Reviews

James Rosenquist in his studio with source materials, 1966

The art of advertising

A museum retrospective charts James Rosenquist’s journey from billboard painter to Pop art pioneer

18 Jan 2018
Pose Work for Sisters (detail; 2016), Jacqueline Donachie. Courtesy of the artist and Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow

A guide to urban living

In her mid-career survey, Jacqueline Donachie explores the hidden cruelties of the urban environment

11 Jan 2018
Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs (1864), Frederic William Burton. National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

The man who made Ireland’s favourite painting

Frederic William Burton’s sentimental watercolour scenes reflect the taste of a bygone era

10 Jan 2018

The dividing lines of Otobong Nkanga

For her first solo exhibition in Ireland, Otobong Nkanga complicates easy distinctions between the natural and the industrial

10 Jan 2018

The remarkable legacy of Johan Maelwael

This superbly curated exhibition transforms our understanding of medieval art history

6 Jan 2018
Bunker 2 (detail; 2017), Doug Ashford. Still from digital film. Courtesy the artist and Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam

The battle for Picasso’s mind

An exhibition in Berlin explores how both sides in the Cold War tried to turn artists into ideological weapons

3 Jan 2018
Round bowl, mid 1st century AD, Ennion, Roman, eastern Mediterranean, possibly Syrian, Yale University Art Gallery

The enduring appeal of ancient glass

Many of the methods invented by Roman glassmakers are still in use today

20 Dec 2017
‘Luciano Fabro'. Installation view at Simon Lee Gallery, London, 2017, Photo: Todd White Art Photography; the Archivio Luciano e Carla Fabro and Simon Lee Gallery

A potted guide to Luciano Fabro

The works of the Arte Povera artist playfully resist our expectations of what sculpture should be

19 Dec 2017
'Come Fresh Hell or Fresh Hell Water', installation view at Blain|Southern, London, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Blain|Southern. Photo: Richard Eaton

The slippery charms of Sophie Jung

The artist’s weird, witty sculptures refuse to let us fix their meaning

19 Dec 2017
Concrétion humaine oder Coquille se dénouant (1936), Jean (Hans) Arp. Kunstmuseum Winterthur. © Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, Zürich

Crossing borders at Turner Contemporary

The word-objects of Jean (Hans) Arp are a reminder of how powerful hybrid forms can be

18 Dec 2017
Gold belt plaque with a vulture mauling a yak and a tiger, (4th–2nd century BC), southern Siberia, State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Photo: V. Terebinin; © The State Hermitage Museum

Stepping out in style with the Scythians

These Siberian nomads were consummate survivors – and highly sophisticated craftsmen

16 Dec 2017

The hidden bones of buildings

Monika Sosnowska’s sculptures reflect on the architecture of post-war Eastern Europe

14 Dec 2017
Girl Behind a Screen (detail; 1952), Leonard Rosoman.

The layered life of Leonard Rosoman

A fine, detailed biography convinces us to take another look at the oft-neglected British artist

14 Dec 2017
Sir Joseph Banks, (detail) (1771–73), Sir Joshua Reynolds, National Portrait Gallery, London

‘My grand tour shall be one round the whole globe’

Joseph Banks’ plant specimens from Captain Cook’s first voyage are still of the greatest scientific importance

13 Dec 2017
'Leonor Antunes: the frisson of the togetherness', installation view at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. Photo: Nick Ash

History lessons with Leonor Antunes

A new site-specific work at the Whitechapel reminds us of overlooked women artists

13 Dec 2017
'Hollywood Africans', detail, 1983, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Whitney Museum of American Art

The myth of Basquiat threatens to eclipse his art

The Barbican survey’s biographical focus detracts from the fervent energy of the paintings themselves

12 Dec 2017
Sir Hans Sloane, Bt, 1736, Stephen Slaughter. National Portrait Gallery, London

The private collector who made the British Museum

A new biography of physician-collector Hans Sloane portrays a flawed yet fascinating man

11 Dec 2017
An die Musik, Ragnar Kjartansson

The addictive art of Ragnar Kjartansson

How a seven-hour performance of only ten lyrical lines entranced its audience at the London Contemporary Music Festival

6 Dec 2017

Medardo Rosso: the first modern sculptor

A convincing case is made for the Italian artist’s ambitions, and the need to bring a wider audience to his work

6 Dec 2017
Autumn Arrival, (n.d.), Giorgio de Chirico, Estorick Collection

Reading the riddles of Giorgio de Chirico

Considering the artist’s writing gives us invaluable new ways in which to see his painting

4 Dec 2017

The power and personality of Prince

An exhibition at the O2 in London is as carefully stage managed as anything Prince put on during his lifetime

4 Dec 2017

Florine Stettheimer’s dreamy Jazz Age scenes

The stylish New York salonnière makes her Canadian debut in this enjoyable survey of her paintings

1 Dec 2017

Divine mysteries at Asia House

On its 700th anniversary, Sufi treatise ‘The Garden of Mystery’ continues to inspire today’s Iranian artists

30 Nov 2017
Underground 05 (Tournai’) (detail; 2017), Edith Dekyndt.

The art of slowing down

An exhibition in Glasgow turns our attention towards the ways in which we interact with objects

29 Nov 2017