Zoe Pilger

Zoe Pilger is an art critic for The Independent and winner of the 2011 Frieze International Writers Prize. Her first novel, Eat My Heart Out, will be published by Serpent's Tail in February 2014. She is also researching a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, on the subject of romantic love and sadomasochism in the work of contemporary female artists. She has appeared on BBC's The Review Show and Sky News

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A still from Duncan Campbell's hour-long film 'It for Others'

Turner Prize 2014, Tate Britain - review: Frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back timid

Paul McCarthy, WS SC exhibition: The Naked Truth

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

From Russia with Lies: Colour photographs reveal how a new medium soon fell victim to propaganda

No images of food not available in the USSR were permitted, at the risk of tormenting the hungry populace to the point of social unrest

Virginia Woolf by Vanessa Bell c.1912
Virginia Woolf by Vanessa Bell c.1912

Virginia Woolf: Making waves at the National Portrait Gallery

Poignant portraits of the Bloomsbury Group’s leading light, Virginia Woolf, make for a fascinating show

Art: Misery on the Mersey

Barbara Kruger's exhibition: The American artist that's still shooting her mouth off with her bold text-and-image artwork

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 But Zoe Pilger finds a new exhibition of her work lacking in power – and somewhat out of date

Revolutionary: Yinka Shonibare’s ‘Girl Ballerina’

The Human Factor exhibition review: Investigating the body politic at the Hayward Gallery

A new exhibition at the Hayward Gallery exploring the development of figurative sculpture over the past 25 years shocks, repels and amuses in equal measure

Cross patch: four gods-in-a- bottle

British folk at the Tate: Art – but no class

Tate Britain's show of British folk art features objects that range from the pleasing to the mundane and the grotesque, says Zoe Pilger. But without context, it is more a collection of odds and ends than an exhibition
To be appointed an RA is very prestigious for an artist; it means entering a kind of exclusive fellowship

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: The anarchy and ecstasy returns

Once again, the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition is an exhilaratingly eclectic mix of the astounding and the downright awful, says Zoe Pilger

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