Brian Allen

New records set for Arthur Dove and Paul Cadmus in latest American art sales

The specialist New York auctions at Christie's and Sotheby's made $28.9m and $14.2m respectively

The Big Review: Jasper Johns at the Whitney Museum of American Art

The New York incarnation of this two-venue retrospective of the veteran American artist has sublime moments, but needs a much more thorough edit

Sotheby's American Art auction saw some prices soar, while Christie's remained more firmly grounded

A museum sells art to balance its budget, a gorgeous Sargent goes unwanted, and a painting of a giraffe reaches high.

Art marketanalysis

Lockdown home decorators boost New York's Americana week auctions

Chippendale-style furniture, elephant tureens and a broadside edition of the Declaration of Independence were in demand at the sales series last week

American artanalysis

'Comatose' pre-war American art market gets a digital jolt

Forced online due to Covid-19, this year's American Art Fair boasts more exhibitors as auction houses see new records set for late 19th century works

The Big Review: Félix Fénéon at the Museum of Modern Art

A collaboration between New York and Paris explores the dealer who championed both Neo-Impressionism and home-grown terrorism

Kaywin Feldman on how America's National Gallery of Art will 'attract the nation and reflect it, too'

The Washington museum's first female director is breaking down old silos and diversifying the staff, collection and exhibitions

The unsung agency working to maintain museum and library access in the US

The leader of the Institute of Museum and Library Services tells us what his organisation is doing to help spaces reopen

The Big Review: Andy Warhol at Tate Modern

Can yet another Warhol retrospective tell us anything new about the Pop Art icon?

Sale prices soar past estimates at auction of decorator Mario Buatta's estate at Sotheby's

Christie's also holds its own at an auction of American furniture and folk art

Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana show at the Prado is as much about biography as it is about the art

The Madrid exhibition compares the two artists who were successful in their time but whose reputations later waned

Art marketanalysis

Randomness rules New York's $42m American art sales

Small works won out at Sotheby's and Christie's as top lots went for their low estimates or were withdrawn

Meadows Museum in Dallas teams up with local and Madrid opera companies

Opera sets will evoke the museum’s collection, and soloists will perform at the museum

Interview | Lonnie Bunch on founding the Smithsonian's African American history museum and drawing inspiration from Lincoln

As his new book is released, the new secretary of the Smithsonian Institution talks of extending its reach beyond Washington

A mini magnificence: Edouard Vuillard at Bath's Holburne Museum

Odd points of view and tense interior scenes feature in an exhibition of small, precious works from early in the artist's career


'Museum directors have lost panache and grit': 30 years on, the legacy of the Corcoran's Robert Mapplethorpe cancellation

New exhibition at the George Washington University looks back the censorship of the photographer's work—but what impact did it have on the art world?

How Renoir’s nudes helped the Clark get its groove back

An exhibition sheds refreshing new light on the artist’s development


Edward Hopper's over-priced ode to Shakespeare goes unsold as market for American art proves capricious

Christie's American art sales this week realise a new record for Hartley but Sotheby's struggles to get the pricing right on Hopper's Shakespeare scene

Mass Moca, the museum that almost wasn't, celebrates 20 years

The art historian Brian Allen reflects on the rich history of the once inconceivable project that is now thriving

Harvard’s sublime show makes you see Bauhaus everywhere

The university has a long history with the movement’s artists, many of whom fled from Germany to Cambridge, and has drawn from its impressive archive for a 100th anniversary exhibition

Two shows that lost the plot

Joan Miró at MoMA and the Neue Galerie’s self-Portrait survey are both filled with great works, but they forget to stick to their themes all the way through

Bigger is not always better at New York's Photography Show

Although down a few exhibitors, Aipad's annual photo fair delivers with both large-format and intimately scaled photos

Hockney-Van Gogh exhibition is ‘a tame, though colourful, bit of fluff’

The British artist dominates the Van Gogh Museum’s dubious doubleheader, which offers little to connect the pair

