The Met’s display of 14 centuries of work from the longtime artistic centre of Japan gives plenty of pause for thought
The critic’s guide to creative living is full of joy – but how far can you get by following someone else’s rules?
The great painter of urban solitude was also a dab hand at empty expanses – from dunes and forests to the open road
The American artist fused Surrealism and Pop to create an eccentric – and highly erotic – style that was all his own
A ritzy new book brings to life the eclectic tastes and unbridled opulence of aristocratic families in late imperial Russia
What did it mean for a wildly successful artist to paint a black elevator operator in stuffy Boston society?
The Belgian Symbolist is at his spookiest and most original when he depicts reality
Displaced from his home in the Colombian Amazon, Abel Rodríguez draws on his memories to document its flora and fauna
Artists who had studios and homes specially built for them often wanted to create spaces that would boost their careers
How Van Eyck achieved his effects is still very hard to explain, but there’s no denying their power
The artist’s ‘The Death of Chatterton’ was one of the most popular paintings of the 19th century, but what else did he do?
In a career that lasted barely a decade, the American artist forged a distinctive – and highly personal – voice
An important survey of abstract Arab art throws up questions about the influences swirling around in the post-war period
A series of understated yet powerful works make clear that McQueen is as effective in the gallery as in the cinema
Caravaggio and Bernini are the headliners – but the Rijksmuseum’s show reveals the range of artists who adopted the baroque style
The French director’s film about an 18th-century painter and her muse is a visual feast
A survey of black artists from the American South reveals how oppression and inequality couldn’t crush their creativity
The creator of King Ubu and inventor of pataphysics was deeply attached to the art of the book
The emergency money issued by many German towns during the First World War featured a range of designs – including witches, devils and donkeys
A new biography reasserts the significance of the self-described ‘artist plantsman’ among his modern British peers
The artist’s feminist photomontages fill the galleries, while the house is now punctuated with her interventions – and the scent of potpourri
Vivian Suter’s paintings, on show at Camden Arts Centre, are marked by the elements of the rainforest where she works – as well as by her dogs’ paws
Long out of print, the cards have been reissued by Taschen. But what of the artistic merits of their designs?