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Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy review an exciting rollercoaster ride of beauty, horror and history

Born in Germany as the Nazis fell, Anselm Kiefers back catalogue is an astonishing look at the awful burden of history.

Constable: Making Of A Master At V&A

John Constable was one of Britain’s finest landscape painters and this major exhibition at the V&A charts his evolution and the influences that guided him towards perfecting his technique.

Frank Auerbach: Constable, Turner and me

As a major Constable exhibition opens, artist Frank Auerbach talks about how the great Victorian painter found his spiritual opposite in the boisterous, freewheeling Turner and why those idyllic Essex landscapes have long been the unlikely inspiration for

Sigmar Polke, Tate Modern, preview: Prepare to be baffled and exhilarated

German artist Sigmar Polke’s work has often been understood in terms of alchemy; the curators of a vast retrospective coming to Tate Modern next month from New York’s Museum of Modern Art take the reverse view.

Interview: inside Anselm Kiefer’s studio

Politics, history, money – and alchemy. The provocative artist gives our visual arts critic a tour of his studio.

Constable: The Making of a Master, V&A

There is plenty to see in this exhibition that is as much a tribute to nature as it is to the artist himself. But it is also a display which seems to emphasise Constable’s influences rather more than on his own work as a whole. Evidence of this is p

Jasper Johns: Regrets, Courtauld Gallery, review: 'problematic'

At 84, is Jasper Johns's new series a late flowering of genius or just more of the same, asks Alastair Smart?

The Real Tudors, National Portrait Gallery

For all the political hurly burly, social change and religious upheaval of the Tudor period and the intriguing personal histories of its monarchs, it is surely the portraits of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I that have done most to secure the Tudors in popular

Constable: The Making of a Master, V&A - exhibition review

The V&A argues that Constable wasn’t simply a man of nature, but an art scholar steeped in painterly tradition.

National Portrait Gallery researchers reveal 'airbrushed' Elizabeth I in X-ray of portrait

The National Portrait Gallery has been X-raying its Tudor portraits to come up with some intriguing finds beneath the layers of paint.