British Art

As interest in artists of Caribbean heritage grows, Tate Britain show aims to create 'landmark' moment

“Rich and fascinating” connections explored in Life Between Islands: British-Caribbean Art 1950s-Now

New William Hogarth survey at Tate Britain cuts the John Bull

Exhibition challenges the artist's image as a Little Englander, instead highlighting his connections to Europe


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


Grand mural projects: a vital chapter in British art history

In her book, Lydia Hamlett unpacks the literary, cultural and political significance of “the animated wall”

Off with her head! Infrared technology shows how a 15th-century French king used a paintbrush to replace one wife with another

Francis I of Brittany had his first wife painted over in a medieval prayer book before giving it to his new spouse, research at Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum shows


Three books about Lucian Freud's life and work offer insights that do not always paint a pretty picture

Eccentricity and singled-mindedness were part of the great painter's character, but he had many unappealing traits


Biography of the artist John Nash—victim of the Younger Brother Syndrome—redresses the balance

Book shows that John Nash was a remarkable artist overshadowed by his elder sibling, Paul

Britain's young artists had a hard time before the pandemic. What will happen to them now?

Inequality is rife in British society, not least in the arts, where decades of ‘class-cleansing’ policies have made it harder than ever to be an artist and designer

Coronavirus might be limiting our travels but one painting is still on the move (somewhere)

Terry Frost's work, which was last seen on a train between London Euston and Crewe, joins a long list of disappearances associated with public transport

What can mysterious markings in stone teach us about British art?

Research for a new book begins with a pilgrimage to find prehistoric rock art in northern England

Top of the Pods: David Hockney and other modern British mavericks

We revisit our exclusive interview with the British artist. Plus, expert Martin Gayford tells us about Hockney, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and others in post-war London

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson

Turner Prize nominee Helen Cammock on Baroque music and marginalised histories

The UK artist's solo exhibition at London's Whitechapel Gallery explores the lives of 17th-century Italian female composers

Manchester gets first comprehensive retrospective of Wyndham Lewis in 40 years

The founder of the Vorticist movement has often been under-appreciated or misunderstood, which the Imperial War Museum North seeks to rectify

Tate Britain banks on David Hockney retrospective to pull in the crowds

More than 150 works will be on display, from those executed early in his career to some whose paint is still wet

Reynolds' experiments a real headache for conservators

Research project and show explain conservators’ difficulties with his techniques

The deeply educated John Singer Sargent

The painter’s portraits of his diverse circle of polymathic friends

Restitution begins at home: an insider's analysis of the issue of restitution

The return of objects is not just an international issue—domestic claims can also offer insights.

Folk art at the Tate Britain

Next Summer's exhibition focuses on the boundaries between the mainstream and the marginal

Interview with Bryan Ferry: “I can’t imagine life without art around me”

The Roxy Music founder on being taught by Richard Hamilton, his love of British artists and viewing at speed

Francis Bacon claims his place at the top of the market

As Tate Britain opens a major travelling retrospective, we examine the factors underpinning the meteoric rise in prices for the artist’s work and reveal the identity of his biggest collectors

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British Art Auction report: The Bacon and Freud effect

Recent record prices for the two artists boosted results for 20th-century British works, while Victorian art struggled

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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

Books: Is Hogarth the greatest British artist of all time?

Three publications illuminate the subject of Tate Britain’s major exhibition

Arts on television: Bacon and Hirst as the bad boys of British art

Damien Hirst has carried on Francis Bacon’s violent legacy of “guts, blood and spunk”, but denies any direct inspiration

Contemporary auction sales report: British art makes the great leap

Bacon and Auerbach triumphed as Sotheby’s and Christie’s racked up impressive totals


Major British collector buys Sisley for a charity

Greetings card millionaire Andrew Brownsword adds the Impressionist to his collection


British and Irish art sale a subdued affair

Some big collectors have stopped buying and bidders held back

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Dealers are the art world's real brains

Let us face facts. Before money changes hands, unfamiliar art is not studied because nobody thinks it is worthy of study

C.I. Kim's monumental Britart collection encourages the consumer to dream

The businessman, collector, and artist whose department store museum includes work by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Anthony Gormley

Days like these: Tate triennial of contemporary British Art 2003

Theme-less this year, the triennial covers all generations and styles

Interview with Richard Hamilton: Product Displacement

As major exhibitions of his work open in London and Barcelona, Hamilton explains his boredom with the London art scene, the lineage of his tables and his undying debt to Marcel Duchamp

The Turner Prize 2002

Tate Britain gives a taste of the work of these young artists

Interview with Gary Hume, king of the narrative-free form: “I want to abolish ‘me’ in my art”

Hume talks painting, why he relishes a little melancholy, and what he learned from working with Stella McCartney

Interview with Julian Opie: Creating logo people

The relationship between the generic and the individual is at the heart of Opie’s digitally produced work

Bridget Riley makes waves at new Tate Britain retrospective

Riley was heavily involved in the curation of this exhibition alongside Paul Moorhouse

A new book explores Walter Sickert's innovative work as a printmaker

Nine years of painstaking research have revealed this technically adventurous side of the artist’s work

Leslie Waddington: Always a Londoner

The welcome failure of droit de suite, the impact of internet sales and the future of YBAs and optimism about the Tate Modern

David Smith's 'Wagon II' bound for the Tate

Purchased from artist's family, it is the most important work still in private hands

Collector Paula Cussi funds Tate Freud exhibition despite export altercation

“Lucian Freud: Some New Paintings” is on show until 26 July

A trio of nineteenth-century paintings shows in England

The Tate Gallery proposes the origins in British art of Symbolism, the Royal Academy investigates fairies, while Manchester presents women Pre-Raphaelites


The stuff that dreams are made of: Symbolists, Pre-Raphaelites, and Fairies dominate British exhibitions

The Tate Gallery proposes the origins in British art of Symbolism, the Royal Academy investigates fairies, while Manchester presents women Pre-Raphaelites


A Tate for the 21st century: decisions to be made about the collection remaining at Millbank Tate

With modern foreign art to be displayed at Bankside, opinion within the Tate differs as to how the story of British art should be told


Bringing British art out of the shadows

Sir Edwin Manton, an American-based insurance executive, has donated £7 million ($11.2 million)

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A tribute to British savvy in a time of increasing globalisation

London may be the loser in the end, but the Brits brought it on themselves


Important eighteenth-century and contemporary additions to Tate’s holdings

The works are from the Oppé collection and Janet Wolfson de Botton


Turin shows hidden talent at Castello di Rivoli as six top collectors go public this month

Italy's most discreet city has always favoured the avant-garde, now celebrated by this elegantly cerebral exhibition

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R.B. Kitaj: 'I begin my working day by falling asleep in front of my easel'

The American artist, who has lived in Britain for the past 35 years, is celebrated with a large exhibition at the Tate


Technique anglaise: Current trends in British art

A useful, market-serving guide to thirty young British artists

What's on in New York: The British are here

As well as Hoffmann, Kruger, Sultan, Koons, Klein and Kandinsky