French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson at the Arles Photography Festival in 1994. Photo: Getty
The Essay: Finish the Bottle on Radio 3
By Antonia Quirke - 04 April 16:30

In week of short monologues about being up close with well-known artists, Martin Gayford recalls a stressful ecounter with Henri Cartier-Bresson.

In the Frame: Ad Break
By Tom Humberstone - 04 April 11:53

Tom Humberstone's weekly comic.

A concept illustration of the new Crystal Palace, produced by the ZhongRong Group.
Boris Johnson’s plan to sell public land for a new Crystal Palace will be a terrible boondoggle
By Douglas Murphy - 31 March 11:53

The idea of building a new Crystal Palace in south London appeals to the Victorian Toryism in Boris Johnson, but it would be another pointless, aesthetically-bankrupt legacy the capital will have to deal with.

In the Frame: Fair and Balanced
By Tom Humberstone - 28 March 11:41

Tom Humberstone's weekly comic.

Appetite for destruction: from Turner to Tacita Dean, artists have long been drawn to ruins
By Michael Prodger - 28 March 10:05

A new exhibition surveys artistic visions of decay.

In the Frame: In Moratorium
By Tom Humberstone - 21 March 10:03

Tom Humberstone's weekly comic.

Fund guy: Alan Davey, chief executive of Arts Council England, in 2008. (Photo: Getty)
Our arts organisations are in a dance of death
By Gerald Lidstone - 18 March 17:54

The deadline for Arts Council applications has just passed, and the funding outlook is looking bleaker than ever.

In living colour: Licht wil raum mecht hern (2013), one of 11 self-portraits in Baselitz’s Farewell Bill series.
Down on the upside: the topsy-turvy painting of Georg Baselitz
By Michael Prodger - 13 March 15:30

Three concurrent London exhibitions showcase work past and present by the East German born neo-expressionist.

Master of the gentle art: Whistler was known for his charm and talent, but also his feuds. (Photo: Corbis)
Foppery and flapdoodle: a life of James Whistler by Daniel E Sutherland
By Alex Danchev - 13 March 13:45

The US-born artist had talent to burn and a weakness for showmanship.

In the Frame: When There's No More Room in Hell
By Tom Humberstone - 07 March 16:18

Tom Humberstone's weekly observational comic for the NS.

Beaubourg boo-boo: view of the the Pompidou Centre in Paris, by Richard Rogers, arguably the point at which he sold out
Hippies to yuppies: the Brits Who Built the Modern World
By Tom Dyckhoff - 06 March 10:01

Foster, Rogers and co began their careers with radical and idealistic values. So why did they end up building flats for oligarchs?

Yesterday’s Dreams by Jack Vettriano
Jack Vettriano: standing in the shadows of love
By Jack Vettriano - 06 March 10:00

Scotland’s favourite painter on the art of heartbreak.

In the Frame: Kafka's Pitch
By Tom Humberstone - 28 February 11:37

Tom Humberstone's weekly observational comic for the New Statesman.

20 years after his death, we still know so little of Derek Jarman
By Colin MacCabe - 20 February 11:50

A facsimile of his only book of poems, A Finger in the Fishes Mouth, and a new book of sketches, thoughts and quotations, brings Jarman's art into fuller and more luminous perspective.

New Statesman
Richard Hamilton helped define the 1960s but they don’t define him
By Thomas Calvocoressi - 20 February 11:40

Unlike Warhol or Lichtenstein – overexposed and often in London – or the more instantly accessible Caulfield or Blake, Hamilton flies slightly under the radar: a hugely influential ideas man but not quite a household name.

Patriot games: the innovation and drama of Soviet sports
By Michael Prodger - 06 February 17:16

As the Sochi Olympics begin, a new exhibition examines the first collision of art, sport and politics in Russia.

Giant fungus towers will be grown in New York City this summer
By Ian Steadman - 06 February 15:27

Not a response to NYC's overheated property market, but one possible sustainable construction method for the future.

Strange geometries: Sensing Spaces at the Royal Academy
By Amanda Levete - 06 February 8:37

Seven installations by seven architectural practices – life-sized interventions designed to confront the senses and engage the mind.

A history of psychology, warts and mysteries and all
By Sophie McBain - 16 January 12:12

“Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology” at the Science Museum is an exhibition which offers few rigid conclusions.

New Statesman
In the Frame: Flood
By Tom Humberstone - 09 January 16:57

Tom Humberstone's weekly observational comic for the New Statesman.

New Statesman
In the Frame: Your Christmas needs you!
By Tom Humberstone - 20 December 11:51

Tom Humberstone's weekly observational comic for the New Statesman.

New Statesman
Sex, celebrity and satire in the Georgian age
By Michael Prodger - 12 December 13:56

Like us, the Georgians drank tea and gambled, they read novels and gardened, they liked clothes and dancing and they were fascinated by celebrity and sex. New exhibitions at the British Library and the Queen's Gallery at Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, reveal a

New Statesman
In the Frame: Elitist Tory dystopia
By Tom Humberstone - 06 December 12:07

Tom Humberstone's weekly observational comic for the New Statesman.

Tate brightened: How Tate Britain has been restored to glory
By Penelope Curtis - 05 December 8:21

Tate Britain’s director shares her diary of the gallery’s three-year, £45m redesign.

New Statesman
In the frame: Generating content
By Tom Humberstone - 03 December 15:06

Tom Humberstone's weekly observational comic for the New Statesman.

Museum staff at the British Museum looking up at a projection of Michelangelo's
Was Michelangelo the first celebrity artist?
By Martin Gayford - 28 November 11:50

The life and death of Michelangelo was a monumental celebrity affair.

New Statesman
In the Frame: Gold-plated Hypocrisy
By Tom Humberstone - 22 November 13:58

Tom Humberstone's weekly observational comic for the New Statesman.

New Statesman
The machinery and magic of Paul Klee’s paintings – in close up
By Craig Raine - 14 November 17:57

Klee's 50th birthday celebrations included hiring a Junkers aeroplane to fly over his house and parachute down presents from students and colleagues – somehow an appropriate conflation of technology and whimsy, of magic and machinery.

New Statesman
Don Bachardy: Portrait of the artist as an old man
By Philip Maughan - 14 November 13:52

“I was his creation. He was entering into my life so intimately and that’s exactly what I was responding to – such incredible support.”

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