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Looking Back

Is 2018 the year that we abandon an outdated form of stand-up comedy?

By Olivia Rodrigues

The Berlin-based artist Veit Laurent Kurz shares his favourite shows of the year

By Veit Laurent Kurz

This year saw the publication of a rich vein of books about motherhood and women’s work

By Carmen Winant

The glitter of Shanghai’s international art week masks darker changes in the cultural sphere of the People’s Republic 

By Carol Yinghua Lu

At Studio Voltaire, London, the artists have transformed the former chapel into a wild Wilde Gesamtkunstwerk

By Hettie Judah

A private show in Stuttgart to neo-Nazi demos in Berlin, queer lessons in times of change

By Kristian Vistrup Madsen

In a year marked by anger and powerlessness, artists set their sights on empowering counter-narratives

By Ellen Mara De Wachter

From environmentalist epics to Norse mythology and the re-emergence of Russian cosmism: John Holten surveys the best books of 2018

By John Holten

From Charlotte Prodger’s Turner Prize win to Glasgow School of Art’s gutted Mackintosh building, a sometimes fraught and rarely dull year in Scotland

By Chris Sharratt

Despite the ‘golden age of television’ now behind us, several convincing and self-confident series caught our attention

By Timotheus Vermeulen

It is not unusual for Cuban artists to grumble about excessive state meddling, but it’s rare for complaints to be aired publicly and collectively

By Coco Fusco

The best films, books and shows focusing on representations of gay life in 2017

By Matthew McLean