Growing pains

Perhaps the wretchedness and sadness of the whole affair is a commentary on the hellishness of Miley Cyrus-level celebrity

Surrealism: In praise of boiled string

The movement’s most valuable contribution was that it shattered ideas of what it is reasonable for an artist to do

Bendor Grosvenor: Snap judgments

I bet that Rubens, when he made his own copy of Titian’s great work, would have taken a photo if he could

Antonia Quirke: a loser’s guide to filmgoing

I don’t really want to watch movies in a heritage setting or Imaxed on the moon

Vintage women

In a world slavishly devoted to youthfulness, are middle-aged women just intrinsically boring?

Lessons in cultural capital

Art in today’s world is valued for status, fashion, interior decoration or money-laundering rather than for any durable aesthetic worth

Welcome to the empire club

Here are some ideas for that perfect downer of a present for the future, the dark side of British culture

So much for cultural openness

‘Art is committed to telling truths, even if unpalatable. This can make life uncomfortable for governments’