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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Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America at the Saatchi Gallery, review: Two continents that deserve better

Africa and Latin America have rich visual traditions, but the mostly bland and repetitive works in the Saatchi Gallery’s show of new art are underwhelming

A dress from the 2008 Alexander McQueen show

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty review - Insight into the tragic complexity of a creative mind

“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.

'Unholy Union' (1819-23)'

Goya's Witches and Old Women Album go on show for the first time at the Courtauld Gallery

It is the tenderness beneath the satire that enthralls Zoe Pilger

The State. Purchased 1993

New exhibition exploring the changing state of the nation is a curtain-raiser for the election

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

‘The Hermit and the Sleeping Angelica’ (1626-8) by Rubens

Rubens and His Legacy, from Van Dyck to Cézanne: Stunning works make the flesh crawl

17th Century painter is famous for his luminescent, voluptuous female nudes

Laura Eldret with works from her exhibition, 'The Juicers'

Fig.2 at the ICA Studio: 'The Juicers' is an underwhelming start to an exciting project

50 artists will hold exhibitions in 50 weeks at the London gallery

Marina Abramovic is featured in 'Risk', an exhibition on the crucial role played by risk in the creative process

Visual arts highlights of 2015: Goya, Marlene Dumas and the utopian Black Square

Your guide to the most though-provoking exhibitions coming this year

Under the skin: 'Songs of Innocence' (1789)

William Blake's printing and engraving: New show does not do his vision justice

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

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

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