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“I’m a romantic schizophrenic,” is written on the wall as you enter Savage Beauty, the thrilling new exhibition of the work of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
It is the tenderness beneath the satire that enthralls Zoe Pilger
From Greenham Common to the Troubles, the London riots to mad cow disease, the Hayward’s ambitious new show explores the changing state of the nation over the past 70 years
17th Century painter is famous for his luminescent, voluptuous female nudes
William Blake’s influence as both visionary and revolutionary is felt to this day. For an exhibition to do justice to his frenzied imagination and political zeal is a big ask, says Zoe Pilger
At a retrospective of the 77-year-old Pop artist Allen Jones, Zoe Pilger finds that she is at once offended by his objectification of women and fascinated by his strangely seductive works – including a bionic Kate Moss
The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back timid
His new set of paintings are shocking and frequently nauseating – but crucially they also have something to say about the dark heart of our society
Poignant portraits of the Bloomsbury Group’s leading light, Virginia Woolf, make for a fascinating show
Despite a few wonderful works, the Liverpool Biennial is a dull show that fails to address the impact of the devastating cuts suffered by the city
Barbara Kruger’s piercing text-and-image works, aimed squarely at our consumer culture, made a big impact in the Eighties. But Zoe Pilger finds a new exhibition of her work lacking in power – and somewhat out of date
Once again, the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition is an exhilaratingly eclectic mix of the astounding and the downright awful, says Zoe Pilger
“In a squalid yard behind the clamour of the Gare Montparnasse, a dingy staircase leads to Piet Mondrian's door,” the journalist W F A Röell wrote in 1926, when he arrived at the studio of the great Dutch artist.
A blockbuster exhibition at the British Museum unwraps the mysteries of 5,000-year-old Egyptian mummies. Zoe Pilger is fascinated – but not sure they should be on show at all
Two new Andreas Gursky exhibitions capture the tension between the chilling neutrality and passionate Romanticism in his epic, enigmatic photographs – to thrilling effect