Turner Prize 2021: the ‘worthiest’ and ‘also, perhaps, the worst’ edition yet?
An assistant poses on an artwork by Cooking Sections
In Review

Turner Prize 2021: the ‘worthiest’ and ‘also, perhaps, the worst’ edition yet?

Herbert Art Gallery show features work by five fashionable ‘collectives’ committed to various social causes
14 Oct 2021
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Summer Exhibition visitors looking at the collection
In Review

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

‘Refreshing’ show curated by Yinka Shonibare brings together 1,382 works created in every medium
7 Oct 2021
Frans Hals: The Male Portrait - what the critics are saying
Frans Hals, The Laughing Cavalier, 1624
In Review

Frans Hals: The Male Portrait - what the critics are saying

Is new Wallace Collection show simply ‘pale, stale and male’ or an ‘exhilarating’ testament to a ‘dazzlingly bold’ artist?
30 Sep 2021
Lucian Freud: Real Lives at Tate Liverpool
Lucian Freud’s ‘Girl with a Kitten’ 1947  (The Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Images)
In Review

Lucian Freud: Real Lives at Tate Liverpool

This exhibition depicts ‘a nicer, less cruel side to Freud than the one that is usually served up’
24 Sep 2021
Mixing it Up: Painting Today at the Hayward Gallery
Mixing it Up: Painting Today at the Hayward Gallery
In Review

Mixing it Up: Painting Today at the Hayward Gallery

The show is both ‘resolutely inclusive’ and ‘dramatically uneven‘
17 Sep 2021
‘Not an easily likeable object’: what the critics are saying about the Humboldt Forum
The Humboldt Forum
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‘Not an easily likeable object’: what the critics are saying about the Humboldt Forum

The ‘massive’ €800m museum complex is designed to house Berlin’s vast holdings of non-European art
9 Sep 2021
What the critics are saying about Ben Nicholson: From the Studio
Ben Nicholson, 1929 (Fireworks), 1929, Oil on wood, Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Angela Verren Taunt
In Review

What the critics are saying about Ben Nicholson: From the Studio

This idiosyncratic exhibition at Pallant House in Chichester focuses on the inspiration Nicholson drew from ‘mundane’ household objects
2 Sep 2021

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What the critics are saying about Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser at the V&A
Carly Bawden as ‘Alice’ and Joshua Lacey as the white rabbit in Wonder.land, Royal National Theatre, London 2015
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What the critics are saying about Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser at the V&A

Make no mistake: this is a ‘stupendous’ show, says The Observer
27 Aug 2021
Exhibition of the week: Folkestone Triennial
Mike Stubbs’s Climate Emergency Services: ‘crudely powerful’
In Review

Exhibition of the week: Folkestone Triennial

Much of the appeal of this event lies in its use of unlikely locations
19 Aug 2021
Exhibition of the week: Tokyo (Art & Photography)
Tokyo from Utsurundesu series, since 2018
In Review

Exhibition of the week: Tokyo (Art & Photography)

The Ashmolean Museum’s new show is ‘as bustling and eclectic as Tokyo itself’
12 Aug 2021
Exhibition of the week: Bernardo Bellotto
Bernardo Bellotto The Fortress of Königstein from the North-West (1756-8)
In Review

Exhibition of the week: Bernardo Bellotto

This small, free exhibition at the National Gallery should not be missed
5 Aug 2021
Exhibition of the week: Sophie Taeuber-Arp at Tate Modern
Six Spaces with Four Small Crosses (1932)
In Review

Exhibition of the week: Sophie Taeuber-Arp at Tate Modern

To see her work here ‘is to be immediately uplifted’, says The Observer
29 Jul 2021
Exhibition of the week: British Art Show 9 at Aberdeen Art Gallery
Work from British Art Show 9
In Review

Exhibition of the week: British Art Show 9 at Aberdeen Art Gallery

Socially conscious but ‘rarely preachy’, it is as exciting a survey of contemporary art as you’re likely to encounter
22 Jul 2021
Exhibition of the week: Paula Rego at Tate Britain
Clockwise from top left: Paula Rego’s ‘Flood’ (1996), ‘The Artist in Her Studio’ (1993) and ‘The Dance’ (1988)
In Review

Exhibition of the week: Paula Rego at Tate Britain

Her art mixes folklore and ‘fetishistic menace’, enchantment and horror – and it ‘lingers powerfully in the mind’
16 Jul 2021
Gustave Moreau’s The Fables at Waddesdon Manor: what the critics are saying
Gustave Moreau The Fables painting
In Review

Gustave Moreau’s The Fables at Waddesdon Manor: what the critics are saying

‘Looking at these dream-worlds is like passing through a fairy-tale forest thick with magic’
8 Jul 2021
Audemars Piguet Art Commission: The Moon is Leaving Us by Phoebe Hui
Audemars_Piguet_Art_Commission_2021_Phoebe_Hui
Behind the scenes

