Reviews

CARVING: 45 Years Later (detail; 2017), Eleanor Antin. Installation view of ‘Eleanor Antin: Time’s Arrow’, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2019.

Funny and unflinching – Eleanor Antin bares all at LACMA

The now-octogenarian artist has revisited her most famous work – and it only gets better with age

23 May 2019
Self Portrait with Skeleton Arm (detail; 1895), Edvard Munch.

Munch’s prints are obsessive and repetitive – but a revelation all the same

He took to the medium with great speed, producing works that display a rich debt to the Old Masters

22 May 2019
Marchesa Luisa Casati with Peacock Feathers Marchesa Luisa Casati with Peacock Feathers

Canes, corsets and peacock feathers – ‘Boldini and Fashion’ reviewed

The Ferrarese painter spent his career capturing the whims of fashion – but the results are far from superficial

21 May 2019

Walter Gropius: the man who built the Bauhaus

Fiona MacCarthy’s biography suggests that the architect’s greatest achievement may have been to assemble so much talent in one place

18 May 2019

The painter who made his name on the Western Front

Alfred Munnings was an official war artist who took a curiously pastoral approach to the conflict

16 May 2019
Philip Johnson with models showing ‘the evolution of the modern skyscraper’, shortly before their display at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1933.

The most influential and most detested architect of the modern age

Philip Johnson was not the most talented modern American architect, but he was certainly the most important

15 May 2019
The Statue of the Virgin Welcomed with Great Pomp in Brussels (1516–18), unknown Brussels workshop, after a design by Bernard van Orley.

Lavish tapestries and pious paintings – Bernard van Orley weaves his magic in Brussels

The Flemish master, whose workshop was one of the busiest in 16th-century Brussels, gets his first major survey in the city of his birth

13 May 2019
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1943), Dorothea Tanning. Tate Collection.

Flowers, hyenas and haunted hotels – the surreal world of Dorothea Tanning

The Tate’s survey of Tanning’s long career testifies to her lifelong commitment to Surrealism

11 May 2019
The Rain Fell Everywhere (2018), David Salle.

David Salle puts a new spin on history painting

The painter’s witty and deceptively effortless works combine high and low culture to enjoyable effect

8 May 2019
Left: Madonna with the Laughing Child (c. 1472), attrib. Leonardo da Vinci. Photo: © Victorian and Albert Museum, London. Right: Bust of a Lady (Lady with Flowers) (c. 1475), Andrea del Verrocchio. Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence. Photo: Giovanni Martellucci

Andrea del Verrocchio steps out of the shadow of his star pupil

The Florentine master, who took Leonardo as an apprentice, was perhaps the most influential artist of his day

3 May 2019

Oil slick – the smooth dealings of Calouste Gulbenkian

Where both petroleum and art were concerned, the 20th-century tycoon positioned himself for rich pickings

Back cover for ’The Portable Hairy Who!’ (1966), Karl Wirsum.

Cartoons and camaraderie – the Chicago Imagists, reviewed

In the 1960s and ’70s Chicago was the home of a movement that gleefully broke all the rules of good taste

27 Apr 2019
© Gerhard Richter 2018 (28112018)

Gerhard Richter, Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt put on a show

Their joint commission for the Shed includes choirs, orchestras and lots of colour – but is it smaller than the sum of its parts?

26 Apr 2019
Memorial to the Idea of Man If He Was an Idea (detail; 1958), H.C. Westermann. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

H.C. Westermann’s sinister visions of post-war America

His experiences as a marine gunner in the Second World War and Korea made a lasting impact on Westermann’s art

25 Apr 2019
The Three Sisters (1955), Balthus. Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

‘How do you solve a problem like Thérèse?’ – Balthus in Madrid reviewed

Balthus’ strange, dream-like paintings deliberately set out to unsettle viewers

17 Apr 2019
Detail from a page of the Codex Mexicana, c. 1541, created as a handbook for Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and king of Spain, providing him with information about his new province. The writing is in the Mexica language, Nahuatl, and Spanish. Image courtesy Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

A new tower of Babel rises in the Bodleian Library

We know what translation can do – but what does it look like? Eight centuries of multilingual activity is on show in Oxford

17 Apr 2019
Collateral (2007), Sheela Gowda.

Sheela Gowda shows her extraordinary works made out of everyday materials in Milan

The artist’s installations seem completely at home in the HangarBicocca

15 Apr 2019
Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh in ‘At Eternity’s Gate' (2018)

Julian Schnabel makes us see through Van Gogh’s eyes – At Eternity’s Gate reviewed

The film tries to imagine what being the painter was like – the results are as stressful, and appealing, as you might expect

12 Apr 2019
Piazza Navona (detail; 1699), Caspar van Wittel. Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, on loan to the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

The Dutchman who shaped our view of Italy

Celebrated abroad, but little known at home, Caspar van Wittel more or less singlehandedly invented view painting

11 Apr 2019
Lagoon (2015–17), Nick Goss.

Flooded streets and cars at sea – the watery world of Nick Goss

Goss experiments with traditional painting techniques to depict scenes of everyday life with a dreamlike twist

5 Apr 2019
The Four Ages of Man: Youth (detail; by 1735), Nicolas Lancret. National Gallery, London

Channel crossings – Britain’s patchy history of collecting French art

A catalogue of the National Gallery’s 18th-century French paintings points to past peculiarities of British taste

3 Apr 2019
Seven Rooms of Hospitality: Room for Deportees (2017), Siah Armajani.

Siah Armajani’s language of exile

The Iranian-born sculptor gets his first retrospective in his adopted home country of America

2 Apr 2019
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation (detail; 1980), Robert Mapplethorpe. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Seeing past the shock value of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs

The photographer’s formally composed, sometimes graphic work is still hard to pin down

30 Mar 2019
Porthcurno, Cornwall, England (2017), Martin Parr.

Martin Parr takes on Brexit Britain

The photographer’s survey of the British at home and abroad takes on a suitably surreal air at the National Portrait Gallery

28 Mar 2019