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Joseph Cornell never travelled but he still ‘collected’ far-flung locales by creating unique dioramas that functioned as 3D scrapbooks. Alastair Sooke reports.<p>Ever since antiquity, when jobbing sculptors and painters moved around the shores of the Mediterranean hunting for future commissions, …Sooke
In a series that highlights a momentous year in three cities, Dr James Fox explains why Vienna in 1908 foreshadowed the creative and destructive future of the 20th Century.<p>At the turn of the last century, Vienna was a gilded city of tradition and splendour, at the centre of the oldest empire in …Gustav Klimt
Why do some artists command such eye-watering prices, while others’ works are worthless? Will Gompertz visits an auction house in London to find out.<p>Art is unlike any other commodity. The normal rules of economics simply do not apply. There is almost never a price tag; instead the buyer must …Selling
A new exhibition of rare Edgar Degas monotypes reveals a more daring and experimental side to the artist.
Porcelain is associated with everyday objects – but at the heart of the white material is a dark story of obsession, power and purity. Edmund de Waal explains.<p>European craftsmen first worked out how to make porcelain in the 18th Century, in the German city of Dresden.<p>Augustus the Strong, ruler of …Ceramics
Paul Klee’s famous angel appears tossed by the rough winds of history – and the drawing itself has been blown about the world by tragic events. Jason Farago tells the story of an icon.<p>He stands slack-jawed, his four front teeth protruding from his open mouth like uneven stalactites. His head is …Art