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.

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.