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Portraiture

A tribute to the late South African photographer, creator of idiosyncratic portrayals of everyday life under the yoke of apartheid

A surprising show of silhouettes at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. sheds light on obscure chapters of US history 

A mix of unashamed nudes and demure portraits, Zhao Gang's paintings take in 21st-century China with feigned crudeness and humour 

Toyin Ojih Odutola’s portraits of a fictional aristocratic Nigerian family push toward an expanded definition of the ‘black experience’

Madeleine Thien takes a look at a celebrated painter who merged Western composition with Chinese brush-and-ink style

Will Elliott speaking at Colnaghi, London

Frieze Art Fair Video - 01 Oct 2017

Will Elliott of Colnaghi reveals the stormy history of an exquisite French portrait going on view this week at Frieze Masters

Race, sexuality and portraiture

Snow White and the Broken Arm, 1988, oil on canvas, 1.4 × 3 m. All images courtesy (unless otherwise stated) the artist, Frith Street,  London, Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, David Zwirner, New York, Zeno X, Antwerp,  and Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam

On the occasion of a major touring retrospective, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith examines the relationship between image and painting in the wo

When Things Don’t Work Out, 2014, oil, watercolour, pastel, oilstick  on linen, 1.4 × 1 m. All images courtesy  Casey Kaplan, New York, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Illustration and art history collide in Sanya Kantarovsky’s paintings

Jewish Artist and Patron,  2012, airbrush on  canvas, 90 × 90 cm. Courtesy: Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin; photographs: Roman März

Painting as sculpture as performance

Francine du Plessix Gray, 1962, oil on canvas, 55 × 50 cm

Sylvia Sleigh’s extraordinary ‘history pictures’

Rose Wylie, Ray's Yellow Plane Film Notes, 2013, oil on canvas, 210 x 165 cm. Courtesy: the artist and UNION,

At a time of revolution in digital technologies, when making extraordinary images has never been technically easier, painting persists.