From the series 'A Psychopomp' for Juan Pablo (2017) by David Jacques (centre), part of 'Oil Is the Devil’s Excrement'

Evil pollutant or vital source of energy? There’s every reason to have mixed feelings about oil. Back in 1975 Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonso made his clear (...)

Japanese pavilion: thousands of keys hang as part of Chiharu Shiota’s installation The Key in the Hand, at the 56th Biennale of Arts, in Venice. Photograph: Domenico Stinellis/AP

International art fairs are like art supermarkets for the wealthy, and they have come to dominate the contemporary-art market. Art biennials, on the o(...)

Detail from Vater-Angst (2012) by Pawel Kleszczewski, from All Man: The Show at Dublin’s Talbot Gallery

One of the problems with feminism is that there’s a temptation to think the battles have all been won. Another is that some see the goal of feminism a(...)