Helen Frankenthaler: Radical Beaut – this may be ‘the show of the season’
Madame Butterfly (2000) by Helen Frankenthaler 
In Review

Helen Frankenthaler: Radical Beaut – this may be ‘the show of the season’

What the critics are saying about this Dulwich Picture Gallery exhibition of 36 finished woodcut prints
28 Jan 2022
Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything
Hokusai drawing
In Review

Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything

Master printmaker‘s Japanese ink drawings put on display by British Museum for the first time
20 Jan 2022
Lubaina Himid at Tate Modern
Six Tailors, 2019
In Review

Lubaina Himid at Tate Modern

Retrospective exhibition confirms the artist as ‘an irrepressible witness to our times’
14 Jan 2022
The Week’s pick of the big exhibitions of 2022
Two cherubs painted by Raphael
In Review

The Week’s pick of the big exhibitions of 2022

Raphael, Cézanne, Sickert, Francis Bacon and Louise Bourgeois: this year promises plenty of big art shows
7 Jan 2022
Works of art that made the news in 2021
Edward Colston statue in a Bristol museum
In Depth

Works of art that made the news in 2021

From a $69m collage of digital images to the return of a Picasso nine years after a near-perfect heist
31 Dec 2021
Life Between Islands: a tender portrayal of Caribbean-British identity
Jah Shaka by Denzil Forrester, 1983
In Review

Life Between Islands: a tender portrayal of Caribbean-British identity

This is an ‘exhilarating’ and ‘thought-provoking’ Tate Britain exhibition
17 Dec 2021
Peru: A Journey in Time at the British Museum
A mini gold llama
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Peru: A Journey in Time at the British Museum

This is not a large show, but the exhibits – some on loan from Peru – are ‘exceptional’
9 Dec 2021

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Dürer’s Journeys at the National Gallery
Adam and Eve by Albrecht Dürer
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Dürer’s Journeys at the National Gallery

To call this major new show ‘baffling’ would be an understatement
2 Dec 2021
Courtauld Gallery reopening: museum ‘looking better than ever’
Man looking at Van Gogh self-portrait
In Review

Courtauld Gallery reopening: museum ‘looking better than ever’

Gallery now open to the public after closing in 2018 for a £57m refurbishment
25 Nov 2021
The National Gallery and slavery: a complex legacy
The Hay Wain painting by Constable
In Focus

The National Gallery and slavery: a complex legacy

Gallery has published report linking some of its most famous donors, artists and paintings to the Atlantic slave trade
19 Nov 2021
Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules
The Beano takes over Somerset House
In Review

Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules

This ‘ambitious’ Somerset House exhibition is a celebration of the comic’s ‘mercurial magic’
18 Nov 2021
Hogarth and Europe at Tate Britain: far from anyone’s idea of a ‘little Englander’
Marriage A-la-Mode – The Tête à Tête (c.1743)
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Hogarth and Europe at Tate Britain: far from anyone’s idea of a ‘little Englander’

Painter conjured up the ‘drunken lads’, beer and roast beef of Old England – but he was no insular jingoist
11 Nov 2021
Late Constable at the Royal Academy: unmasking ‘a fiercely experimental modern artist’
Constable painting of Stonehenge
In Review

Late Constable at the Royal Academy: unmasking ‘a fiercely experimental modern artist’

Show brings together host of thrilling canvases produced by the painter in last 12 years of his life
4 Nov 2021
Sickert: A Life in Art – macabre works tackling ‘the seedier aspects of urban life���
Self portrait by Walter Sickert
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Sickert: A Life in Art – macabre works tackling ‘the seedier aspects of urban life���

Works by painter best known for controversial Camden Town nudes displayed at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool
28 Oct 2021
Poussin and the Dance: a small but revelatory exhibition, packed with ‘fabulous moments’
Nicolas Poussin, ‘A Dance to the Music of Time’, about 1634
In Review

Poussin and the Dance: a small but revelatory exhibition, packed with ‘fabulous moments’

Poussin’s reputation as an ‘austere landscapist’ is only half the story, proves this National Gallery show
22 Oct 2021
Hard Rock Hotel Madrid: fine-tuning the art of hospitality
Hard Rock Hotel Madrid entrance
The big trip

Hard Rock Hotel Madrid: fine-tuning the art of hospitality

This is a perfect staging point to explore Spanish capital’s Golden Triangle of Art
20 Oct 2021
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
In Review

‘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
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
In Review

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
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