Adrian Hamilton

The Independent’s former comment editor, Adrian Hamilton writes a weekly column largely on international affairs with particular focus on the Middle East, Iran and foreign policy issues. Before joining the paper he was deputy editor of the Observer newspaper.

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The master of the high seas: Turner's genius for painting marine landscapes

The National Maritime Museum’s new Turner exhibition is an astounding testament to his enduring talent, says Adrian Hamilton

The shocking truth: Why Jake and Dinos Chapman's tactics are wearing thin

The Chapman Brothers’ new show has their trademark power to shock but the technique is wearing thin, says Adrian Hamilton

‘Floating Island’ by Makiko Kudo

Body Language at the Saatchi Gallery: A mixed body of work

The Saatchi Gallery's new exhibition shows that figurative art is alive and kicking, especially in America. But the artists' vast canvases and impressive use of colour can't disguise their lack of graphic skills, says Adrian Hamilton

The Socialist Network: Art turning left...

From the French Revolution to the present day, left-wing values have long influenced the production and reception of art. A fascinating and far-ranging exhibition at Tate Liverpool explains how

Making tea is heaven in the hell of war: Stanley Spencer's soldiers away from the Front

The mundane tasks carried out by battled-scarred soldiers away from the Front in the First World War is reflected in an exhibition by artist Stanley Spencer

‘Saying Farewell at Hsun-yang’ by Qiu Ying

Unscrolling the masterpieces that were made in China at the V&A

The UK's first major exhibition of Chinese paintings since 1935 reveals that far from being monolithic, the art of the country is highly individualistic, propelled by artists with their own distinctive styles

'Seated Male, holding left knee, left profile', by CJ Natoire

Art review: The Male Nude, The Wallace Collection, London

The male nudes in the Wallace Collection’s new exhibition display  a painstaking proficiency, but they’re unlikely to arouse much passion, says Adrian Hamilton

Exhibition of the week: An American in London: Whistler and the Thames, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London SE21

Not the least virtues of Dulwich's small show is the emphasis it gives to Whistler's prints. Black-and-white engravings have fallen from taste since his day but the ones here remind us how direct an artistic media etching is – and how Whistler mastered it.

‘The Last of Old Westminster’ (1862)

The river runs deep: Whistler in London

A new exhibition of Whistler’s etchings and paintings of the Thames displays his extraordinary talent for capturing the atmosphere and bustle of life in 19th-century London, says Adrian Hamilton

Exhibition of the week: The EY Exhibition: Paul Klee, Tate Modern, London SE1

You can never have too much of Paul Klee. Ten years since the last major show, Tate Modern's exhibition aims to be the most comprehensive, taking Klee from his entry on the art scene in 1910 to his death in 1940.

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