public art

Timid, ponderous, confused: Gillian Wearing’s statue of Millicent Fawcett is embarrassing

25 April 2018 12:35

The first thing you notice is the frumpy tweed overcoat. Realistic bobbling. Fussy check. Bit pedantic, bit GCSE. Then the…

Banksy’s Brexit mural has helped halt Dover’s decline

17 September 2017 9:00

When people come to Dover, it’s usually to pass through. The magnificent castle on the cliffs may be a tourist…

Antony Gormley has no right to complain when the public interacts with his public art

5 July 2017 15:17

Antony Gormley is not amused. The artist who has installed hundreds of life-sized, cast-iron sculptures of his naked body in…

The return of the What’s That Thing? Award for bad public art

16 March 2017 16:00

Wouldn’t it be nice, in these divided times, for humanity to have a common enemy – preferably an inanimate one. Welcome to the What’s…

Hans Haacke’s Gift Horse, Fourth Plinth, review: cringe-worthy – but at least it’s not David Shrigley

5 March 2015 15:01

There is good art, there is mediocre art and there is bad art. In the same ratio – about 3:65:32…

Why has TfL vandalised the Eduardo Paolozzi murals at Tottenham Court Road?

27 February 2015 17:03

Last weekend I used the Northern Line at Tottenham Court Road station for the first time since it reopened. Oxford Street…

Let’s not stop at Maria Miller. Let’s get rid of the Department of Culture completely

9 April 2014 10:20

The arts world will not shed a tear at the news that Maria Miller has resigned. Though it was Jeremy…

Anything you can smash, I can smash better

20 February 2014 7:00

Art is under attack. Another week, another expensive poke in the eye. Last Sunday, Miami artist Maximo Caminero destroyed a…