Blots on the cityscape

15 October 2011 2:00 pm

London is awash with bad public art. Richard Dorment urges councils to rid the streets of all the kitsch

Melancholic visions

15 October 2011 1:00 pm

At the less than enticing Guildhall Art Gallery, a purpose-built museum that manages immediately to depress the spirits by its…

Pictorial intelligence

8 October 2011 4:00 pm

Edgar Degas (1834–1917) was born into a banking family, always knew he wanted to be a painter and was fortunate enough to be encouraged in his enthusiasm by his parents.

Unfit for purpose

1 October 2011 12:00 am

In recent months, two new museums have opened to much acclaim: The Hepworth in Wakefield and Turner Contemporary in Margate.…

Medieval frescoes

24 September 2011 12:00 am

Rome revelation

Going private

24 September 2011 12:00 am

One of the greatest Renaissance paintings remaining in private hands, Hans Holbein the Younger’s ‘The Darmstadt Madonna’, was sold discreetly…

‘An obsolete romantic’

24 September 2011 12:00 am

In 1982 Sven Berlin placed a sealed wallet labelled ‘Testament’ on top of a rafter in his studio with instructions…

Battle lines

17 September 2011 12:00 am

The introductory room to Women War Artists at the Imperial War Museum confronts the visitor with a large canvas of…

Spirit of place

10 September 2011 12:00 am

In the Weston Rooms of the Royal Academy’s main suite of galleries is the third of a series of exhibitions designed to show the processes by which artists arrive at their work.

Something old, something new

3 September 2011 12:00 am

Very last chance to see the inaugural exhibition at the magnificently revamped Holburne Museum — a selection from the collections of Peter Blake, together with some of his own work.

Beyond belief

27 August 2011 11:00 am

The subtitle of Treasures of Heaven is ‘saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe’. The key words here are medieval and Europe.

View finder

27 August 2011 11:00 am

Bold Tendencies is a seasonal sculpture exhibition, events venue and bar — in overall effect, a sort of hipster adventure playground — concealed in the disused upper levels of the multistorey car park opposite Peckham Rye railway station.

Collector’s eye

20 August 2011 12:00 am

To celebrate Elizabeth Blackadder’s 80th birthday, the Scottish National Gallery is staging a landmark retrospective (until 2 January 2012) spanning the last six decades of the artist’s career.

Pastoral perfection

20 August 2011 12:00 am

One of the highlights of the Royal Collection is Gainsborough’s ‘Diana and Actaeon’, a painting I always make a point of visiting when I am viewing a new temporary exhibition in the Queen’s Gallery

Hungarian photography, Richard Long, Thomas Struth

13 August 2011 12:00 am

A photography show worth admiring

Cy Twombly and Poussin

6 August 2011 12:00 am

Opposites in revealing juxtaposition

John Hoyland – an appreciation

6 August 2011 12:00 am

John Hoyland was one of our most exhilarating artists

Show of wonders

30 July 2011 12:00 am

Out of Australia: Prints and Drawings from Sidney Nolan to Rover Thomas (British Museum, until 11 September. Part of an Australian Season sponsored by Rio Tinto)

Sublime timelessness

23 July 2011 12:00 am

The Fry Art Gallery is housed in a Victorian Gentleman’s Gallery of two main rooms, built in 1856 for the Quaker banker Francis Gibson.

Spiritual solace

16 July 2011 12:00 am

The basement galleries of the Sainsbury Wing are darker than ever for this intriguing redisplay of some of the oldest paintings in the National Gallery.

Paradise regained

16 July 2011 12:00 am

Alasdair Palmer marvels at a series of Veronese frescoes at Palladio’s Villa Barbaro

Artistic rebellion

9 July 2011 12:00 am

Vorticism is often referred to as the only British 20th-century art movement of international importance, but the work of the Vorticists — Wyndham Lewis, Edward Wadsworth, Gaudier-Brzeska and their associates — has up to now not been widely known.

A feast of visual delight

2 July 2011 12:00 am

There are just 26 drawings and watercolours in the magnificent exhibition at Lowell Libson, but they are all of such quality and interest that the show is a feast of connoisseurship and visual delight.

Keeping an eagle eye

25 June 2011 2:00 pm

The resident ravens of the Tower of London seem to croak a little louder these days. A few yards from their gathering spot, a golden eagle, traditional symbol of power and kingship, perches on a military standard, keeping watch. It is one of several exhibits on display at the newly refurbished Fusilier Museum in the Tower of London.

Lautrec’s dancing muse

25 June 2011 12:00 am

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901), diminutive aristocrat and radical artist, was roundly travestied in John Huston’s 1952 film Moulin Rouge, and at once entered the popular imagination as an atrociously romanticised figure doomed for early death.