Reviews

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