Aimee Dawson

Aimee is the deputy digital editor at The Art Newspaper and a co-producer of the Week in Art and A brush with... podcasts. She specialises in art from the Middle East and North Africa, having studied Arabic and Middle East studies and contemporary African and Asian art. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @amldawson

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Middle Eastern & North African art

Street art, social media, visibility: how the Arab Spring has changed art and culture, a decade on

We ask artists, writers and experts on Middle Eastern art about their memories of the revolutionary movements—and what they think the lasting legacies are

Interview
Art market

Abuja, Miami, Seoul: gallery director Dolly Kola-Balogun maps out her path to African art’s world domination

The 27-year-old powerhouse founder of Retro Africa talks about her expansion plans and how she is helping to build a contemporary art scene in Nigeria

News
Archaeology

Archaeologists discover 4,000-year-old ancient city in Iraqi desert

Ten teams from international universities and museums will visit the Dhi Qar region in October for further excavations

Blog
Insta’ gratification

What happens when Instagram sponsors a mega museum?

Instagram is sponsoring the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Met Gala for the first time this year. Could this be a marriage made in heaven?

Podcast

Great women in art history make a comeback: the New Woman at the Met and Aware in Paris

Plus, Rania Matar's photographic portraits

Sponsored byChristie's

A brush with...podcast

A brush with... Ellen Gallagher

An in-depth conversation on the artist's big influences, from Keith Haring to Moby Dick

Sponsored byBloomberg Connects

Podcast

Should the Science Museum stop taking money from oil companies?

Plus, Michael Landy's exhibition at Firstsite and artist Shahzia Sikander on a manuscript miniature

Sponsored byChristie's

A brush with...podcast

A brush with... Julian Opie

An in-depth conversation on the artist's big influences, from Egon Schiele to Raymond Carver

Sponsored byBloomberg Connects

Blog
Insta’ gratification

How a crypto and digital art fair is using Instagram to show—and sell—works

CADAF has opened its second online edition but the social media app—paired with QR codes and AR filters—is helping the fair to physically interact with visitors in Paris

Podcast

Slavery: the groundbreaking Dutch exhibition confronting colonial history

Plus, Leonora Carrington's Surrealist children's book behind the next Venice Biennale and Rubens's landscapes reunited after 200 years

Sponsored byChristie's

A brush with...podcast

A brush with...Cristina Iglesias

An in-depth conversation on the artist's big influences, from Giotto to Björk

Sponsored byBloomberg Connects

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Female artists

Sexism by numbers: Guerrilla Girls ask UK public to send in statistics of females nudes vs female artists at local museums

Feminist protest groups' Male Graze project is part of the contemporary art festival Art Night

Podcast

Guerrilla Girls: corrupt museum boards, the female nude and NFTs

Plus, Glasgow International festival and Cézanne at MoMA

Sponsored byChristie's

A brush with...podcast

A brush with... Michael Rakowitz

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from T.S. Eliot to Leonard Cohen

Sponsored byBloomberg Connects

Podcast

Classicist Mary Beard on the infamous Roman emperor Nero

Plus, London Gallery Weekend and Nina Katchadourian on her adopted grandmother's embroidery

Sponsored byChristie's

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Egypt

First the Louvre's pyramid, now the actual Pyramids—JR to create show-stopping project in Egypt

Street artist hints he might make a photo collage at the 4,500-year-old Unesco World Heritage Site as part of exhibition organised by Art D’Egypte

Podcast

Viking-age treasure: new insights into life 1,000 years ago

Plus, new proposals for the Fourth Plinth in London and Nike Air Force 1s

Sponsored byChristie's

Blog
Diary

Did someone say reunion? The one where The Art Newspaper features in an episode of Friends

Podcast

'Art is our spiritual oxygen': new shows to see in London and New York

We discuss Matthew Barney, Igshaan Adams, Eileen Agar and Louise Bourgeois

Sponsored byChristie's

Preview
London Gallery Weekend 2021

Best shows for... families with children

Commercial galleries are getting down with the kids and welcoming little ones during London Gallery Weekend

Podcast

New York auctions: has the art market roared back to life?

