Ben Luke

Ben Luke is the Review editor and podcast host at The Art Newspaper

Six of the best experimental works by emerging artists at Frieze London

We take a tour around the Focus section of the art fair

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Can the art world really change its wasteful ways?

Plus, Mark Rothko’s late paintings at Pace’s new London space and Nicolas Poussin at the National Gallery

Hosted by Ben Luke and Louisa Buck. Produced by Julia Michalska, Aimee Dawson and David Clack. With Henrietta Bentall1 day ago
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Exhibitionsinterview

'When painters are old, they do their worst painting': Hervé Télémaque on colonialism, cartoons and a deep love of literature

As a new show on opens at the Serpentine Galleries, the Haitian artist discusses his move away from racist 1960s New York and "decorative" late Abstract Expressionism

Jasper Johns: a radical look at a colossus of post-war American art

Plus, Venice's tourism problem and Finnish artist Outi Heiskanen

Hosted by Ben Luke and Aimee Dawson. With guest speaker Anna Somers Cocks. Produced by Julia Michalska and David Clack. With Henrietta Bentall
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A brush with... Thomas J Price

An in-depth interview on the artist's big influences, from Giorgio Morandi to Alberto Giacometti

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All glitz and glamour? Hollywood’s new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Plus, the rise of private museums and Renaissance portraits at the Rijksmuseum

Hosted by Ben Luke and Nancy Kenney. With guest speaker Georgina Adam. Produced by Julia Michalska, Aimee Dawson and David Clack. With Henrietta Bentall
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A brush with... Sarah Sze

An in-depth interview on the artist's big influences, from Hokusai to Vermeer

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It’s a wrap: Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s final fabric project unveiled in Paris

Plus, Art Basel: are the buyers back? And Mary Beard on images of power

Hosted by Ben Luke. with guest speaker Jane Morris. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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A brush with... Tacita Dean

An in-depth interview on the artist's big influences, from Cy Twombly to WG Sebald

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A brush withinterview

'I was always fascinated by the paintings of Goya': Philippe Parreno on his new video work at the Beyeler

The French-Algerian artist discusses how Goya’s Black Paintings provided inspiration for his latest piece in Switzerland

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Doron Langberg's intimate queer paintings to Marina Abramovic's cinematic opera

CCA Derry~Londonderry: a lifeline for artists in isolation on both sides of Ireland's border

The Centre for Contemporary Art filled the lockdown gap with online conversations and social media takeovers

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Should the art world boycott China over its treatment of Uyghur people?

Plus, Van Gogh’s final months and master printer Kenneth Tyler on Helen Frankenthaler

Hosted by Ben Luke. with guest speakers Cristina Ruiz and Martin Bailey. Produced by Julia Michalska, Aimee Dawson, David Clack and Henrietta Bentall
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A brush with... Philippe Parreno

An in-depth interview on the artist's big influences, from Francisco de Goya to Mary Shelley

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The state of painting now

Plus, its enduring market appeal and new secrets revealed in a restored Vermeer

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Afghanistan: the threat of the Taliban to artists and heritage

Plus, artist Bill Fontana records Notre Dame's bells

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A brush with... Glenn Ligon

An in-depth interview on the artist's big influences, from Stevie Wonder to Charles Dickens

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A brush with... Alberta Whittle

An in-depth interview on the artist's big influences, from Kamau Brathwaite to Hilma af Klint

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A brush with... Tino Sehgal

An in-depth conversation on the artist's big influences, from Beethoven to Watteau

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A brush with... Oscar Murillo

An in-depth conversation on the artist's big influences, from Jannis Kounellis to Okwui Enwezor

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A brush with... Ellen Gallagher

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

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A brush withinterview

T.S Eliot and tinnitus: Philip Hoare on his biggest cultural influences

The writer tells us about his favourite books, artists and music

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

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A brush with... Julian Opie

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

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Frank Gehryinterview

Frank Gehry on LUMA Arles: ‘I kept thinking about what the light was like for Van Gogh’

The distinguished architect talks about his new structure in France, a tower clad in 11,000 shimmering stainless-steel tiles, influenced by the light, landscape and historic architecture—and Vincent van Gogh

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What's the point of art prizes?

