Reviews

Hochwasser (2006), Norbert Schwontkowski.

Feast of burden – the uneasy paintings of Norbert Schwontkowski

The artist’s murkily atmospheric works convey a deep sense of anxiety with a wry touch

14 Jan 2020
Mound Two at Sutton Hoo.

What’s new at Sutton Hoo?

The archaeological site’s redeveloped exhibition spaces aim to offer a window on to the early Anglo-Saxon world

13 Jan 2020
View of the garden of the Fondation Carter – Theatrum Botanicum by Lothar Baumgarten. Photo: Luc Boegly

The art galleries branching out – with shows about trees

At the Fondation Cartier and soon at the Hayward Gallery, art really does grow on trees

8 Jan 2020
The Pazzi Conspiracy (Lorenzo de’ Medici) (1478), Bertoldo di Giovanni (obverse on left from Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Glorence; reverse on right, promised gift to the Frick Collection, New York)

The sculptor who found favour with Lorenzo de’ Medici – Bertoldo di Giovanni at the Frick, reviewed

He is best known as the pupil of Donatello and teacher of Michelangelo, but the Florentine sculptor has more than enough accomplishments of his own

4 Jan 2020
Horse Devoured by a Lion (exhibited 1763), George Stubbs. Tate, London

Animal instinct – George Stubbs at MK Gallery, reviewed

The painter’s forensic study of his subjects allowed him to portray them with a startling emotional depth

3 Jan 2020
Installation view of Rainforest V (variation I) (1973–2015) by David Tudor in the Marie-Josée and Harry Kravis Studio, a new space for performance, sound and moving-image work at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Has MoMA brought modernism up to date?

Man (as represented by white men) is no longer the measure of all things at the headquarters of modern art

23 Dec 2019
Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton (1573–1624) (detail; c. 1593–97), unknown artist.

Reign makers – Roy Strong’s guide to Elizabethan portraits, reviewed

This authoritative survey gives some of the most familiar works of English art a new lease of life

16 Dec 2019
Demi-lune sideboard (c. 1902–05), Ernest Gimson. Marchmont House, Duns.

Practical magic – the Arts and Crafts designs of Ernest Gimson

A new biography shows how thoroughly the designer’s life and work were intertwined

14 Dec 2019
George Herriman’s Krazy Kat, a detail of the Sunday page from 6 March 1938

George Herriman’s Krazy Kat – revisiting an abstruse but charming comic strip

The story of a simple-minded cat and his animal neighbours was never widely popular – but it counted E.E. Cummings and De Kooning among its fans

11 Dec 2019
Woman with a Child in a Pantry (detail; c. 1656–60), Pieter de Hooch. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

A Delft touch – the intricate patterns of Pieter de Hooch

The Dutch painter’s courtyard and interior scenes reveal his fascination with frames, grids and lines

10 Dec 2019

Mane attraction – the star quality of Susan Sontag

For all her flaws – and love of the limelight – Sontag’s commitment to seriousness feels more necessary than ever

4 Dec 2019
Self-portrait (c. 1865), James Tissot. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

From the high life to the Life of Christ – James Tissot’s path to piety

On his 50th birthday the society painter set off for the Holy Land, experiencing something of a conversion

3 Dec 2019

Van Dyck, the artist’s artist

An exhibition in Munich explores the less familiar aspects of the portraitist’s work, including the support he gave to his peers

2 Dec 2019

Disciplinary action – ‘A History of Art History’ by Christopher S. Wood, reviewed

This wide-ranging and original study gives art historians much to think and argue about

30 Nov 2019
Susanna and the Elders (detail; 1866), Franz Xaver Winterhalter. Frye Art Museum, Seattle.

Women looking at men looking at them – at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle

Paintings from the museum’s founding collection show the unsettling ways in which men have often represented women

29 Nov 2019
Heartland (1985), Miriam Schapiro. Orlando Museum of Art.

Pattern and Decoration – the movement that made a leitmotif of light motif

Embracing polka dot, patchwork and plenty of colour, P&D artists set out to challenge the norms of good taste

28 Nov 2019
The Supper at Emmaus (detail; c. 1628), Rembrandt van Rijn.

How Rembrandt made great strides in his home town

Child prodigy he was not – but works from the painter’s youth in Leiden show that he soon made up for lost time

14 Nov 2019
Charlotte Perriand on the ‘chaise longue basculante, B306’ designed by Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier in c. 1928.

Style guide – how Charlotte Perriand designed the modern world

The multi-talented French architect and designer worked at the cutting edge of modernism

14 Nov 2019
Epigram of a globe showing the Americas, with vignettes of Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci, from America, vol. IV.

American scheme – Theodore de Bry’s sensational approach to the New World

The engraver’s visions of a continent he never saw were designed to appeal to the European imagination

13 Nov 2019
Installation view of ‘Henrike Naumann: Das Reich’ at Belvedere 21, Vienna, 2019.

Fascism and furniture – the dystopian spaces of Henrike Naumann

Naumann’s new installation imagines an alternate past in which the German Reich was re-established after the fall of the Berlin Wall

11 Nov 2019
Stefan Adegbola as Poggio di Chiusi, Hiran Abeysekera as Leonardo da Vinci, and Dickie Beau as Sandro Botticelli in Botticelli in the Fire at Hampstead Theatre, London, 2019.

Friars and bonfires in Renaissance Florence – Botticelli in the Fire, reviewed

What prompted Botticelli to become a follower of Savonarola? Jordan Tannahill’s arresting play casts historical accuracy aside in the quest for answers

6 Nov 2019
Driving the World to Destruction (1983), from the Powerplay series (1983–87), Judy Chicago.

Paper work – the British Museum shows off its collection of contemporary drawings

A selection of studies and sketches shows how the definition of drawing has happily ballooned in recent decades

4 Nov 2019
Chansonette (1928), Erna Schmidt-Caroll.

Club scenes – the art of the cabaret at the Barbican

In cities across the world, the cultural avant-garde has often hunkered down – and expressed itself – in nightclubs and bars

1 Nov 2019
Self-portrait (detail; 1957), Victor Willing.

The visionary art of Victor Willing deserves to be better known

A substantial survey at Hastings Contemporary is a rare chance to encounter the British painter’s concise, enigmatic images

29 Oct 2019