CommentMuseums & Heritage
It's back to school for the art world—here's why you shouldn't just rush to the blockbusters
From William Blake at Tate Britain to Gauguin at the National Gallery, London's museums are opening their biggest exhibitions this month—but how much are you really able to enjoy them?
Museums cannot ignore artists’ values
Artists are increasingly concerned about the ethical principles of the museums and galleries in which they show their work
Top of the Pods: the world of Warhol, as told by Jeremy Deller and Donna De Salvo
With the Pop artist's blockbuster retrospective currently on show at SFMoMA, we delve into the life and legacy of the ever-popular painter with artist Jeremy Deller and curator Donna De Salvo. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.
ReviewArt & Technology
The natural world meets the virtual in Jakob Kudsk Steensen's augmented reality experience at Serpentine Galleries
Marking the galleries' first Augmented Architecture commission, explores the sights and sounds of the flora and fauna in London’s Hyde Park
Turner Prize nominee Helen Cammock on Baroque music and marginalised histories
The UK artist's solo exhibition at London's Whitechapel Gallery explores the lives of 17th-century Italian female composers
Art historian Douglas Crimp, who defined the Pictures Generation, dies aged 74
Writer, curator and editor organised the influential Pictures exhibition and championed artist activism during the Aids crisis
Ibrahim Mahama's ghosts of Ghana. Plus, China's epic Picasso show
We speak to the Ghanaian artist as he unveils a major new commission at the Whitworth as part of the Manchester International Festival. Plus, we find out about the Picasso blockbuster at UCCA in Beijing. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.
FeatureArt Basel 2019
The human side of AI
How do algorithms see and shape the world? An exhibition at Basel’s HeK explores the often uncomfortable coexistence of humanity and AI
Interview: William Kentridge on his life lessons
Self-interrogation is central to the work of the South African artist, whose latest piece on show at the Kunstmuseum Basel poses a series of questions that get half-answered
At last, Dora Maar emerges from her lover Picasso’s shadow
Major survey of the Surrealist photographer at Centre Pompidou will travel to Tate Modern and the Getty Center
How Notre Dame abounds in the collective artistic imagination
Matisse's 1900 painting of the gothic cathedral risked taking on elegiac significance before the fire was extinguished
Should museums sell works of art? Plus, activism at the Whitney Biennial
After the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's sale of its Rothko, we discuss the principles that guide deaccessioning in the US and speak to activists about the Whitney vice-chairman's problematic link to a weapons manufacturer
ReviewVenice Biennale 2019
Venice Biennale 2019: the must-see pavilions around the city
An indoor beach, Mongolian throat singing and ceramic vaginas—where to go beyond the Arsenale and Giardini
Venice Biennale special: our review. Plus, how much longer will the city survive?
Ben Luke and Jane Morris review the main exhibition and we speak to the artists Laure Prouvost and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster about their works in the show. Plus, we talk about climate change and the challenges Venice is facing as the surrounding waters rise. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.
ReviewThree to see
Three exhibitions to see in Venice this weekend
From Tuymans's Third Reich paintings, to Kounellis's poor materials, there's more to see in the city than the Venice Biennale
ReviewVenice Biennale 2019
Screen time: digital art eclipses painting in Ralph Rugoff's 'mightily impressive' Venice Biennale show
With multi-artist spaces and the split between the Arsenale and Giardini, May You Live in Interesting Times offers a new way of looking at a biennial exhibition
PreviewVenice Biennale 2019
Exhibitions during the Venice Biennale: a festival of painting
Among the many official “collateral” exhibitions connected to the Biennale and independently organised shows, painting is noticeably abundant
InterviewVenice Biennale 2019
Ralph Rugoff on why the 2019 Venice Biennale has a 'split personality'
The artistic director speaks to The Art Newspaper as he puts the finishing touches to the exhibition that he has divided between the Arsenale and Giardini’s central pavilion
The Notre Dame fire: what happens next? Plus, Cold War Steve
We talk about the effects of the fire at Notre Dame, the building’s history, and what happens next. And we speak to satirical artist Christopher Spencer, the man behind Cold War Steve. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.
ReviewThree to see
Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend
From Hito Steyerl’s powerful critiques at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery to Rembrandt and friends at Gagosian Gallery
From Despair to The Scream: the genesis of Edvard Munch’s most famous work
On our podcast, the curator of the British Museum’s Munch exhibition tells the story of the Norwegian artist’s anxiety at the blood-red sky he saw above the Oslo fjord, and how it led to a masterpiece
Okwui Enwezor was one of the most influential curators in history
The Art Newspaper's features editor Ben Luke pays tribute
Sackler sponsorship: take it or leave it? Plus, museum visitor figures
We examine the growing unease among British museums about accepting money from Sackler family members linked to the sale of the opioid OxyContin, and look at 2018's most visited shows and museums with Met director Max Hollein. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.
