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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‘Multi-Saint’ (2013)

Heavenly Bodies: Michael Landy's artistic marriage made in heaven... and hell

YBA Michael Landy’s show Saints Alive at the National Gallery draws on details of the torture of the martyrs represented in masterpieces of the Renaissance. And the result, says Adrian Hamilton, is fascinating

Exhibition of the Week: Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan, Wellcome Collection, London NW1

Showcasing work from 46 artists living in or attending social welfare establishments across Japan, the curator Shamita Sharmacharja's exhibition highlights the pleasure that creativity gives the patients.

New Order: British Art Today/Gaiety Is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery, London SW3 (saatchi-gallery.co.uk) to 9 June

New Order: British Art Today, at the Saatchi Gallery: this new order is far from sensational

The best that can be said for the works by young UK-based artists in a show at the Saatchi Gallery is that they're proficient. Adrian Hamilton misses the passion and provocation that the original YBAs inspired

Mum’s the word: Takako Shibata’s ‘Mother’ (1996-2001)

Beautiful minds: Outsider art at the Wellcome Collection

The first major exhibition of Japanese Outsider art in the UK brings together 46 artists who live on the margins of society. It's remarkable, says Adrian Hamilton

Rachel Whiteread: A lesson in how to think inside the box

Rachel Whiteread first won acclaim for her sculpture of a house’s interior. Two decades on, a new exhibition shows she is still a formidable artist, albeit a rather unemotional one,  says Adrian Hamilton

The Rijksmuseum from the canal

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum: Dutch art's high cathedral ushers in a new golden age

After 10 years and €375m, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam reopens this week. British museums could learn a lot from its tasteful, triumphant makeover, says Adrian Hamilton

Craigie Aitchison’s ‘Boat at Sunset’ (1990)

He comes in colours: Craigie Aitchison at the Waddington Custot Galleries

Scottish painter Craigie Aitchison was dismissed by some critics as twee. But the brightness and warmth in his work give it a compelling edge, as Adrian Hamilton discovers at the first show since the artist's death

Pope Francis and Xi Jinping

Super Power: The Pope and the Chinese President - two men who are leaders to over a billion people, but can they make a change?

This week, two very different men were elected to positions of dizzying influence. Each had worked his way up through a rigid, doctrinaire organisation. Each is now leader to more than a billion people. But can either of them realistically hope to achieve major change? Adrian Hamilton on a modern paradox

Exhibitions of the week: R B Kitaj: Obsessions, various venues

How Jewish was the art of R B Kitaj, one of the leading lights of postwar British art, who became so upset by the critical mauling he got that he left the country for his native America?

Pope Francis may do great things, but radical change won't be one of them

Nothing illustrates the chasm between secular and religious society better than the secular media's expectation that the new pope will do away with the old bureaucracy

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