Reviews

The Debutante (detail; 1807), Henry Fuseli.

The fetishistic side of Henry Fuseli

The artist’s drawings of women are a testament to his private proclivities. It’s no wonder he never put them on public display

4 Nov 2022
Punto a fogliamo (leafpoint) lace reworked as a collar

On point – the wearing of lace has always been tied up with social status

Lace-making is an exacting craft – and who gets to wear the results is an equally delicate matter

31 Oct 2022

The uncanny resonance of Hannah Starkey’s portraits

The photographer refers to all the women she photographs as icons, but it is in her home town of Belfast where her subjects truly come alive

28 Oct 2022
Hammock Helen Saunders

The Vorticist who was nearly painted out of history

Helen Saunders was briefly at the forefront of British modernism – before she was cancelled by Wyndham Lewis

27 Oct 2022

The Lithuanian painter who thought art could move heaven and earth

A survey of paintings by M.K. Čiurlionis at the Dulwich makes plain why the artist is heralded in his home country as a visionary

27 Oct 2022
The Empress Eugénie (detail).

Committed to memory – how the Empress Eugénie kept the spirit of the Second Empire alive

Exiled in England, Napoleon III’s widow made sure that for as long she lived there was a corner of Hampshire that was forever France

24 Oct 2022

Wolfgang Tillmans has the time of his life at MoMA

The photographer’s seething retrospective at MoMA captures what it was like to be young and carefree after the fall of the Berlin Wall

24 Oct 2022
Andrea Odoni (1527), Lorenzo Lotto. Royal Collection Trust.

Lorenzo Lotto finds a winning streak

Long undervalued in comparison to his peers, the Renaissance painter now has the critical esteem he deserves in the form of a fine catalogue

24 Oct 2022

The forgotten British modernist who hid her paintings under a bed

A new book does justice to the life and work of the little-known artist Suzanne Cooper

24 Oct 2022
De como não foi ministro d’estado (film still; 2012), William Kentridge.

The instant appeal of William Kentridge’s slow art

A journey through four decades of the South African artist’s works reveals the steady evolution of his talent

24 Oct 2022
Heather Phillipson Turner Prize

The Turner Prize plays it safe this year

The four nominees for this year’s prize are presenting their biggest, brightest work but not all of it is saying very much

20 Oct 2022
Jusepe de Ribera

Wilton House may be famous for its sculpture, but its paintings are just as worthwhile

The paintings acquired by the earls of Pembroke over several generations now have the catalogue they deserve

20 Oct 2022
Camille Lenain

How to be queer in the Arab world

Artists from across North Africa and the Middle East are expressing themselves in a sprawling show at the Institut du Monde Arabe

16 Oct 2022
La Condition Humaine (detail; 1935), René Magritte.

At Nottingham Contemporary, caves really are the rocks of ages

A show about caves and the artists who have been inspired by them goes deep underground and incredibly far back in time

30 Sep 2022
Sabine Weiss

Unmasked emotion – the photographer who saw beneath the surface

Working across photojournalism, fashion photography and portraiture, Sabine Weiss captured her subjects with curiosity and emotion

28 Sep 2022
Presence and Absence Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovic goes missing in Oxford

The performance artist is absent from her latest show, instead getting visitors to do the work through wellness-style meditations. Is it worth the effort?

27 Sep 2022

What can we learn from looking at doubles?

An exhibition examining ‘doubles’ in modern art at National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. ends up a little out of focus

26 Sep 2022
tomb-raiding

What separates archaeologists from treasure-hunters?

Maria Golia’s history of tomb-raiding in ancient Egypt makes for an entertaining read but there are graver matters to consider

26 Sep 2022
Ibrahim El-Salahi

The extraordinary life of Ibrahim El-Salahi

In his memoir, the artist reflects on how his life and approach to making art have been shaped by the events in his home country of Sudan

26 Sep 2022
Richard Cosway

How Van Dyck made his mark on English portraiture

It’s no secret that Van Dyck inspired generations of artists, but a new book paints a more nuanced picture of the painter’s reception

26 Sep 2022

The English oddballs who cultivated their very own gardens of Eden

In ‘English Garden Eccentrics’, Todd Longstaffe-Gowan introduces us to a gallery of historical horticulturists, all determined to create their own private paradises

26 Sep 2022
Design for Colmans Mustard ad (1890s), Alfred Munnings. © the Estate of Sir Alfred Munnings

How Alfred Munnings got his commercial break

From mustard adverts to Art Nouveau-inspired posters, a show of early works by the horse painter and vehement anti-modernist is full of surprises

26 Sep 2022
Duncan Grant Drawing

Duncan Grant’s private erotica finally gets a public outing

There’s nothing remotely shameful about the artist’s exuberant and explicit sketches of cavorting satyrs and manly men

22 Sep 2022
The Forest of Bavella, Corsica, 7:10 am, 29 April 1868 (1868), Edward Lear. Photo: Woolley and Wallis Salerooms Ltd.

There’s nothing nonsensical about the lonely landscapes of Edward Lear

The Victorian poet and painter mapped out his moods in meticulous detail, sometimes even minute by minute

16 Sep 2022