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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 […]

    Winslow Homer is America’s Michelangelo: he strikes terror into your heart

      Winslow Homer and Michelangelo are two artists I never imagined I would pair in the same sentence, but a compelling show that has opened at the National Gallery has forced my hand. On the surface, they have zero in common. One was a universally acclaimed genius of the Renaissance, the other a 19th-century boat painter […]

      The Queen’s Accession: prepare to swoon at the royal jewels

        This display of the Queen’s treasures at Buckingham Palace will send arrows of desire thundering into everyone’s hearts

        Lights, camera, art — I went to the galleries of the future

          Money is being ploughed into ‘immersive’ experiences but are they any good? Our critic investigates at shows dedicated to Frida Kahlo and Van Gogh

          Art lovers, make your way to a tiny but perfect exhibition

            Behold the ultimate master of technique and celebrate his artistic genius

            The Serpentine Gallery wants to save the planet — it’s a shame the art is so pitiful

              It’s a good cause, but this gallery needs its artistic director to stop globe-trotting and get on his bicycle

              Africa Fashion at the V&A: this shimmers, sparkles and delivers a collection of wows

                Two shows about the black and African experience have opened — one joyous and uplifting, the other neurotic

                The glue crew weren’t harnessing art but attacking it

                  Poor old art. Somewhere along the line it seems to have become the protest junkie’s victim of choice.

                  Forget the Summer Exhibition — meet the 5 art stars of tomorrow

                    After a harsh few years, the class of 2022 are graduating. Our critic goes to the Royal College of Art’s final show to see what the future holds

                    Raphael at the National Gallery — an Italian blockbuster

                      He died aged 37, but was already a master in the league of Leonardo