Art Basel in Hong Kong, Richard Lin and the Met’s World Between Empires
We talk to Marc Spiegler, global director of Art Basel; discuss the forgotten artist Richard Lin; and speak to the curators of a New York exhibition on the ancient Middle East. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.
FeatureArt's Most Popular 2019
Ranked: the top ten most popular shows in their categories from around the world
Including Old Masters, Contemporary, Post-Impressionist and Modern, and more
FeatureArt's Most Popular 2019
Art in the age of Instagram and the power of going viral
As visitors to exhibitions are increasingly sharing their experiences online, should curators plan shows for maximum hype?
David Bailey in focus, plus Picasso biographer John Richardson remembered
We meet the photographer David Bailey at his London studio to discuss his new book and we talk with Gijs van Hensbergen about John Richardson, who died aged 95 last week. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.
Okwui Enwezor on making sense of 'a global landscape that again lies shattered and in disarray'—archive, 2015
1 May 2015: The Nigerian curator's exhibtions in the Giardini and Arsenale of the Venice Biennale promise to be the most topical Venice show of recent years
AnalysisVenice Biennale 2019
Painting's death was fake news? Venice Biennale to address art in the post-truth era
Despite lacking a designated theme, the event will take the unusual step of being divided into two distinct exhibitions
'Forces of time snatch people like devils': remembering pioneering feminist artist Carolee Schneemann
The painter, performance artist and film-maker, who won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2017, has died aged 79
Hunk of burning love: the naked selfie of the Elizabethan age
On The Art Newspaper podcast, we zoom into a passionate expression of desire in a miniature at the National Portrait Gallery
Rothko deserves better, SFMoMA
The San Francisco museum plans to sell Untitled (1960) at Sotheby's for between $35m and $50m, the artist is unlikely to have approved
Antony Gormley at the Uffizi, plus portrait miniatures
We talk to the British artist as he shows his sculptures with ancient works in the Florentine museum, and we zoom in on the tiny art works that are the subject of a major show London's National Portrait Gallery. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.
George Shaw: 'I make no distinction between great painting and great TV'
On The Art Newspaper podcast, the British painter discusses the diverse influences, from Hockney and Rembrandt to the children’s television series Grange Hill, that have informed his paintings of the estate where he grew up
Museums—just places for a bit of peace and quiet?
The Art Fund's latest report concludes that museums and galleries offer a way to de-stress—but they should not just a place for calm and comfort
15 must-see Rembrandt shows during the 350th anniversary of his death
Two exhibitions to be held at the Rijksmuseum this year will provide a cohesive overview of Rembrandt’s life and work
Tracey Emin on mourning and #MeToo; George Shaw on realism and Rembrandt
We talk to Tracey Emin as her new show at White Cube opens. And we speak to George Shaw, whose exhibition has arrived at the Holburne Museum after its stint in the US. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.
Beguiled then bewildered: Ruskin's love-hate relationship with Turner
On The Art Newspaper podcast, we find out how the great Victorian critic learnt directly from Turner but struggled with his late work and erotica
Reportage storms the citadel: documentary photography joins the canon of British art
A Don McCullin exhibition at Tate Britain symbolises the shift in photography's significance in British museums
Ruskin and Gombrich: revisiting two art historical heavyweights
Amid a wealth of events celebrating the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth we reconsider the breadth of his achievements. Plus, we talk to two experts in E.H. Gombrich. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.
Gender reassignment: how dealers tried to attribute female Old Master paintings as work by men
On The Art Newspaper podcast, we find out about the scandalous faking of signatures helped keep a female painter out of the spotlight
Sisters are painting it for themselves: meet the female Old Masters finding prominence at last
We speak to curators Letizia Treves and Jordana Pomeroy about the growing trend to bring historical female artists to the fore. Plus, Kate MacGarry tells us about participating in Condo London. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.
CommentAfrican American art
Missing in action: African-American art in European public collections
The market for work by African American artists is on the rise but museums are falling behind
We must not let the art market hoodwink us in the AI debate
The AI work that was sold at Christie's is profound in its conservatism, but others reflect how the technology can impact on art in fascinating ways
Olafur Eliasson's latest work is melting away on the bank of the Thames in London
Public sculpture unveiled to coincide with the COP24 climate summit in Poland
AnalysisThe Year In Review
2018 in contemporary art: the themes of Documenta 14 dominated much art over the past year
Contemporary artists are making art from adversity
AnalysisThe Year In Review
The year in heritage: conservators become art
The conservation of masterpieces is happening in the full glare of the public