The trend for awards to be shared among all the shortlisted artists reflects the current political climate, but it might be time to do away with them all together

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

Hosted by Ben Luke. with guest speaker Joanna Moorhead. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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Mediareview

When makers take the mic: the rise of the artist-hosted podcast

Carrie Mae Weems and Emma Cousin are behind two of the latest podcasts to feature artists in conversation with artists

A brush with...Cristina Iglesias

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

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Hackneyed old Hockney: Museums need to be courageous, even in survival mode

This is the moment to ask for fresh ideas and give space to artists more deserving of exposure—so why has the Royal Academy given its main galleries to iPad 'paintings'?

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

Plus, Glasgow International festival and Cézanne at MoMA

Hosted by Ben Luke and Aimee Dawson. with guest speaker Louisa Buck. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Henrietta Bentall
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A brush with... Michael Rakowitz

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

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Classicist Mary Beard on the infamous Roman emperor Nero

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

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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

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Our critic's choice of London Gallery Weekend shows: Central

It's not just blue-chip galleries that have made our list of top exhibitions to see in central London where the city-wide event kicks off on 4 June

Our critics' choice of London Gallery Weekend: East

Much like the area itself, the galleries of east London are presenting an eclectic mix of exhibitions, so our critics have joined forces and picked some of their favourites

Powerful acts of defiance including a skull rack that will disappear in the London weather among Fourth Plinth proposals

Nicole Eisenmann, Samson Kambalu, Goshka Macuga, Ibrahim Mahama, Teresa Margolles and Paloma Varga Weisz are presenting their plans for Trafalgar Square in an exhibition at the National Gallery

'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

Hosted by Ben Luke. with guest speaker Louisa Buck. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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New York auctions: has the art market roared back to life?

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

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Brut force and influence: Jean Dubuffet's enduring impact on contemporary art

First UK survey in 50 years examines the artist's relationship with Art Brut and Brutalism, finding a fitting home at London's Barbican

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

Plus, artist Rachel Maclean on Hieronymus Bosch's influence

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Return to La La Land: art is back in California

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

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

Let loose after lockdown: London’s best gallery shows

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

Hosted by Ben Luke. with guest speaker Louisa Buck. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall

A brush with... Do Ho Suh

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's biggest influences, from Matthew Barney to marine biology

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson. With Henrietta Bentall and Kabir Jhala. Sponsored by

Can Netflix help solve the Isabella Stewart Gardner art heist?

Plus, vaccine passports in museums and Gossaert's Adoration

A brush with... Doris Salcedo

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

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson. With Henrietta Bentall and Kabir Jhala. Sponsored by
Tess Jarayinterview

Tess Jaray: ‘I wanted to make space, to make something that you could disappear into’

As shows of her paintings open in the UK and Austria, Jaray reflects on the influence of Piero della Francesca and Brunelleschi on her work across six decades

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... Ali Banisadr

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

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson. With Henrietta Bentall and Kabir Jhala. Sponsored by

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

Hosted by Ben Luke and Aimee Dawson. with guest speakers Catherine Hickley and Martin Bailey. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Henrietta Bentall

A brush with... Julie Mehretu

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

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack, Aimee Dawson, Henrietta Bentall and Kabir Jhala. Sponsored by

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

Plus, Dawn Ades on Duchamp and Superflex on Cildo Meireles

Studio jams: we made a Spotify playlist of artists' top tunes, from Ragnar Kjartansson to Rachel Whiteread

From Keith Jarrett to Kanye, Les Mis to Mozart—the music artists listen to as they work, as told to our podcast A brush with…

UK culture war: how should museums confront colonialism?

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

Old Masters meet Brutalism: inside Frick Madison in New York

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

Hosted by Ben Luke. with guest speaker Vincent Noce. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
A brush withinterview

As new gallery platform South South launches, collaborator and curator Elvira Dyangani Ose reveals her greatest cultural influences

The director of non-profit gallery The Showroom in London discusses her love of Audre Lorde's poetry and the music of Thelonious Monk

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'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

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