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  1. July 16, 2014

    Christie’s posts record profits as first-half revenues hit £2.7bn

    Works by Francis Bacon, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol helped auction house Christie’s report a record first half performance...

  2. June 2, 2014

    John Jones Arts Building, Finsbury Park, London

    Not every business that moves into a new building invites the public in too. But that is precisely what one of London’s most...

  1. February 23, 2014

    Art and Optimism in 1950s Britain, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK – review

    How can an exhibition whose greatest works are by Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and L.S. Lowry have the word...

  2. February 14, 2014

    Jasper Johns: ‘Regrets belong to everybody, don’t they?’

    On a bright but raw January day in Sharon, Connecticut, Jasper Johns turns the ignition key in his green Gator golf cart,...

  3. FT Alphaville

    January 22, 2014

    Minimum insight

    In 1620, Francis Bacon advised natural philosophers to ditch their elegant Aristotelian syllogisms and instead apply the...

  4. December 29, 2013

    A World of Private Mystery: John Craxton, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK – review

    For a few months in wartime London two 19-year-old artist friends shared a studio in the St John’s Wood area. Equal in...

  5. FT Alphaville

    November 13, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE He’s not the peak oil messiah, he’s a very naughty boy: Izzy cites long-standing oil...

  6. November 13, 2013

    Bacon’s $142m Freud triptych smashes auction record

    Christie’s record $142m Bacon sale A 1969 triptych by the Anglo-Irish artist Francis Bacon sold for $142.4m on Tuesday...

  7. October 17, 2013

    Raw Truth: Auerbach – Rembrandt, Ordovas Gallery, London

    Frank Auerbach and Rembrandt have the following things in common. They use thick, sticky paint to build up rich surfaces...

  8. FT Photo Diary

    October 10, 2013

    Freud triptych by Francis Bacon goes on view

    Dominic Lipinski/PA The triptych of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon, which has never been seen before in the UK, is being...

  9. September 15, 2013

    Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, UK – review

    For three weeks in 1933, Albert Einstein, fleeing Nazi Germany for America, stayed in a beach hut near the Norfolk seaside...

  10. August 20, 2013

    Exultant Strangeness: Graham Sutherland Landscapes, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Cumbria, UK – review

    Artists whose reputations the gods wish to destroy are, often, first made Golden Boys. Graham Sutherland, good-looking,...

  11. August 9, 2013

    Artful exhibition

    Commuters waiting for the bus in the UK on Friday may have been surprised to find themselves sitting next to a tortured...

  12. June 28, 2013

    Fibre optics

    At 10am on the opening morning of India’s Kochi Biennale, Ernesto Neto is not the only artist to look exhausted. A glut of...

  13. February 11, 2013

    Lulu, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

    The appointment 18 months ago of David Pountney as artistic director and chief executive of Welsh National Opera was a sign...

  14. December 14, 2012

    The old-new thing

    Artists have always looked to the past. Even the anarchic YBAs of the 1990s, with their unmade beds and their...

  15. November 23, 2012

    Art auctions – China shop

    Move over Francis Bacon. It is all about Zhang Daqian and Qi Baishi now. The 20th-century Chinese artists are the...

  16. October 19, 2012

    Cork Street goes pop

    Cork Street is to London’s art world what Savile Row is to tailors or Hatton Garden to diamond dealers. For nearly a...

  17. September 28, 2012

    FT Wealth Indices: September 2012

    HAGI Classic Car Index In August the lush, ocean-side grass of a Monterey, California, golf course served as the stage for...

  18. August 5, 2012

    Picasso & Modern British Art, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

    “What will painting do when I’m dead? It’ll have to walk over my body. There’s no way round.” Thus Picasso, shortly before...

  19. June 22, 2012

    Art’s revenge on commerce

    Here is something you may want to pull out when you finally hit the seaside this summer: a green and red beach towel...

  20. June 12, 2012

    Constable to spearhead summer series of auctions

    John Constable’s celebrated painting The Lock which held the record of the most valuable British painting ever sold at...

  21. May 25, 2012

    Artists talk

    Since 1963 – the year he met Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and R.B. Kitaj to persuade them to contribute to...

  22. March 26, 2012

    Island Stories, V&A/Famous in the Fifties, National Portrait Gallery, London

    Subtitled Fifty Years of Photography in Britain and timed to coincide with the V&A’s forthcoming British Design 1948-2012,...

  23. March 2, 2012

    Lunch with the FT: Jay Jopling

    Standing on bohemian, buzzing Bermondsey Street in south London, outside Europe’s biggest commercial art gallery, its owner...

  24. February 20, 2012

    Lucian Freud Drawings, Blain Southern, London

    If the National Portrait Gallery’s tremendous Lucian Freud exhibition is the public statement of the late artist’s...

  25. February 19, 2012

    UK seeks to keep lead in fuel cell technology

    Britain is staking its claim to lead the race to find a carbon-free car engine by bringing two innovative hydrogen power...

  26. February 17, 2012

    The thief and the borrowers

    “What can I have done that they should have let me through?” wailed Picasso to his English supporter Roland Penrose in 1950....

  27. February 15, 2012

    Christie’s art sale hits post-2008 high

    The rare sale of a Francis Bacon painting depicting a full-figured female nude on a bed pushed sales at Christie’s Postwar...

  28. January 31, 2012

    Goodwin joins inglorious list

    Fred Goodwin joins a list of characters ranging from Anthony Blunt and Lester Piggott to Nicolae Ceausescu who have been...

  29. December 9, 2011

    Bright lights, small island

    One exhibition has been screaming to be mounted in London’s Olympic year – the story of the most contested, relevant,...

  30. November 25, 2011

    The art of conversation

    Sixty years ago, Francis Bacon’s “Pope I” shocked visitors at his first “exclusive” exhibition at the Hanover Gallery in...

  31. October 27, 2011

    Tate Britain showcases Picasso in 2012

    Pablo Picasso’s life-long connection with Britain and the impact he had on modernism in the UK is to be explored in an...

  32. October 7, 2011

    Revenge of the moderns

    Discussions of London’s Pavilion of Art and Design (PAD) usually mention its “gallic chic” and “foreign flair”. Started by...

  33. October 3, 2011

    No doubts about the dangers of certainties

    From Mr Patric Judge. Sir, Reading philosopher Peter Cave’s excellent letter with reference to particles breaking the speed...

  34. September 30, 2011

    Mews from nowhere

    Readers of a certain age may recall the London of the 1970s, when the capital was identified around the world with people as...

  35. September 30, 2011

    Winter King

    Henry VII, the chancer with the weakest of claims to the throne he occupied for 24 years after defeating Richard III at...

  36. July 4, 2011

    L’anatomie de la sensation, Opéra Bastille, Paris

    Don’t be put off by the pompous title or the strike currently playing havoc with Paris Opera performances: Wayne McGregor’s...

  37. May 20, 2011

    Hot property: spectacular gardens

    “Gardening is the purest of human pleasures,” said Francis Bacon. Possibly. Perhaps a greater, although less pure, pleasure...

  38. March 28, 2011

    Arts council “wasted” cash in years of plenty

    Arts bodies could be “devastated” by the effects of spending cuts in the forthcoming months, a committee of MPs warns today....

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