London Diary

Still Life with Seashell on Black Marble (1940), Henri Matisse. Photo © Archives H. Matisse © Succession H. Matisse/DACS 2017

A nosey parker’s paradise in London

Pore over Matisse’s prized possessions and get a glimpse into Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s home at these fascinating exhibitions

16 Aug 2017
Boxkampf fur die direkte Demokratie at documenta V (1972), Joseph Beuys. © Hans Albrecht Lusznat

Joseph Beuys’s boxing career

Waddington Custot celebrates Beuys’s boxing skills, while a mysterious British artist steals the show at Bagshawe Fine Art

20 Jul 2017
The Visitation (detail; 1518–19), Sebastiano del Piombo. © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Hervé Lewandowski

Which London shows are worth going indoors for?

Spring is here and the sun is out, so choose your exhibitions wisely…

11 Apr 2017
Exhausted renegade elephant, Woodland, Washington, June 1979, by Joel Sternfeld. © Joel Sternfeld. Image courtesy Beetles+Huxley and Luhring Augustine

The elephant in the road

Go and see Joel Sternfeld’s strange and beautiful photographs of the USA at Beetles+Huxley while you still can

10 Feb 2017
Installation view of 'John Baldessari: Miró and Life in General' at Marian Goodman Gallery, London. © John Baldessari. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris & London. Photo: Thierry Bal

John Baldessari’s jumble sale style, and the wonders of Tooting Broadway

You can stumble across good art in the strangest places…

26 Jan 2017
Zaha Hadid, Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (8 December 2016–12 February 2017) © Zaha Hadid Foundation. Image © 2016 Hugo Glendinning

Legends in London: Zaha Hadid and Robert Rauschenberg

A look around some of London’s most talked-about winter exhibitions

23 Dec 2016
Orange Body (1969), Robert Raschenberg. © DACS

Spectacular Rauschenbergs and surprisingly good Gavin Turks

There’s an absolutely extraordinary exhibition of Robert Rauschenberg’s art in London right now – and it’s not at the Tate. Plus more London art highlights

9 Dec 2016
Author Stephen Bayley decided to baptise his book 'Death Drive' with a night of performance art in which guests were invited to destroy a beaten up old Saab...

Smashing stuff…London’s art world wakes up with a bang

Kicking off the London art season by kicking in an old Saab (for art’s sake)

27 Sep 2016
Bibi, Arlette and Irène. Storm in Cannes (May 1929), Jacques-Henri Lartigue

Art and politics in London (and where to go to escape it)

If the ‘Brexit’ debates have all got a bit much, there are some good shows on to take your mind off things

21 Jun 2016

Spilled water and naked bomber jackets in Marylebone

Returning to the scene of an embarrassing art accident…Plus, Simon Mullan’s surprisingly beautiful tiled compositions

29 May 2016