What will Biden-Harris do for the visual arts?

Plus, QAnon's origins in Italian conceptual art and Alphonse Mucha's Slav Epic

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Senator Roy Blunt presents a painting to President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, as Vice President Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff look on at the presentation of gifts ceremony after the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol on Wednesday Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senator Roy Blunt presents a painting to President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, as Vice President Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff look on at the presentation of gifts ceremony after the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol on Wednesday Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Week in Art

From breaking news and insider insights to exhibitions and events around the world, the team at The Art Newspaper picks apart the art world’s big stories with the help of special guests. An award-winning podcast hosted by Ben Luke, The Week in Art is sponsored by Christie’s.

This week, as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States, what might their administration do for the visual arts? We talk to Jori Finkel, a regular contributor to The Art Newspaper and the New York Times from Los Angeles.

“QAnon Shaman” Jake Angeli, one of the more colourful Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol in January © Reuters/Cheney Orr

We also explore an extraordinary story of QAnon with Eddy Frankel, the art and culture editor of Time Out and founder of the art and football magazine OOF. The far-right conspiracy theory and hate group's origins may lie in the activities of a collective of radical Italian artists in the 1990s, the Luther Blisset Project.

Mucha's Slav Epic moved to the Veletrzní Palác in 2010 © Hercules Milas / Alamy Stock Photo

And in this week’s Work of the Week, we actually look at 20 works: Alphonse Mucha’s Slav Epic, with Mucha’s grandson, John.

The Week in Art podcast by The Art Newspaper is available every Friday on our website and all the usual places where you find podcasts. This podcast is sponsored by Christie's.

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