Venus' Mirror, (1873–77), Edward Burne-Jones.

How the Pre-Raphaelites reflected on the past

What did the Pre-Raphaelite painters see when they looked at the Old Masters – and how did they use what they saw?

19 Sep 2017
Untitled (Pink Torso) (1995), Rachel Whiteread. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian. © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: © Tate (Seraphina Neville and Marke Heathcote)

Rachel Whiteread’s conspicuous absences

The artist’s ongoing record of what was not there becomes more thought-provoking as time passes

18 Sep 2017

The collector who tried to reassemble the ancient world

Cassiano dal Pozzo’s paper museum, consisting of thousands of drawings, attempted to encapsulate the knowledge of his time

14 Sep 2017
Untitled (1900), artist unknown. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Getting to grips with China’s bewildering bapo paintings

The paintings might be puzzles but they deserve to be better known

11 Sep 2017
The Battle of Culloden, April 16, 1746, (1797), published by Laurie & Whittle, National Museums Scotland

The men who pretended to be kings – and the art they inspired

Paintings, jewellery, clothes, and weapons could all be used to show support for the Jacobite pretenders’ claims to the throne

9 Sep 2017
Letters from Bombay (2012-14), Howard Hodgkin. © Howard Hodgkin, Courtesy the artist and Gagosian

How India inspired Howard Hodgkin

‘Painting India’ at the Hepworth Wakefield includes many of the artist’s most engaging and joyful paintings

2 Sep 2017
Tropicália (1966–67), Hélio Oiticica: installation view at the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, 2017. Collection of César and Claudio Oiticica. Photo: Matt Casarella

Hélio Oiticica’s playful approach to protest

Don’t miss this celebration of the Brazilian artist’s brief but dazzling career

30 Aug 2017
May 16th, 1941 (1941), Grace Pailthorpe. © Artist's estate. Courtesy of Redfern Gallery, London

The other side of Surrealism

As male Surrealists depicted women as muses, sphinxes, and goddesses, women Surrealists sought to turn this imagery on its head

21 Aug 2017
Installation view of 'Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Bronzes from the 1980s' at Michael Werner Gallery, London, photo: courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, London and New York

Per Kirkeby’s triumph of form over substance

The Danish artist clearly takes great delight in the physical properties of paint (and bronze, too)

18 Aug 2017
Hugo Erfurth with Dog (1926), Otto Dix. © DACS 2017. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Staring at the zeitgeist

August Sander’s photographs and Otto Dix’s paintings take an unflinching look at Weimar Germany

17 Aug 2017
'Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction' (installation view; 2017), at the Barbican Centre. Photo: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

A sci-fi spectacular at the Barbican

This is an exhibition targeted at the senses more than the brain, more Star Wars than Stalker

11 Aug 2017
Scenes from the Lives of the Virgin and other Saints, (c. 1300-05), Giovanni da Rimini.

The rich artistic world of Giovanni da Rimini

Very few panel paintings by the Italian Trecento artist survive. Currently, all of them are at the National Gallery in London

10 Aug 2017
Installation view, 'Arthur Jafa: A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions', Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London.

Ways of seeing with Arthur Jafa

The acclaimed filmmaker insists we notice skin colour, and acknowledge the politics of its presence and presentations

9 Aug 2017

Royal portraits and realpolitik at the Society of Antiquaries

Don’t miss this rare chance to see a collection of medieval and Tudor portraits, relics, documents, and physical fragments

8 Aug 2017
Speak to the Earth and It Will Tell You, (2000–17), Jeremy Dellar, Photo: Henning Rogge; © Skulptur Projekte Münster

Münster turns its public spaces over to sculpture

This year’s Skulptur Projekte Münster shows that digital technology has transformed the public realm – but some artists are resisting

7 Aug 2017
autoportrait (2017), Luke Willis Thompson. Installation view at Chisenhale Gallery 2017. Commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery and produced in partnership with Create. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Andy Keate

Silence speaks volumes at Chisenhale Gallery

Luke Willis Thompson’s work with Diamond Reynolds is a powerful response to the shooting of Philando Castile

3 Aug 2017
Self-portrait (detail; 1914), Margaret Clarke. © Artist’s Estate. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland. Photographer: Roy Hewson

A hidden highlight at the National Gallery of Ireland

A small exhibition of Margaret Clarke’s work proves that the best shows aren’t always the blockbusters

2 Aug 2017
'Ties|Legami. Pietro Consagra and Ugo Mulas' at The Italian Cultural Institute

Sculpture in two dimensions

Pietro Consagra made sculptures with the camera in mind, and worked closely with photographer Ugo Mulas

1 Aug 2017

The visual side of Renaissance thought

Susanna Berger’s enquiry into philosophy and visual culture is full of original insight

31 Jul 2017

How Native Americans are reclaiming their history

This book is inevitably partial, but offers the best single account to date of repatriation claims in the US

29 Jul 2017
Adrián Villar Rojas, 'The Theater of Disappearance', National Observatory of Athens, Hill of the Nymphs.

Adrián Villar Rojas digs deep in Athens

The Argentinian artist has planted artefacts, sculptures and a fantastical garden in Athens

28 Jul 2017
A Turkish Woman by a Stream, (c. 1907), John Singer Sargent. Victoria and Albert Museum

Sargent’s great escape from society portraits

Freed from the limitations of his studio, Sargent’s sketches speak of the carefree existence of a gentleman of leisure

27 Jul 2017
Paimio armchair (1930), Alvar Aalto. Alvar Aalton Museum; photo: © Victoria and Albert Museum

Plywood: the V&A has nailed it

This thrilling exhibition reveals the glamour of an everyday material

26 Jul 2017
Two Women Sitting in a Garden (showing Charlotte Epton and Tirzah Garwood in the Brick House garden) (1932), Eric Ravilious. Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden

An outbreak of talent in Great Bardfield

Ravilious, Garwood, Bawden, Binyon… Why were so many artists drawn to a village in Essex?

24 Jul 2017