Reviews

Figure representing the river Rhône (detail). Wallace Collection, London

The Avignon Clock is as good as any sculpture

This spectacular French clock, designed by the best craftsman of the day, is the star of a show at the Wallace Collection

22 May 2017
Scalata al di la dei terreni cromatici / Escalade Beyond Chromatic Lands (2016–17), Sheila Hicks. Photo: Italo Rondinella, courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

How did ‘Viva Arte Viva’ go so wrong?

Wasn’t this year’s Venice Biennale exhibition supposed to do away with grand curatorial conceits?

19 May 2017
Gaea (1966), Lee Krasner. © 2017 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

A flawed introduction to the women of post-war abstraction

MoMA’s attempt to ‘make space’ for women artists has backfired, but does at least highlight some unexpected affinities between artists

18 May 2017

Cedric Price’s mission to make architecture amusing

Cedric Price believed that architecture should be mobile, lightweight, and temporary. Above all, he thought it should be fun

17 May 2017
Illustrated pages from the Voynich Manuscript, c. 15th century. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

The Voynich Manuscript is a book you’re not meant to read

Despite Yale’s new facsimile edition, this 15th-century manuscript happily remains as indecipherable as ever

17 May 2017
Biinjiya'iing Onji (2017), Rebecca Belmore. © Fanis Vlastaras

The successes and failures of Documenta in Athens

The decision to stage part of the 14th Documenta in Athens has been widely debated. Now that it’s open, what are the highlights of the programme?

16 May 2017
Mark Tobey in his studio (1949). Courtesy Arthur Lyon Dahl. Photo by Larry Novak

The forgotten father of Abstract Expressionism

His ‘white writing’ style helped shape the course of modern painting, so why isn’t the artist better known?

12 May 2017
Five Forms (1935), Paule Vézelay. © The estate of Paule Vézelay

The ‘living lines’ of Paule Vézelay

She was well known in the surrealist circles of the 20th century, but Vézelay’s work has been all but forgotten since

10 May 2017
Crépuscule (detail; 1892), Pierre Bonnard. © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski / distributed by AMF

How the Japanese transformed French painting

An exhibition of Les Nabis at the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum in Tokyo explores their interest in the art of the Far East

5 May 2017
'Michelangelo & Sebastiano', installation view, National Gallery, London

Michelangelo and Sebastiano’s fraught but fertile friendship

An ambitious exhibition at the National Gallery traces the productive overlaps between these two Renaissance masters

4 May 2017