Exhibitions are a numbers game, whether we like it or not

Today's directors are focused on figures—and not always for the right reasons

Dawoud Bey brings viewers on an evocative journey along the Underground Railroad

The artist’s new series of nocturnal photographs, on show at the Art Institute of Chicago, vividly imagine the kinds of scenes escaping slaves might have seen

Madrid's small but perfectly formed Bartolomé Bermejo show is 'art history at its best'

Museo del Prado’s show on the 15th-century Spanish painter is elegant, intellectually incisive and rich in both news and rarely seen art

Essential viewing: Warhol from A to B and Back Again at New York’s Whitney Museum

The sprawling show is a needed revisit for those who remember Warhol as a living, brilliant savant, taste-maker and oddball

Prado at 200: director Miguel Falomir on the museum's reinvention and the death of the blockbuster

Released from the shackles of state control in 2003, the Madrid institution has reason to celebrate its bicentenary

Skip the art history lesson—experience Picasso ‘intuitively’ at Musée d’Orsay's Blue and Rose blockbuster

The show promises a continuum in Picasso’s work, a gentle slide, rather than rigidly compartmentalised episodes


The new director of America’s oldest university museum has big plans for its future

Stephanie Wiles, who took up the reins at the Yale University Art Gallery six months ago, wants to expand the institution's engagement with New Haven and the international art world

Art marketanalysis

Downright quirky appetite for American masters at Sotheby's

A monumental painting of the American West by Emanuel Leutze breaks records while works by Rockwell and Hopper flop

Unlocking the secrets of China’s Qing dynasty empresses

From portraits to robes to jewelry, Peabody Essex Museum explores the intricate trappings of female power and influence

Record $91.9m sale of Edward Hopper’s Chop Suey buoys confidence at Christie’s American art sale

At $317.8m, the Ebsworth evening sale becomes one of the top five most valuable collections ever sold at auction

Tintoretto’s drawings bring new surprises and scholarship to his 500th birthday celebrations

An exhibition at the Morgan Library adds insight through the Venetian artist’s contemporaries

Venice comment

The next chapter of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is off to a strong start

One year after Karole Vail took over the Venice museum, major exhibitions and rehangs are in the works

David Wojnarowicz was a poet, a fighter, a hustler, a survivor

The many sides of a complicated artist are explored with freshness, polish, and insight in the Whitney Museum’s retrospective

Louvre’s Delacroix exhibition uncovers France’s superstar of the Romantic era

His boundless inventiveness as a painter—and not only—shines through in this ambitious survey


The problem with artist-driven museum boards

Brian Allen explains how artists can hurt rather than help museums like MoCA Los Angeles

Berkshire Museum’s $8.1m Norman Rockwell leads American art auctions, despite deaccessioning controversy

The US artist dominated the top prices during New York sales series, where the commercial appeal of attractive subjects showed through in prices

The Met unpacks its Souls Grown Deep gift

An excellent show adds new strands to our understanding of what makes American art uniquely American

The Frick’s expansion is a sensitive, elegant plan

The New York museum has shown it is a responsive listener and found ways to add much needed space and public amenities with surgical precision

Auction houses must share the blame for university sell-offs

Christie's sale of 46 works from La Salle collection will diminish the museum and its academic programme

How the wonders of il Gesù were transported to America

A Connecticut Jesuit university aimed high when planning an exhibition to celebrate its 75th anniversary—and more museums should follow its example


New Met charges are an unfair tax on tourists

The museum’s $25 admission fee discriminates against the non-New Yorkers who subsidise its huge tax privileges

Art marketanalysis

Quality as well as quantity in short supply at Sotheby's sale of American art

Where a museum's Rockwells had sparked interest in a flagging category, the removal of key lots from the sale dampened spirits

Grandma Moses: behind the folksy images, a canny operator

An exhibition in Vermont of the work of the early Outsider artist looks behind the icon of Yankee charm

Now is the time for an Italian-American museum exchange programme

With Italy’s historic reform of its museums’ leadership at risk in the courts, what we need is a more collaboration not less


Federal arts funding is on the White House’s hit list

If culture agencies dodge the fatal bullet, they should focus on collection-sharing and investment in bricks and mortar