Reviews

Isamu Noguchi with study for Luminous Plastic Sculpture, 1943

Light years ahead – ‘Isamu Noguchi’ at the Barbican, reviewed

The familiarity of the designer’s most famous products has long obscured his more utopian side

21 Jan 2022
Due Dormienti (1966), Domenico Gnoli. Private collection.

The peculiar perfectionism of Domenico Gnoli

In the six years before his tragically early death, the Italian artist zoomed in on the details of the everyday – to supremely unsettling effect

14 Jan 2022
Pyxis (c. 950–975), Córdoba. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

When it came to art, the religions of medieval Spain had rather a lot in common

Christianity, Judaism and Islam shared a visual language on the Iberian peninsula – but it was a fragile balance at the best of times

22 Dec 2021
Apsley Street, Stockport (1964), Alan Lowndes

It’s time for Alan Lowndes to emerge from L.S. Lowry’s shadow

When it came to painting the industrial north-west, Stockport-born Alan Lowndes could hold his own

16 Dec 2021
Linda Evangelista wearing a ‘Watteau’ evening gown in Vivienne Westwood’s 1996 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection, shown in Paris, October 1995.

Vivienne Westwood’s rococo approach to fashion

The designer’s favourite museum is the Wallace Collection, so it’s no wonder her clothes are full of flourishes from Watteau, Boucher and Fragonard

14 Dec 2021
(1920), Nicolai Aluf. Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin

True to form – Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s touching faith in geometry

In the course of her adventures in abstraction, the artist seemed determined to test herself in every available medium

14 Dec 2021
The Hall of Signs in the Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris.

The new Musée Carnavalet brings the history of Paris bang up to date

The museum devoted to the history of the Paris is itself an important part of that history – so it’s a relief that so many of its quirks remain

13 Dec 2021
The Rolling Stones on stage at Longleat House in Wiltshire on 2 August 1964.

Altered estates – the English country houses that boomed in the post-war period

Adrian Tinniswood’s new book focuses on the aristocrats and rock stars who secured the futures of the houses they owned – or moved into

26 Nov 2021
Gold alloy and shell ear plates (800–550 BC), Peru.

From the Andes to the Amazon, the cultures of Peru have produced astonishing work

The British Museum presents the mysteries and marvels of the Andean civilisations predating modern Peru

25 Nov 2021
Molly Ringwald in ‘Office Killer‘ (1997), directed by Cindy Sherman.

Cindy Sherman confirms that working from home can be murder

In what now seems like a warning from history, the artist’s only feature film is about a magazine editor who is forced to work at home

25 Nov 2021
Detail from Giotto's John the Evangelist fresco at the Peruzzi Chapel in Santa Croce, Florence

The restorers who took a creative approach to Renaissance paintings

A new study assesses 19th-century interventions on paintings by Giotto and other masters, and their impact on art history

25 Nov 2021

The greatness of Constable’s lateness

In the decade before his death, John Constable developed a freer hand to follow new visions – to astonishing effect

22 Nov 2021
The Painter and his Pug

When it came to art, Hogarth had no real beef with Europe

William Hogarth liked to present himself as a bluff Englishman, but the truth was a touch more complicated

18 Nov 2021
Isaac Abrahamsz Massa (1626; detail), Frans Hals. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Ruff and ready – how Frans Hals made his portraits crackle with life

The Dutch painter already knew the majority of the sitters in his lively portraits of merchants and dignitaries – and it shows

15 Nov 2021
Chromatic (1932) Gluck. Private collection. Photo: Bridgeman Images

The messy reality of immaculate still lives

Rebecca Birrell’s absorbing book asks us to look beneath the surface of work by women artists – but perhaps a rose sometimes really is just a rose?

5 Nov 2021
The Conversion of Mary Magdalene (c. 1661–62), Guido Cagnacci. Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

Judging by his Old Masters, Norton Simon had a better eye than J. Paul Getty

Nicholas Penny’s survey of 17th- and 18th-century Italian paintings in the Norton Simon Museum reveals the astute figure behind the collections

2 Nov 2021
The sculptor Beverly Pepper (1922–2020).

Material differences – the abstract women sculptors with utterly distinct approaches

The artists featured in this exhibition didn’t share the same outlook or methods, but their variousness is part of the point

29 Oct 2021
After a fashion – Mary Quant on the Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, in October 1960. Photo: Cyril Maitland/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

How Mary Quant defined the look of Swinging London

Sadie Frost’s documentary about the designer is hardly original, but then Quant didn’t actually invent the miniskirt – and it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of her genius

27 Oct 2021
Kilkeel Shipyard (1943), Nevill Johnson.

A century of art from Northern Ireland inevitably paints a complex picture

An exhibition in Belfast marking 100 years of the country treads rather carefully, for understandable reasons

26 Oct 2021
Flag (1954–55), Jasper Johns.

Jasper Johns, American dreamer

A monumental two-part survey in Philadelphia and New York proves that the artist has always forged his own path

25 Oct 2021
The statue of Christopher Columbus outside Sefton Park Palm House, redressed by the fashion designer Taya Hughes.

All dressed up and nowhere to go – the art of sprucing up public statues

There’s more than one way to knock a figure off its pedestal, as a documentary about dressing up public monuments in Liverpool shows

21 Oct 2021
Still from ‘Voyage to the Moon’ (1902) by Georges Méliès: the astronomers’ vessel lands on the moon.

The magical films of Georges Méliès make him a name to conjure with

The film-maker deserves pride of place in any history of early cinema – as the Cinèmathèque française’s new display confirms

16 Oct 2021
Courtyard facade of the Umayyad Mosque, Damascus (1862), Francis Bedford.

Damascene conversion – the knotty religious history of the Umayyad Mosque

Built to rival the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, the great mosque in Damascus has always been claimed by rival faiths

15 Oct 2021
Where Everything is Twice, Airmail Painting No. 173 (2007), Eugenio Dittborn.

The airborne art of Eugenio Dittborn

The Chilean artist’s practice of folding up his work and posting it to galleries began as a means of evading the censors

15 Oct 2021