A whirlwind journey through 5,000 years of Iranian civilisation charts change and continuity in a culture that has absorbed all manner of influences
Is it enough for Western museums to say how they came by their colonial-era artefacts – or should they just give them back?
François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne’s fantastical creations are making mischief at the Trianon estate this summer
The painter had a keen eye for crockery – and the best pieces from his collection got to star in his art
Recipes from the table of John Pawson are as pared-back as his architecture – which is all a little too perfect
These great tapestries have a turbulent history that has seen them held by Russia and in Canada – but now they’re back in the rooms where they first hung
Clive Bell is now best known as Vanessa’s husband – but a new biography replenishes his role in promoting modernism in Britain
Collectors, curators and artists have been debating the category of American folk art since the early 20th century – as a display at the MFA Boston makes clear
The ‘Rethinking Guernica’ website allows us to scrutinise Picasso’s anti-war masterpiece in greater detail than ever
2 Tone began as a ska-inspired record label, but swiftly became a look and a political stance – and a defining moment in British cultural history
Paul Greenhalgh’s ambitious survey takes us from the ancient Greeks to Picasso and beyond
A survey of new Australian art presents a planet in crisis – but it’s more uplifting than it sounds
A retrospective at the Pera Museum in Istanbul demonstrates the vast geographic sweep of the Lebanese-American artist’s work and biography – including her Ottoman roots
The TV competition series is billed as a ‘masterclass’ – and none of the contestants will be booted off until the finale. Where’s the fun in that?
In ‘What Artists Wear’, Charlie Porter casts an eye over the wardrobe choices of everyone from Barbara Hepworth to Jean-Michel Basquiat
A new biography of the British painter has a fine sense of his precocious talent – and real feeling for his rakish charm
A temporary display of the museum’s collection telescopes time and space to group objects thematically – but is this a productive path to follow?
This wide-ranging book explores how women artists used self-portraiture to establish themselves in a man’s world
The first survey show dedicated to the ‘Queen of Bohemia’ presents a flamboyant figure who was single-minded about her art
Emily Mortimer’s TV adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s novel is a wonderfully glamorous affair – and its anachronisms are whip-smart
In her portraits of imaginary people, the artist conjures a world that feels joyfully real
The Amazon series limps through its art history but is just about salvaged by its endearingly goofy hero
The Breuer Building makes a minimalist foil for the Frick’s permanent collection – but Eve M. Kahn is rather glad the move is only temporary
In his heyday John Hassall was known as ‘the Poster King’ and his eyecatching ads could be seen on hoardings all over Britain