Alys Denby

Alys Denby is a journalist who covers politics, economics and culture. Twitter: @alysdenby

What his new portrait says about him

The painted surface of monarchy is everything

A new Louise Bourgeois exhibition revels in the difficult femininity of her work

Gove has swallowed the opposition’s patronising rationalisations of Brexit, along with their economically illiterate solutions

Time to admit it: the rules were always silly, and often cruel

To truly achieve celebrity status and win a place in the nation’s affections you have to give up your political ambitions – just look at Ed Balls

Damien Hirst’s work encapsulates the sterility, isolation and obsession with death of these times, says Alys Denby