The Victorian bookcase that contains a whole cultural world

William Burges commissioned a singular piece of furniture with contributions from everyone who was anyone among his wide artistic acquaintance

20 Jul 2023

The absolutely fabulous stars of stage and screen

The question of what makes a performer truly divine is at the heart of a rigorously researched exhibition at the V&A

17 Jul 2023

Two shakes of a lamba’s tale – in Madgascar, a traditional garment tells new stories

A new generation of artists in the capital Antananarivo are boldly reinventing an emblem of national identity

17 Jul 2023

The colourful life of Madame Yevonde

The advent of new technology transformed the photographer’s work in the 1930s – but it couldn’t last

10 Jul 2023
Yayoi Kusama exhibition in Manchester

Blown up: Yayoi Kusama goes big in Manchester

The city’s newest and largest arts space provides ample room for the artist’s large-scale inflatables, but it’s not all about size

6 Jul 2023

Lights, camera, exhibition – see Vermeer on the big screen

The Rijksmuseum’s blockbuster has been recorded for posterity, but can a film really do the paintings justice?

4 Jul 2023

The Met simplifies Cecily Brown

Linking the painter’s work directly to its source material downplays what makes it really interesting

3 Jul 2023

Saint Francis, pure and simple

The saint may have lived a life of poverty, but this richly varied exhibition is anything but impoverished

3 Jul 2023

Gwen John bares it all at Pallant House

The artist’s remarkable paintings of women are also a form of self-exposure

30 Jun 2023

For Anne Collier, the eyes definitely have it

For the conceptual artist from New York, a show in County Wexford is a chance to focus on what it means to look – and to be looked at

23 Jun 2023

Rites and rituals take centre stage at the Liverpool Biennial

At the heart of a memorable but uneven event is the struggle to remember the transatlantic slave trade in appropriate ways

21 Jun 2023

The guiding hand of Hugo van der Goes

The Netherlandish painter is a master of directing viewers to the telling detail

21 Jun 2023

Rococo pops as a Rosalba pastel is fittingly framed

Murals by the pastellist Nicolas Party provide a temporary backdrop for a Venetian portrait

14 Jun 2023

Will this year’s Serpentine Pavilion really get people talking?

Lina Ghotmeh’s structure presents Londoners with the terrifying prospect of interacting with strangers

9 Jun 2023

Tinder for Tudors, and other Renaissance mating rituals

The Holburne Museum engages in a clever bit of matchmaking, with rarely shown paintings and all kinds of love tokens

2 Jun 2023

How the wild things are

The British Library’s audio-visual tour of the animal kingdom doubles as a weird and wonderful history of natural history

2 Jun 2023

Berthe Morisot, always in the moment

The painter went to great lengths to make her careful compositions look effortlessly spontaneous

30 May 2023

The early modern artists who tried to study abroad

Larry Silver’s history of how northern European artists depicted other cultures could have taken a broader view

30 May 2023

All change at the Venice Architecture Biennale?

With its focus on architects from Africa and its diasporas, the main exhibition curated by Lesley Lokko is a breath of fresh air

25 May 2023

Mining meaning in Middlesbrough

Locals and celebrities have banded together to offer a compelling range of perspectives on the industrial history of the Yorkshire town

23 May 2023
Joanna Piotrowska

The unheimlich manoeuvres of Joanna Pietrowska

These photographs of domestic scenes and everyday encounters are very familiar and very unsettling

9 May 2023

The coronation, reviewed

Amid all the pomp and the circumstance, the crowning of Charles III has much to tell us about the state of the nation

6 May 2023

The Gwangju Biennale charts uncertain new waters

The current edition of Asia’s oldest biennial is far from perfect, though there’s a lot of very good art here

5 May 2023

When did fashion photography stop being fun?

A trip through the Condé Nast archives now owned by François Pinault suggests that wit is no longer in vogue

5 May 2023