Gombrich Explains Michelangelo

As the V&A prepares its cast of David for display, we look at why the human form held no secrets for the sculptor
Gombrich Explains Michelangelo

How Toulouse-Lautrec mixed high art and low life

On the painter's birthday, learn how he made cabaret girls and prostitutes a worthy subject for fine art
How Toulouse-Lautrec mixed high art and low life

Gombrich Explains René Magritte

The surrealist, born on this day in 1898, didn’t break with artistic techniques, he employed them on his dreams
Gombrich Explains René Magritte

Like clear answers? Then don't look at abstract art

A new Italian study suggests that a desire for ‘cognitive closure’ might limit our appreciation of abstract works
Like clear answers? Then don't look at abstract art

Baz Luhrmann’s Art Basel Miami Beach booth

Why has the director teamed up with British music producer Nellee Hooper to host a stand at next month’s art fair?
Baz Luhrmann’s Art Basel Miami Beach booth

Ed Ruscha's road rage

Does this new set of paintings signal the end of the great American painter's love of the open road?
Ed Ruscha's road rage

Dexter Dalwood's Muse Music

How artists as diverse as Lou Reed, Kanye West and Bach influence and inspire the painter's work
Dexter Dalwood's Muse Music

Claude Monet and the birth of Impressionism

On the anniversary of his birth a reassessment of the public reaction to impressionism and the artist's role in it
Claude Monet and the birth of Impressionism

Auguste Rodin’s battle with Balzac

On the anniversary of the sculptor’s birth we look at the botched commission that became a great work
Auguste Rodin’s battle with Balzac

Photos that changed the world #7 Telephone Booth

Lee Friedlander's 1963 photo characterised the present as a mere staging point thus capturing the flux of the 1960s
Photos that changed the world #7 Telephone Booth

Gombrich Explains Hogarth

On the anniversary of his birth we find out about the 'A Rake’s Progress' creator's appeal to Puritans
Gombrich Explains Hogarth

Libeskind's cement chair for Marina Abramović

Not sure for how long the artist will be present if she has to sit on this - but we do admire the design
Libeskind's cement chair for Marina Abramović

Gombrich Explains Manet

As the Getty buys Le Printemps for $65 million Gombrich explains why we still value this French master
Gombrich Explains Manet

What to expect from Art Basel Miami Beach

A ballet about The Internet, extra VIP days and a new art-historical strand are all part of the fun of the 2014 fair
What to  expect from Art Basel Miami Beach

'I always go for places no one’s been before' Alex Katz

'You want to go there and see whether it’s possible, and adjust the technique to your ideas,' he tells Phaidon
'I always go for places no one’s been before' Alex Katz

The Picasso, the Thief, His Wife & Her Cousin

Could so-called friends of Picasso have conspired against him? The prosecution in a new case alleges so
The Picasso, the Thief, His Wife & Her Cousin

How Henry Moore inspired de Kooning’s Clamdigger

And why the abstract expressionist painter wore oversized workman's gloves to produce his life-size figure
How Henry Moore inspired de Kooning’s Clamdigger

Jean-Michel Basquiat's 80s notebooks revealed

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks at the Brooklyn Museum includes 160 unseen sketch pages from 1980-87
Jean-Michel Basquiat's 80s notebooks revealed

NEW TITLES

Wolfgang Tillmans
elBulli 2005–2011
Harvey Quaytman
Mies
The Photobook: A History Volume III
Thailand: The Cookbook
Ettore Sottsass
Photography Today
Bruce Nauman: The True Artist
Edmund de Waal
Eating with the Chefs
The Seventh Dog
WA: The Essence of Japanese Design
Joseph Beuys
Georgia O'Keeffe
Cindy Sherman
Nan Goldin: Eden and After
Monica Bonvicini
. . Phi . .
. Thank you for visiting Phaidon .
. You are invited to join the Phaidon community. Subscribe and receive the latest stories and members-only discounts. .
. .
.
.
Follow us Phaidon on Twitter Phaidon on Facebook Phaidon on Instagram Phaidon on Google Plus Phaidon on You Tube
. . Phi . . . .
. Thank you for visiting Phaidon .
. You are invited to join the Phaidon community. Subscribe and receive the latest stories and members-only discounts. .
. .
.