Reviews

Idriss, (2012), Mary Heilman. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth, Zurich and 303 Gallery, New York, © Mary Heilman

An alternative history of abstract art

A survey of works by women painters makes for an enthralling display, but is the gender of the artists the most important factor?

25 May 2018
Detail of the Glaubensschild (Shield of Faith), (1842–47), designed by Friedrich August Stüler, Peter von Cornelius and Alexis-Étienne Julienne, Royal Collection Trust, Photo: Royal Collection Trust/© HM Queen Elizabeth II 2018

European silver is the ideal gift for the British monarch who has everything

The work of the Continent’s finest silversmiths can be found in the Royal Collection

24 May 2018
Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the 8th Ammendment. Photo: Alison Laredo

Power, protest and progress at this year’s EVA International

Seán Keating’s paintings of the Shannon Hydro-electric Scheme set the stage for a probing exploration of Ireland’s national identity

23 May 2018
The Painting Table (1954), Jane Freilicher.

How Jane Freilicher found beauty in the everyday

Freilicher’s paintings are full of flowers, self-portraits and interiors – and manage to be traditional and radical at the same time

23 May 2018
Brian O’Doherty with ’Rope Drawing #128: Flipped Corner (Green/Blue)’ (2017) at IMMA, Dublin, 2018.

Brian O’Doherty gets his due in Dublin

The 90-year-old polymath’s artistic output is being celebrated in his native Ireland

17 May 2018

John Ruskin’s visions of Venice

Drawings and daguerreotypes on view at the Ducal Palace reveal the variety of Ruskin’s engagement with Venice

11 May 2018
The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin (detail; 1424–34), Fra Angelico. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.

‘Few painters in Renaissance Italy used gold to such dazzling effect’

Four reliquaries by Fra Angelico have been reunited for the first time since the 19th century

10 May 2018
Head of the Undersecretary (detail; 2000), Ibrahim El-Salahi.

The calligraphic lines of Ibrahim El-Salahi

The Sudanese artist’s singular vision is equally inspired by African and European culture

8 May 2018
Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, Mary Cassatt

How Mary Cassatt created a school of her own

The American Impressionist’s singular body of work is as hard to classify as ever

7 May 2018
Installation view of a work by John Russell, part of 'Cellular World' at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow International Festival 2018, photo: © Alan Dimmick

Glasgow International plays tricks on the city

Scotland’s most ambitious biennial sets out to disorient – and largely succeeds

4 May 2018
La Vachalcade, Fernand Pelez

Picturing poverty in the 19th century

In her final book Linda Nochlin makes a case for painting that looks poverty in the eye

27 Apr 2018
'Water', Charles Sheeler

The making of modern America

Masterpieces of American modernism cross the pond for the very first time

27 Apr 2018
She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene, Danh Vo

The weight of history in Danh Vo’s readymades

Vo’s conceptual work serves as a reminder of the personal and political meanings carried by the objects around us

26 Apr 2018

How the body became political for the women of Latin American art

In the turbulent decades of the 1960s to ’80s, female artists found creative ways to resist and transform the status quo

26 Apr 2018
The Paston Treasure (c. 1663), unknown artist (Dutch School). Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, UK.

The mystery of The Paston Treasure painting

Who was the artist commissioned to record the Paston family’s collection – and what was the purpose of the painting?

20 Apr 2018

Solving the mystery of the Silver Caesars

A mysterious set of Renaissance silverware has been reunited for the first time in centuries

17 Apr 2018
Landscape (1943), Roberto Burle Marx, Brighton and Hove Museums and Art Galleries

The Brazilian paintings that made a splash in wartime Britain

The recreation of an exhibition of Brazilian modernism during the Second World War is a remarkable feat

13 Apr 2018
Installation view of ‘Richard Serra: Rifts’ at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, 2018.

On reading the Rifts of Richard Serra

The artist’s monumental drawings challenge the viewer to discover unexpected details in their pitch-black surfaces

11 Apr 2018
Installation view of ‘Post Zang Tumb Tuum. Art Life Politics: Italia 1918–1943’ at the Fondazione Prada, Milan, 2018.

Displays of power in Italian art under Fascism

The relationship between Italian art and politics reconsidered through restaged exhibitions from the Fascist era

9 Apr 2018

Light exposure

Kate Flint’s history of flash photography highlights the uses of a technology many practitioners have mixed feelings about

3 Apr 2018
Lamentation over the Dead Christ (c. 1490/95), Sandro Botticelli.

Florentine painting in full colour

This catalogue of Florentine works in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich sets a new standard

2 Apr 2018
Almond Blossom, (1890), Vincent Van Gogh, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

How Van Gogh imagined Japan

The artist’s collection of Japanese prints gave him a new way of seeing the world

30 Mar 2018
The Titanic in dry dock

A first-class voyage through the golden age of ocean liners

Luxury, glamour and romance abound in the V&A’s celebration of the heyday of sea travel

27 Mar 2018
Prisoner Pair (2008), Tacita Dean.

Tacita Dean’s meditations on a medium

Two shows in London reaffirm the artist’s intense dedication to film and the moving image

24 Mar 2018