Audemars Piguet Art Commission: The Moon is Leaving Us by Phoebe Hui

Swiss watchmaker’s support of contemporary arts continues apace
6 Jul 2021
Epic Iran: what the critics are saying about the V&A’s new exhibition
Shirin Aliabadi’s Miss Hybrid #3 (2008)
In Review

Epic Iran: what the critics are saying about the V&A’s new exhibition

This is a blockbuster that both dazzles and informs, shedding light on one of the world’s most misunderstood nations
1 Jul 2021
Exhibition of the week: Nina Hamnett at Charleston
Nina Hamnett's work
In Review

Exhibition of the week: Nina Hamnett at Charleston

Bringing together some 30 paintings, the show reclaims Hamnett as ‘an artist to be reckoned with in her own right’
24 Jun 2021
The fashion for flowers: Constance Spry
Bust with a necklace of lilies by Constance Spry, c.1935 (RHS Lindley Collections)
In Focus

The fashion for flowers: Constance Spry

An exhibition at London’s Garden Museum celebrates Spry’s taste for modernity
24 Jun 2021
Disney’s new Marvel hotel is a work of art
Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel Spider-Man suite
In pictures

Disney’s new Marvel hotel is a work of art

Disneyland Paris hotel pays tribute to Marvel’s superheroes and the artists who created them
23 Jun 2021
What the critics are saying about Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch at the Royal Academy
Tracey Emin
In Review

What the critics are saying about Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch at the Royal Academy

Seeing their work side by side, it is clear that the artists share ‘a depth of turmoil that can leave you breathless’
17 Jun 2021
What are the critics saying about the British Museum’s Nero exhibition?
Nero
In Review

What are the critics saying about the British Museum’s Nero exhibition?

The show attempts to completely rewrite the story of a historical monster. Can it possibly succeed in setting the record straight?
11 Jun 2021
Exhibition of the week: Eileen Agar’s Angel of Anarchy
Eileen Agar
In Review

Exhibition of the week: Eileen Agar’s Angel of Anarchy

The work of Paul Nash, Lee Miller and Salvador Dalí’s contemporary is being explored at the Whitechapel Gallery
4 Jun 2021
What are the critics saying about Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms?
Infinity Mirrored Room
In Review

What are the critics saying about Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms?

The much-hyped Tate Modern exhibition has been described as ‘endlessly entrancing’ as well as ‘disquieting’
3 Jun 2021
What are the critics saying about David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring?
David Hockney painting
In Review

What are the critics saying about David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring?

The paintings are described as ‘fresh’ and ‘joyous’, but also ‘unremarkable’
28 May 2021
Thomas Becket: murder and the making of a saint
Stained glass
In Review

Thomas Becket: murder and the making of a saint

The Guardian says this show ‘makes the art of the Middle Ages come alive’
27 May 2021
Exhibition of the week: The Making of Rodin
Auguste Rodin - The Burghers of Calais
In Review

Exhibition of the week: The Making of Rodin

For all its strengths, the show is let down by a needlessly ‘censorious’ attitude towards its subject
20 May 2021
Jean Dubuffet: Brutal Beauty
Caught in the Act (La Main dans le sac) by Jean Dubuffet (1961)
In Focus

Jean Dubuffet: Brutal Beauty

One of the great post-war artists, Dubuffet took ugliness and ‘fashioned it into something extraordinary’
17 May 2021
Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema
Jason and the Argonauts (1963): ‘a sense of the marvellous’
In Review

Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema

The special effects pioneer’s love of art and mythology is explored in this newly reopened show
10 May 2021
The artist’s way: a video call with Takashi Murakami
Takashi Murakami in his studio, courtesy of the artist
The big interview

The artist’s way: a video call with Takashi Murakami

The Japanese pop art impresario reflects on recent months and creativity in lockdown
30 Apr 2021
Damien Hirst takes over Gagosian 
Self-Portrait as Surgeon: aesthetically vapid 
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Damien Hirst takes over Gagosian 

Is Hirst’s show ‘more relevant than ever’ or ‘insultingly bad’?
23 Apr 2021
Saudi crown prince ‘lobbied France to authenticate fake da Vinci’
The Salvator Mundi on display at Christies in 2017
Stranger than fiction

Saudi crown prince ‘lobbied France to authenticate fake da Vinci’

Upcoming documentary claims Louvre was urged to lie about world’s most expensive painting
12 Apr 2021
Art of Akris: Albert Kriemler meets Imi Knoebel
Albert Kriemler and Imi Knoebel for Akris
Behind the scenes

Art of Akris: Albert Kriemler meets Imi Knoebel

The duo dreamt up an Akris collection that is futuristic in fabrication and ease of wear
25 Mar 2021
Tyson Reeder talks Celine
Tyson Reeder artist interview
In Focus

Tyson Reeder talks Celine

The American artist collaborates with Hedi Slimane on The Dancing Kid
8 Mar 2021
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