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The nocturnal in art

The nocturnal in art

The nights are drawing in. Autumn evenings are getting duskier, mistier, and cooler. Early mornings are darker. Soon we’ll be living large parts of our lives under a nocturnal cloak. As the dark deepens it unleashes imagination and stories of ghosts and witches; dreams and nightmares populate the night. Autumn […]

Monsters in/and art

Monsters in/and art

Want to make a monster? Well, grab a big bag, head out to the countryside, and find the strangest creatures you can: bats, dragonflies, lizards, birds, snakes. Then lock yourself in your room, kill the animals and chop them up, keeping the most interesting bits: a bat’s wings, a serpent’s […]

The well-deserved rest

The well-deserved rest

We enter in the period of the year that traditionally in the countries of the South of Europe is the time of the holidays. In our lives, often increasingly tensed, it turns out to be necessary to take rest and to try to obtain silence around, for the need to […]

Art made in Space

Art made in Space

Which images from our age will endure? Will they be Turner prize-winning artworks, or will they be pictures such as those taken by the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite, which launched in 2009 and over the next four years collected the first light in the universe? When we look at […]

A century of Dada

A century of Dada

A century ago the world was two years into an apocalyptic war: and 1916 saw it turn more murderous yet with the Battle of the Somme, killing almost 20,000 British soldiers on its first day alone. That same year a group of mostly German pacifists in exile in neutral Switzerland […]

Art and the Panama Papers

Art and the Panama Papers

Mossack Fonseca helped a New York art gallery defend itself over a claim about a Nazi-looted artwork after the apparent original owner’s descendant launched a legal battle for its return, the Panama Papers reveal. The case involves a $25m (£18m) Modigliani painting taken from Paris when the Nazis marched into […]

Australian Aboriginal Art

Australian Aboriginal Art

When any compelling new way of picturing the world shivers into being, it can’t help but enthral us. Think what it is like to see the early Cubist paintings by Braque and Picasso, or the very first sensationally realist, shadow-filled paintings of Caravaggio. Many may see “Everywhen,” a succinct survey […]

Art, memory and decency

Art, memory and decency

Memory has many colors. A work of art that survives the centuries is an embodiment of history, marked invisibly by all the hands that have held it. Who owned it? Where did it hang? These are not just arcane questions for scholars but the network of human experience that haunts […]

Museums are part of the Britain’s north-south division?

Museums are part of the Britain’s north-south division?

Joseph Wright of Derby’s painting this piece, “A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery” may look familiar for British people. It often appears on book covers, regularly flashes up in TV documentaries, and with good reason. No painting captures the wonder of science better. Adults and children are gathered by candlelight […]

Matisse and the Book Arts

Matisse and the Book Arts

In Paris during 1946, Henri Matisse made a series of portrait drawings of a notoriously splenetic theater critic named Paul Léautaud. One of the images was to be made into a lithograph for the frontispiece in a book of Léautaud’s writings. Over a number of days that August — a […]