Culture
18 November 2010
Journey through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the DeadBritish Museum, London WC1The modern, secular west is...
Books
12 June 2006
Musing on his recent mescaline experiences, Aldous Huxley in The Doors of Perception recalled a theory put forward by...
Culture
15 May 2006
What place does surrealism, once the most insurrectionary of modernist art movements, have in our brave new world of...
Books
06 March 2006
Coming to this book a few days after the vote to ban smoking in pubs and clubs in England, I was pleased to find some...
Books
10 October 2005
On 18 July this year, possessing or supplying psychedelic fungi became an offence equivalent to possessing or supplying...
Culture
26 May 2003
If impressionism really is "the most popular artistic movement in history" (the faintly absurd self-claim for "The Road...
Culture
07 April 2003
Like Richard Billingham, I went to Ethiopia without quite knowing why. I had a week off work, Addis Ababa seemed as...
Culture
17 March 2003
The ponderous, notoriously overbearing architecture of Tate Britain's North Duveen Sculpture Gallery has seldom looked...
Culture
10 March 2003
When the brightest artists in 19th-century France sought a way out of the dead end of academia, they started painting...
Culture
03 March 2003
In Concerning the Spiritual in Art (1911), the artist and theoretician Wassily Kandinsky devotes a brief paragraph to...
Culture
10 February 2003
The first thing that strikes you when you look at a Chinese landscape painting is its format. Broadly speaking, the...
Culture
03 February 2003
Perhaps uniquely among modernist painters, Giorgio de Chirico requires that we suspend disbelief in front of his works...
Culture
13 January 2003
Arthur Rackham used to like taking his nephew for walks in Kensington Gardens and making him see the forms of animals...
Culture
06 January 2003
For an unofficial but illuminating prologue to the British Museum's Durer show, you need to go past the ticket desk,...
Culture
16 December 2002
More or less without exception, the distant past reaches us in monochrome. A photograph of a Victorian picnic on a long...

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