Art

Women on a wind-swept island: Hagstone, by Sinéad Gleeson, reviewed

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Nell, an artist, lives peacefully on an island, presumably off the west coast of Ireland. But all changes when a group of women occupy a crumbling convent overlooking the sea

Why are the Japanese so obsessed with the cute?

6 January 2024 9:00 am

Some see it as a way of appearing harmless after the second world war – but an infantile delight in frolicking animals dates back to at least the 12th century

The beauty of medieval bestiaries

11 November 2023 9:00 am

Spiders, owls, elephants and dragons appear alongside dog-headed men and tusked women in a wealth of texts explaining the world in the most vivid terms then available

The force of nature that drove Claude Monet

28 October 2023 9:00 am

A compulsion to paint en plein air would remain with the great Impressionist for life, as well as a questing need to find new ways to express what he saw and felt

The splendour of Edinburgh’s new Scottish galleries

30 September 2023 9:00 am

Claudia Massie on the spectacular new galleries that showcase the best of Scottish art for the first time

Lumpy, bulgy, human: Threads, at Arnolfini Bristol, reviewed

12 August 2023 9:00 am

Trophy office blocks designed as landmarks are not welcoming to humans; their glass and steel reception areas feel more suited…

Our great art institutions have reduced British history to a scrapheap of shame

12 August 2023 9:00 am

Calvin Po laments the pious distortions of history at two of Britain’s best-known galleries

The secret life of China’s Banksy

8 July 2023 9:00 am

The secretive life of China’s most controversial cartoonist

How to protest the protestors

22 October 2022 9:00 am

These are bleak times in our land, and we must take our pleasures where we can. Personally I have been…

How to stop Just Stop Oil

15 October 2022 3:23 am

The National Gallery is home to Van Gogh’s still life Sunflowers. It’s an oil on canvas that, according to the…

The ‘delishious’ letters of Lucian Freud

24 September 2022 9:00 am

Love him or loathe him, Lucian Freud was a maverick genius whose life from the off was as singular as…

Bisexuality was the Bloomsbury norm

11 June 2022 9:00 am

It’s been a century since the heyday of the Bloomsbury group, and now Nino Strachey, a descendant of one of…

‘I came, I saw, I scribbled’: Shane MacGowan on Bob Dylan, angels and his lifelong love of art

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Graeme Thomson talks to former Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan about his first art folio

Why Christie’s is wrong to cancel Eric Gill

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Why Christie’s is wrong to cancel Eric Gill

Can you tell which of these artworks was created by a computer?

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Will AI change painting — or destroy it?

It’s a miracle this exhibition even exists: Audubon’s Birds of America reviewed

9 April 2022 9:00 am

In 2014, an exhibition of watercolours by the renowned avian artist, John James Audubon, opened in New York. The reviews,…

You’d never guess from her art how passionate Gwen John was

2 April 2022 9:00 am

‘Dearest Gwen,’ writes Celia Paul, born 1959, to Gwen John, died 1939, ‘I know this letter to you is an…

The Tate’s grubby cancellation of Rex Whistler

17 February 2022 11:16 pm

Tate Britain’s Rex Whistler restaurant will never reopen the gallery announced yesterday. The restaurant – once known for its excellent…

The magic of champagne

15 January 2022 9:00 am

The four portraits of four siblings that Catriona had painted from their photographs over four months were framed, hung and…

Are Bored Apes racist?

5 January 2022 9:20 pm

A plague of apes has spread across social media. Wherever you look, blank simian faces stare back at you. Their…

What musicians like me learned from the pandemic

18 December 2021 9:00 am

My mother died earlier this year aged 85. She left me her old pianola. These were popular in the 1920s…

The art and science of Fabergé

20 November 2021 9:00 am

From quartz to quince: Daisy Dunn on the art and science of Fabergé

How do we calculate the value of a painting?

25 September 2021 9:00 am

There’s an intriguing conversation on YouTube between Mark Carney, former governor of the Bank of England, and the artist Damien…

Sale of the century: the contents of the Sitwells' mansion are going under the hammer

11 September 2021 9:00 am

In my bedroom there is a small lidded laundry basket. It was designed by Geoffrey Lusty for Lloyd Loom, a…

The political power of Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown

11 September 2021 9:00 am

There is a rather sweet moment in the middle of each Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown show where, after some magnificently obscene…