Art

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Clarissa Tan's Notebook: Why I stopped drinking petrol

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Florence was in fog the day I arrived. Its buildings were bathed in white cloud, its people moved as though…

Saving Italy, by Robert M. Edsel - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

During the civil war, the Puritan iconoclast William Dowsing recorded with satisfaction his destructive visit in 1644 to the parish…

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When a smartphone gallery is better than the real thing

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Michael Prodger finds that new technology is transforming how we experience art – in galleries, on computers and on smartphones too

Christopher Sykes’s diary: David Hockney, Bridlington lobster, and the risks of a third martini

6 July 2013 9:00 am

I began my week with a trip to Bridlington, the closest seaside town to my childhood home. ‘Brid’, as it’s…

‘Artist’s Studio “Look Mickey”’, 1973, by Roy Lichtenstein

How Roy Lichtenstein became weighed down with superficiality

9 March 2013 9:00 am

Andrew Lambirth finds that Roy Lichtenstein became weighed down with superficiality

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An enigma wrapped in a conundrum

26 May 2012 4:00 pm

What to make of Banksy? Artist or vandal? Tate Modern holds no Banksys and, other than a redundant phone box…

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The picture of health

14 April 2012 10:15 am

It must have been hard to settle on a title for this book; but then this is not the book…

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Bookends: Disarming but disingenuous

14 April 2012 9:00 am

At first glance, Be the Worst You Can Be (Booth-Clibborn Editions, £9.99) by Charles Saatchi (pictured above with his wife,…

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Where dreams take shape

7 April 2012 10:00 am

The question of what artists actually get up to in their studios has always intrigued the rest of us —…

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A fine and private painter

31 March 2012 11:00 am

Prunella Clough was a modest and self-effacing artist who nevertheless produced some of the most consistently original and innovative British…

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Portraits of an age

3 March 2012 10:00 am

By a fine coincidence, two legendary icons of British art were being feted in London on the same evening last…

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Currents of imagery

17 December 2011 9:00 pm

In the first book of his scientific-cum-philosophical poem ‘De rerum Natura’ — or ‘On the Nature of Things’ — Lucretius…

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Oh brother!

17 December 2011 8:00 pm

Long in the writing, deep in research, heavy to hold, this is the latest of umpteen biographies of Vincent van…

Settling old scores

10 December 2011 10:00 am

As a boy, Brian Sewell was unimpressed by opera but enraptured by pantomime which, he reveals in Outsider, sowed in…

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Lust for life

3 December 2011 10:00 am

Seduced by the hayseed hair and the Yorkshire accent it’s tempting to see the young David Hockney as the Freddie…

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Art Books: A sumptuous tour

19 November 2011 10:00 am

In 1930 Evelyn Waugh, already at 27 a famous novelist, spent two days in Barcelona. He came upon one of…

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William Nicholson: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings by Patricia Reed

5 November 2011 10:00 am

A pleasingly tactile canvas-like cover adorns this heavy book and proclaims its purpose; the boldly brushed illustration is a detail…

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A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney by Martin Gayford

29 October 2011 10:00 am

Like his contemporary and fellow Yorkshireman, Alan Bennett, whom he slightly resembles physically, David Hockney has been loved and admired…

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Art for ransom

27 August 2011 10:00 am

These two books make mutually illuminating and surprisingly contrasting companions, given the similarity of their subjects.

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Poetry in paint

23 July 2011 12:00 am

At the age of just 21, Samuel Palmer produced one of British art’s greatest self-portraits.

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The English El Greco

25 June 2011 12:00 am

Talk about ‘enemies of promise’.

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1951 and all that

18 June 2011 12:00 am

The author of this book and I both visited the 1951 Festival of Britain on London’s South Bank as schoolboys.

Religious doubt

23 April 2011 6:00 am

No description of Eric Gill is ever without the words ‘devout Catholic’, and Eric Gill: Lust for Letter & Line…

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Fish and chaps

23 April 2011 12:00 am

This is the ultimate ‘niche’ book.

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The Midas touch

23 April 2011 12:00 am

Now that we can read on Kindle and some people fear that paper-and-ink books will become extinct, one’s first impulse might be to say hurrah for this mighty production.