visual art

Science may say this is a Caravaggio but my eyes think otherwise

12 July 2019 17:38

Last month a painting that had been found in an attic in 2014, supposedly by Caravaggio, was put up for…

Banksy’s stunt wasn’t even original – and why we should support ads on Sydney Opera House

16 October 2018 12:11

It was announced last week that the woman who bought Banksy’s ‘Girl With Balloon’ will be going through with the…

Glasgow School of Art is much more than just an art college

16 June 2018 12:53

Let’s be clear. This is not Grenfell. The word ‘tragedy’ may be all over the news, Twitter may be full…

Both sides are missing the point in the row over Dana Schutz’s painting

3 April 2017 15:00

‘Let the people see what I have seen’, said the mother of Emmett Till. In 1955 her son, a 14-year-old…

Is Maria Balshaw such a good choice for Tate? I tremble for the art I love

19 January 2017 16:30

The last couple of years have seen changes at the top of all of London’s major art musuems. In 2015…

Kenneth Clark was much better at opening people’s eyes to great art than Marxist John Berger

4 January 2017 12:35

It is one of those interesting quirks of postwar cultural history that John Berger, who has died at the age…

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.…

From the Tate to Palmyra: to preserve great art, let it decay and regenerate

1 June 2016 12:46

Strolling around Tate Modern’s recent Alexander Calder exhibition, something bothered me. Calder is best known for creating mobile, rather than static,…

Dumbed-down ‘accessible’ writing is just as bad as obscurantist art-speak

20 May 2016 13:26

When the art critic Robert Hughes died in 2012, someone from the Times turned up on Channel 4 News to…

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…

Artist gets £15,000 of public funds to live in Glasgow and eat chips

5 January 2016 13:26

The Glasgow Effect is a term given by epidemiologists and sociologists to describe the disproportionate levels of ill health and…

Why I’m not talking bunkum

12 November 2015 17:18

When George Osborne travelled to China in September, he took with him gifts of British artistic and cultural enterprise. He…

The importance of drawing

13 October 2015 17:44

Watch a child draw. See how she scrawls with abandon, jabs the felt tip at the paper, colours an eye…

Assemble’s Turner Prize entry is positive, genuine and ego-free. They’ll never win

2 October 2015 13:18

Here are some fur coats reclaiming the design canon for the sisterhood. They are draped over the back of tubular…

If only they were a bit less cool: Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons at the Guggenheim Bilbao

25 September 2015 0:00

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time Guggenheim Bilbao, until 1 November Jeff Koons: Retrospective Guggenheim Bilbao, until 27 September Manhattan in…

MoMA’s new Björk exhibition cramps the singer’s style

6 March 2015 13:46

Was intimacy the goal of Björk at MoMA? Co-curated by the Icelandic musician herself and Klaus Biesenbach, MoMA chief curator…

Martin Gayford’s five favourite exhibitions of 2014

3 January 2015 10:30

1. Late Rembrandt, National Gallery (15 Oct – Jan 18) (see image above) Some achievements, and some exhibitions, are virtually…

A stunner of an exhibition at Paris’s flashiest new gallery

23 December 2014 15:19

You can tell a lot about an art gallery from its attached eatery. The Tate has the grand but gratuitously…

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.…