Reviews

Up in Arms

The New-York Historical Society’s ‘The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution’ actually reveals a measured side to the legendary show

18 Nov 2013

Wellcome Questions

‘Foreign Bodies, Common Ground’ – the Wellcome Collection’s current exhibition – is refreshingly self-reflexive

18 Nov 2013

Lost Gold

The exhibits at ‘Beyond El Dorado’ are compelling not only for the myths associated with them, but for their idiosyncratic human appeal

14 Nov 2013

Spencer’s Tour

Stanley Spencer’s paintings from the Sandham Memorial Chapel – currently touring the UK – are among the most important artistic responses to the First World War

14 Nov 2013

Across the Pond

An exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery attempts to find a home for Whistler on the banks of the Thames

13 Nov 2013

Calling Time

‘The Show is Over’ at Gagosian Gallery, where painting’s elaborate deferrals of its death-scene extend like a multi-volume suicide note

12 Nov 2013

Under Scrutiny

Not every exhibition has to be a blockbuster: ‘The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure’ is a scholarly show, and all the better for it

11 Nov 2013

The Modern Way

‘California Design 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way’ has spent two years skirting the edges of the Pacific Ocean, and just landed in Brisbane

10 Nov 2013

Political Sympathy

The political context of Daumier’s work is important, but doesn’t need over-stating: the humour and compassion of his art speaks for itself

9 Nov 2013

Vexing Vienna

‘Facing the Modern’ at the National Gallery boasts masterful works from a turbulent period in Vienna’s history. It’s an exhausting display

5 Nov 2013

Absent Elizabeth

The queen’s portraits in ‘Elizabeth I & Her People’ are among the least interesting in the NPG’s revealing exhibition of Tudor art

4 Nov 2013

Dutch Details

Some extraordinary Dutch masterpieces from the Mauritshuis are spending the winter at the Frick Collection in New York

1 Nov 2013

A Matter of Taste

The Ecole des Beaux-arts – now controversially sponsored by Ralph Lauren – is at the centre of debates about the relationship between art and luxury in France

1 Nov 2013

A Surreal Touch

Blain|Di Donna’s exhibition of ‘Dada & Surrealist Objects’ in New York is a textural treat

31 Oct 2013

Romantic Reconstruction

Alan Sorrell’s neo-Romantic work is an antidote to today’s conceptual art, and perfectly suited to Sir John Soane’s Museum

30 Oct 2013

Tillyer’s True Nature

William Tillyer’s retrospective at mima, Middlesbrough is overdue. His vibrant paintings interrogate the local landscape and human nature

30 Oct 2013

Draughtsmen

Masculinity is having a moment. The Wallace Collection’s ‘The Male Nude’ follows the Musée d’Orsay’s lead and takes a closer look at men in art

29 Oct 2013

Lisbon Looks East

The Museu do Oriente in Lisbon looks at Portugal’s recent links with the East as well as its longer history in the region

29 Oct 2013

Sea View

‘Nelson, Navy, Nation’, a new gallery at the National Maritime Museum, is at its best when it challenges our relationship to its well-worn stories

28 Oct 2013

Photographer’s Bible

Philip-Lorca diCorcia strikes a serious note in ‘East of Eden’ at David Zwirner, London. His photographs have an uneasy eloquence

27 Oct 2013

Stabiles in Spoleto

Ronchini Gallery’s exhibition ‘Calder & Melotti’ hinges on the artist’s shared experiences in Spoleto, Italy – but the context is never fully explored

26 Oct 2013

Sex on Show

They were once kept under lock and key, and are still taboo in Japan, but both the British and Fitzwilliam Museums are celebrating shunga prints as art this autumn

23 Oct 2013

So Much Munch

The Munch Museum and National Museum in Oslo recently joined forces to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Munch’s birth

22 Oct 2013

No Alternative?

There are noble ideals (and some interesting artists) at work, but The Other Art Fair and Moniker’s crowded display doesn’t give the art a chance

21 Oct 2013