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Open art galleries and let us feed our souls 2m apart

    As I queued outside Tesco last week, dutifully maintaining my 6ft distance, mask on, gloves pulled, it occurred to me that I could be doing the same thing outside the National Gallery in London while waiting to see the marvellous Titian exhibition that opened there last month. It was open for a couple of days. […]

    Flogging off the family silver is an ancient art

      Few words trigger as much anger and consternation in cultural circles as “deaccessioning”. It’s an attempt to sound technical and managerial about an activity that stirs deep emotions. No one wants to call it what it is — “flogging off the family silver”. But, whatever words you use, it has always gone on. And with […]

      Artemisia Gentileschi

        Forget the lurid stories and celebrate the astonishing intimacy created by the first great female painter

        Cranach, Compton Verney

          Lucas Cranach took a sardonic view of the human desire for eternal youth. Will we never learn?

          Andy Warhol, Tate Modern

            A jerky ‘driftospective’ of Warhol’s art lacks the one thing we really need — wisdom

            Among the Trees, Hayward Gallery; Aubrey Beardsley, Tate Britain

              This green show tells us little about its subject — and creates a big carbon footprint in the process

              Titian: Love, Desire, Death at National Gallery

                Titian’s masterly Poesies are united for the first time at the National Gallery, and Waldemar Januszczak is awestruck

                British Surrealism, Dulwich Picture Gallery

                  A new exhibition shows that too many British surrealists substituted whimsy and pretension for a darker art

                  The Art Mysteries: finding the secret meanings of famous paintings

                    Waldemar Januszczak’s new series on BBC4 finds out the truth about works by Van Gogh, Cézanne, Gauguin and Seurat

                    Masculinities, Barbican; Steve McQueen, Tate Modern

                      A carefully curated show at the Barbican avoids the obvious in its exploration of how masculinity is portrayed, both in art and in society, says Waldemar Januszczak