Reviews

Secretary at West German Radio, Cologne (detail; 1931), August Sander.

How August Sander faced up to modern times

By turning social types into individuals, the photographer influenced many of his contemporaries and shaped how we see the 20th-century

10 Aug 2022
Anicet Charles Gabriel Lemonnier.

Shifting sensibilities – how plein-air painting became all the rage

Once overlooked by both artists and collectors, the urgency of landscape studies holds an obvious appeal for modern audiences

9 Aug 2022
Installation view of ‘darning and other times’ (2022) and ‘In the House of my Love’ (2022) at the Brent Biennial.

At the Brent Biennial, home really is where the heart is

The second edition of the event concerns itself with ideas of belonging – and revels in the diversity of this part of north-west London

8 Aug 2022
The Arch Henry Moore

Henry Moore’s hoarding habits

The British sculptor’s monumental, minimal forms drew influence from his wide-ranging collection of ethnographic artefacts

5 Aug 2022
Romain Duris in ‘Eiffel’.

Tall tale: Gustave Eiffel and his tower get the big-screen treatment

Romain Duris cuts a dash in a lavish French film about the engineer, but it’s the tower that’s the true star

29 Jul 2022
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Willem Röell (1728), Cornelis Troost. Amsterdam Museum

The art of bodysnatching in Edinburgh

There’s no disguising the gruesomeness of the trade that underpinned the scientific advances of the 18th century

29 Jul 2022
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi (after Piranesi) (2016), Emily Allchurch.

The contemporary artists who are paying their respects to Piranesi

Piranesi may have fallen out with his Irish patron but, in modern-day Dublin, artists inspired by his example are looking to mend fences

26 Jul 2022
Pompadour at Her Toilette (detail; 1750 with later additions), François Boucher. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum

Think pink with Madame Pompadour!

An extremely close look at François Boucher’s portrait of the marquise in the Fogg Museum at Harvard homes in on the painter’s use of his signature colour

20 Jul 2022
Installation view of Bloodlines. Photo: Richard Ivey; courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery; © Amie Siegel

A static portrait of a static world – ‘Bloodlines’ by Amie Siegel, reviewed

The artist’s latest film shows how the past permeates the present in a series of sumptuous scenes – but is it saying anything new?

13 Jul 2022
Jerusalem, plate 100 (1804–20), William Blake.

Take a trip to the new new Jerusalem

Stephen Ellcock and Mat Osman try to bring visions of Albion up to date in their book ‘England on Fire’

10 Jul 2022

Ground force – the artists who set out to surpass nature

An ambitious exhibition at the Beaux-Arts de Paris considers the mutual rivalry between art and science over the centuries

30 Jun 2022
16th/17th century Qu'ran

Shining matters – ‘Gold’ at the British Library, reviewed

A glittering array of objects and manuscripts from around the world shows off the astonishing diversity of the permanent collection

27 Jun 2022
Drawing of the stern of the Royal Louis (c. 1680), studio of Charles Le Brun. École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris.

Chains of command – ‘The Sun King at Sea’, reviewed

A groundbreaking study looks at the slave labour on which France’s maritime ambitions depended

27 Jun 2022
Self-portrait (detail) by Van Leo, taken in Cairo in January 1945.

The photographer who created Cairo in his own image

Van Leo’s portraits capture a lost world and are in a class of their own, writes Raphael Cormack

27 Jun 2022
Trente-cinq têtes d’expression by Louis-Léopold Boilly

Pulling faces – the art of showing emotion

An exhibition at the Musée Marmottan Monet considers how artists have tried to represent feeling through the centuries

27 Jun 2022
(1951), Afro Basaldella. Private collection

The Italian painter who expressed himself in America

For all his care to balance the traditions of his Venetian forebears with the style of his US contemporaries, Afro Basaldella came to be seen as an Abstract Expressionist

27 Jun 2022
Self-Portrait at EPA

The photographer who hated office life

Chauncey Hare was compared to Walker Evans and Diane Arbus, but he came to find the art world as repressive as the corporate world he loathed

26 Jun 2022
Iceberg Collage (1994), James Morrison

James Morrison’s paintings take us on a journey into the unknown

The artist refused to paint people, preferring instead to focus on remote landscapes and natural phenomena

20 Jun 2022
Méditerranée by Aristide Maillol

The pared-down poses of Aristide Maillol

The Musée d’Orsay’s survey of the French sculptor is admirably thorough, but his art was more modern than we’re often led to believe

20 Jun 2022
Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria (1662 -1726) (detail; 1725), Charles Claude Dubut.

Why did European nobles go all gooey for waxworks?

They’re now little more than popular amusements – but with their discomfiting realism, wax effigies were once considered fit for royalty

15 Jun 2022
Kali Murti (detail; 2022), Kaushik Ghosh. Photo: © The Trustees of the British Museum

How do women really wield power?

In attempting to give an account of ‘feminine power’ through the ages, the British Museum raises far more questions than it answers

10 Jun 2022
Installation view of Pelé’s shirt from the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

The Design Museum proves that football really is the beautiful game

The subject of football and all its attendant paraphernalia makes for a surprisingly joyful exhibition

8 Jun 2022
Island (2022), Cornelia Parker. Installation view at Tate Britain, London, in 2022. Courtesy Tate. Photo: Oli Cowling

‘Littered with stumbling blocks’ – Cornelia Parker at Tate Britain, reviewed

The British artist’s retrospective might appear visually weighty, but the work pays little attention to the history and politics of the materials used

Speed freak – ‘Raphael’ at the National Gallery, reviewed

The artist’s true genius lay in the superhuman pace with which he mastered new styles

30 May 2022