José da Silva

José da Silva is the Exhibitions Editor of The Art Newspaper

Surrealism, Sickert, Cézanne and Cornelia Parker’s exploding shed: what to see at Tate in 2022

British artist Hew Locke has been selected for Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries commission, while Barbara Hepworth gets a survey at Tate St Ives

An expert’s guide to Sophie Taeuber-Arp: five must-read books on the Swiss artist

All you ever wanted to know about Taeuber-Arp, from a children’s book full of inspiring projects to a publication exploring the dynamics of artist couples—selected by the Tate curator Natalia Sidlina

The best art books to dive into this summer—as recommended by artists

Whether you are lying on a beach or next to a paddling pool, sit back and let your mind soak up these inspiring reads

Compiled by Gareth Harris and José da Silva

Installation about the UK's first atomic bomb removed from Essex park after 'intense pressure' from Conservative councillors

The work by Gabriella Hirst, titled An English Garden and consisting of a flowerbed of roses and benches, had received no complaints from the public

Watch Tomás Saraceno create invisible drawings in the sky above a champagne vineyard

The Argentinian artist’s work aims to make aspects of climate change “more tangible”

The best art day trips you can take from Berlin, London and New York

From crumbling castles to beach huts and giant chalk drawings on the English coast, there's no need for PCR tests if you live near these local gems

Major Vincent van Gogh self-portrait exhibition to open in London next year

Among the masterpieces going on show at the Courtauld Gallery will be two works painted a week apart and reunited for the first time

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Everyone’s a winner: Artes Mundi 9 prize awarded to all six nominees

Firelei Báez, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Meiro Koizumi, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Prabhakar Pachpute and Carrie Mae Weems each win £10,000 in latest example of award-sharing

An expert’s guide to Nam June Paik: five must-read books on the Korean-American artist

All you ever wanted to know about Paik, from a “deep dive” into a single work to the best biography—selected by the curators Rudolf Frieling and Andrea Nitsche-Krupp

Venice Biennale 2022 title inspired by Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington

The exhibition’s president and curator also announced the main exhibition’s three themes

From a huge Janus to a giant worm: seven site-specific sculptures spring up along the English coast

The Waterfronts commissions, by artists such as Michael Rakowitz and Katrina Palmer, have been created in collaboration with organisations like Turner Contemporary and the Folkestone Triennial

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In Pictures | Gio Ponti’s greatest designs, from chairs to churches

A new book looks at the life and work of the Italian architect and designer, famed for his Pirelli Tower and Superleggera chairs

An expert’s guide to Barbara Hepworth: five must-read books on the British sculptor

All you ever wanted to know about Hepworth, from a pictorial autobiography to a collection of her poems, notes and transcripts—selected by the curator and biographer Eleanor Clayton

Olafur Eliasson floods museum and removes wall, opening it 24-hours-a-day to ‘insects, bats or birds’

Site-specific installation called Life opened this week at the Fondation Beyeler near Basel in Switzerland and can be visited at all hours

An expert’s guide to David Hockney: five must-read books on the British artist

All you ever wanted to know about Hockney, from the best biography to the artist's “radical” investigations into art history—selected by the critic (and longtime friend) Martin Gayford

Going viral, the right way: what it's like running the world’s best museum social media accounts during a pandemic

We asked the people behind the Royal Academy’s Twitter, the Met’s Instagram, the Uffizi’s TikTok and the Van Gogh Museum’s Facebook account what 2020 was like for them

British Museum hit hardest by 2020 lockdown among UK’s big museums

Major UK institutions lost 78% of their visitors due to the pandemic last year, our research reveals

Visitor Figures 2020: top 100 art museums revealed as attendance drops by 77% worldwide

The Art Newspaper's annual survey shows how the pandemic had a devastating impact on museums around the world—but there were some silver linings

Emily Sharpe and José da Silva. With additional reporting by Martin Bailey. Research conducted by Federico Florian and Victoria Stapley-Brown

Serpentine drops Sackler name following ‘rebranding’

The London space formerly named after the now-disgraced family has been rechristened the Serpentine North Gallery

An expert’s guide to Yayoi Kusama: six must-read books on the Japanese artist

All you ever wanted to know about Kusama, from a detailed study of her Infinity Mirror Room to illustrations for Alice in Wonderland—selected by the Gropius Bau director Stephanie Rosenthal

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Banksy reveals that Reading Prison graffiti is his—with a little help from Bob Ross

The work on the outer wall of the institution where Oscar Wilde was once imprisoned suggests the street artist supports efforts to save the listed building

Smelly shows, fast cars and a swamp in a nightclub: the strangest art exhibitions coming up in 2021

Other highlights include a show on famous animals and the most lavish banquets in art history

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Read what Jenny Saville, George Condo and Victoria Beckham have to say about their favourite Old Master paintings

Exclusive extracts from a new book bringing together texts by 62 cultural figures describing their preferred works in the Frick Collection

The Musée du Louvre—the world’s most popular art museum—saw 72% drop in visitors last year

Despite kicking off 2020 with a record-breaking Leonardo exhibition, like many museums around the world, the Parisian institution was adversely affected by coronavirus lockdowns

An expert's guide to Francis Bacon: five must-read books on the post-war painter

All you ever wanted to know about the artist, from a deep dive into his chaotic studio to accounts of his exploits in seedy Soho—selected by the art historian Michael Peppiatt

The biggest art exhibitions opening around the world in 2021

The new year's must-see shows include Vermeer and Botticelli blockbusters; major Jasper Johns and Yayoi Kusama retrospectives; and sweeping surveys on Iran, slavery and queer art

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Artemisia Gentileschi at the National Gallery to a transgressive show on Tantra

No shows: the biggest cancelled exhibitions of 2020

From the saga over a controversially delayed Philip Guston show to an under appreciated female Old Master whose big moment never came

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Caroline Coon's hermaphroditic footballers to Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's enigmatic portraits

How Spotify playlists became the new exhibition audio guides

From Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s Tate show playlist to the MFA Boston’s Basquiat and hip-hop soundtrack, music can have a profound effect on how we view art