Damien Hirst, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, review: this spectacular failure could be the shipwreck of his career

After months of speculation, rumour, and stage-managed hype, Damien Hirst’s latest extravaganza is finally opening in Venice – and, my goodness, it’s enormous. With 190 works of art, displayed across 54,000 square feet of gallery space, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, as the exhibition is called, is arranged across two venues: Palazzo Grassi, […]

Georg Baselitz: Farewell Bill, Gagosian Gallery, review

At the Gagosian Gallery in King’s Cross, one Hans-Georg Bruno Kern, who changed his name to Baselitz after the Saxon village of Deutschbaselitz where he was born in 1938, also presents Farewell Bill, a suite of impressively large and loose self-portraits in honour of the great Abstract Expressionist painter Willem de Kooning. If Baselitz is […]

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, review: ‘a terrific treat on a winter’s morning’

Like seeing double: the Amsterdam and the National Gallery Sunflowers hang side by side for the first time in 65 years at London’s National Gallery. What would be the ultimate blockbuster exhibition? High up anyone’s list would surely be a show of the still lifes of sunflowers that Vincent Van Gogh painted in Provence between 1888 […]

Peter Doig: No Foreign Lands, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Billed as a homecoming, the first Edinburgh retrospective for the painter Peter Doig lingers in the imagination, says Alastair Sooke. With the exception of Gauguin, the French stockbroker who plunged into Tahiti with whom Doig is frequently compared, there are few artists it makes less sense to consider through the filter of their national identity. […]

When Duchamp came to Kent

Alastair Sooke looks back on the riddling Frenchman’s important, but little-known, summer holiday in Herne Bay exactly 100 years ago. No modern artist was as riddling and enigmatic as the Frenchman Marcel Duchamp. Born in 1887, he spent his life upending expectations about what art could be. Even his most diehard disciples were confounded by his decision in 1923 […]