This article was first published by Quillette in February 2017 In 2009, the primatologist Frans de Waal published a bestseller called The Age of Empathy, in which he suggested that humanity might be rediscovering its propensity for cooperation and kindness. No longer would we be fooled by the myths of politicians and economists about our apparently selfish nature. … Continue reading Is Empathy Good?
This article was first published online by Apollo magazine on 15 March 2016 You could call it the ‘Van Gogh factor’ – the aura that clings to a distinctive artist who was unrecognised during their lifetime. There is romance in this, and a chance to feel we are setting the record straight. It is curatorial … Continue reading Category Error: Hilma af Klint
This article was first published online by Wallpaper* on Feb 15 2016 ‘The Final Project’ is a great title, capturing the unsettling combination of humour and honesty with which photographer Jo Spence (1934–1992), with her long-term collaborator Terry Dennett, documented her death from leukemia over two years in 1991–92. As a selection now being shown … Continue reading Jo Spence: The Final Project
This article was first published online by Prospect magazine on 23 Sept 2013 Berlin during the 1920s is often seen as an oasis for libertines, glittering between two authoritarian periods: the Wilhelmine Reich, with its bloody culmination in the First World War, and the rise of the Nazis. The era is kept alive by enduring … Continue reading George Grosz and the Necessity of Offence