Plus, Heather Phillipson at Tate Britain and Ackroyd and Harvey on Joseph Beuys

Sponsored byChristie's

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Insta’ gratification

Can Instagram bring the big auction houses into the digital age?

Christie's and Sotheby's are starting to embrace what the social media platform has to offer

Podcast

Climate disaster: photographer Richard Mosse on environmental crime in the Amazon

Plus, artist Rachel Maclean on Hieronymus Bosch's influence

Sponsored byChristie's

Podcast

Return to La La Land: art is back in California

Plus, artists' album covers, and Grace Jones in the Work of the Week

Podcast

Kusama-rama: Yayoi exhibitions open in London, New York and Berlin

We take a deep dive into the Japanese artist's polka dots, pumpkins and infinity rooms as major shows open at Tate Modern, Gropius Bau and the New York Botanical Garden

Blog
Insta’ gratification

How New York’s MoMA became the world’s most-followed museum on social media

Rob Baker, the director of marketing and creative strategy at the Museum of Modern Art, shares his secrets to Instagram success

Podcast

Let loose after lockdown: London’s best gallery shows

Plus, Idris Khan on his latest show and James Welling on an ancient Greek Kore

A brush with...podcast

A brush with... Do Ho Suh

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences

Podcast

Can Netflix help solve the Isabella Stewart Gardner art heist?

Plus, vaccine passports in museums and Gossaert's Adoration

A brush with

A brush with... Doris Salcedo

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from Joseph Beuys to Paul Celan

Blog
Insta’ gratification

Who needs a gallery space? Meet the people creating Instagram-only exhibitions

As physical spaces remain shut and audiences head online, Freeze Magazine and Guts Gallery explain how shows on social media could be the way forward

Podcast

Has the drop in visitors changed museums forever?

Exhibitions editor José da Silva breaks down the results from our Visitor Figures 2020 survey and digital expert Chris Unitt explains how museums have pivoted to digital

A brush with...podcast

A brush with... Ali Banisadr

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from Sufi poetry to Hieronymus Bosch

Analysis
Visitor Figures 2020

Instagram overtakes Twitter as most popular platform for museums during Covid-19 pandemic

Our global Visitor Figures survey reveals huge growth in followings online as physical doors shut to the public in 2020

Podcast

Benin bronzes: looted treasures will return to Nigeria at last

Plus, the newly discovered Van Gogh is sold and artist Rana Begum on Tess Jaray

A brush with

A brush with... Julie Mehretu

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from Kara Walker to Chris Abani

Podcast

The results are in: the real impact of Covid-19 on the art market

Plus, Dawn Ades on Duchamp and Superflex on Cildo Meireles

The Week in Art

UK culture war: how should museums confront colonialism?

Plus, craft and American identity and critic Michael Peppiatt on Frank Auerbach

Podcast

Old Masters meet Brutalism: inside Frick Madison in New York

Plus, the story of a notorious forger and artist Collier Schorr on August Sander

Podcast

WTF are NFTs? Why crypto is dominating the art market

Plus, artist Doug Aitken on composer Terry Riley

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Media

Mapping the pandemic’s digital deluge: one academic is trying to collate the online projects of every single museum

Chiara Zuanni wants to capture the outpouring of online art offerings both as an archive of the Covid-19 era and as a source of inspiration for art organisations all over the world

Podcast

'Black grief and white grievance' at New York’s New Museum

Plus, artists with disabilities in the Covid era and Goya's Disasters of War

News
Art fairs

Amid Covid-19 surge in UAE, Art Dubai fair moves dates and venue

Postponed fair will now host almost half as many galleries as heightened restrictions prevent international travel

Blog
Insta’ gratification

Got space, need art: how Instagram helps art advisers during the pandemic

The hashtag #findartthatfits, an initiative of Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, is part of an art advisory campaign to assist prospective buyers

Blog
Valentine's Day

The art world goes dating: Instagram account Freeze Magazine uses art memes to pair its followers

Podcast

Stonehenge: could a road tunnel ruin the ancient site?

