Ben Luke

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

The Year in Art: We take a look at 2022’s biggest stories—and what they mean

Plus, our writers sit down to discuss their favourite works of the year

Hosted by Ben Luke. With guest speakers Louisa Buck, Kabir Jhala and Benjamin Sutton. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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A brush with... Alicja Kwade

An in-depth interview with the artist on her cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Gordon Matta-Clark to Leonardo da Vinci

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
Sponsored byBloomberg Connects

Parthenon Marbles: is a breakthrough in sight?

Plus, Afghan culture in crisis and Kiki Smith’s New York murals

Hosted by Ben Luke. With guest speaker Sarvy Geranpayeh. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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A brush with... Nick Cave

An in-depth interview with the artist on his cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Elsa Schiaparelli to Parliament/Funkadelic.

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
Sponsored byBloomberg Connects

The last hurrah? Art world excess at Art Basel Miami Beach

Plus, UK culture cuts and Ukrainian Modernism in Madrid

Hosted by Ben Luke and Aimee Dawson. With guest speaker Anny Shaw. Produced by David Clack and Henrietta Bentall
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James Baldwin and Doris Salcedo's Turbine Hall chasm: Gilane Tawadros on her greatest influences

The Whitechapel Gallery director tells us about her favourite writer, what she has been watching recently, and the cultural experience that changed the way she sees the world

Be ultra-wary of the ultra-contemporary: a triumph of hot air over real value

An unquenchable thirst for a certain set of young artists—with the eye-popping price-tags to match—is creating a pressure they are inevitably unable to meet

A brush with... Helen Marten

An in-depth interview with the artist on her cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Robert Rauschenberg to Roland Barthes

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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'Velvet terrorism': what is it like in Pussy Riot's Russia?

Plus, Shirin Neshat on Iran's uprising and Puerto Rican art after Hurricane Maria

Hosted by Ben Luke and Aimee Dawson. Produced by David Clack and Henrietta Bentall
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A brush with... Theaster Gates

An in-depth interview with the artist on his cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Agnes Martin to Frankie Knuckles

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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Is Qatar's Fifa World Cup a lesson in artwashing?

Plus, how long left of the good times in the New York auction world? And abstract Black figuration

Hosted by Ben Luke. With guest speakers Hannah McGivern and Georgina Adam. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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Climate action: what is the art world doing?

Plus, the US National Gallery of Art’s women artists fund and one of the last paintings of Paula Modersohn-Becker

Hosted by Ben Luke. With guest speaker Louisa Buck. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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London's National Gallery revamp row: is it a sensitive makeover or like 'an airport lounge'?

Plus, contemporary art in Lagos and Chagall's falling angel

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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How did a clergyman come to own hundreds of Edward Hopper works? We delve into the Whitney's archive controversy

Plus, a horror show in London and a Flemish masterpiece in Bruges

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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'How dare YOU?': we speak to Just Stop Oil, the eco activists who threw soup over Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

Plus, Art Basel's inaugural Paris+ fair and an enigmatic Frank Bowling painting

Hosted by Ben Luke. With guest speaker Melanie Gerlis. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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Twenty-five years after it opened, artists still find it hard to love the Guggenheim Bilbao

Architect Frank Gehry claimed his design for the Spanish satellite museum was neutral and would not compete with the art within—did he succeed?

Art boom as the UK busts: how the economic crisis is affecting the market

Plus, Cecilia Vicuña; 20th-century women artists at Frieze Masters; and Modigliani in Philadelphia

Hosted by Ben Luke and Aimee Dawson. With guest speaker Anny Shaw. Produced by David. Clack and Henrietta Bentall
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Van Dyck or copies? The curious case of the socialite, the scholar and the Old Masters

Plus, Joan Mitchell and Claude Monet at the Fondation Louis Vuitton and England's Tudors head to New York

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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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
Sponsored byChristie's