The pull of Hockney’s pool paintings

David Hockney found his great inspiration in the backyards of California – creating a look that influenced generations of artists

4 Feb 2017
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Are artists’ estates too protective of artists’ reputations?

How far should estates seek to control public perceptions of an artist’s life and work?

30 Jan 2017
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott talk alongside a statue of the Dancing Shiva ahead of a meeting in New Delhi, 5 September, 2014. The $5 million bronze statue was returned to India from the National Gallery of Australia after it emerged that it had been stolen from a Tamil Nadu temple. PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

How should museums respond to art smuggling scandals?

Despite all best efforts, museums can and do unwittingly acquire stolen artefacts. What happens when new information throws an item’s provenance into doubt?

24 Jan 2017

‘We have always been an avant-garde museum’

How do you maintain a museum’s experimental spirit, while putting the permanent collection centre-stage?

21 Jan 2017
Charles III (detail; 1786–87), Francisco de Goya y Lucientes.

The light and shade of Charles III of Spain

Three shows in Madrid bring out the contradictions of Charles III, an enlightened ruler who could not resist the trappings of monarchy

18 Jan 2017
Madame Noblet (1897), Medardo Rosso.

There’s much more to St Louis than the memory of the World’s Fair

The city’s museums are flourishing, with top exhibitions – including a major Medardo Rosso show

16 Jan 2017

The flower painter who was fed up with his masterpieces

Henri Fantin-Latour’s finest works are the flower paintings that he made in bulk – but he didn’t think so

14 Jan 2017
Charing Cross Bridge: Fog on the Thames (1903), Claude Monet. © President and Fellows of Harvard College

Eight art events to get to this month

The exhibition highlights and museum openings not to miss in January

10 Jan 2017
Alabaster Figure of the Virgin and Child, 14th Century. © The Trustees of the British Museum

Acquisitions of the month: December 2016

The finest new additions to public art collections, from a rare ancient carved gem, to William Orpen’s beautifully illustrated hand-written letters

7 Jan 2017

The crafty imperialist

John Lockwood Kipling (father of the more famous Rudyard) was an important champion of traditional Indian arts and crafts

7 Jan 2017
Stückfrass (2013), Jonas Burgert. Courtesy the artist and Blain|Southern. Photo: Lepkowski Studios

The dark art of Jonas Burgert heads for Bologna

Jonas Burgert’s paintings are dark as hell, and absolutely compelling. His major exhibition in Bologna promises to be a highlight this year

6 Jan 2017
Bernardo Bembo, Statesman and Ambassador of Venice

Flemish portraits, science fiction, and an avant-garde centenary

Antwerp’s Old Master treasures are on tour, while the Barbican is staging a sprawling but ambitious science fiction exhibition

5 Jan 2017
Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller at home in Geneva.

Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller (1930–2016)

Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller, the leading tribal art collector and international museum patron, has died at the age of 86

4 Jan 2017

Dutch prints, De Stijl, and David Hockney

Hercules Segers heads for the USA, Giacometti goes to Doha, David Hockney turns 80 in style, and more

4 Jan 2017
National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland is finally to reopen

It’s been a long wait indeed, but the gallery’s refurbishment is nearing completion, and there’s a good line-up of temporary exhibitions, too

3 Jan 2017

John Berger (1926–2017)

The celebrated art critic and novelist has died at the age of 90

2 Jan 2017
Flags I, (1973), Jasper Johns.

The American Dream and the October Revolution

American art at the British Museum; Chris Ofili’s first tapestry; Shakespeare’s Malvolio transformed, and more

2 Jan 2017
Erth, (1971), John Latham.

The legendary John Latham in London

One of the most interesting – and challenging – shows next year will be the Serpentine’s double-look at John Latham

1 Jan 2017
Carudatta Presenting a Pearl Necklace to Vasantesena, (c. 1952), Y. G. Srimati.

Old Master drawings, Tiffany mosaics, and the best Indian art

From the highly anticipated Pacific Standard Time to New York’s famous art fairs, there’s plenty to see across the USA in 2017

31 Dec 2016

Black British art, Merce Cunningham’s collaborations, and Lygia Pape in the USA

A number of UK shows are celebrating black British art, and large-scale exhibitions of Merce Cunningham and Lygia Pape are planned in the US

30 Dec 2016

10 things we didn’t expect in 2016

It’s been a memorable year in the art world for all sorts of reasons…

29 Dec 2016
Infinity Mirrored Room - Gleaming Lights of the Souls, (2008), Yayoi Kusama.

Yayoi Kusama heads to Singapore, while Southeast Asian art travels the globe

There are some excellent exhibitions of Southeast Asian art in the pipeline. Here are the best, alongside other global art highlights

29 Dec 2016
British Sopwith Camels Leaving Their Aerodrome on Patrol over the Asiago Plateau, (1918), Sydney Carline.

War in the sunshine, abstraction in India, and art in a prison

The art of aerial warfare is explored at the Estorick Collection; Claude Cahun and Gillian Wearing make a formidable pair at the NPG; and Edmund Clark heads to prison for art

28 Dec 2016
Scenes from the Lives of the Virgin and other Saints, (c. 1300-05), Giovanni da Rimini.

Guercino, Giovanni da Rimini and Murillo

There are some excellent in-focus exhibitions opening around the world in 2017, including a chance to see Guercino’s frescoes up-close, and a revealing look at the school of Rimini

27 Dec 2016