Reviews

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
Detail of an advertisement for the Nouvelles Cartes de la République Française

Survivors’ gilt – the luxury craftsmen who flourished after the French Revolution

Iris Moon’s account of how masters of the decorative arts adapted to turbulent times is a suitably unsettling affair

30 May 2022
Colosseum, Rome (c. 1855), James Anderson.

The British photographers who took their visual cues from the Grand Tour

Victorian photographers in Italy were inevitably influenced by forms of landscape painting made popular in the preceding century

30 May 2022

Eternal fame – the world of the Kushite pharaohs

The Louvre’s latest exhibition has revived the vast ancient empire that once united Sudan and Egypt

30 May 2022
The Gulf Stream (detail; 1899), Winslow Homer.

‘This is a new Winslow Homer for our time’

The Met’s new survey reveals a more dramatic, more political side to the American painter

30 May 2022
Cicely Hey (detail; 1923), Walter Sickert. The Whitworth, University of Manchester

Acting out with Walter Sickert

A triumphant survey at Tate Britain – the largest in 30 years – revels in the British artist’s painterly games

30 May 2022
St Bride’s Church in East Kilbride, designed by Andy MacMillan and Isi Metstein for Gillespie Kidd & Coia and completed in 1964.

In defence of the modern buildings of Britain

Some of Britain’s finest examples of modern architecture may be under threat, but in Owen Hatherley they have a fierce champion

30 May 2022

The Scottish artist who liked to be beside the seaside

The seaside scenes of Willie Rodger aren’t necessarily a sunny affair, but they are always full of life

20 May 2022

‘An elegy to a disappearing planet’ – Katie Paterson in Edinburgh, reviewed

Over the course of an almost a decade, the Scottish artist has gathered and crushed ancient geological specimens to create a work of real conceptual power

5 May 2022
From ‘I have found a light in the darkness’ by Julia Soboleva (Witty Books)

The strange and sinister world of Julia Soboleva

The Latvian-born artist takes found photographs and paints over them to make enigmatic and eerie images – but they’re not meant to be scary, she insists

29 Apr 2022

‘A curatorial masterclass’ – the 59th Venice Biennale, reviewed

Cecilia Alemani’s focus on women artists goes beyond tokenism to present a strong statement about both contemporary art and the world we live in

29 Apr 2022
View of the Colosseum (c. 1550), by Hieronymus Cock, after the circle of Domenico Ghirlandaio. Sir John Soane’s Museum, London

The Soane Museum provides a masterclass in the art of architectural drawing

Frances Sands’ selection from one of the world’s greatest collections of architectural drawings will delight both experts and the general reader alike

28 Apr 2022

The restless spirit of Stephen Shore

In this memoir of sorts, the photographer gives us a masterclass in staying alert and fully alive to the everyday world

28 Apr 2022

The fine lines of Franz Kafka

The writer’s drawings are every bit as fastidious as his sentences – and full of the same preoccupations

When clothes really do make the man – ‘Fashioning Masculinities’ at the V&A, reviewed

Throughout the ages, and for better or worse, the clothes men have worn have been absolutely crucial, writes Rosalind Jana

28 Apr 2022

The painter who turned his eye upon the crowds of Paris

Louis-Léopold Boilly experienced his fair share of personal drama, but he had a rare gift for depicting the ins and outs of everyday existence

28 Apr 2022
David

Details man – Donatello in Florence, reviewed

The sculptor’s boundless powers of invention are on full display in his hometown for this once-in-a-lifetime blockbuster

28 Apr 2022

Making progress in postwar Britain

This focused survey shows that artists after the war seemed more than ready to embrace the future

28 Apr 2022

Mary Weatherford takes on Titian in his hometown

The Californian painter’s responses to ‘The Flaying of Marsyas’ have a sublime quality all of its own

26 Apr 2022
Le Parc des Sources, Vichy (1970), David Hockney.

David Hockney sees through it all at the Fitzwilliam

The painter may be fond of his iPad, but his longstanding suspicion of the technologies that have tied artists to linear perspective is to the fore here

15 Apr 2022
Vase with the head of an elephant (1757), designed by Jean Claude Chambellan Duplessis the Elder and painted by Charles-Nicolas Dodin for Sèvres. The Wallace Collection, London

The rococo interiors that furnished Walt Disney’s imagination

The French furniture that inspired the look of Disney’s best-loved films also came out of a studio system that required a good deal of collaboration

15 Apr 2022
The Skiiers by Akseli Gallen-Kallela

The Finnish painter who longed for freedom

Akseli Gallen-Kallela is best-known for his pretty lakeside views, but he also yearned for political independence and spiritual fulfilment

13 Apr 2022
Daddy: A Melodrama

Power play — ‘“Daddy”: A Melodrama’ at the Almeida, reviewed

Jeremy O. Harris’ latest play unravels the twisted power dynamics between a wealthy white art collector and an emerging Black artist on a Hockney-inspired stage

8 Apr 2022