Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die, London

When the first Sherlock Holmes story, "A Study in Scarlet," begins, the narrator, Dr. John H. Watson, is kicking his heels in London, having recently been invalided out of the army. Watson isn't very complimentary about the capital, calling it  ...

Keith Haring: The Political Line, SF

Does art belong in a museum or on a T-shirt? When it’s the art of Keith Haring (1958–1990), the answer is both. The vibrant and striking “Keith Haring: The Political Line” at San Francisco’s de Young Museum explores his universal  ...

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude, London

Fin de siècle Vienna. A city fizzing with avant-garde intellectualism and “new” music. The city of Freud, Mahler and Schoenberg. A city teetering on the precipice of change in the twilight years of the crumbling Austro-Hungarian Empire. Onto the  ...

Grayson Perry: Who Are You?, London

Who Are You?, the question that forms the title of this new exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery, is one, according to British artist Grayson Perry, that we often try to avoid. He feels we have a “slippery sense of  ...

Rembrandt: The Late Works, London

His hand rests affectionately on her bosom; she acknowledges his gesture with a gentle caress. Although it's called "The Jewish Bride," we don't know whether the painting depicts a contemporary couple or a historic union, perhaps Isaac and Rebecca. No  ...

William Morris and His Legacy, London

The wide-ranging influence of Victorian designer, artist, furniture-maker, poet and social reformer William Morris is explored in a new exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery. Far more than a straightforward display of portraits, the exhibition includes drawings, paintings, objects, textiles  ...

Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010, London

Typical. You wait ages for an exhibition to do with a major post-1945 German artist, then two arrive at once. Hot on the heels of the new Anselm Kiefer show at the Royal Academy (previously reviewed on this site) comes  ...

David Bowie Is, Chicago

"David Bowie Is" Chicago Exhibit Reveals a Cultural Icon, Beyond the Pop David Bowie was born September 16, 1965. Actually, that’s the day that 18-year-old David Jones legally assumed the name that became famous. This is one piece of  ...

Anselm Kiefer, London

Anselm Kiefer was born in Germany in 1945. A war baby (just) he grew up among the ruins of a country devastated by war and divided by ideology. It is hardly surprisingly, then, that on first sight many of his  ...