Recent Articles

How Yves Klein, Chris Burden and Henri Matisse saw Icarus
Our new book Flying Too Close to the Sun examines how artists old and new have interpreted ancient myths
Published: Friday, 16 March 2018
Jean Jullien’s wonderfully un-grown-up birthday message
The artist, illustrator and Phaidon author shows us how we all feel on the day we get one year older
Published: Wednesday, 14 March 2018
These Self-Portraits played with gender fluidity back in the day
See how artists have presented themselves as different sexes in their self-portraits throughout the ages
Published: Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Who spotted the art in this viral video of Michelle Obama?
When a two-year-old art lover visited Michelle’s office, we all got a peek at the former First Lady’s art collection and it includes some great pieces by Phaidon artists Kerry James Marshall and Theaster Gates
Published: Tuesday, 13 March 2018
How Picasso, Pollock and Blake saw the Minotaur
The mythical man-bull has always served artists well, even into an age of gender reassignment
Published: Monday, 12 March 2018
How Carolee Schneemann took on witches and Ab-Exers
Barbarism, sex, magic and self-control link the contemporary performance to an ancient Greek myth
Published: Thursday, 8 March 2018
The reasons reading is (still) a feminist issue
We look back at some of the more divisive depictions of women readers in our new book Reading Art
Published: Thursday, 8 March 2018
Piet Mondrian - loved jazz (but couldn't dance!)
On the anniversary of his birth find out how jazz informed his art and why musician Thelonius Monk would often refer to Mondrian's paintings when describing his own compositions
Published: Wednesday, 7 March 2018
A Movement in a Moment: Mannerism
On Michelangelo’s birthday we look back at 'the stylish style' of high Renaissance painting
Published: Tuesday, 6 March 2018
These Self-Portraits must have really, really hurt
Suffering for your art is taken to a whole new level in this group of images taken from 500 Self-Portraits
Published: Tuesday, 6 March 2018
Mark Bradford’s tribute to Jack Whitten
The abstract artist includes a fitting homage to the painter, who died back in January, in his new Los Angeles show
Published: Tuesday, 6 March 2018
JR shoots Madonna’s Oscars party
The artist and activist might have lost out on his Academy Award but he still got to party with Madonna and co.
Published: Tuesday, 6 March 2018
Why alien life made Wolfgang Tillmans rethink politics
The photographer tries to work out what makes people go right-wing and how he might win them back
Published: Monday, 5 March 2018


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