Andrew Lambirth

Inspired and springing draughtsmanship: ‘Femme dans la nuit’, 18 April 1945, by Jean Miró

The painter who channelled the forces of gravity

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Tragically, Ian Welsh (1944–2014) did not live to see this exhibition of his latest work. Diagnosed with terminal cancer on…

‘Prince Pig’s Courtship’ by Paula Rego

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition offers up the good, the bad and the ugly – and a sore neck

14 June 2014 8:00 am

One of the great traditions of the RA’s Summer Exhibition has always been that each work submitted was seen in…

‘Coventry Cathedral’, 1940, by John Piper

Kenneth Clark wasn’t happy simply popularising art, he liked to collect it and shape it too

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Earlier this year, I sat down and watched Kenneth Clark’s groundbreaking TV series Civilisation. I vaguely remember when it was…

‘Stranger III’, 1959, by Lynn Chadwick

Can Lynn Chadwick finally escape the 1950?

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Lynn Chadwick was born 100 years ago in London, and died in 2003 at his Gloucestershire home, Lypiatt Park, where…

‘Steps’, 1931, by Josef Albers

Josef Albers: roaring diagonals and paradisiacal squares

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Josef Albers (1888–1976) is best known for his long engagement with the square, which he painted in exquisite variation more…

‘Stratford St Mary’, 2012, by Justin Partyka

A photographer sheds new light on Constable Country

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Andrew Lambirth talks to Justin Partyka, whose photographs show Constable Country in an unexpected light

‘Composition With Fish’ by Jankel Adler, on show at Goldmark Gallery

The hidden, overlooked and undervalued: Andrew Lambirth’s spring roundup

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Jankel Adler (1895–1949), a Polish Jew who arrived in Glasgow in 1941, was invalided out of the Polish army, and…

‘Herring Fisher’s Goodbye’, 1928, by Christopher Wood

A fresh perspective on reassuringly familiar artists

3 May 2014 9:00 am

This exhibition examines a loosely knit community of artists and their interaction over a decade at the beginning of the…

‘Icarus’, 1943, by Henri Matisse, maquette for plate VIII of ‘Jazz’, 1947

The Matisse Cut-Outs is a show of true magnificence

26 April 2014 9:00 am

Artists who live long enough to enjoy a late period of working will often produce art that is radically different…

The National Gallery's Veronese is the exhibition of a lifetime

19 April 2014 9:00 am

The National Gallery’s exhibition succeeds triumphantly, says Andrew Lambirth

Design by William Kent for a cascade at Chatsworth, c.1735–40; below, the Bute epergne, 1756, by Thomas Heming, designed by Kent

William Kent was an ideas man - the Damien Hirst of the 18th century

12 April 2014 9:00 am

How important is William Kent (1685–1748)? He’s not exactly a household name and yet this English painter and architect, apprenticed…

Mysteriously ravishing: ‘Santo Spirito’, 2013, by Arturo Di Stefano

It’s the whisper you’ve got to listen for in Arturo Di Stefano’s paintings

5 April 2014 9:00 am

One of the paintings in Arturo Di Stefano’s impressive new show at Purdy Hicks Gallery is called ‘Santa Croce’ and…

The great and the good and the gassed and the dead

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Last week, three exhibitions celebrating the art of Germany; this week, a show commemorating the first world war fought against…

‘Hercules Killing Cacus’, 1588, by Hendrik Goltzius

Upside down and right on top: the power of George Baselitz

22 March 2014 9:00 am

It’s German Season in London, and revealingly the best of three new shows is the one dealing with the most…

'Fold’, 2012, by Richard Deacon

Richard Deacon – from Meccano into art

15 March 2014 9:00 am

When I visited the Richard Deacon exhibition at Tate Millbank, there were quite a lot of single men of a…

The Vale of York hoard, 900s.

The British Museum's Vikings: part provincial exhibit, part gripping drama

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Exhibitions are made for two main reasons: education and entertainment. Although I recognise the importance of education I am, by…

'At last I wasn't worried about making pictures': an interview with Mark Shields

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Andrew Lambirth talks to Mark Shields, an artist whose work transcends the specific

Four artists you ought to know — and a famous one you can know better

22 February 2014 9:00 am

In this round-up of exhibitions in London’s commercial galleries, I feature three shows of little-known but mature contemporary British artists.…

Vanitas’, mid-1650, by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione

'Castiglione: Lost Genius' loses his genius in a sea of brown

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609–64) was, I must admit, unknown to me until I visited this show, the only Castiglione I…

'Uproar!' The Ben Uri gallery punches above its weight

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Last year saw the centenary of the London Group, a broad-based exhibiting body set up in a time of stylistic…

John Craxton was more gifted than the Fitzwilliam show suggests

1 February 2014 9:00 am

It is often said of John Craxton (1922–2009) that he knew how to live well and considered this more important…

‘Untitled’, 2012, by Simon Ling

Painting Now doesn't represent painting now. Thank goodness

25 January 2014 9:00 am

The death of painting has been so often foretold — almost as frequently as its renaissance — that any such…

Alan Sorrell, oddly original and shamefully neglected (till now)

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Rediscovering the unduly neglected is one of the chief excitements of those who curate exhibitions and write books. And there’s…

John Bellany: potent, prolific, patchy

11 January 2014 9:00 am

When John Bellany died in August last year, an odyssey that had alternately beguiled and infuriated the art world came…

Unmissable: ‘The Horse, the Rider and the Clown’, 1943–4, by Matisse will go on show at Tate Modern in April

Art shows you simply mustn't miss in 2014

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Andrew Lambirth reveals the treats on show in 2014