‘These two Titians are the greatest old masters left in private hands anywhere’

Primal Emotion – in Abstract or Concrete Form

Two exhibitions show how much Francis Bacon and Mark Rothko had in common, despite their different approaches

What Do We Mean by ‘Art’?

Art is not culture or entertainment, it is complexity, the 'I' in life, ambition, the ambiguity of humanity, serious about itself

Writers, Visible and Invisible

Writers are hidden beings, says the winner of the 2008 PEN/Nabokov Lifetime Achievement Award

Hadrian: Man, Hero, Husband, Lover, Emperor

The British Museum’s exhibition reassesses the great Roman, a complex figure who left a legacy of unique glory

Does the Arts Club Have Good Taste?

In the dictionary on my laptop it defines art as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination”. To me, that’s cooking

Orientalism Comes Out From Under the Shadows

A thoughtful exhibition at Tate Britain this summer lifts the veil of moral theory from Orientalist painting

The Writing on the Wall

There is much to admire about Banksy. But is he any good?

Rare Visitor fom the Blue Danube Comes to the Mersey

Liverpool is staging the UK’s first comprehensive exhibition of the work of the great Austrian avant-garde artist, Gustav Klimt

‘Some artists have finally had the courage to admit that they are scared. But we need them to do better than that. We need people with a voice to show that they aren’t scared’

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"