Stephen Smith


From Van Gogh to The Raft of the Medusa: this photograph of Trump exists within a rich art history

Evan Vucci’s composition recalls many great masterpieces of the past, and its consequences may be keenly felt in the future


A history of the time that artists (very briefly) ruled Russia

The dramatic twists and turns of the leading figures of the avant-garde during the Russian Revolution


'From the margins to the forefront': Osman Yousefzada wraps Queen Victoria statue in fabric for new show in Bradford

The artist and writer returns to the city where his father first arrived in the UK in the 1960s

‘We are not letting the horror be forgotten’: artists mark second anniversary of Ukraine invasion

A new Kyiv museum bringing together tales of the warzone and a marathon immersive video screening in London are two major projects taking place this weekend to acknowledge the occasion

More than a moment: major survey of Black figuration opens at National Portrait Gallery London

Curator Ekow Eshun has brought together portraits from 22 leading artists, including Kerry James Marshall and Claudette Johnson


New York, London, Paris, Accra: inside the cultural week bringing the art world to Ghana

Amoako Boafo and other African art stars were flying the flag for the next generation of talent at Accra Cultural Week

London takes action to help hard-pressed artists

As studios disappear or become unaffordable, two housing schemes in the UK capital provide low-cost spaces—but are they ambitious enough to make a difference?

A director's tour of the newly renovated National Portrait Gallery in London

Nicholas Cullinan shows us around the new-look museum after its three-year closure

Joe Tilson: the Pop artist who dodged Hitler’s torpedoes and life on a building site

The nonagenarian talks about why Italy is more welcoming to artists, how meaning is always in the eye of the beholder, and his displeasure in learning that Boris Johnson is a fan

Art world insiders on Brexit, three years on

Vitriolic, resigned, hopeful: Brexit has undoubtedly caused upset and inconvenience to the UK art world, but opinions are divided on the industry’s prospects in the longer term

Book Clubfeature

Lucian Freud’s revealing letters—replete with illustrations and doodles— show a different side to his character

A new book brings together letters and postcards that the artist sent his lovers, friends and fellow artists