Monthly Archives: October 2022

Witness Cézanne’s genius at Tate Modern. He changed art for ever

It falls to few artists to change the course of art. You can count the ones who have done so on one hand. Art was one thing before Michelangelo came along, before Caravaggio, before Duchamp. After them it was another thing. So it was too with Cézanne. Tate Modern’s flawed but engrossing survey of his […]

William Kentridge exposes the hidden horrors of South Africa

It falls to few artists to be involved as fiercely with their times as William Kentridge was and is involved with his. Born in Johannesburg in 1955, he grew up in apartheid South Africa, where he witnessed not only the repression of the black community but also its resistance and triumph. And all the time, […]

Katy Hessel and Carolee Schneemann: the art you need to know about

Topic of the month on the art front has been: forgotten women. Until now, it has raged chiefly on the books pages, where an assortment of feisty tomes on the subject have been receiving excited reviews. Femina, by Janina Ramirez, is “writing women back into history” by listing and celebrating the undervalued heroines of the […]

How it all went wrong for Damien Hirst

I was thinking the other day about an art book I want to write. Its title would be: Art — How It All Turned to Shit. Every word in the book would be true. Playing a central role in the tragedy would be Damien Hirst. Among art critics working today, I do not believe Hirst has […]