Ben Luke

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

The Year Ahead: the best exhibitions to look forward to in 2022

Plus, who will be the art market’s winners and losers?

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From NFTs to LFTs: 2021's biggest art stories—and what they mean

The Art Newspaper team picks apart this year’s most important developments, from demands for colonial restitution to the return of culture wars

Hosted by Ben Luke. With guest speakers Anna Brady, Martin Bailey and Jane Morris. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson. With Henrietta Bentall
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A brush with... Kehinde Wiley

An in-depth interview on the artist's influences and cultural experiences, from Richard Dyer to John Singer Sargent

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Disney at the Met—but is it art?

Plus, a new centre to study Matisse at Baltimore Museum of Art and Josef Albers's lithographs at Cristea Roberts in London

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A brush with... Isaac Julien

An in-depth interview on the artist's influences and cultural experiences, from Aimé Césaire to Glenn Ligon

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The Big Review: 'Georg Baselitz—The Retrospective' at the Centre Pompidou in Paris

The German painter has made a clear mark with his brutal expression and upended motifs. But what is his legacy?

From the Uyghur Tribunals to a groundbreaking exhibition on slavery—we look back on 2021's most seismic cultural moments through The Week in Art podcast

Each week The Art Newspaper reflects on how big geopolitical developments affect different realms of art and heritage

Art fairs: how did they begin and where are they going?

Plus, Caribbean-British art at Tate Britain and Marco Brambilla's VR work at Pérez Art Museum in Miami

Hosted by Ben Luke and Aimee Dawson. With guest speaker Melanie Gerlis. Produced by Julia Michalska and David Clack. With Henrietta Bentall
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A brush with... Pablo Bronstein

An in-depth interview on the artist's influences and cultural experiences, from the architectural drawings of Piranesi to the novels of Émile Zola

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Fraud: the case of Inigo Philbrick

Plus, Warhol’s Catholicism and Moscow’s new museums

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

An in-depth interview on the artist's influences and cultural experiences, from the work of On Kawara to growing up in Apartheid South Africa

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Big money, new collectors: the low-down on the New York auctions

Plus, Fabergé in London and a rediscovered Dürer

Hosted by Ben Luke, Aimee Dawson and Martin Bailey. with guest speaker Anna Brady. Produced by Julia Michalska and David Clack. With Henrietta Bentall
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A brush with... Billie Zangewa

An in-depth interview on the artist's big influences, from Jane Campion to Vincent van Gogh

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M+ finally opens in Hong Kong—but is it censoring its displays?

Plus, the revamped Courtauld Gallery and Black American Portraits at Lacma in Los Angeles

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'A silence like you’ve never heard before': Sarah Sze on Zen temples in Kyoto, Zadie Smith and Chopin's Nocturnes

The American sculptor and installation artist on Velázquez, Emily Dickinson and what she learnt from living in Japan for a year

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Matthew Krishanu: ‘What you’re looking for, when you’re building something out of nothing, is recognition, familiarity’

As a number of exhibitions open internationally, the British-Indian artist discusses his poetic paintings drawing on familial memory and imperial history, grief and suffering

'It's more than just queering the canon': artist Doron Langberg on his latest works

As he opens his first solo show in London, the Israeli-born painter discusses his intimate, often explicit images of queer love, and his engagement with art history

Contemporary art meets Ancient Egypt: new sculptures at the Pyramids of Giza

Plus, the New Museum Triennial and Édouard Manet's portrait of Zacharie Astruc

Hosted by Ben Luke and Aimee Dawson. Produced by Julia Michalska and David Clack. With Henrietta Bentall
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Is Paris really taking London’s art crown?

Plus, Marlene Dumas at the Musée d'Orsay and Christian Boltanksi remembered

Hosted by Ben Luke. with guest speaker Melanie Gerlis. Produced by Julia Michalska, Aimee Dawson and David Clack. With Henrietta Bentall
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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

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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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Public artComment

Could an equivalent of wrapping the Arc de Triomphe happen in the UK? Not likely under our current leadership

Christo's posthumously realised project benefitted from France having a mature understanding of the importance of culture

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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'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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Museums seeking to address their racial imbalances could learn from London's Institute of Contemporary Arts

The ICA's exhibition on the police killing of Mark Duggan was unflinching and shows how an institution should handle such a fraught issue

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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PrizesComment

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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FundingComment

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