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    1. September 26, 2014

      More exbitions including Paula Rego and Constable

      Anselm Kiefer, Royal Academy, London Kiefer’s first retrospective is a terrific overview of an unrelentingly serious art...

    2. September 19, 2014

      Interview with Anselm Kiefer, ahead of his Royal Academy show

      When I tell Anselm Kiefer that my favourite work in his forthcoming Royal Academy retrospective is “Tándaradei” – a...

    1. June 13, 2014

      Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London

      The 246th Summer Exhibition opened this week and, alongside the usual mixed pleasures of the jumbled salon-style hang, it...

    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...

    3. April 27, 2014

      Lynn Chadwick, Royal Academy of Arts, London, and Blain Southern, London – review

      Artists’ reputations often reach a nadir a decade after their death. Lynn Chadwick died in 2003 and his status remains...

    4. March 21, 2014

      How William Kent became 18th-century Britain’s master designer

      In July 1709, an unlikely trio set sail on a grand tour from Deal in Kent. They had to travel to Rome by ship, as the war of...

    5. October 11, 2013

      Israel Goldman on popular Japanese prints

      In 19th-century France, Israel Goldman tells me, “Would you like to see my Japanese prints?” was a coded invitation to view...

    6. October 4, 2013

      The Art Market: Australian art gets thumbs-down

      While London’s Royal Academy has just unveiled its major retrospective of Australian art (until December 8) to rather mixed...

    7. August 16, 2013

      In awe of Oz

      While Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts and other Aussie A-listers have long topped best-dressed lists, it’s now...

    8. July 26, 2013

      High culture in the Alps

      One of the most surprising musical stories of the past year has been the rise of the debonair Montenegrin guitarist Milos...

    9. 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...

    10. May 23, 2013

      Tate saves £23.1m Constable masterpiece from overseas sale

      A masterpiece by John Constable has been saved from sale to an overseas collector after a group of public bodies and...

    11. March 15, 2013

      Packing a punch

      They are oversized, overwrought, over here – but too often they underwhelm. American paintings have invaded London this...

    12. February 1, 2013

      Dealing with the data deluge

      At the turn of the millennium, many pundits described the 20th century as one of physics-based innovation and anticipated...

    13. February 1, 2013

      How to invest in art

      Do you fancy investing in something more interesting than stocks and bonds? You’re not alone. A new exhibition of the work...

    14. January 25, 2013

      Intimate Manet

      It takes a bold museum to attempt, outside Paris, to stage a Manet show. “Olympia” and “Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe”, the...

    15. November 2, 2012

      Through the lens of history

      Like that of parent and child over a lifetime, the relationship between painting and photography has been one of evolving...

    16. October 5, 2012

      The Diary: Charles Saumarez Smith

      I have become an addict of the Maltby Street Market on Saturday mornings, where one can get everything one needs to eat at...

    17. September 14, 2012

      Cast of thousands

      Hockney versus Hirst, the Royal Academy versus Tate Modern – that was London’s visual arts battleground in the first half of...

    18. July 6, 2012

      They knew their onions

      Building a museum of one’s own in a cultural desert – from Alice Walton’s Crystal Bridges in Bensonville, Arkansas, to...

    19. June 29, 2012

      The Art Market: Jewels and jitters

      Ever since New York’s Pace Gallery set up a temporary base in London in 2010, the art world has been agog to discover where...

    20. June 22, 2012

      The next big thing

      “What is the maximum architecture can do?” Rem Koolhaas asked at the end of the 20th century. “Architects are in the...

    21. June 16, 2012

      Queen’s birthday honours

      Knights Bachelor Tony Baldry, MP. Michael Boyd, artistic director, Royal Shakespeare Company. Kenneth Branagh, actor....

    22. June 1, 2012

      Open to ideas

      “When I was a young artist, I wouldn’t have considered it. In the early 1980s I was invited to submit work and I’m ashamed...

    23. April 15, 2012

      Ron Mueck, Hauser Wirth, London

      Serious sculptor or special effects puppeteer? It is 15 years since Ron Mueck astonished visitors at the Royal Academy’s...

    24. April 13, 2012

      No patience for virtue

      Be The Worst You Can Be: Life’s Too Long for Patience and Virtue, by Charles Saatchi, Booth-Clibborn Editions, RRP£9.99, 160...

    25. April 6, 2012

      The prints principle

      Some artists are natural print­makers. While the likes of Raphael, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Rubens, Reynolds and Rossetti...

    26. March 30, 2012

      The naked eye

      Why do you paint women so ugly, Monsieur Degas?” a Parisian hostess once inquired. “Parce que la femme en général est laide,...

    27. March 23, 2012

      Highly strung

      Why collect old fiddles? For those who want to see their money grow, the example of the “Lady Blunt” Stradivarius violin –...

    28. March 14, 2012

      A PR strategy for the Kony fightback

      A PR strategy for the Kony fightback In the wake of the viral video, Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army are facing...

    29. March 9, 2012

      The odd master

      Johan Zoffany, a German working for the English court on location in Italy, spent seven years composing his masterpiece,...

    30. January 23, 2012

      You are entering Hockney Country

      Britain is embracing its most famous chain-smoker. David Hockney’s A Bigger Picture exhibition, just opened at the Royal...

    31. January 20, 2012

      The art market: Heaving Hong Kong, leaving Las Vegas

      Old Masters take centre stage in New York this week with a number of auctions as well as the dealer event, the week-long...

    32. 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,...

    33. January 13, 2012

      Blue-sky painting

      Five years ago David Hockney, back in Britain after several decades living in Los Angeles, painted a 12-metre landscape...

    34. December 23, 2011

      A modern Jerusalem

      At the end of every term at my school, gathered in the gothic chapel, we sang Sir Hubert H Parry’s setting of William...

    35. December 9, 2011

      On the Hockney trail

      When David Hockney exhibited his 12-metre-wide landscape “Bigger Trees Near Warter” at the Royal Academy’s 2007 Summer...

    36. 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,...

    37. December 2, 2011

      A man of the wold

       Hockney: The Biography Volume 1 19371975, A Rake’s Progress, by Christopher Simon Sykes, Century, RRP£25, 363 pages David...

    38. October 28, 2011

      Brushes with a camera

      The relationship between photographs and painting has been periodically close – as with Warhol, or Bacon, or the 1970s...

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