Reviews

Head, (2006), Jimmie Durham

The defiant jokes of Jimmie Durham

The artist continues to confound expectations in this display of wit at the Whitney

28 Nov 2017
Eagle Owl, Edward Lear.

The many moods of Edward Lear

Jenny Uglow’s biography brings the writer and artist’s love of contradictions to the fore

24 Nov 2017
Between the Clock and the Bed (1981), Jasper Johns.

The rich repetitions of Jasper Johns

The Royal Academy’s Jasper Johns show captures the complexities of his deceptively simple art

23 Nov 2017
Mme Monet et son fils Jean dans le jardin à Argenteuil

Reconstructing Monet’s private collection

Monet’s hidden art collection goes public in an ambitious exhibition at the Musée Marmottan

22 Nov 2017
The Bachelor’s Ashtray I (1972), Alina Szapocznikow. © ADAGP, Paris 2017. Courtesy The Estate of Alina Szapocznikow / Piotr Stanislawski / Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris. Photo: Fabrice Gousset

The unnerving brilliance of Alina Szapocznikow

The Polish artist’s powerful work is finally being accorded the attention it deserves. Don’t miss the chance to see it in the UK

21 Nov 2017
5000 Feet is the Best (2011), Omer Fast.

There’s more to say about art since 9/11

The Imperial War Museum’s ‘Age of Terror’ exhibition is important, but fails to ask some key questions

20 Nov 2017
Portrait of Madame Marie Hubbard (1874), Berthe Morisot (1841–95) © Ordrupgaard Collection, Copenhagen.

The Danish collector with a passion for French painting

Wilhelm Hansen amassed his impressive collection, now showing at the Musée Jacquemart-André, in only two years

17 Nov 2017
River God (c. 1526–27), Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564). Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, Florence

‘An age riven with contradictory impulses’

The Palazzo Strozzi makes the most of the tensions that fuelled the cinquecento’s creative energy

15 Nov 2017
Portrait of John G. Johnson (1917), Conrad F. Haeseler. Philadelphia Museum of Art, gift of Miss Julia W. Frick and Sidney W. Frick

Rediscovering a priceless collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

A century after it was left to the city of Philadelphia, John G. Johnson’s art collection continues to surprise

13 Nov 2017
Manifesto by Julian Rosefeldt (starring Cate Blanchett)

A moving medley of manifestos

Julian Rosefeldt’s new film looks again at the emotionally charged, political, performative texts that have shaped the course of culture

13 Nov 2017

The medieval marvels in Durham Cathedral’s kitchen

Among the treasures of St Cuthbert in Durham are several of the most remarkable medieval objects to be seen anywhere

11 Nov 2017
Self-Portrait (detail; c. 1650–55), Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. © The Frick Collection

Face to face with Murillo at the Frick

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s rare and inventive portraits are on display in New York after a major research and conservation project

9 Nov 2017
Odalisque in Grisaille (c. 1824–34), Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and workshop. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource / Scala, Florence

The artists who gave up colour

Artists throughout the ages have painted in black and white or monochrome. What is the appeal of art without colour?

8 Nov 2017

Keith Vaughan’s private drawings are full of hidden longing

These erotic fantasies reveal how painfully separate the artist kept his private and public lives

4 Nov 2017
Returning to the Trenches (1916), C.R.W. Nevinson.

The art of war at the Met

This exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art tries to register the gap between pre-war assumptions and the First World War’s brutal reality

3 Nov 2017
Still from the opposite The Opposite of Time (2017) by Andy Holden. 'Andy Holden & Peter Holden: Natural Selection' (2017), an Artangel commission. Photo: Marcus J. Leith

Why Andy Holden flew back to the nest

Artist Andy Holden has collaborated with his father, the ornithologist Peter Holden, on an Artangel project exploring our fascination with ‘home’

2 Nov 2017
Grand Boules (2009), Sheila Hicks. © Sheila Hicks. Courtesy of Alison Jacques Gallery, London

The woven wonders of Sheila Hicks

The artist’s textile works reveal the versatility and power of a medium that has been widely overlooked

31 Oct 2017

A history of conflict at the Institut du Monde Arabe

These responses to the tumultuous history of the Arab world contain a surprising amount of hope

27 Oct 2017
Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones, and Tints, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon in 1890 (1980), Paul Signac. Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, New York

MoMA’s collection highlights fail to shine in Paris

MoMA’s ‘greatest hits’ are superb, of course – but are they a little too familiar?

26 Oct 2017
Installation view of Triptych (1970–2015) at Spike Island in 2017, Installation view of Triptych (1970–2015) at Spike Island in 2017, courtesy the artist and Kukje Gallery

Kim Yong-Ik steps back into the spotlight

The Korean painter sabotaged his promising career in 1981, but things seem to be looking up for him again

26 Oct 2017
Caesar (c. 1908), Fabergé. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

Royal pets and Russian revolutionaries

Two exhibitions at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich demonstrate the gulf between royal and popular culture in the build-up to and aftermath of the 1917 revolution

24 Oct 2017
The Great Leveller (detail; 2010), Alexander James

Why are artists obsessed with death?

To devote an entire show and a book exclusively to artists’ images of death – and nothing else – seems profoundly odd

23 Oct 2017
Vincent (Robert Gulaczyk).

A moving picture of Vincent van Gogh

The new film ‘Loving Vincent’ has its mawkish moments, but its oil-painted imagery sets it apart

20 Oct 2017
Harbor Marina (Morning), Memphis, TN (2000), Alec Soth. © Magnum/Alec Soth. Image courtesy of Beetles+Huxley and Sean Kelly Gallery, NY

Taking notes with Alec Soth

Soth’s photographs in ‘Sleeping by the Mississippi’ are beautiful and intriguing, but the stories behind them bring them to life

17 Oct 2017