Bob Webster's Klanky.
The Returning Officer: Illustration III
By Stephen Brasher - 30 July 12:58

Liberal candidate Bob Webster was a graphic artist and much of his work appeared in the comic Sparky.

A panel from The Adventures of the Noah Family by James Francis Horrabin.
The Returning Officer: Illustrations II
By Stephen Brasher - 23 July 12:08

On James Francis Horrabin.

A lighthouse. Photo: Flickr/Dennis Jarvis
Sinister structures or homely beacons: why lighthouses stand firm as a cultural symbol
By Oliver Farry - 21 July 17:54

Though they are rarely operational these days, lighthouses remain culturally powerful and maintain a strong hold on the imagination. 

'L'Amour Plus Fort Que La Haine'. Photo: Jessica Johnston
“You produce work and want to run for cover”: Celina Teague on art versus armchair activism
By Liv Constable-Maxwell - 16 July 18:30

Just before the opening of her new show, "I Think Therefore I #",  the artist Celina Teague talks about the difficulty of producing political art, and the effect that social media has on the way we absorb news.

John Leighton, writing under a pseudonym for London Out of Town. Picture: David Bogue, 1847, via the British Library
The Returning Officer: Illustrations
By Stephen Brasher - 16 July 8:39

“The free and independent man for free and independent men.”

The artwork An Oak Tree. Photo: YouTube screengrab/TateShots: Michael Craig-Martin/Tate
Can a glass of water also be an oak tree?
By Liv Constable-Maxwell - 15 July 16:56

Why when one creative claims to turn his glass into an oak tree, we accept it as a heart-breaking reaction to loss, and when another does the same, it's confusingly pointless?

Time out of mind: “All art was once contemporary art,” says Quinn, whose practice draws on a rich history spanning ancient Greece, Turner and India. Photo: Laura Hynd for New Statesman
Marc Quinn: “You can’t be Turner in the age of global warming”
By Michael Prodger - 14 July 12:49

The artist on Kate Moss, time travel and life after the YBAs.

A visitor takes a look at 'Self-Portrait with Monkeys' (1938) Photo: Getty
What Frida Kahlo can teach us about the art of the selfie
By Liv Constable-Maxwell - 09 July 9:38

Her self-portraits have never felt so relevant.

Joseph Cornell: the self taught artist who found freedom in tiny spaces
By Rachel Cooke - 09 July 9:01

Cornell was a wildly prolific artist, yet in this beautifully unfussy, almost minimalist survey of about 80 of his boxes and collages, you will find not a single dud.

Richard Dadd’s Halt in the Desert. Image: British Museum
The dangerous mind of Richard Dadd
By Michael Prodger - 02 July 9:35

Richard Dadd painted some dazzling visions abroad but found peace within the walls of Broadmoor.

Blood and honour: The Duel After the Masquerade (1857-59) by Jean-Léon Gérôme. Picture: © Walter Art Museum, Baltimore
Why are there so many duels in literature?
By John Mullan - 25 June 15:15

John Leigh's Touché: the Duel in Literature wears its learning lightly.

Ali Smith: Looking at the world through the eyes of Barbara Hepworth
By Ali Smith - 22 June 17:18

Barbara Hepworth’s work and its universe of meaning.

Windows on the sole: why we buy shoes we’re never going to wear
By Jane Shilling - 11 June 8:39

As Shoes: Pleasure and Pain opens at London’s V&A, Jane Shilling explores why our footwear carries such emotional weight.

The art of rapprochement: what the Havana Biennale reveals about thawing Cuba-US relations
By Rick Jones - 01 June 16:39

How symbolism and happiness are captured in joint American-Cuban cultural endeavours.

In the Frame: The Satirist
By Tom Humberstone - 29 May 9:00

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Object lessons: Learning, a 1996 artwork by Michael Craig-Martin. Photo: ©2015 MICHAEL CRAIG- MARTIN
Art rarely floats free of biography - or autobiography, for that matter
By Michael Prodger - 28 May 13:14

Michael Prodger on new books from Julian Barnes and Michael Craig-Martin.

In the Frame: Seriously?
By Tom Humberstone - 22 May 9:02

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

A glimpse of Grayson Perry's House for Essex. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Grayson Perry’s new house is a dollop of architectural fun
By Michael Prodger - 21 May 10:48

Cult figure Grayson Perry has won over the locals with his eccentric House for Essex.

In the Frame: Welcome to the Next Five Years of Your Life
By Tom Humberstone - 15 May 16:53

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Under the red sky: Chiharu Shiota’s installation The Key in the Hand. Photo: AWAKENING/GETTY IMAGES
In a Venice Biennale full of moving stories, the British appear to have nothing to say
By Michael Prodger - 14 May 13:41

With her monstrous phallus and pendulous balls, Britain's Sarah Lucas has sunk to the occasion. 

In the Frame: Farage Begins
By Tom Humberstone - 24 April 9:02

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Dirty money: an oil-like mess at Tate Britain during a protest in April 2011. Photo: Jeff Blacker/Rex Features
Biting the hand that funds: is the Tate losing out from its association with sponsors BP?
By Barbara Speed - 23 April 14:11

The Tate has vowed not to take money from the arms industry or tobacco firms - but the oil firm's support is just as contentious.

In the Frame: Game of Downing Street
By Tom Humberstone - 17 April 15:17

Tom Humberstone's weekly comic.

In the Frame: News Blocker
By Tom Humberstone - 10 April 11:14

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

“The sex industry is f***ing diabolical”: Artist Sam Roddick on the modern politics of sex
By Anoosh Chakelian - 30 March 16:59

The sex workers’ rights activist and artist calls on the government to protect the sex industry, as her new exhibition on objectification explores society's sexual failings.

In the Frame: The Grand Passive Aggressive Watergate Hotel
By Tom Humberstone - 27 March 12:13

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

In the Frame: Unlikely
By Tom Humberstone - 20 March 10:04

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

He wakes up kicking.
A masterful restoration pulls visitors deep into Goya's haunted thoughts
By Michael Prodger - 13 March 13:11

Goya is better known for his portraiture and group paintings. But a restoration of the artist's private notebooks show a different side, where ghosts and witches abound in profoundly unnerving sketches.

Gotcha! Steve Jobs speaks at an Apple music event in 2010. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
A modern history of hoaxes: without pranks, there'd be no Apple
By Robert Twigger - 11 March 17:30

From Bansky to Martin Bell, Kembrew McLeod's Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World shows how pranks shake things up.

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