Reviews

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

Multiple Choice

With some excellent editions and a spacious layout, Multiplied at Christie’s South Kensington is a welcome respite from a frenetic week

20 Oct 2013

Note PAD

PAD London continues to diversify, and there’s plenty to tempt visitors during this busiest of weeks

19 Oct 2013

Darkness Visible

‘Paul Klee: Making Visible’ at Tate Modern is rigorous but incurably serious – is it the right setting for such complex and colourful work?

18 Oct 2013

Art on the Mind

‘Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800 to the Present’ at the Freud Museum is powerfully unsettling

17 Oct 2013

Catalogue Photography

Dayanita Singh’s exhibition at the Hayward Gallery is curious curatorial blend: archive, library and gallery combined

16 Oct 2013

The Stuff of Dreams

‘The Renaissance and Dream’ at the Musée du Luxembourg is nothing short of miraculous

14 Oct 2013

S is for Spin-Off

Damien Hirst’s ABC book is cynical and culturally pointless, but it might just make a valuable impression regardless

14 Oct 2013

Frida y…

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera make awkward companions at a nonetheless important Paris exhibition

10 Oct 2013