Reviews

The impressive cultural achievements of China’s Qing empresses

New research shows that women in the Forbidden City had more influence on the arts than previously thought

13 Dec 2018
Interior with Mrs Mounter (1916–17), Harold Gilman.

Harold Gilman cuts a dash

In praise of the Camden Town painter’s bold brushwork and daring draughtsmanship

12 Dec 2018
Venus and Vulcan (c. 1545), Jacopo Tintoretto. Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Tintoretto’s drawings fizz with energy and invention at the Morgan

The 500th anniversary of the Venetian master’s birth prompts this celebration of his sprightly draughtsmanship

12 Dec 2018
Studies of the Nose and Mouth (c. 1622), Jusepe de Ribera.

The everyday cruelty of Ribera’s world

The baroque painter’s depictions of human suffering are extreme – but so was the violence of much early modern life

6 Dec 2018
Marilyn Diptych (1962), Andy Warhol. Tate, London.

New ways of seeing Andy Warhol

As an exhibition at the Whitney proves, there’s far more to the Pop art superstar than Marilyn and soup cans

4 Dec 2018
Young Tiger Playing with its Mother, (1830–31), Eugène Delacroix. Musée du Louvre.

Delacroix earns his stripes at the Met

A major show at the Met presents the Romantic painter in many different modes

1 Dec 2018

The comic strip genius of Charles M. Schulz

The man who invented Snoopy and the Peanuts gang revolutionised cartoons – both aesthetically and emotionally

28 Nov 2018
Installation view of ‘Luigi Valadier: Splendor in Eighteenth-Century Rome’ at the Frick Collection, New York, 2018. Pictured are the statues of the six saints from the High Altar of the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Nuova, Monreale, from c. 1773.

Variety and virtuosity – the objets d’art of Luigi Valadier

The 18th-century Roman polymath was commissioned to create luxury goods by popes, royalty and tourists alike

23 Nov 2018
Installation view of ‘Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel’ at the New Museum, New York, 2018.

The shock value of Sarah Lucas still hasn’t worn off

Lucas made her name as one of the more provocative YBAs. Two decades later, her work continues to surprise

22 Nov 2018
Portrait of Gertrude Jekyll (detail; 1910–11), Mary Swanzy. Private collection

Mary Swanzy – a modern Irish master?

The work of this accomplished painter has long been hiding in plain sight

21 Nov 2018
The Chocolate Girl (c. 1744), Jean-Étienne Liotard

How Liotard’s Chocolate Girl charmed the city of Dresden

The Venetian pastellist Rosalba Carriera once described the work as ‘the most beautiful pastel ever seen’

20 Nov 2018
Laus Veneris (1873–78), Edward Burne-Jones.

Understanding the enigma of Edward Burne-Jones

The Victorian artist’s otherworldly visions have long been misunderstood

17 Nov 2018
Alzata, Mario Bellini

How Mario Bellini is breathing new life into Venetian glass

In his experimental collaborations with the historic Venini factory, the artist reveals the true versatility of glass

16 Nov 2018
Three Angles (2018), El Anatsui. Installation view at the Carnegie Museum of Art for the 57th Carnegie International in 2018.

Around the globe at the Carnegie International

The 57th edition of the exhibition in Pittsburgh is a truly international affair

15 Nov 2018

Gerhard Munthe – a madcap medievalist in 19th-century Norway

The artist and designer sought to craft a distinct national style, but he also had much in common with the British

14 Nov 2018
Scavengers (1994), Paula Rego

Paula Rego paints a world of nightmares and secrets

Drawing on sources from Balzac to Disney, Rego’s pictures hint at narratives filled with mystery

14 Nov 2018
Brüderstrasse (Free Room) (1930), Jeanne Mammen. The George Economou Collection

Visions of a dark world in the art of Weimar Germany

The works produced in Germany’s interwar period reflect the turbulence of a decade marked by trauma, hope and crisis

10 Nov 2018

A bewitching history of magic at the Ashmolean

An ancient cow’s heart and a witches’ ladder are among the intriguing objects in this exploration of magical thinking

Mario Merz in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

The enigmatic igloos of Mario Merz

An unreal city of the the artist’s spherical structures has sprouted at the Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan

7 Nov 2018
General Moses (Harriet Tubman) (1965), Charles White.

Dignity and divinity in the portraits of Charles White

Throughout his career White devoted his talent to celebrating the lives of other black Americans

5 Nov 2018
Installation view of ‘The Tables Have Turned’ (2008) by Nalini Malini at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino in 2018.

Nalini Malani turns to a Greek myth to retell Indian tragedies

The artist takes the story of Cassandra and turns the doomed Trojan seer into a figure for our times

2 Nov 2018
The Bathing Posts, Brittany (1893), James McNeill Whistler.

How Whistler tamed nature in his landscape scenes

With the man-made world a strong presence in his Nocturnes, beach scenes and gardens, Whistler was no pure nature boy

31 Oct 2018
Toward Damascus at the Foot of Mount Qassioun, Muhajreen Quarter, c. 1933, Mustafa Farroukh, Collection Hani Farroukh

The modern Arab artists who have turned to words

A century of writing by and about artists from the Arab world is full of debates that still resonate today

30 Oct 2018

The cosmic visions of Richard Pousette-Dart

After an early involvement with Abstract Expressionism the painter set out on a more spiritual path

30 Oct 2018