20th Century

Booksreview

From the pyramids to Venice: splendid survey of British painters traces the rise of the professional artist-tourist

Beautifully produced book of works by those who travelled abroad in around 1900 offers readers more than the standard views

Phillips starts 2021 sales with a 17% leg up on last year

Despite the “headwinds” of Covid-19 and an extended UK lockdown, the firm raised £24.8m in its three-city livestreamed auction

Seeing Chaïm Soutine through the eyes of Willem de Kooning

A side-by-side show at the Barnes Foundation brings together two Expressionist greats who fused the figurative and the abstract in their work

The story behind a student who discovered Edward Hopper's earliest paintings were copies

New research finds teenage artist's landscapes were based on a magazine for amateurs learning how to paint

Essex’s unlikely sculpture town is set for a renaissance

Built in the wake of the Second World War, Harlow maintains a remarkable collection with pieces by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Rodin

While in lockdown, UK's Sainsbury Centre acquires major works by sculptor Elisabeth Frink

Acquisition from the artist's estate heralds a wave of works being dispersed across UK public collections

Cache of Russian avant-garde works surfaces in regional museum's basement

Art historian Andrey Sarabyanov is planning a new exhibition of forgotten pieces by Kandinsky, Rodchenko and Stepanova

Here come the 'angels of anarchy': Surrealist women to steal the shows in 2020

Exhibitions in UK, Europe and US speak to growing public appetite for scholarship on the women of art history

Not all about nudes: volume uncovers new area of Lucian Freud’s work

Best known as a portrait painter, the artist was also fascinated by plant life

Beyond the Metaphysical: Milan show aims to reassess Giorgio de Chirico's late period

Major survey at Palazzo Reale will include his "most difficult" works as well as early pieces that inspired the Surrealists

Art marketarchive

Decorative arts sales shift to Chicago

New York vies with London for nineteenth- and twentieth-century decorative arts sales, but Chicago is coming on quickly

Decorative arts from Art Nouveau and Deco to Werkbund, Bauhaus and Functionalism

Another floor opens up in the Bröhan Museum with its privately formed collection

Big birthday is a boon for Bauhaus

Works on the stands at Art Basel show the market for artists associated with the German movement is hotting up in this centenary year

Designnews

Virgil Abloh picks five classics from Vitra Design Museum

The US fashion designer has curated a display at the museum and developed a line of limited-edition products

Grotesque, exotic, fantastic: Emil Nolde's road to Expressionism explored through three lenses

Survey exhibition of "degenerate" German artist at Zentrum Paul Klee includes works being exhibited for first time

Booksreview

What books in paintings mean

The significance of books in works of art

When the avant-garde met E=mc2: the story behind Dimensionism

Supported by prominent figures in its day, the little known movement is at last being rescued from obscurity

Hilma af Klint, the ‘mother of abstraction’, gets first major US show

More than 100 years after a spirit commanded her to break with naturalism, the vision of the Swedish artist is realised at the Guggenheim

Hairy who? The group that put a spell on the 1960s Chicago art scene

Art Institute of Chicago hosts first major survey of the loose artist collective

Bloomsbury group’s country home to open all year round

New shows at Charleston will celebrate the liberal legacy of the artists and intellectuals who gathered there

Dresden’s Albertinum brings out East German art to ‘build bridges’

Museum director Hilke Wagner seeks to address lingering prejudices with exhibition and events

Secret lives: new show recasts Gala Dalí as 'much more than a muse' to artists

Exhibition in Barcelona looks at the life and work of the Russian best known for being the wife of Salvador Dalí

Key figure of the Chicago Black Renaissance, Charles White, finally gets his due

Chicago, New York and Los Angeles to celebrate artist and activist after lengthy search for works

Museums pay tribute to Vienna’s visionary voyeurs, Klimt and Schiele, on 100th anniversary of their deaths

The artists are the subject of exhibitions across the Austrian capital—and beyond

Art fairsarchive

Collectors find a richer mix of art and design with PAD in Berkeley Square

The art and design fair diversifies in response to competition from Frieze Masters

Friezearchive

Spotlight: an alternative canon of 20th-century art or savvy sales strategy?

Frieze Masters both embraces and challenges the idea of 'masters'

New Met exhibition explores pre-digital manipulation of photography

Photographers began manipulating their work long before the digital era

Collectorsarchive

Two museums promised a third of one of the great collections of modern American art

Which poses the question: will the late Hannelore Schulhof’s heirs sell major works?

Collectorsarchive

Actionist collection offered to Courtauld

Long-term loan from British collector would gather controversial works in public

Louis Soutter: Corbusier’s favourite digital art

Soutter's art on view at Berlin's Galerie Haas & Fuchs

Booksarchive

Sotheby's James Stourton glazes over the more cut-throat tendencies of private collectors in new book

This account by the UK chairman of Sotheby’s is enthusiastic but superficial

Collectorsarchive

Max Mara founder’s art to go on show in posthumous exhibition

A former clothes factory in Italy will house 200 works

Art fairsarchive

London's British Art Fair, this year a smaller yet still sophisticated affair

The 20th edition drew wealthy local collectors, such as the Duchess of Westminster and Tim Rice, but it remains a niche event

Auctionsarchive

Best results ever for Italian art at auction

An unnamed East European collector bought several works at both Sotheby’s and Christie’s

National Gallery may start acquiring 20th-century art

The move would put the institution in competition with Tate

Collectorsarchive

Collector Bob Rubin's proves passion for Prouvé in $1 million restoration

The artist’s Maison Tropicale is on show this month at Yale

Collectorsarchive

Collector profile: Norman Braman and the Indian Creek residence furnished with contemporary masterpieces

The car tycoon has put together one of the greatest private collections of classic American art. Where does it go now?

New book and DVD explore the work of Joseph Cornell

Cornell's influence is traced to a breadth of modern art and poetry

'Zoomorphic' an overview of contemporary architecture at the V&A Museum

Exploring the animal kingdom's influence on contemporary architecture

The first ever retrospective of Guy Bourdin opens at the V&A

The exhibition features much more than the fashion shoots of the provocative French photographer

Propaganda posters from the Schreyer collection at the V&A

Charting the growth of a 20th century medium of art and communication

Art Deco 1910-39 at the V&A

Promises to be one of the most glamorous exhibitions of the year

Art marketarchive

The supply of surrealism on the art market means that collectors can still tap into this movement

The Surrealism sections of the February sales in London were the only to produce sparkling results

Le Corbusier before Le Corbusier: exhibition focuses on the formative years of experimentation

The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts Design and Culture

Collectorsarchive

Four German collectors and their passions

The Anglophile, the Entertainer, the Benefactor and the America lover

Art marketarchive

Diary of New York art advisors: Nancy A. McClelland and Lars Rachen on trends in the decorative arts market

Sophisticated collectors are crossing over from 19th- and 20th-century painting