chilling setting for Nia DaCosta’s sequel to the cult horror film

23 Sep 2021
An image of the ‘Santa Cruz’ mountain on Mars, taken by Perseverance's Mastcam-Z in April 2021.

The Martian landscape is magical but mundane – though it would be a mistake to start taking it for granted

Mars has never seemed closer, with rovers spamming us with photos from its surface

28 May 2021
Requiem for a dream: a shuttered Debenhams on Oxford Street, March 2021.

Shutting up shop: an elegy for the department store dream

These vast, bustling buildings were once emblems of city life – but they’ve been in decline for years and the pandemic has only hastened their demise

29 Mar 2021
Market crash: does anybody mourn the death of VHS?

Video in demand? The nostalgic appeal of VHS

Videos have become relics of a bygone era – but they are attracting a new following, glitches and all

27 Feb 2021
Selfie harm: rioters in the US Capitol rotunda on January 2021.

The invasion of the Capitol fulfilled a warning from history – and will haunt us for years to come

The inauguration of Joe Biden as president marks a new chapter, but it won’t wipe out the ugly scenes of the storming of Congress

20 Jan 2021
Crawley Edge Boatshed, Perth, WA, Australia, c. 1930s. Photographed by James Wong

How to see the world like Wes Anderson

All the world’s a set for the director’s films, according to an enjoyably idiosyncratic travel guide

3 Dec 2020
Langlands & Bell in the Library-Dining Room with Grand Tour (2020). Photo: Gareth Gardner

‘They show where the bodies are buried’ – Langlands & Bell at the Soane, reviewed

The duo’s wry installations uncover the realities architecture often hides – and examine how buildings can manipulate people

9 Nov 2020
The Humvees of Call of Duty.

What does it mean to regard video games as works of art?

A long-running debate has been revived by a court ruling that the realism of ‘Call of Duty’ makes it a work of art

6 May 2020
René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo in the late 1970s. Photo: STAFF/AFP via Getty Images

Ave atque vale – all hail the genius of Albert Uderzo’s Asterix

The late artist’s creations are magically expressive, the perfect accompaniment to Goscinny’s witty text. Getafix quick!

30 Mar 2020
Neon sign made in the 1950s for Raymond Revuebar in Soho, London, photographed in 2015 after restoration and reinstallation.

Light fantastic – a short history of neon

From Raymond Chandler to Tracey Emin, writers and artists alike have long been seduced by the melancholy brilliance of neon

25 Mar 2020
Zawe Ashton and Jake Gyllenhaal in Velvet Buzzsaw.

Art to die for? – Velvet Buzzsaw reviewed

Demonic forces make their presence felt in this horror film set in the art world

8 Feb 2019
Perspective from the south of Fallingwater (Kaufmann House), Mill Run, Pennsylvania (1934–37), Frank Lloyd Wright. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, New York. © 2017 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The failing architect who dreamt up modern America

Frank Lloyd Wright is widely considered America’s greatest architect – but his career was dominated by failure

27 May 2017

Unsafe spaces

The history of the asylum is a tale of many reforms and not much progress

5 Nov 2016

Zaha Hadid’s death leaves British architecture immeasurably poorer

The UK was slow to appreciate Zaha Hadid’s uncompromising attitude to architecture, but she was one of the most important British architects of the past 100 years

31 Mar 2016

Is it still possible to stop the Garden Bridge?

Another week, another controversy. Can opponents of the Garden Bridge project still make their voices heard?

10 Feb 2016

The mysteries of M.C. Escher at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

The familiarity of Maurits Cornelis Escher’s work doesn’t make it any easier to interpret, says Will Wiles

12 Dec 2015