Still from the opposite The Opposite of Time (2017) by Andy Holden. 'Andy Holden & Peter Holden: Natural Selection' (2017), an Artangel commission. Photo: Marcus J. Leith

Why Andy Holden flew back to the nest

Artist Andy Holden has collaborated with his father, the ornithologist Peter Holden, on an Artangel project exploring our fascination with ‘home’

2 Nov 2017
Grand Boules (2009), Sheila Hicks. © Sheila Hicks. Courtesy of Alison Jacques Gallery, London

The woven wonders of Sheila Hicks

The artist’s textile works reveal the versatility and power of a medium that has been widely overlooked

31 Oct 2017

A history of conflict at the Institut du Monde Arabe

These responses to the tumultuous history of the Arab world contain a surprising amount of hope

27 Oct 2017
Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones, and Tints, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon in 1890 (1980), Paul Signac. Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, New York

MoMA’s collection highlights fail to shine in Paris

MoMA’s ‘greatest hits’ are superb, of course – but are they a little too familiar?

26 Oct 2017
Installation view of Triptych (1970–2015) at Spike Island in 2017, Installation view of Triptych (1970–2015) at Spike Island in 2017, courtesy the artist and Kukje Gallery

Kim Yong-Ik steps back into the spotlight

The Korean painter sabotaged his promising career in 1981, but things seem to be looking up for him again

26 Oct 2017
Caesar (c. 1908), Fabergé. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

Royal pets and Russian revolutionaries

Two exhibitions at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich demonstrate the gulf between royal and popular culture in the build-up to and aftermath of the 1917 revolution

24 Oct 2017
The Great Leveller (detail; 2010), Alexander James

Why are artists obsessed with death?

To devote an entire show and a book exclusively to artists’ images of death – and nothing else – seems profoundly odd

23 Oct 2017
Vincent (Robert Gulaczyk).

A moving picture of Vincent van Gogh

The new film ‘Loving Vincent’ has its mawkish moments, but its oil-painted imagery sets it apart

20 Oct 2017
Harbor Marina (Morning), Memphis, TN (2000), Alec Soth. © Magnum/Alec Soth. Image courtesy of Beetles+Huxley and Sean Kelly Gallery, NY

Taking notes with Alec Soth

Soth’s photographs in ‘Sleeping by the Mississippi’ are beautiful and intriguing, but the stories behind them bring them to life

17 Oct 2017
The print sller (detail; 1675–96), Jan van Somer. Photo © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The art market in the Forum

A new exhibition at the Bucerius Art Forum in Hamburg looks at how the market for art changed in 17th-century Holland

16 Oct 2017

How the French Rothschilds turned their private passions into public gifts

A monumental new study argues that ‘the patronage of the French Rothschild family is a European history of taste’

14 Oct 2017
Tate St Ives by Jamie Fobert Architects. Photo © Hufton+Crow

The international mission of Tate’s Cornish outpost

Tate St Ives reopens to the public this autumn following the completion of a major expansion

13 Oct 2017
Mattias Härenstam, Lorck Schive Kunstpris 2017. Photo: TKM/ Susann Jamtøy

Norway’s top art prize brings the focus back home

The four artists shortlisted for this year’s Lorck Schive Kunstpris all find ways of challenging local artistic traditions

11 Oct 2017
Pamela and Mr B. in the Summer House, by Joseph Highmore, Joseph Higmore, The Fitzwilliam Museum.

The Foundling Museum brings Joseph Highmore out of the shadows

Joseph Highmore’s morality tales are just as engaging as those of his contemporary William Hogarth

10 Oct 2017
Art Is (Girlfriends Times Two) (1983/2009), Lorraine O'Grady. Courtesy the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York; © Lorraine O'Grady

Debates in America had a powerful impact on black British artists

‘Soul of a Nation’ is the most significant contribution to debates around black art to date

7 Oct 2017

Thomas Gainsborough, the good-time guy

James Hamilton’s biography of Thomas Gainsborough presents the painter as a lad about town

6 Oct 2017
Image courtesy Four Corners Books

Ever seen an eyeball card? How about a UFO?

A new book series explores the strange subcultures of post-war Britain, from CB radio enthusiasts to alien investigators

6 Oct 2017
The Theatre Box, (detail; 1910), Oswald Birley. Private collection

Oswald Birley’s society portraits should have a wider public

The portraitist was highly sought after in his heyday, but his reputation has languished in recent years

6 Oct 2017
Still Life with Seashell on Black Marble (1940), Henri Matisse. Photo © Archives H. Matisse © Succession H. Matisse/DACS 2017

The stuff of art: objects from Matisse’s studio

The objects in Matisse’s collection shaped his revolutionary aesthetic, and inspired him to push beyond the boundaries of the European tradition

4 Oct 2017

Space exploration with Lucio Fontana

Eleven of Lucio Fontana’s ‘Spatial Environments’ have been meticulously recreated in Milan – and the effects are extraordinary

3 Oct 2017
'The Disasters of Everyday Life', installation view at Blain|Southern, 2017. Courtesy the artists and Blain|Southern. Photo: Peter Mallet

The new Chapman brothers show is delightful and disturbing – and you need to see it

Featuring Goya, teddy bears and suicide vests, ‘The Disasters of Everyday Life’ is puerile, provocative, and superb

2 Oct 2017
Lubaina Himid's work at the Turner Prize 2017 exhibition in Hull. Apollo magazine.

A quiet but powerful Turner Prize

The four artists shortlisted this year tackle ideas about rootlessness and belonging in a series of understated works

28 Sep 2017
Exposition of Moses (1654), Nicholas Poussin. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Cataloguing the Ashmolean’s baroque paintings is no mean feat

The Oxford museum’s lavish new publication is a triumph of scholarship

27 Sep 2017

Urs Fischer’s bonfire of the vanities in Florence

Two wax sculptures of art impresarios were ceremonially lit today in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria

22 Sep 2017