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    June 27, 2014

    [video] Russia visualised: then and now

    FT art critic Rachel Spence visits two new London exhibitions that chart the changing face of modern Russia, from colour...

  2. June 7, 2013

    ‘Until the laughter gets stuck in our throat ... ’

    Rachel Spence: For “Kaputt”, your new show at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, the only information we have is that it...

  1. April 8, 2012

    Tintoretto, Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome

    Few painters have unleashed more praise and blame than Tintoretto. Vasari blasted him for dashing off his work off “by mere...

  2. March 19, 2012

    Titian and the Birth of the Modern Landscape, Palazzo Reale, Milan

    When Titian wrote to his patron, Philip of Habsburg, in 1552 to inform him that he had sent him a painting of the “Queen of...

  3. February 10, 2012

    Gilding among the grime

    Stepping out of Shoreditch station into winter sunshine, it’s impossible not to feel heartened by the spirit of regeneration...

  4. January 27, 2012

    Great and small

    If twin thirsts for self-publicity and instant communication are characteristic of contemporary culture, then painter Vicken...

  5. January 14, 2012

    Old Masters: how Hockney and Viola put the new to ancient uses

    For certain connoisseurs, the phrase “digital art” provokes a groan. If your benchmarks are Leonardo, Rembrandt and Matisse,...

  6. January 13, 2012

    The buying game

    When Charles Saatchi complains that collectors today are “comprehensively and indisputably vulgar”, you know the art world...

  7. January 13, 2012

    The masterpieces that never were

    From Mr Eric Scigliano. Sir, In her insightful review of a show of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti...

  8. January 6, 2012

    Embarrassment of riches

    No painter embodies the golden age of Renaissance Florence better than Sandro Botticelli, born in 1445. His “whimsical mind”...

  9. December 16, 2011

    Just Höller

    In person, Carsten Höller is delightful. Pinning him down, however, tests the nerves. Our meeting is due to take place at...

  10. December 16, 2011

    Perfectly formed

     Da Vinci’s Ghost: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Famous Drawing, by Toby Lester, Profile, RRP£16.99, 320 pages Given...

  11. November 25, 2011

    Sex and death by the sea

    A young woman is unwinding a headscarf that masks her face. As the fabric falls, another is revealed beneath it while the...

  12. November 25, 2011

    New art at the end of the fairway

    Given that she is in the throes of a whirlwind European tour, I expect Beatriz Milhazes to be weary. Yet despite packing...

  13. November 25, 2011

    Ark Royal built in Birkenhead

    From Mr Michael Elliott. Sir, That was a delightful article by Rachel Spence on the Open Eye Gallery (“Heady mix of art and...

  14. 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...

  15. September 30, 2011

    In the line of fire

    On a humid September morning, I am standing on the east Beirut rooftop of 31-year-old Lebanese artist Mounira Al Solh,...

  16. September 30, 2011

    A Chagall with that chair?

    Anyone passing through Berkeley Square last October might be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled on the reception for a...

  17. September 23, 2011

    Seriously contemporary

    Consider the Venice Biennale: so vast as to risk incoherence, so thematically heterogeneous as to be overwhelming and pegged...

  18. September 9, 2011

    Our days are numbered

    An exhibition that is running at the moment of an artist’s death inevitably gains poignancy. However, the nature of the work...

  19. August 12, 2011

    Out with a bang

    As swansongs go, few could be sweeter than the final cycle of exhibitions curated by Luca Massimo Barbero at Macro. After...

  20. August 5, 2011

    Arty political

    Art has facilitated diplomacy since the time of the pharoahs. Then, painters were commissioned to decorate tombs with images...

  21. July 29, 2011

    New perspective

    It is fitting, given surrealism’s fascination with psychoanalysis, that the British surrealist Patrick Hughes found...

  22. July 22, 2011

    Luminous legacy

    Too often now, the spectacular starchitecture of a new museum overwhelms the art within. How refreshing then that the new...

  23. July 15, 2011

    A different kind of paradise

    Bathed in hazy July sunshine, with buddleia in full bloom, Hyde Park is at its summery zenith even before I wander through...

  24. July 8, 2011

    Between worlds

    At the Venice Biennale there are tanks that roar, machines that rattle and paintings that perplex. Ideas prevail over...

  25. June 3, 2011

    A spring in their step

    ‘Al Maw’oud’ by Ayman Baalbaki A simple white sign on the Zattere waterfront in Venice points towards “Arabes” in four...

  26. June 3, 2011

    Chinese Pavilion

    It is tough to be a Chinese artist at the Venice Biennale when your most famous peer has been locked up without charge for...

  27. May 27, 2011

    Collecting special: Poised for success

    On a sunlit April day, Paolo Baratta, two of his press staff and I are lunching on the terrace of the Hotel Monaco in...

  28. April 22, 2011

    The Da Vinci mode

    Modern critics have been merciless to the followers of Leonardo da Vinci. Bernard Berenson said that their “only serious...

  29. April 19, 2011

    Dynamics! Cubism/ Futurism/Kineticism, Belvedere, Vienna

    ‘Dancing Bird’ (1939), by Erika Klien “Long Live Futurism! Long Live our great friend Cizek! Long live your brilliant...

  30. April 15, 2011

    The power of instinct

    Dimitris Daskalopoulos at the Guggenheim, Bilbao, with Annette Messager’s ‘Dependence/Independence’ (1995) On a dazzling...

  31. January 7, 2011

    Bronzino, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

    Alabaster faces: ‘Portrait of Eleonora of Toledo with her Son’ (c. 1545) There are just a couple of weeks left to see one of...

  32. January 5, 2011

    Gabriele Basilico, Studio Guenzani, Milan

    Skeleton of storeys: Beirut study from 1991 Feted in Italy for almost two decades, Gabriele Basilico won international...

  33. November 26, 2010

    Turkey’s contemporary art scene

    Taner Ceylan’s ‘1881’ Few doubt that Turkey’s contemporary art scene is one of the liveliest in the world. Galvanised by the...

  34. November 25, 2010

    Adolph Gottlieb, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

    New horizon: ‘Imaginary Landscape’ (1969) As if burning its way through a golden halo, the deep vermilion orb throbs above a...

  35. November 19, 2010

    Mark Wallinger’s movie-house installation

    Mark Wallinger’s ‘Sinema Amnesia’ showing his film ‘Ulysses’, on the waterfront at Canakkale, Turkey A provincial harbour...

  36. November 5, 2010

    Return of the native

    As my taxi whisks me through the leafy avenues of Nisantasi, I reflect that Istanbul’s most glamorous neighbourhood is...

  37. October 15, 2010

    Outsiders come in from the cold

    On a cloudy Friday morning in Shoreditch a small crowd has gathered around a long-legged, dark-haired girl in cowboy boots...

  38. October 15, 2010

    Italian artist trumps Hirst at Christie’s

    A bronze sculpture by Italian modernist Marino Marini surpassed all expectations to be the top seller at Christie’s Thursday...

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