Ben Luke

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

A brush with... John Akomfrah

An in-depth interview with the artist on his cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Jackson Pollock to Virginia Woolf

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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Full frontal Freud: a deep dive into the life and work of the raw, unflinching portraitist

As a string of exhibitions celebrating 100 years since the artist's birth open, we look at a major show at London's National Gallery, a new book of his letters and his paintings of horses

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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The Big Review: Milton Avery at the Royal Academy of Arts in London ★★★★☆

The American artist was a brilliant colourist who pushed figuration to its limits but never went the way of “the abstract boys”. Plus, what the other critics said about the show

A brush with... William Kentridge

An in-depth interview with the artist on his cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Manet to Shostakovich

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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Why is art at the heart of Italy’s far-right political party?

Plus, Carnegie International, the US's longest-running contemporary art exhibition, and a mystifying egg sculpture

Hosted by Ben Luke. With guest speaker James Imam. Produced by David. Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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A brush with... Anicka Yi

An in-depth interview with the artist on her cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Donna Haraway to Isamu Noguchi

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Do good monarchs make bad art collectors? Inside the British Royal Collection

Plus, how UK museums can respond to the energy crisis, and a haunting Henry Fuseli painting

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Glenn Brown—Gagosian-backed appropriator of Old Masters—to open London museum dedicated to his art

Hoping to increase his visibility, Brown will self-fund a Marylebone space that will combine his work with those of historic artists in his private collection

A brush with... Glenn Brown

An in-depth interview with the artist on his cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Salvador Dalí to Maria Lassnig

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Is art censorship on the rise? How freedom of expression is being curbed across the globe

Plus, a striking photograph by Diane Arbus and the Guggenheim Bilbao at 25

Hosted by Ben Luke. with guest speaker Gareth Harris. Produced by David. Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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Brazil turns 200—and its National Museum rises from the ashes

Plus, the £50m Joshua Reynolds painting and Michael Heizer’s City

Hosted by Ben Luke and Benjamin Sutton. With guest speaker Martin Bailey. Produced by David. Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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Fair or not, Tate's discrimination row has damaged its reputation among the very artists it needs to attract

The institution denies claims that it refused to allow the increasingly prominent Black performance artist Jade Montserrat to participate in a project for Tate Exchange

A brush with... Adam Pendleton

An in-depth interview with the artist on his cultural experiences and greatest influences from Joan Jonas to Julius Eastman

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A brush with… Pierre Huyghe

An in-depth interview with the artist on his cultural experiences and greatest influences, from John Cage to Marcel Duchamp

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A brush with... Zadie Xa

An in-depth interview with the artist on her cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Lee Bul to Ursula K. Le Guin

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A brush withinterview

Paintings made by Sicilian prisoners and the poetry of Maxine Kumin: Megan Rooney on her greatest influences

The artist tells us about her favourite music, artists and the cultural experience that changed the way she sees the world on the A brush with..., podcast

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Copying is a creative act established across centuries—despite what the US's 'fair use' ruling might suggest

The decision made in the case of Andy Warhol's usage of Lynn Goldsmith's Prince image threatens a long tradition of appropriation and quotation

A brush with... Lina Iris Viktor

An in-depth interview with the artist on her cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Chris Ofili to Sylvia Plath

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Who is Octavia Butler and why is the art world obsessed with her writing?

The late author’s sci-fi stories have inspired artists such as Alberta Whittle, Candice Breitz, Toyin Ojih Odutola and Precious Okoyomon

A brush withinterview

‘It sounds like a cliché to say you’ve fallen in love with Italy’: artist Emma Talbot on her greatest influences

The artist tells us about her favourite music, artists and the cultural experience that changed the way she sees the world

Summer of Seoul: why the South Korean capital is a new art world hub

Plus, the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize winner: a basket made with horsehair

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Documenta 15: why is the show so scandalous?

Plus, the Warhol-Prince copyright dispute, and Juan Muñoz at Spain’s Centro Botin

Hosted by Ben Luke. With guest speakers Kabir Jhala and Jane Morris. Produced by David. Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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Velázquez’s Pope eclipses Bacon's 'silly' screamers

A firsthand encounter with the Spanish artist's portrait of Pope Innocent X in Rome puts the later interpretations in perspective

A brush with... Megan Rooney

An in-depth interview with the artist on her cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Maxine Kumin to Henry Moore

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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Francis Bacon: why Tate returned a 1,000-piece archive

Plus, US photographer of queer women, Alice Austen; and Michel Majerus at Art Basel

Hosted by Ben Luke and Aimee Dawson. With guest speaker Martin Bailey. Produced by David Clack and Henrietta Bentall
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A brush withinterview

Musicals to motherhood: the Serpentine Galleries' Lucia Pietroiusti on her greatest influences

The curator tell us about her favourite books, television shows and artists

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Why virtual reality is a medium still in need of ‘cradling’

Artists and developers using VR have made huge leaps, but a better user experience is long overdue

A brush with... Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

An in-depth interview with the artist on her cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Gustave Moreau to Peter Pan

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Stan Douglas on working with music, cinema and time—and why he stopped making video for five years

The ground-breaking artist is showing his early work Onomatopoeia in Art Basel's Unlimited section

Crypto crash: what now for NFTs and the art world?

Plus, Norway’s mega-museum and a Spanish-American screen in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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