Reviews

Shooting an Elephant and The Leader (2018), Arin Rungjang.

Poetry and pessimism at the 12th Shanghai Biennale

Grand narratives of progress are undermined in a surprisingly understated edition of the Chinese biennial

10 Jan 2019
Portrait of a Woman (1888), William Merritt Chase. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford Connecticut

The modern painters who were mad about Frans Hals

Van Gogh, Whistler, Sargent and Manet were just some of the major artists who made pilgrimages to Haarlem to see Hals’s work

9 Jan 2019
Devi in the Form of Bhadrakali Adored by the Gods (detail; c. 1660–70), folio from a dispersed Tantric Devi series, attributed to the Master of the Early Rasamanjari

Close encounters with the gods in court paintings from north India

Painters at the Pahari courts found new ways to represent the Hindu gods in the 17th and 18th centuries

8 Jan 2019
The Book of Durrow (detail; f. 86r) (c. 700), probably Durrow, Co. Offaly, or Iona. Trinity College Dublin

The cosmopolitan art of Anglo-Saxon England

The British Library demonstrates that Anglo-Saxon culture looked to Europe and beyond

7 Jan 2019
Installation view of ‘Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts’ at MoMA PS1, New York, 2018.

The endless inventions of Bruce Nauman

Drawing, video, sculpture and performance – no medium is out of bounds for the titan of American art

4 Jan 2019

How Mantegna and Bellini reshaped the Renaissance

A thrilling survey of the two quattrocento masters highlights their many differences

21 Dec 2018
Tom Schilling as Kurt Barnert.

This film inspired by Gerhard Richter won’t tell you much about his art

Never Look Away is based on the life of the great German artist – but it doesn’t do justice to his work

18 Dec 2018
Chromosaturation (1965), Carlos Cruz-Diez. Installation view of the exhibition ‘Dynamo, A Century of Light and Motion in Art’ at the Grand Palais, Paris, 2013.

Kinetic art – a field that has always refused to stand still

From Calder to Kusama, modern and contemporary artists have created many different versions of kinetic art

17 Dec 2018

The impressive cultural achievements of China’s Qing empresses

New research shows that women in the Forbidden City had more influence on the arts than previously thought

13 Dec 2018
Interior with Mrs Mounter (1916–17), Harold Gilman.

Harold Gilman cuts a dash

In praise of the Camden Town painter’s bold brushwork and daring draughtsmanship

12 Dec 2018
Venus and Vulcan (c. 1545), Jacopo Tintoretto. Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Tintoretto’s drawings fizz with energy and invention at the Morgan

The 500th anniversary of the Venetian master’s birth prompts this celebration of his sprightly draughtsmanship

12 Dec 2018
Studies of the Nose and Mouth (c. 1622), Jusepe de Ribera.

The everyday cruelty of Ribera’s world

The baroque painter’s depictions of human suffering are extreme – but so was the violence of much early modern life

6 Dec 2018
Marilyn Diptych (1962), Andy Warhol. Tate, London.

New ways of seeing Andy Warhol

As an exhibition at the Whitney proves, there’s far more to the Pop art superstar than Marilyn and soup cans

4 Dec 2018
Young Tiger Playing with its Mother, (1830–31), Eugène Delacroix. Musée du Louvre.

Delacroix earns his stripes at the Met

A major show at the Met presents the Romantic painter in many different modes

1 Dec 2018

The comic strip genius of Charles M. Schulz

The man who invented Snoopy and the Peanuts gang revolutionised cartoons – both aesthetically and emotionally

28 Nov 2018
Installation view of ‘Luigi Valadier: Splendor in Eighteenth-Century Rome’ at the Frick Collection, New York, 2018. Pictured are the statues of the six saints from the High Altar of the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Nuova, Monreale, from c. 1773.

Variety and virtuosity – the objets d’art of Luigi Valadier

The 18th-century Roman polymath was commissioned to create luxury goods by popes, royalty and tourists alike

23 Nov 2018
Installation view of ‘Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel’ at the New Museum, New York, 2018.

The shock value of Sarah Lucas still hasn’t worn off

Lucas made her name as one of the more provocative YBAs. Two decades later, her work continues to surprise

22 Nov 2018
Portrait of Gertrude Jekyll (detail; 1910–11), Mary Swanzy. Private collection

Mary Swanzy – a modern Irish master?

The work of this accomplished painter has long been hiding in plain sight

21 Nov 2018
The Chocolate Girl (c. 1744), Jean-Étienne Liotard

How Liotard’s Chocolate Girl charmed the city of Dresden

The Venetian pastellist Rosalba Carriera once described the work as ‘the most beautiful pastel ever seen’

20 Nov 2018
Laus Veneris (1873–78), Edward Burne-Jones.

Understanding the enigma of Edward Burne-Jones

The Victorian artist’s otherworldly visions have long been misunderstood

17 Nov 2018
Alzata, Mario Bellini

How Mario Bellini is breathing new life into Venetian glass

In his experimental collaborations with the historic Venini factory, the artist reveals the true versatility of glass

16 Nov 2018
Three Angles (2018), El Anatsui. Installation view at the Carnegie Museum of Art for the 57th Carnegie International in 2018.

Around the globe at the Carnegie International

The 57th edition of the exhibition in Pittsburgh is a truly international affair

15 Nov 2018

Gerhard Munthe – a madcap medievalist in 19th-century Norway

The artist and designer sought to craft a distinct national style, but he also had much in common with the British

14 Nov 2018
Scavengers (1994), Paula Rego

Paula Rego paints a world of nightmares and secrets

Drawing on sources from Balzac to Disney, Rego’s pictures hint at narratives filled with mystery

14 Nov 2018