Contemporary art

What next for contemporary art auctions?

18 January 2018 17:33

With auction houses in the news following record-breaking sales, I sat down with Ralph Taylor, Global Head of Post-War and…

Perhaps Michael Gove should get the Turner Prize

6 December 2016 18:15

It is a week where you’d imagine most British politicians would be occupied by the Supreme Court ruling over Brexit.…

This history of the YBAs confirms their ahistoric arrogance and boundless incuriosity

22 September 2016 18:57

Artrage by Elizabeth Fullerton. Thames & Hudson. 288pp. £24.95 Thames & Hudson is no longer a publisher much associated with writing.…

Chisenhale Gallery’s conceptual critique of neoliberalism is being funded by high finance

25 April 2016 12:02

Over the next five weeks, visitors to East London’s Chisenhale Gallery will find the metal doors closed and a notice…

Painters triumph at Glasgow International – even though installations dominate

20 April 2016 16:53

Glasgow International Glasgow, until 25 April 2016 Kelvin Hall is a semi-derelict monument to the fag-end of Glasgow’s great art deco…

The art of Jonathan Meades

15 April 2016 13:52

Ape Forgets Medication: Treyfs and Artknacks Londonewcastle Project (28 Redchurch Street, E2), until 23 April Process, means, method: it was these rather…

Ai Weiwei’s Aylan Kurdi image is crude, thoughtless and egotistical

1 February 2016 16:09

Last September a photograph of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body washed up on a beach near Bodrum made headlines around…

Will anyone dare to be the new John Ruskin?

2 October 2015 15:49

Brian Sewell, who died last month, was not popular with his fellow critics. He accused them of kowtowing to power, of…

An art award that actually rewards talent

1 December 2014 14:11

Before I was asked to go out and cover it, I’d never heard of the Vincent Award for contemporary art.…

‘Painting is total idiocy’ says Gerhard Richter – and he has some new paintings to prove it

27 November 2014 16:33

Gerhard Richter has got a website. This is odd in itself – artists only usually have websites when they are…

Postcard from Ukraine – meet the artists in exile from the People’s Republic of Donetsk

22 October 2014 10:25

It was Orthodox Trinity Sunday when Luba Michailova received word that separatists would soon occupy the premises of the Donetsk…

Let’s call the Turner Prize what it really is – an uninspiring ode to a multimedia world

7 May 2014 11:34

The Turner Prize shortlist has been announced, and includes a video artist who uses YouTube clips, an artist who pairs…