Reviews

Dining Room in the Country (detail; 1931), Pierre Bonnard. Minneapolis Institute of Art.

How Pierre Bonnard became carried away by colour

The more you look, the more mysterious the bright landscapes and paintings of his wife in the bath seem

16 Mar 2019
Spatial Concept (Concetto Spaziale) (1964-65), Lucio Fontana.

A chameleon who never lost his feeling for clay – Lucio Fontana at the Met

The Italian artist was a breathtakingly gifted ceramicist who flirted with too many other mediums

15 Mar 2019
The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven) (2011), David Hockney.

Nature boys – Hockney and Van Gogh in Amsterdam

Hockney has followed the Dutch painter’s lead in his intensely coloured responses to the call of the wild

7 Mar 2019
Battle of the Nudes (1470s), Antonio Pollaiuolo. The Albertina Museum, Vienna

Voluptuous Venuses and sexy Sebastians – the Renaissance nude at the RA

The rediscovery of classical art in Europe transformed depictions of the naked body

7 Mar 2019
The Poor Cat, (1832), Louis-Léopold Boilly. The Ramsbury Manor Foundation, photo: © The trustees of the Ramsbury Manor Foundation

The painter who took a prudent approach to the French Revolution

Louis-Léopold Boilly was a peculiarly adaptable painter in turbulent times

6 Mar 2019
The Circumcision (c. 1500), Giovanni Bellini. National Gallery, London

Part of the fabric – draped cloth and diaphanous veils in Renaissance art

How Italian painters and sculptors made clothing conceal and reveal the human form

1 Mar 2019
Black Windows (2006), Sargy Mann

In blindness, Sargy Mann found new ways to picture the world

After losing his sight, the British painter drew on touch, memory and imagination to continue his work

28 Feb 2019
New Art, New Markets

Mapping a new art world order

What are the key ingredients for success, and what role do Western traditions play, in emerging art scenes and markets?

27 Feb 2019
The Joyful Mysteries of Junior (video still detail; 2012), Georgina Starr.

Forty years on – the Site Gallery celebrates a significant birthday

The Sheffield gallery’s show of works by Susan Hiller, Georgina Starr and Elizabeth Price takes a reflective turn

26 Feb 2019
Visitation (c. 1520), Jacopo Carucci, known as Pontormo. Parish of San Michele Arcangelo in Carmignano.

Pontormo pays a visit to the Getty

The Florentine painter’s Visitation is at the centre of this small but spellbinding display

19 Feb 2019
The Island of Love and Fisherman’s Rest, Lequeu

Painstakingly perfect and utterly peculiar – the drawings of Jean-Jacques Lequeu

The French draughtsman’s fantasies seem as bizarre today as they did 200 years ago

18 Feb 2019
Monotype #19 (2018), Julie Mehretu.

Julie Mehretu makes her mark at Kettle’s Yard

A series of pared-back monotypes and drawings signals a new phase in the artist’s work

13 Feb 2019
The artist Gabriel von Max photographed in his atelier in 1892. The city of Mannheim acquired his collection of mummies in 1917.

Meet the mummies – cultural ambassadors from beyond the grave

There’s more to these sets of human remains than bandages, amulets and curses

13 Feb 2019
Jeff Koons with his sculpture Gazing Ball (Birdbath) (2013) at the Ashmolean, Oxford in 2019.

In his shiny surfaces, Jeff Koons reflects the vanity of our age

From ancient art to Old Masters, Koons’ engagement with history is only skin deep – and that’s the point

12 Feb 2019
Left: Vase (1884), decorated by Laura A. Fry, Rookwood Pottery. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Right: Vase (c. 1885–89), Hugh C. Robertson, Chelsea Keramic Art Works. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The art and craft of American pottery

American art ceramics haven’t received as much attention as they deserve, but a major gift to the Met is changing this

11 Feb 2019
The Royal Lion Hunt (detail), 645–640 BC, from the North Palace, Nineveh, Iraq. British Museum, London, Photo: © The Trustees of the British Museum

The Assyrian king who kept on killing lions

There were many ways to ward off danger in ancient Assyria – and some of them were carved into stone

9 Feb 2019
Zawe Ashton and Jake Gyllenhaal in Velvet Buzzsaw.

Art to die for? – Velvet Buzzsaw reviewed

Demonic forces make their presence felt in this horror film set in the art world

8 Feb 2019
Josef Albers: Life and Work by Charles Darwent

How Josef Albers created the modern art school as we know it

A new biography of the Bauhaus artist and teacher shows that his influence can still be felt today

6 Feb 2019
I Hope I'm Loud When I'm Dead (detail of still; 2018), Beatrice Gibson.

Paris, poets and a poodle – Beatrice Gibson at Camden Arts Centre, reviewed

Two new films pay tribute to avant-garde cultural figures, from Gertrude Stein to Pauline Oliveros

5 Feb 2019
Frontispiece and title page to Christina Rossetti, 'Goblin Market and Other Poems (1863), after Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Christina Rossetti among the Pre-Raphaelites

The Brotherhood loomed large in the poet’s life, but she was careful to carve out her own creative space

4 Feb 2019
Installation view of ‘Bill Viola/Michelangelo: Life Death Rebirth’ at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2019.

Pairing Michelangelo with Bill Viola does one of the artists no favours

The Royal Academy offers a rare chance to see some of Michelangelo’s best drawings, but Viola’s videos are something of a distraction

1 Feb 2019
Nose ornament (1st–7th century), Colombia. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Jewels that dazzle across time and space

From pre-Colombian ornaments to a McQueen bodysuit, the Met’s jewellery collection is a sight to behold

31 Jan 2019
Portrait of Marsilio Cassotti and his wife Faustina (1523), Lorenzo Lotto

The mysterious masterpieces of Lorenzo Lotto

The Venetian painter was overshadowed by Titian in his day, but his subtle portraits have a very modern appeal

30 Jan 2019
The Labyrinth by Saul Steinberg

The groundbreaking squiggles of Saul Steinberg

Le Corbusier once told the Romanian-American cartoonist that he drew ‘like a king’

29 Jan 2019