Plus, French museums revolt against lockdown closures and artist Crystal Fischetti on Karla Black

Podcast

The fight against Putin: artists on the frontline

Plus, India reconstructs its history and Navid Nuur on Walter de Maria

A brush with...podcast

A brush with... Tala Madani

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from Francis Bacon to Miles Davis

Podcast

New normal for Old Masters: Botticelli's record online sale and new AI research on Leonardo's Salvator Mundi

Plus, Gerard Byrne on his work inspired by a Swedish diorama

A brush with...podcast

A brush with... Charles Gaines

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from Frantz Fanon to John Coltrane

Podcast

What will Biden-Harris do for the visual arts?

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

News
Art market

Social media replaces fairs as the third most successful sales channel for galleries in 2020, study reveals

Websites have replaced walk-ins as the second best way to sell art, but staying in top position is outreach to existing clients, according to Artsy Gallery Insights 2021 Report

A brush with...podcast

A brush with... Tal R

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from W. G. Sebald to Georges Rouault

Podcast

The white supremacist art at the heart of the US Capitol

Plus, a $2.2m Batman comic and the artists inspired by political theorist Hannah Arendt

Podcast

A brush with... Tracey Rose

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from Duchamp to Deep House

News
Public art

Vandals apprehended after covering Richard Serra’s vast desert sculpture in Qatar with graffiti

Government organisation Qatar Museums has launched campaign to encourage locals to respect public works

Podcast

A brush with... Rachel Whiteread

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from Bruce Nauman to George Orwell

Podcast

2020: the year in review

The Art Newspaper team picks apart this year's biggest art stories, from the art market heading online to the fight for racial justice

Podcast

A brush with... Roni Horn

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from Icelandic glaciers to Emily Dickinson

News
Exhibitions

5,000 years in 350 objects: Victoria and Albert Museum reveals details about its epic 'immersive' Iran show

With ten sections covering ancient Iranian history to contemporary art, London museum plans to open delayed show in February

Blog
Insta’ gratification

The top five Instagram posts that capture the art world in 2020

As we have all been staying at home more this year our screen time has sky rocketed—and the Instagram feeds have never been busier

Podcast

Brexit: how will it change the art market?

Plus, Neville Wakefield on John McCracken's planks

Podcast

A brush with... Christina Quarles

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from epic musicals to James Baldwin

Podcast

Contemporary public art: who is it for?

Plus, Tom Sachs on Mondrian's Broadway Boogie-Woogie

Podcast

A brush with... Ragnar Kjartansson

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from Elizabeth Peyton to Cardi B

Podcast

Is the future of museums in Africa?

We speak to museum experts András Szántó and Sonia Lawson. Plus, Dan Hicks on the legacy of colonial looting and National Gallery curator Christopher Riopelle on the Polish painter Jan Matejko

Podcast

Revisiting the Thanksgiving myth: the Mayflower and the Wampanoag, 400 years on

Plus, artist Chantal Joffe on a poignant painting by Paula Modersohn-Becker

Blog
Instagram

Auctions, pledges and DMs: creative ways to buy and sell art on Instagram

Alternative sales models are springing up on the social media platform

Podcast

Where art fairs still happen: the Shanghai buzz

Plus, Chila Kumari Singh Burman and the art work that inspired that Biden-Harris video

Podcast

US election: How Trump’s presidency has affected the arts

Plus, artist Pedro Reyes on his New York project; cartoonist Martin Rowson on Hogarth

Podcast

Has coronavirus helped unmask the real prices of art?

Plus, JMW Turner at the Tate and John Stezaker on Bruegel

Video, film & new media

Exclusive: watch Yinka Shonibare's powerful film remix of Addio del Passato here

Part of Goodman Gallery's online film programme and exhibition dedicated to Black artists, the video is available on The Art Newspaper website until Sunday

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Films

Rising white supremacy tackled in online film festival with works by John Akomfrah and Yinka Shonibare

Goodman Gallery launches video programme today—and you can exclusively watch Yinka Shonibare's Addio Del Passato on The Art Newspaper website this Friday

Podcast

The great museum sell-off: should public collections deaccession to survive Covid-19?

Plus, the artist Jennifer Packer on a Buddhist mural in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

Podcast

What does the Philip Guston delay tell us about museums and race?

