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Why do British galleries shun the humane, generous art of Ruskin Spear?

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Where do you see paintings by Ruskin Spear (1911–90)? In the salerooms mostly, because his work in public collections is…

Brought to book

8 January 2022 9:00 am

‘This is not a book,’ is the first line of Paul Gauguin’s final memoir, Avant et Après, written on Hiva…

The art of the Christmas card

18 December 2021 9:00 am

It’s the thin end of the wedge, the slippery slope, the beginning of the end of a civilised Christmas. It…

How crazy was Louis Wain?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Before Tom Kitten, before Felix the Cat, before Thomas ‘Tom’ Cat, Sylvester James Pussycat Sr, Top Cat and Fat Freddy’s…

The supreme pictures of the Courtauld finally have a home of equal magnificence

20 November 2021 9:00 am

When the Courtauld Gallery’s impressionist pictures were shown at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris in 2019, the Parisian public…

The unseen Victoria Wood

13 November 2021 9:00 am

For a few years now I have been living with Victoria Wood. That sounds all wrong, obviously, and yet no…

'You should see some of the other scripts that come through': Robert Carlyle interviewed

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Robert Jackman talks to Robert Carlyle about Begbie, playing a Tory prime minister and the merits of keeping your head down

Absurd and amusing, solemn and scholarly: Charles Jencks's Cosmic House reviewed

2 October 2021 9:00 am

An editor once told me: always look at the loos. It was remarkable, she said, how many grand cultural projets,…

Sale of the century: the contents of the Sitwells' mansion are going under the hammer

11 September 2021 9:00 am

In my bedroom there is a small lidded laundry basket. It was designed by Geoffrey Lusty for Lloyd Loom, a…

The vivid memory-scapes of Hong Kong master Wong Kar Wai

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Tanjil Rashid on the vivid memory-scapes of Hong Kong master Wong Kar Wai

The Turner Prize shortlist is an embarrassment

22 May 2021 9:00 am

In 2019 I was asked to be on the jury for the Turner Prize. I was pretty happy about this.…

The art of the asparagus

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Manet’s ‘Botte d’asperges’ are probably the most famous asparagus in the world. The artist painted the delicious white- and lilac-tinged…

The bizarre art of Scottie Wilson deserves to be better known

8 May 2021 9:00 am

On eBay I have an alert set for ‘Scottie Wilson’. Nine times out of ten, it’s a diamanté Scottie dog…

‘I’ve seen the bare bones of London’: street painter Peter Brown interviewed

1 May 2021 9:00 am

‘I’ve been seeing the bare bones of London,’ explains the landscape artist Peter Brown, who is known affectionately as ‘Pete…

The artists ensnared by the capitalist system they affect to despise

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries on the artists ensnared by the capitalist system they affect to despise

Can VR help to sell art to kids?

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Some pictures are now so mediated that their actual physicality has long been dwarfed by a million reproductions. The ‘Mona…

Community music-making is the jewel in the British crown

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Community music-making is the unifying jewel in the British crown, says James MacMillan

How 20th-century artists rescued the Crucifixion

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Two millennia ago, in the outer reaches of the empire, the Romans performed a routine execution of a Galilean rebel.…

Why are the Oscars such a lousy guide to great cinema?

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland,predicted to win big at this year’s Oscars, is not a terrible film. It’s a slight, sentimental Grapes…

Clubhouse left me with one question: why am I here?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

For my 13th birthday in 1995 I requested — and got — my own ‘line’. This meant that I could…

How Algernon Newton made great art out of empty streets and dingy canals

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Quite late in life Walter Sickert paid his first visit to Peckham Rye. He was excited, apparently, because he had…

Why is the smoky, febrile art of Marcelle Hanselaar so little known?

20 February 2021 9:00 am

I first became aware of the work of Marcelle Hanselaar in a mixed exhibition at the Millinery Works in Islington.…

The grumpy genius of Raymond Briggs

19 December 2020 9:00 am

No one captures better than Raymond Briggs the ambivalence that many of us feel towards the festive season, says Daisy Dunn

Every page of this astonishingly beautiful ode to the citrus is a treat

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Laura Freeman is transported by J.C. Volkamer’s astonishingly beautiful ode to the citrus

What's an art form that feels unpopular and pointless, but isn't? Video art

12 December 2020 9:00 am

How did the universe begin? Did the great god Bumba vomit us up, as the Kuba believe? Or did we…