José da Silva

José da Silva is the Exhibitions Editor of The Art Newspaper

An expert’s guide to Michelangelo: five must-read books on the Renaissance Old Master

All you ever wanted to know about Michelangelo, from a “masterly” catalogue of drawings to a collection of letters covering art, deliveries and the artist’s favourite wine—selected by the curator Grant Lewis

An expert's guide to colour: five must-read books on all things chromatic

All you ever wanted to know about the topic, from our difficult relationship with colour to a remarkable monochrome children’s book—selected by the colour historian Alexandra Loske

Venice Biennale 2024: the worst art on show in the city

There's a lot to see during this year's edition of the city-wide event, so we've rounded up a few things you might want to skip

Venice Biennale 2024: our pick of collateral shows

Alongside the main event, there's a plethora of exhibitions vying for visitors' attention. We've selected some of our favourites, ranging from Shahzia Sikander fairytale gothic palace to Andrzej Wróblewski's poignant depictions of war

Venice Biennale 2024: the must-see pavilions around town

Take a tour of a women's prison on Giudecca or a picturesque church in Cannaregio with our pick of pavilions beyond the Giardini and Arsenale

Venice Biennale 2024: the must-see pavilions in the Arsenale

Artists draw with their eyes and play with Zeus at the city's former shipyards and armories

The confident new face of Benin is on show in Venice

The restitution of artefacts from France in 2022 has energised Benin’s cultural and heritage sector, as is clear from the country’s four-artist presentation at the Biennale

The most spectacular locations to visit at this year’s Venice Biennale

Unique to the Biennale are its venues, which include beautiful historic buildings with interiors, art and artefacts that put many museums to shame

Venice Biennale 2024: the must-see pavilions in the Giardini

From cocoa-covered creations, to spaceships and rotting fruit, here is our selection of top shows from the first preview day

An expert's guide to Frank Auerbach: three must-read books (and a film) on the German-British painter

All you ever wanted to know about Auerbach, from a biography by one of his sitters to a collection of essays about his drawings—selected by the Courtauld Gallery curator Barnaby Wright

The 100 most popular art museums in the world—blockbusters, bots and bounce-backs

Our exclusive Visitor Figures 2023 survey shows that many of the world’s leading art museums returned to their pre-pandemic attendance levels. But some, especially in the UK, are still missing millions of visitors

Lee Cheshire and José da Silva. Research by Lillie Ellen Moller and Robert Palk

Exclusive: international museum attendance figures back to pre-pandemic levels

In 2023, many of the world’s major museums equaled—or surpassed—their 2019 attendance figures. However, some UK institutions are still lagging behind, finds The Art Newspaper’s annual survey

An expert's guide to Constantin Brâncuși: five must-read books on the Romanian sculptor

All you ever wanted to know about Brâncuși, from a landmark catalogue to a comic retelling of his run-in with US Customs—selected by the Centre Pompidou curator Ariane Coulondre

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Why Anthony van Dyck was summoned to paint a recently deceased noblewoman

This extract from a new book about works in the Dulwich Picture Gallery by Helen Hillyard and Jennifer Scott reveals the story behind the artist's 1663 portrait of Lady Digby

Helen Hillyard and Jennifer Scott. With an introduction by José da Silva

An expert's guide to Frans Hals: five must-read books on the Dutch Old Master

All you ever wanted to know about Hals, from an 18th-century biography to a 1994 novel of the artist's “lost diaries”—selected by the Rijksmuseum curator Friso Lammertse

Impressionism: still impressive 150 years later

This year's milestone will be celebrated with multiple shows around the globe

An expert's guide to Sandro Botticelli: four must-read books on the Florentine painter

All you ever wanted to know about Botticelli, from a monumental monograph of 1908 to a dynamic account of the artist’s workshop practices—selected by the curator Furio Rinaldi

The top art books of 2023—chosen by The Art Newspaper’s book team

There is something for every art lover among our pick of the publications—from a forgotten 17th-century painter to a lively history of dyes

An expert’s guide to Mark Rothko: five must-read books on the Abstract Expressionist

All you ever wanted to know about Rothko, from the artist's own writings to the most complete study of his famous Seagram Murals

The Queen’s Galleries to be renamed after King Charles III in ‘recognition of the new reign’—despite previous plans not to change their names

The Royal Collection Trust, which runs the museums in London and Edinburgh, declines to give further details on change of heart

An expert’s guide to Lee Miller: five must-read books on the American photographer

All you ever wanted to know about Miller, from a biography and collection of love letters to a book of her recipes—selected by the curator Martin Pel

Anna Maria Maiolino and Nil Yalter awarded Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for lifetime achievement

The itinerant lives of the Brazilian and Turkish artists chime with the theme of his central exhibition next year

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How to get started as an art collector

Art is not just for the mega-rich: there are ways to buy good-quality works on a modest budget

An expert’s guide to Paula Rego: six must-read books on the Portuguese-British artist

All you ever wanted to know about Rego, from the best catalogues to a behind-the-scenes dive into her studio—selected by her son Nick Willing

An expert’s guide to Roy Lichtenstein: five must-read books on the American Pop artist

All you ever wanted to know about Lichtenstein, from an encyclopaedic career survey to a collection of his unexpectedly witty mirror paintings—selected by the art dealer Irving Blum

Takashi Murakami: the pop artist on cartoons, capitalism and what he learnt from Star Wars

The Japanese artist, whose latest show opens in San Francisco this month, explains the connection between his colourful aesthetic and darker influences, including natural disasters and the pandemic

Drunkard or genius? London's National Gallery gets up close and personal with Frans Hals

First major survey of Dutch painter in three decades will include reunited panels and monumental paintings

Nine artists recommend their favourite books for summer

From dystopian biography and intelligent plants to “monstrous mothers” and the underwater world, avid readers share their top tips

Compiled by Gareth Harris and José da Silva