Plus, Maggi Hambling on making love with paint

Blog
Insta’ gratification

Instagram turns ten: how the world's favourite photo app disrupted the art market

Dubbed "the world's new big art dealer" the platform is often used to spark interest in sales and helps artists and galleries to grow international brands

Podcast

Frieze: the show goes on. Plus, Theaster Gates

It’s Frieze Week in London, yet there’s no big art fair at its heart. Can galleries create the usual excitement—and is anyone still buying?

Interview
William Kentridge

William Kentridge on turning his drawings into films, being inspired by dreams—and catching Covid-19

The South African artist talks about his new animation City Deep, now on show at Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg

William Kentridge

Exclusive: watch the premiere of William Kentridge's film City Deep here

As part of Goodman Gallery's mini festival dedicated to the South African artist, the video is available on The Art Newspaper website until Sunday

News
Films

Three decades of William Kentridge’s animations go online this week

Goodman Gallery launches video programme today—and you can exclusively watch the premiere of the artist's new film on The Art Newspaper website this Saturday

News
Auctions

Los Angeles shows its love for Beirut with online charity art auction

Standout works include a haunting photograph by Rania Matar and an image of Muhammad Ali by French street artist Mr Brainwash

Podcast

This is America: Grayson Perry on race and class

Plus, Robert Storr on his huge new book about the painter Philip Guston. Sponsored by Christie's

Blog
Insta’ gratification

Secret censorship: what is behind Instagram’s ‘shadowban’ and how can artists fix it?

Everything creatives need to know about the social media platform's so-called "shadowbanning", from how to spot it to how to stop it

Podcast

Berlin: still a magnet for artists?

Plus, Jadé Fadojutimi on Laura Owens. Sponsored by Christie's

Podcast

Cancelled: should good artists pay for bad behaviour?

Plus, Tavares Strachan on Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty. Sponsored by Christie's

News
Ancient Egypt

'First of its kind' exhibition will show contemporary art among the Pyramids of Giza

An art trail around the 4,500-year-old heritage site will feature works that reflect on ancient Egypt’s enduring influence on artists

Podcast

A brush with... Rashid Johnson

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from Richard Tuttle to Sun Ra

Podcast

A brush with... Chantal Joffe

An in-depth podcast conversation on the painter’s big influences, from Chaim Soutine to Anne Sexton

Blog
Insta’ gratification

From self-censorship to activism: artists react to Instagram’s ban on ‘offensive’ art

An online show by gallery 42 Social Club provides invaluable information on the social media platform's draconian filters

Podcast

A brush with... Jenny Saville

An in-depth podcast conversation on the painter’s big influences, from Michelangelo to Cy Twombly

Podcast

A brush with... Michael Armitage

The Kenyan-British artist tells The Art Newspaper about the art, literature, music and media that inspire him

Blog
Social media

Boner Lisa? Dating app Grindr launches art section

Podcast

What will culture be like in the next decade?

Plus, Simon Schama on J.M.W. Turner. Produced in association with Christie's

News
Exhibitions

Frieze to open delayed sculpture show at New York's Rockefeller Center in September

Free-to-visit, open air exhibition includes site specific works by Ghada Amer, Beatriz Cortez and Andy Goldsworthy

Podcast

Staff cuts: are museums protecting their workers?

Plus, curator Emily Butler on Rhea Storr's video art. Produced in association with Christie's

Podcast

Hong Kong: has the new law 'destroyed' the art scene?

Plus, art historian Alyce Mahon on Leonor Fini’s illustrations. Produced in association with Christie's

Podcast

The destruction of Australia’s ancient Aboriginal heritage

Plus, art under threat in Putin's Russia and George Shaw on Thomas Jones. Produced in association with Christie's

Podcast

Art and social media: do museums need memes?

Plus, artist Rita Keegan on her postponed show and Julia Peyton-Jones on Leonardo. Produced in association with Christie's

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Restoration

Furniture restorer disfigures Murillo’s 17th-century Virgin Mary—and charges owner €1,200

Spain’s art conservation community say the country needs to better regulate the industry