In the Frame: Customs
By Tom Humberstone - 19 December 12:07

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Death becomes her: the sinister glamour of Guy Bourdin
By Yo Zushi - 18 December 17:05

Did Bourdin really cause a 20-year-old model to pass out when he covered her entire body with glue and pearls?

Time’s arrow: an image by Chloe Dewe Mathews
Turning budget cuts into drama, and photography after the blast
By Mark Lawson - 12 December 12:54

Mark Lawson weighs up the hard choices facing the arts.

In the Frame: See Film Differently with David and George
By Tom Humberstone - 12 December 10:47

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

In the Frame: the best of 2014
By Tom Humberstone - 09 December 14:34

Tom Humberstone, who creates the weekly “In the Frame” comic for the NS, looks back at the past year.

In the Frame: The Cat and the Gnat
By Tom Humberstone - 05 December 10:37

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Face-off: detail of Self-Portrait (2014) by Derren Brown
Derren Brown’s tricks of the eye
By Helen Lewis - 04 December 10:00

Helen Lewis meets the illusionist and secret portrait painter. 

Tutu much: detail of an image from Richard von Krafft-Ebing's archive of sexual "deviation"
Doing it by the book: the eccentric pioneers of sex studies
By Erica Wagner - 28 November 15:00

From Marie Stopes to Alfred Kinsey, we can still learn from the masters of sex, as new exhibition “The Institute of Sexology” at the Wellcome Trust illustrates.

Students at the art school of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, 1932. Photo: Fox Photos/Getty
The rear-view mirror is no basis to reflect on the future of education
By Nigel Carrington - 28 November 11:53

Britain is globally famous for its creative education but people who prematurely mourn the death of art school are missing the real threat.

In the Frame: One Hundred Per Cent
By Tom Humberstone - 28 November 10:39

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Peruvian andean women victims of forced sterilizations during the administration of Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori, protest in Lima on February 13, 2014. Photo: Getty Images
The artistic campaign to help 300,000 Peruvian women sterilised against their will
By Iain Aitch - 24 November 11:39

During the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of poor women in rural areas of Peru were forcibly sterilised, often without their knowledge - and ahead of the next presidential election, artists are helping campaigners finally find justice.

In the Frame: A Brief Guide to the Non-Apology
By Tom Humberstone - 21 November 11:50

Tom Humberstone's weekly comic.

Central Saint Martins.
Is this the end of the British art school?
By Isabel Sutton - 20 November 15:40

Art schools used to be a place where the socially and intellectually marginal could distinguish themselves. Now, with unattainable entry requirements and a hefty price tag, they’re becoming a dwelling place for commercial interests and the children of the international elite.

Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph by Rembrandt, Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Germany
Man in the mirror: Rembrandt: the Late Works at the National Gallery
By Michael Prodger - 18 November 17:21

In later life the painter turned away from the light and towards himself.

In the Frame: Monty
By Tom Humberstone - 14 November 10:28

Tom Humberstone's weekly comic.

A statue of Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photo: Feng Li/Getty
I’m in the North Korean embassy in London, looking at a painting of a big brown horse
By Eleanor Margolis - 10 November 9:33

Is the infamously secretive state finally beginning to open up? An art exhibition at the London embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic would seem to suggest it might be.

In the Frame: Todd
By Tom Humberstone - 07 November 11:19

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

A woman in shoes by Christian Louboutin. Photo: Getty
The empress’s old clothes: who are women dressing for, anyway?
By Helen Lewis - 05 November 13:09

Most of us will have had the sensation, at one time or another, of feeling as though we were dressed up as someone else. A new book and an exhibition explore what it means to be a "woman in clothes".

 

Detail from Girl Kneeling on a Red Cushion (1913) by Egon Schiele
Provocations to desire: Craig Raine delights in the nudes of Egon Schiele
By Craig Raine - 31 October 14:00

Egon Schiele is candidly pornographic – but his obsession with anatomy tells the story of an artistic struggle.

In the Frame: New Full On Lemon Extreme
By Tom Humberstone - 31 October 11:25

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Flashback: Birmingham Library in the 1970s. Photo: Getty
Why Gillian Wearing made a statue of two single mothers
By William Cook - 30 October 9:00

Her sculpture depicts two sisters, Roma and Emma Jones (who, like Wearing, were born in Birmingham), and their sons. It has attracted local interest, as well as complaints from fathers and the far right.

Storm of swords: detail of Rego's unsettling pastel drawing Our Lady of Sorrows (2013). Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art. Photography by Prudence Cumming Associates
Beautiful grotesque: the “dark play” of Paula Rego
By Michael Prodger - 24 October 11:11

Rego’s latest fairy-tale visions give terror a face – but their deepest secrets remain hidden from view.

In the Frame: Hallowe’en Costume Ideas
By Tom Humberstone - 24 October 10:42

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Tracy Emin sits in front of her 1998 piece “My Bed” on display at Christie's in June 2014. Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty
Tracey Emin and Steve McQueen: still paid-up members of the awkward art squad
By Mark Lawson - 23 October 15:49

I suspect that if the Turner Prize clash were rerun now, Mad Tracey might beat Hollywood Steve.

Stand at easel: Mike Leigh overlays his stylised realism on to costume drama in Mr Turner. Photo: Courtesy of Liveright Publishing Corporation (Lovecraft)
With love and squalor: Mike Leigh’s brand of realism is perfect for Turner
By Ryan Gilbey - 23 October 15:42

An interesting tension exists in the film between that grunginess and passages of intense beauty. It is a compliment commonly paid to well-shot films to say that any one of their frames could be hung in a gallery. This is unmistakably the case here. 

In the Frame: The Real Winners
By Tom Humberstone - 17 October 10:27

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Lost world: ruins of ancient sculptures litter the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad. Photo: Yannis Kontos/Polaris/Eyevine
Treasure trails: how museums became diplomatic fixers
By Cristina Ruiz - 16 October 14:03

Museums were once places of scholarship – now they intervene in war zones and world politics.

Shrewsbury School, Shropshire (2010), by Martin Parr
Suited and booted: Martin Parr’s chronicles of the Great White Male
By Martin Parr - 16 October 10:00

Martin Parr’s vision is simultaneously a celebration of the nuances of tribal behaviour and a gimlet-eyed stab at pretension and earnestness.

Quids in: Jeff Koons poses for cameras at a preview for his retrospective at the Whitney in New York. Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Pop goes the easel: sharp encounters with contemporary artists
By Martin Gayford - 16 October 10:00

Are artists solitary individuals, or do they emerge from a workshop, family or other communities? In other words, are all works of art collective creations? Is an artist obliged to engage with politics or is it enough just to make good stuff?

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