Ben Luke

Ben Luke is a contributing editor and podcast host at The Art Newspaper

The 2024 Whitney Biennial: our review

Plus, an analysis of our museum visitor figures survey and a drawing by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Being ‘discovered’ late in life can be maddening—but it can have advantages

The Buffalo AKG Art Museum just opened a Stanley Whitney retrospective—the 77-year-old artist's first museum survey

Keith Piper on tackling Tate Britain’s racist Whistler mural

Plus, the top takeaways from the new Art Basel/UBS report and a weaving by Anni Albers

Keith Piper's thoughtful response to Tate Britain's racist mural avoids the usual get-out clauses

The artist's research-based video exploring Rex Whistler's The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats benefited from the museum's collaborative approach

Photography and feminist activism, Jacob Rothschild remembered and Robert Ryman

We speak to the curators of the South London Gallery's latest show and to our founding editor about the legacy one of the UK's leading philanthropists. We also discuss Robert Ryman's work Adelphi on show at the Musée de l’Orangerie

A brush withinterview

'Art cannot change the world, but we must act is if it could': Bruno Racine on his greatest influences

An interview with the chief executive officer of the Palazzo Grassi—Punta della Dogana in Venice

Technologyfeature

Ten years on: art world is still in search of its virtual reality Eden

In March 2014, Facebook bought Oculus VR, heralding a new era in extended reality. Will the arrival of the Apple Vision Pro move the medium from artistic experiment to widespread use?

How has Frieze Los Angeles impacted the city’s art scene?

Plus, Angelica Kauffman at London’s Royal Academy and Matthew Wong’s response to a lost Van Gogh

Ekow Eshun on the power of Black figuration and his new London show

Plus, 100 years of the Surrealist manifesto and Tonita Peña’s Eagle Dance

A brush with… Nalini Malani

An in-depth interview with the artist on her cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to her time in 1970s Paris

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack

Yoko Ono at Tate Modern: a closer look at ‘the world's most famous unknown artist’

Plus, Elton John‘s treasures at Christie’s and Factum Foundation’s reconstructed Roman colossus

A brush with… Zineb Sedira

An in-depth interview with the artist on her cultural experiences and greatest influences, from the conceptualist Mary Kelly to jazz and ska music

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack
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A string of new exhibitions shows that textile art is finally being taken seriously

The historical association of textiles with gender, sexuality and identity norms make them ripe for subversion and reimagining

Is censorship on the rise in the West?

Plus, Frank Auerbach at the Courtauld and an Indian painting from Howard Hodgkin’s collection

A brush with... Stanley Whitney

An in-depth interview with the artist on his cultural experiences and greatest influences from Paul Cézanne to Miles Davis

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack
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Adriano Pedrosa unveils his plans for the 2024 Venice Biennale

Plus, the rise of immersive institutions and Barbara Kruger’s “Untitled (Forever)”

A brush with... Wilhelm Sasnal

An in-depth interview with the artist on his cultural experiences and greatest influences from Edgar Degas to Wolfgang Tillmans

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack

Rewriting history? The fraught politics behind India's new Ram temple

Plus, the challenges facing the Old Master market and a lithograph by Honoré Daumier

Rybolovlev vs Sotheby’s: a closer look at the epic court battle

Plus, Singapore's art scene and a photograph by Zanele Muholi

What to look out for in 2024: market predictions and must-see exhibitions

From the Venice Biennale to the Harlem Renaissance at the Met

Hosted by Ben Luke. With guest speakers Tim Schneider, Jane Morris and Gareth Harris. Produced by David Clack, Julia Michalska and Alexander Morrison
A brush withinterview

A brush with... Martin Clark, director, Camden Art Centre

'One day our music teacher played us Steve Reich’s early tape works; it was a total revelation'

The Year in Review 2023: the biggest stories and the best shows

From the British Museum thefts to the consequences in art and heritage of the Israel-Hamas war

Hosted by Ben Luke. With guest speakers Louisa Buck and Benjamin Sutton. Produced by David Clack, Julia Michalska and Alexander Morrison
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A brush with... Camille Henrot

An in-depth interview with the artist on her cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Louise Bourgeois to the violence of Disney cartoons

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack

Art Basel in Miami Beach: big sales, little politics

Plus, EMST, the all-women museum in Athens, and Pesellino’s David panels at the National Gallery in London

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A brush with... Urs Fischer

An in-depth interview with the artist on his cultural experiences and greatest influences, from jazz and drawing workshops to Hieronymus Bosch

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack
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The nine top exhibitions of 2023—and one absolute turkey

In 2023 the bar for shows was so high it was hard to choose the best. But which one was a stinker?

Booksreview

Coenties Slip, the New York street that nurtured artists in the 1950s and 60s, is brought to life in new book

This corner of Manhattan played a pivotal role in the development of artists such as Robert Indiana, Agnes Martin and Ellsworth Kelly

Which heritage sites have been damaged or destroyed in Gaza?

Plus, the life and work of the pioneering Indigenous Australian artist Emily Kam Kngwarray, and a revealing manuscript by Paul Gauguin

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Artistspodcast

A brush with… Stephen Willats

An in-depth interview with the British artist, exploring his radical work from the 1960s to today

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack
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Is the US museum sector in crisis?

Plus, a new antisemitism scandal at Documenta and a Kim Lim sculpure on show at the Hepworth Wakefield

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