Reviews

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