Reviews

A history of dodgy dealing

An entertaining book reveals the sometimes duplicitous history of art dealing

23 Mar 2017
Untitled, n.d., Marisa Merz, mixed media, variable dimensions. Fondazione Merz, Turin; photo: Renata Ghiazza; courtesy Archivio Merz, © the artist and Fondazione Merz, Turin

The menacing charm of Marisa Merz

The playful sculptures and paintings of the only woman in the Arte Povera movement have a distinctly steely edge

22 Mar 2017
Flags I (1973), Jasper Johns. © Jasper Johns/VAGA, New York/DACS, London 2016. © Tom Powel Imaging.

Turns out the American Dream is more of a nightmare

The development of American printmaking since the 1960s is seen in the context of today’s fragile political climate

20 Mar 2017
The Old Bowling Green, Halsway Court, Somerset (1865), John William North. © The Trustees of the British Museum

The quiet revolution of British watercolours

The British watercolour tradition did not end with the death of Turner

17 Mar 2017
Elliptical Column (2016), Tony Cragg. Photo: Ned Carter Miles

Tony Cragg’s constantly evolving challenge to mass design

The artist’s exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a reminder of just how attuned he is to the different, varied potential of his chosen materials

14 Mar 2017
Hypothesis of a Tree (2016), Mariana Castillo Deball, at the Sharjah Biennial 2017.

Sharjah Biennial 13 has its ups and downs

This year’s programme is ambitious and wide-ranging, extending far beyond Sharjah itself, but the best of the art focuses on issues close to home

14 Mar 2017
Street Scene, (1958), Mimi Gross. Photo: Jeffrey Sturges; courtesy the artist

Remembering a time when New York’s art scene was run by artists

It’s about time the city’s early artist-led spaces were re-evaluated

13 Mar 2017
Mexico City suicide attempt (25 May, 1971), Enrique Metinides. Michael Hoppen Gallery, London

Enrique Metinides made an art out of looking at people looking at death

The photographer’s images of disaster combine grisly detail with gifted composition, and implicate the viewer as much as the gathering crowds at the scene

9 Mar 2017
Taureau (2003), Alfred Basbous. Courtesy the artist and Sophia Contemporary Gallery

Celebrating Alfred Basbous, the artist who breathed life into Lebanese sculpture

Alfred Basbous was inspired by European modernists, but also tapped into an ancient and timeless sculptural tradition

7 Mar 2017
Soldier from the Royal Engineers with two messenger dogs and a roadside shrine (December 1917), Ernest Brooks. Courtesy: Imperial War Museum

British wartime experience in Italy has been brought to life in London

A nuanced and often surprising exhibition at the Estorick Collection explores British depictions of the Italian frontline towards the end of the First World War

7 Mar 2017