The passion projects of Dorothy Iannone

Work by the artist who painted herself as a sex goddess sits uneasily within the category of feminist art – and is all the better for being discomforting

2 Jan 2024

From manuscripts to memes, and back again

Olivia Swarthout has turned her hit social media accounts about medieval marginalia into a book. After recent digital disruptions, paper seems like an increasingly safe bet

19 Dec 2023

Cosmetic surgery – a Stuart beauty is restored to her natural state

The retouching of Diana Cecil’s portrait has drawn comparisons with the enhancements of Kylie Jenner – but it says more about changing beauty standards

8 Dec 2023

True art is nothing to be embarrassed about

There’s more to art than subject matter – and it’s almost impossible to find anything shameful about a style

24 Oct 2023

The artists who want to enter the monster zone

Creativity often flouts conventions, so it’s no wonder more women want to become thoroughly monstrous

23 Oct 2023

Command performance – what a lost Artemisia tells us about an English queen

The Royal Collection has found a work from the artist’s London years reveals as much about its patron as about the painter

27 Sep 2023

The history of artists’ signatures is a secret history of art

For painters from Jan van Eyck to Philip Guston, the act of signing a finished work is much more than a simple assertion of authorship

22 Sep 2023

Making art behind bars can be its own form of release

Effective rehabilitation requires offenders to imagine themselves differently – and finding a creative outlet can certainly help with that

22 Sep 2023

Demolishing post-war buildings shouldn’t be the default

Despite the creative possibilities and environmental benefits of refurbishment, developers are all too eager to start over

6 Sep 2023

Who should fix the crisis at the British Museum?

The theft of 2,000 items is a scandal that points to wider failures of leadership and oversight. So can the museum right what has gone wrong by itself?

5 Sep 2023

Will art bring life back to the office?

By brightening up corporate spaces, employers are trying to tempt remote workers back to business as usual

1 Sep 2023

The laws regarding Native American remains leave too much up to museums

In the absence of clearer rules, institutions should obey the spirit and not just the letter of the law – and be more careful with material they may have to return

22 Aug 2023

When Giacometti lit up literary London

The sculptor’s chandelier, now export-stopped by the UK government, once hung in the offices of Cyril Connolly’s Horizon magazine

28 Jul 2023

Compton Verney’s new painted ladies are more about vice than virtue

A portrait saved for the nation has been praised for representing racial equality in 17th-century Britain, but it’s mainly a warning to women everywhere

10 Jul 2023
Sculpture of a woman lying down wearing a red dress and hat

When outsider art entered the mainstream

A string of recent exhibitions have done much to raise the profile of so-called outsider artists

6 Jul 2023
UNESCO general assembly

Why is the United States rejoining UNESCO?

When the country renews its membership in July, it will pay back dues of more than $500m – but it does so on its own terms

16 Jun 2023

The Supreme Court has saved the Andy Warhol Foundation from itself

The foundation should never have pursued the copyright case against Lynn Goldsmith and it should be grateful it lost

A newly rehung room in Tate Britain, 2023. Photo © Tate / Seraphina Neville

Don’t blame the culture wars for Tate Britain’s disappointing rehang

The much-debated new displays suffer from weak artworks, tokenism and terrible lighting

30 May 2023
black and white photograph of an artist's studio

Do craft objects need a purpose?

Edward Behrens on the finalists for this year’s Loewe Foundation Craft Prize

30 May 2023
Henry Moore sculpture displayed on a lawn

Hug a Henry Moore!

The Sainsbury Centre’s new director is taking a more touchy-feely approach to displaying the permanent collection

30 May 2023

Is the UK finally getting serious about Eurovision?

For too long, Britain’s lack of regard for the song contest has been rewarded by poor results. It’s time to make more of an effort.

12 May 2023
The Quire, Westminster Abbey.

The crowning glories of Westminster Abbey

With all eyes on the coronation, it’s worth remembering that the scene of the ceremony remains a work in progress

5 May 2023

Are artists getting screwed over by galleries and museums?

A new report shows that most practitioners are still working for love rather than fair pay

27 Apr 2023

Will Edward Bawden’s lost masterpiece ever be found?

The hunt is on for an epic mural depicting ‘Country Life in Britain’ – but chances are it’s a wild goose chase

21 Apr 2023