Super Cooper

Samuel Cooper famously painted Oliver Cromwell ‘warts and all’. It’s worth getting up close to his superb miniatures at Philip Mould’s gallery

29 Nov 2013

Open Book

The recent two-day symposium, ‘Art, Poetry and the Making of the Book’, brought together three veterans of British book-art with some new tricks

28 Nov 2013

Do Come In

‘Immersive’ artwork such as Elmgreen & Dragset’s ‘Tomorrow’ at the V&A is touted as the 21st century’s spin on a gesamtkunstwerk, but has the hyperreal already become familiar?

26 Nov 2013

Only Connect

His work at the Royal Academy strives for poetic significance, but does Bill Woodrow offer anything new?

22 Nov 2013


‘Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix’ at the Jewish Museum in New York celebrates the extraordinary breadth and variety of the comic artist’s career

21 Nov 2013

Community of Risk

‘Uproar!’ From the creation of Eve to the kitchen sink, Ben Uri gallery celebrates the first 50 years of the London Group

19 Nov 2013

Up in Arms

The New-York Historical Society’s ‘The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution’ actually reveals a measured side to the legendary show

18 Nov 2013

Wellcome Questions

‘Foreign Bodies, Common Ground’ – the Wellcome Collection’s current exhibition – is refreshingly self-reflexive

18 Nov 2013

Lost Gold

The exhibits at ‘Beyond El Dorado’ are compelling not only for the myths associated with them, but for their idiosyncratic human appeal

14 Nov 2013

Spencer’s Tour

Stanley Spencer’s paintings from the Sandham Memorial Chapel – currently touring the UK – are among the most important artistic responses to the First World War

14 Nov 2013

Across the Pond

An exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery attempts to find a home for Whistler on the banks of the Thames

13 Nov 2013

Calling Time

‘The Show is Over’ at Gagosian Gallery, where painting’s elaborate deferrals of its death-scene extend like a multi-volume suicide note

12 Nov 2013

Under Scrutiny

Not every exhibition has to be a blockbuster: ‘The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure’ is a scholarly show, and all the better for it

11 Nov 2013

The Modern Way

‘California Design 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way’ has spent two years skirting the edges of the Pacific Ocean, and just landed in Brisbane

10 Nov 2013

Political Sympathy – Daumier at the Royal Academy

The political context of Daumier’s work is important, but doesn’t need over-stating: the humour and compassion of his art speaks for itself

9 Nov 2013

Vexing Vienna

‘Facing the Modern’ at the National Gallery boasts masterful works from a turbulent period in Vienna’s history. It’s an exhausting display

5 Nov 2013

Absent Elizabeth

The queen’s portraits in ‘Elizabeth I & Her People’ are among the least interesting in the NPG’s revealing exhibition of Tudor art

4 Nov 2013

Dutch Details

Some extraordinary Dutch masterpieces from the Mauritshuis are spending the winter at the Frick Collection in New York

1 Nov 2013

A Matter of Taste

The Ecole des Beaux-arts – now controversially sponsored by Ralph Lauren – is at the centre of debates about the relationship between art and luxury in France

1 Nov 2013

A Surreal Touch

Blain|Di Donna’s exhibition of ‘Dada & Surrealist Objects’ in New York is a textural treat

31 Oct 2013

Romantic Reconstruction

Alan Sorrell’s neo-Romantic work is an antidote to today’s conceptual art, and perfectly suited to Sir John Soane’s Museum

30 Oct 2013

Tillyer’s True Nature

William Tillyer’s retrospective at mima, Middlesbrough is overdue. His vibrant paintings interrogate the local landscape and human nature

30 Oct 2013


Masculinity is having a moment. The Wallace Collection’s ‘The Male Nude’ follows the Musée d’Orsay’s lead and takes a closer look at men in art

29 Oct 2013

Lisbon Looks East

The Museu do Oriente in Lisbon looks at Portugal’s recent links with the East as well as its longer history in the region

29 Oct 2013