The old-new thing

Curators this year have delighted in juxtaposing Old Masters and contemporary artists – but do the comparisons always make sense?

Last but not least

Recklessness, daring and urgency define the later works of Turner, Monet and Twombly at Tate Liverpool

Time is on his side

Alex Katz, pre-eminent painter of modern life, challenges the camera by showing painting’s ability to freeze the moment

Let us adore them

It’s been a good year for painters, male dancers and female pop stars – tempered by heroic dissidence and untimely death, writes Jan Dalley

A man of the wold

Attempts to fix David Hockney’s place in history coincide with a Royal Academy exhibition of his art work

The Richter tale

Tate Modern’s retrospective of Gerhard Richter demonstrates his unrivalled influence as a painter

Tacita Dean talks to Simon Schama

As she finalises an installation for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, the Berlin-based artist explains why the thought of using digital film fills her with horror