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Michael Prodger is associate editor at the New Statesman. He is an art historian, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham, and a former literary editor.
Kauffer eventually gave up on being a great modern artist and followed the money into advertising. But if he was going to design posters, at least he’d ensure they were art.
The unconventional “tomboy” lived and painted with the animals in the open air.
Smithson’s once-submerged Utah sculpture Spiral Jetty is a richly metaphorical work.
How the Flemish painter Paul Bril forged a new form of landscape art in baroque Rome.
How the popular artist flattered his country with an image of itself as an American Aracadia.
In his painting of one of the country’s many lakes, Gallen-Kallela saw a nation rippling into life.
Questions of gender and sexual trauma have long confused Artemisia Gentileschi's status as a major painter – something a new exhibition sets out to correct.
In the only landscapes he painted, the Romantic artist was unable to hide his many troubles.
The striking works of the German expressionist, founding member of Das Blaue Reiter and fiancée of Kandinsky.
The author and former Fleet Street political editor on Silicon Valley, Keir Starmer, and why politics has become a “grim comedy”.