A show at Tate Britain underscores Turner as the great recorder of elemental disorder and industrial pollution on the grand scale.
Michael Glover is a Sheffield-born, Cambridge-educated, London-based poet and art critic, and poetry editor of The Tablet. He has written regularly for the Independent, the Times, the Financial Times, the New Statesman and the Economist. He has also been a London correspondent for ARTNews, New York. His latest books are: Late Days (2018), Hypothetical May Morning (2018), Neo Rauch (2019), The Book of Extremities (2019), What You Do With Days (2019) and John Ruskin: a dictionary (2019).
Some of the Best Art Books of 2020
Abstractions, illusions, DIY concoctions, museums touting their collections, and other holiday confections.
The Crude, Exhilarating, Watery Worlds of Alfred Wallis
Wallis tore up the rule book and pointed a way forward for British painting.
What Is Bruce Nauman for?
It is neither easy nor especially relaxing to spend time with Nauman.
Howard Hodgkin Gushes Forth
Howard Hodgkin: Memories — the first show of any importance since the artist’s death — seems to open him up as never before.
Surrealism’s Unfinished Business
The art of the collagiste is essentially the art of the scavenger, the opportunistic thief.
Cecily Brown Crashes the House of Churchill
What will she make of the fabled greatness of the English past?
An Old Painter Stares at His Hands
Georg Baselitz reflects on his own aging hands through the prism of all the art he has seen.
New Art Books for the New Season
An autumnal offering of Artemisia Gentileschi, Dorothea Tanning, Henri Matisse, and Guston galore, among much, much else.
The Crafting of an Art Critic
How did I learn to judge between one work and another? By looking and reading and looking and reading and looking.
What’s So Hard About Painting Shakespeare?
Many paintings of Shakespearean scenes feel mawkish or literal-minded, flat-footed or lacking in emotional depth.
Van Gogh and the Books He Loved
To Vincent, books were calls to action, lessons in life.