Royal academy

‘Pan and Syrinx’, 1617, by Peter Paul Rubens

How will the British public take to Rubens’s fatties?

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Are Rubens’s figures too fat for the British to appreciate them? Martin Gayford investigates

‘Woman at Her Toilette’, 1875/80, by Berthe Morisot

2015 in exhibitions - painting still rules

3 January 2015 9:00 am

The art on show over the coming year demonstrates that we still live in an age of mighty painters, says Martin Gayford

‘Chair’, 1969, by Allen Jones, which had acid thrown on it in 1986

Does Allen Jones deserve a retrospective at the Royal Academy?

29 November 2014 9:00 am

It has been a vintage season for mannequins. At the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, an exhibition called Silent Partners looks…

The pop artist whose transgressions went too far – for the PC art world

1 November 2014 9:00 am

After years of being effectively banned from exhibiting in his own country, Allen Jones finally reaches the RA with his first major UK retrospective. Andrew Lambirth meets him

Mr Turner: the gruntiest, snortiest, huffiest film of the year - and the most beautiful too

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Mr Turner may be the gruntiest film of the year, possibly the gruntiest film ever. ‘Grunt, grunt, grunt,’ goes Mr…

‘Winter Landscape (Winterlandschaft)’, 1970, by Anselm Kiefer

All my doubts about Anselm Kiefer are blown away by his Royal Academy show

11 October 2014 9:00 am

In the Royal Academy’s courtyard are two large glass cases or vitrines containing model submarines. In one the sea has…

‘Interior (Innenraum)’, 1981, by Anselm Kiefer

'I like vanished things': Anselm Kiefer on art, alchemy and his childhood

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Martin Gayford talks to a surprisingly jolly Anselm Kiefer about art and metamorphosis

‘Paul Newman’, 1964, by Dennis Hopper

Had Hollywood not lured him away, Dennis Hopper could have made his name as a photographer

19 July 2014 9:00 am

In an age when photographs have swollen out of all proportion to their significance, and are mounted on wall-sized light…

‘Prince Pig’s Courtship’ by Paula Rego

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition offers up the good, the bad and the ugly – and a sore neck

14 June 2014 8:00 am

One of the great traditions of the RA’s Summer Exhibition has always been that each work submitted was seen in…

‘Composition With Fish’ by Jankel Adler, on show at Goldmark Gallery

The hidden, overlooked and undervalued: Andrew Lambirth’s spring roundup

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Jankel Adler (1895–1949), a Polish Jew who arrived in Glasgow in 1941, was invalided out of the Polish army, and…

‘Hercules Killing Cacus’, 1588, by Hendrik Goltzius

Upside down and right on top: the power of George Baselitz

22 March 2014 9:00 am

It’s German Season in London, and revealingly the best of three new shows is the one dealing with the most…

The best exhibition of architecture I have ever experienced

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Curtain walls, dreaming spires, crockets, finials, cantilevers, bush-hammered concrete, vermiculated rustication, heroic steel and delicate Cosmati work are all diverse…

Unmissable: ‘The Horse, the Rider and the Clown’, 1943–4, by Matisse will go on show at Tate Modern in April

Art shows you simply mustn't miss in 2014

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Andrew Lambirth reveals the treats on show in 2014

Daumier's paintings show he is at heart a sculptor

7 December 2013 9:00 am

There hasn’t been a decent Daumier exhibition in this country for more than half a century, so art lovers have…

Is the best Australian art yet to come?

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Astonishingly, the last major survey show of Australian art in this country was mounted more than half-a-century ago. Then it…

‘Fire’s On’, 1891, by Arthur Streeton, a member of the Heidelberg School, named after a village outside Melbourne

Barry Humphries: in praise of Australian art

31 August 2013 9:00 am

A major exhibition of Australian art is about to open at the Royal Academy. Barry Humphries believes visitors will be surprised

What a painter: ‘El Paseo’, c.1938, by Edward Burra

State-sponsored cultural renaissance in revolutionary Mexico

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Revolution shook Mexico between 1910 and 1920, but radical political change was not mirrored in the art of the period.…

Is Richard Rogers still a rebel?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

‘Lounge suit’ is normally a reliable signifier of supine gentility. But there it was on the invitation to Richard Rogers’s…