In the Frame: Identity Crisis
By Tom Humberstone - 23 May 13:08

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Old Bond Street. Photo: Getty
“Fashion” is just an excuse for the rich to exploit the poor
By Tansy Hoskins - 20 May 15:48

Society is as it is because capitalism requires inequality – the fashion industry makes this painfully clear.

Real thing: Kathleen Turner in Bakersfield Mist, about a woman who discovers a potential Pollock
Mark Lawson: how “keepers of the flame” protect an artist’s legacy
By Mark Lawson - 16 May 11:10

From Larkin’s diaries being burnt to the refusal to acknowledge forgotten Jackson Pollocks, literary and art executors run a tight ship.

Jean Paul Gaultier poses with a metre high mohican in the Punk Cancan section of 'The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk' at the Barbican Art Gallery on April 7, 2014 in London, England. Photo: Getty Images
The exquisite craftsmanship and healthy ridiculousness of Jean Paul Gaultier
By Helen Lewis - 12 May 10:49

A major new retrospective does justice to the shocking elements of Gaultier’s work, yet also celebrates his embrace of bad taste.

In the Frame: Noah’s admin error
By Tom Humberstone - 08 May 18:13

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Richard Burton and Liz Taylor kissing in Ischia, June 1962, taken by Marcello Geppetti (1933-1998). MGMC & Solares Fondazione delle Arti
Paparazzi: artists or intruders? A new exhibition celebrates the original snappers' works
By Anoosh Chakelian - 06 May 16:16

The Estorick Collection is displaying the original paparazzi shots of Sixties stars in Rome as a collection of historic and artistic snaps. But were the paparazzi really artists, and can we imagine today’s paps having such an impact?

In the Frame: Putin's Room – Keep Out!
By Tom Humberstone - 02 May 10:33

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Detail from a cartoon by Jamie Hewlett, creator of Tank Girl
Thought bubbles: Comics Unmasked at the British Library
By Andrew Harrison - 01 May 17:28

From the Beano to Joe Sacco’s Palestine, the library’s major summer exhibition is impressive in its scope. 

Drama queen: the Countess Russell. Image: Red Edge/Girts Gailans
The Bard’s untamed shrew: Shakespeare and the Countess by Chris Laoutaris
By Frances Wilson - 30 April 10:00

The Countess Russell drew up a petition to prevent Blackfriars Theatre from opening and to drive the dramatist and his wretched troupe from her turf.

Van Eyck’s Portrait of a Man (1433), long supposed to be a self-portrait
Man in the mirror: The Self Portrait by James Hall
By Andrew Marr - 30 April 10:00

A new book examines the cultural history of canvases that have the artist as their subject.

“Slave Labour” by Banksy was on the wall of a Poundland shop in Wood Green, London. Photo: Getty
Stealing Banksy? Meet the man who takes the street art off the street
By Etan Smallman - 25 April 16:49

Tony Baxter has become the go-to guy for anyone wanting to shift – and flog – a Banksy mural.

Comic Sans gets neue lease of life – but it may end in tragedy
By Robert Honnell and Derek G Ross - 22 April 11:05

A new version of Comic Sans promises to lend credibility to the comic line of typefaces.

Henri Matisse: the hand that takes you for a ride
By Craig Raine - 17 April 13:00

When he started “drawing with scissors”, Matisse found a whole new way to overthrow the habitual.

In the Frame: Easter in Isolationist England
By Tom Humberstone - 17 April 10:22

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The Anointing of David by Paolo Veronese
Poets and madmen: the art of Paolo Veronese
By Michael Prodger - 17 April 10:00

The Renaissance painter abhorred an empty canvas. Did his crowded scenes lack spiritual depth – or is it time to take a closer look?

In the Frame: The Smog
By Tom Humberstone - 11 April 11:27

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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

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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

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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

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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.