Jacob Willer

ONLINE ONLY: The Hayward Gallery’s Fashionable Primitives

The "Alternative Guide to the Universe" claims to offer bracingly fresh perspectives. In fact it gives us the opposite, and is all the more interesting for it.

From Kitsch to Cool: Picasso and Modern Art

Marxist art historians cherish his Cubism, but he later became a true artist, not just a modernist

Heavenly Bodies

Murrillo's reputation has fallen in the face of modernist trends. Two new shows have reestablished his genius as a master of the numinous

ONLINE ONLY: Radical Chic and the Corruption of Art

Critics may be heralding the end of contemporary art as we know it, but nothing will change as long as artists worry about how fashionable, rather than how good, their work is

How Contemporary Art Lost Its Glamour

Art-as-commodity is no longer fashionable, so the former promoters of the avant-garde are now hedging against it

Seeing is Believing

The narrative of Will Gompertz's history of modern art faithfully follows the Serota tendency, claiming modern art always trumps that which it supplanted

Don’t Go to Art School if you Want to Learn to Paint

In six years of study I didn't learn a single thing that would be of any use to me in my ambition to become a figurative artist

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"