Ben Luke

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

Saving Ukraine’s heritage: an eyewitness account of relief efforts

Plus, the Cezanne blockbuster at The Art Institute of Chicago and Nicola L.’s Gold Femme Commode at Alison Jacques

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A life saved by art: Lonnie Holley on making work inspired by trauma, 'garbage'—and being stranded on an English island

Known for his sculptures assembled from material other people might consider rubbish, the US artist will be performing his improvised voice and piano compositions during London Gallery Weekend

London Gallery Weekend: the must-see exhibitions in West and Central London

As the event kicks off on Friday 13 May, critic Ben Luke chooses the best shows to visit

America's racial reckoning: inside the controversial Guston show

Plus, London's new Queer Britain museum and a rediscovered work by Caterina Angela Pierozzi

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Macron wins: what now for the French art scene?

Plus, Walter Sickert at Tate Britain and Gordon Parks at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

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Matisse’s masterpiece The Red Studio recreated 100 years later for New York show

The objects in the painting—including several of the artist's own works—have been brought together for an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, which later travels to Copenhagen

The women-dominated Venice Biennale has been criticised for sacrificing quality—revealing just how necessary such progressive projects really are

Described by some as a “politically correct” move, around 90% of the artists in Cecilia Alemani's exhibition 'The Milk of Dreams' are female

The stuff of dreams: Cecilia Alemani delivers a perfectly judged Biennale

The Milk of Dreams is a "show of ripples and resonances, one that honours its artists"

The best of the Venice Biennale: our critics’ review

Plus, artists Francis Alÿs, Sonia Boyce, Shubigi Rao and Na Chainkua Reindorf on their national pavilion shows; and a Bellini masterpiece

Hosted by Ben Luke. with guest speakers Louisa Buck and Jane Morris. Produced by Julia Michalska, David. Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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Marlene Dumas at Palazzo Grassi review—exhausting and uplifting at once

Venice exhibition elegantly displays the tension between seduction and repulsion in the South African artist's work

Photographer Edward Burtynsky on his Ukrainian heritage and our 'predator species running amok'

Plus, Winslow Homer at the Met and China's Russia problem

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A brush with... Nari Ward

An in-depth interview with the artist on his greatest cultural influences, from The Staples Singers to Piero Manzoni

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A world of possibility: Cecilia Alemani, the curator of the 2022 Venice Biennale, discusses the show

The Italian curator, who has organised exhibitions and events throughout the world, reveals the thinking behind her female-dominated exhibition The Milk of Dreams

Is this year’s Venice Biennale an exhibition shaped by war?

In the wake of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the Russian pavilion looks likely to remain empty, while the organisers of the Ukrainian pavilion battle to realise their project for Venice

'Our artists are responding to the war—they have been since 2014': the rise of documentaries in recent Ukrainian art

In an excerpt from our podcast interview, the Mexico-based Ukrainian artist and art historian Svitlana Biedarieva discusses shifts in recent Ukrainian art—and what happens now

Review: Does the Whitney Biennial really reflect the world today?

Plus, the exhibition Afro-Atlantic Histories opens in Washington and Raphael's late self-portrait at London's National Gallery

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A brush with... Cornelia Parker

An in-depth interview with the artist on her cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Noam Chomsky to Bernini

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Has the art market recovered? A deep dive into the Art Basel/UBS report

Plus, an exhibition about wartime hideouts in Poland and Ukraine, and Mondrian’s final work Victory Boogie Woogie

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

An in-depth interview with the artist on his cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Mike Kelley to the Mexican Muralists

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Metropolitan Museum of Art director Max Hollein sets out his vision for the future

Plus, the "golden age" of Beiruti art at the Gropius Bau in Berlin and Meret Oppenheim's Surrealist white heels at the Menil Collection in Houston

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Ceramics are central to humanity. To dismiss them as 'decorative' is absurd

Artists from Magdalene Odundo to Ai Weiwei are demonstrating that the art form goes way beyond the "applied"

A brush with... Ali Cherri

An in-depth interview with the artist on his cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Donna Haraway to David Hockney

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How Donatello changed art history forever

Plus, the Biennale of Sydney looks at the rights of rivers and Eduardo Navarro’s seed installation opens in London

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What can the arts do to help Ukrainian refugees?

Plus, NFTs and more at Art Dubai, and Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s golden curtain in Toronto

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Ukraine: the response of the art community and the risks of photojournalism

Plus, Chris Burden's unrealised projects and an in-depth look at F.N. Souza's Mr Sebastian at the Barbican in London

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Artists’ studios: the fight for affordable spaces

Plus, photographing Paula Rego at work

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A brush with... Ai Weiwei

An in-depth interview with the artist on his cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Marcel Duchamp to ancient Chinese ceramics—and why Romanticism is not for him

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Warhol and Basquiat on the stage in London and Faith Ringgold's retrospective at New York's New Museum

Plus, Betye Saar remakes a mural in Los Angeles

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