visual art

An ouroboros of vacuity that is immune to its own failure: Kaws online at the Serpentine Gallery

29 January 2022 9:00 am

The second most interesting thing about this digital exhibition is that it is not for art critics like me. I…

Ethereal and allusive, all nuance and no schmaltz: Helen Frankenthaler, at Dulwich Gallery, reviewed

15 January 2022 9:00 am

In 1950 the 21-year-old painter Helen Frankenthaler, fresh out of college, went to an exhibition at New York’s Betty Parson’s…

This radical Nativity is also one of the great whodunnits of art history

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Martin Gayford on a radical Nativity that is the subject of one of the great whodunnits of art history

How crazy was Louis Wain?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Before Tom Kitten, before Felix the Cat, before Thomas ‘Tom’ Cat, Sylvester James Pussycat Sr, Top Cat and Fat Freddy’s…

The supreme pictures of the Courtauld finally have a home of equal magnificence

20 November 2021 9:00 am

When the Courtauld Gallery’s impressionist pictures were shown at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris in 2019, the Parisian public…

The tyranny of the visual

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries on the tyranny of the visual

The best podcasts to help you become a better painter

30 October 2021 9:00 am

There’s a great documentary film on Netflix at the moment about the late artist Bob Ross, he of the happy…

Joan Eardley deserves to be ranked alongside Bacon and de Kooning

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Claudia Massie on the unjustly neglected artist Joan Eardley, who deserves to be ranked alongside Auerbach, Bacon and de Kooning

The world's first robot artist discusses beauty, Yoko Ono and the perils of AI

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries discusses beauty, Yoko Ono and the world’s disappointments with the first robot artist

Why Thomas Becket still divides opinion

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The verdict is still out on Thomas Becket, says Dan Hitchens, but there’s no doubting the brilliance of the art he inspired

How has this complete original been sidelined?

22 May 2021 9:00 am

A party of disorderly couples has gatecrashed the Picture Gallery at Bath’s Holburne Museum, climbing on to the antique furniture,…

The art of the asparagus

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Manet’s ‘Botte d’asperges’ are probably the most famous asparagus in the world. The artist painted the delicious white- and lilac-tinged…

‘I’ve seen the bare bones of London’: street painter Peter Brown interviewed

1 May 2021 9:00 am

‘I’ve been seeing the bare bones of London,’ explains the landscape artist Peter Brown, who is known affectionately as ‘Pete…

The art of storing and unveiling

24 April 2021 9:00 am

The way an object is stored can magnify its beauty and enhance expectation. Joanna Rossiter wonders whether the opening up of galleries will have the same effect on an art-starved public

The artists ensnared by the capitalist system they affect to despise

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries on the artists ensnared by the capitalist system they affect to despise

It's almost touching that the NFT world see itself as radical

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Some things are explained so many times that they become unexplainable: we can only relate to them as something complicated…

Can VR help to sell art to kids?

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Some pictures are now so mediated that their actual physicality has long been dwarfed by a million reproductions. The ‘Mona…

How Algernon Newton made great art out of empty streets and dingy canals

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Quite late in life Walter Sickert paid his first visit to Peckham Rye. He was excited, apparently, because he had…

The Sistine Chapel as you've never seen it before

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Rosie Millard gets her gloved hands on one of the world’s most lavish – and expensive – art books

Why is the smoky, febrile art of Marcelle Hanselaar so little known?

20 February 2021 9:00 am

I first became aware of the work of Marcelle Hanselaar in a mixed exhibition at the Millinery Works in Islington.…

These rediscovered drawings by Hokusai are extraordinary

13 February 2021 9:00 am

These rediscovered drawings by Hokusai point to him as the father of photography and modern animation, says Laura Gascoigne

Maggi Hambling's Wollstonecraft statue is hideous but fitting

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Frankly, it is rather hideous — but also quite wonderful, shimmering against the weak blue of a late November sky.…

Antony Gormley on why sculpture is far superior to painting

7 November 2020 9:00 am

In an extract from their book, Antony Gormley tells Martin Gayford that the 3-D will always trump the 2-D

The mediums who pioneered abstract art

26 September 2020 9:00 am

The mediumistic art of various cranks, crackpots and old dowagers is finally being taken seriously – and about time too, says Laura Gascoigne

Looking at Barnett Freedman makes me weep at the government's dismal graphics

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Among the spoils of a lockdown clear-out was a box of my grandmother’s books: Woolf, Austen, Mitford and The Complete…