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Museums

Tate St Ives wins Art Fund Museum of the Year award

Judges praise “breathtakingly beautiful” extension and the way the museum is “embedded in its community”

Podcast

Podcast episode 39: All about the biennials

We talk to Sally Tallant, the artistic director of the Liverpool Biennial, about the 10th edition opening next week. And Jane Morris, an editor-at-large of The Art Newspaper, joins Ben Luke to discuss “peak biennial”

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018

Tate St Ives: a deeper community connection on the Cornish coast

After a bumpy start, the extension to the Tate’s westernmost outpost has been welcomed and is now enabling the gallery to reach its full potential

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Analysis
Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018

What swung it? Former Museum of the Year judges reveal the qualities that led to the winners

All museums and galleries do important work—so what makes a truly visionary organisation?

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Podcast

Podcast episode 37: Art and football plus John Akomfrah interview

With the World Cup in full swing, we look at a London show exploring football as a cultural phenomenon with its co-curator Eddy Frankel, and talk to the British film-maker John Akomfrah about his exhibition at the New Museum, New York.

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Podcast episode 36: Berlin Biennale and Art Basel

We explore the two big European art world events of the past week: Arsalan Mohammad is in Berlin with the curator Serubiri Moses and the critic and curator Annika von Taube, and Ben Luke speaks to Melanie Gerlis, writer for the Financial Times and The Art Newspaper, on the line from Basel.

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Art Basel 2018

Artists as cryptofinanciers: welcome to the blockchain

Curious new relationships between art and capital are being enabled by cryptofinance, which places “monetary value” at the heart of the creative process

Interview
Art Basel 2018

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Cool Science

The US pioneer of digital art discusses her passion for cutting-edge biology and its influence on her new multimedia exhibition, Anti-Bodies

Podcast

Podcast episode 35: Freud, Bacon, Hockney and the post-war London scene; and Signals gallery

We talk to Martin Gayford about his book Modernists and Mavericks and sitting for portraits by Freud and Hockney. And we explore a show celebrating the Signals gallery, where Latin American and European avant-gardes converged.

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Marcel Duchamp

What was it like to conduct Marcel Duchamp's only live television interview?

Fifty years on, Joan Bakewell remembers speaking to the pioneering artist for the BBC, shortly before his death

Review
Howard Hodgkin

A great send-off: Howard Hodgkin's extraordinary final paintings go on show at Gagosian

Late artist completed six paintings in five weeks, all of which are included in London gallery exhibition

Podcast

Podcast episode 34: Venice Architecture Biennale, and the Brutalist social housing debate

Edwin Heathcote of the Financial Times reviews the Biennale, and Christopher Turner on his controversial exhibition focusing on Alison and Peter Smithson’s Robin Hood Gardens housing estate.

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Photo London

Artists show their power to effect change

In the visual arts, a greater sense of activism is possible, and it’s being helped by the absorption of a broader range of disciplines and media into the canon

Podcast

Podcast episode 33: Absent friends—Howard Hodgkin's final paintings; Robert Indiana remembered

We talk to Antony Peattie, the music writer and partner of the late Howard Hodgkin and to Barbara Haskell, curator of Robert Indiana's 2013 retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

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Podcast episode 32: David Chipperfield on the new Royal Academy

The Academy’s £56m project opens, with subtle additions and revamps by the British architect. Chipperfield talks about the subtleties of architecture, the RA’s chief executive Charles Saumarez Smith discusses funding and the quirks of the institution and we review the buildings and its displays with Jane Morris.

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Royal Academy

How the Royal Academy Schools shook off their fusty image

Once seen as a bastion of tradition ignored by young artists, the institution's postgraduate fine art course has become the most desirable in London

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Podcast episode 31: The $646m Rockefeller sale. Plus: should big galleries subsidise smaller ones?

We drill down into the big numbers from the Post-Impressionist and Modern sale in New York with Georgina Adam, talk to Professor Rachel Pownall about the wider market and look at a small gallery housed in Piccadilly Circus Tube station.

Podcast

Podcast episode 30: All about Berlin

Our guest host Arsalan Mohammad takes us behind the scenes of the explosion of shows during Gallery Weekend Berlin and beyond, speaking to dealers and artists about the changing face and enduring appeal of one of the world's most creative cities

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Podcast episode 29: Taryn Simon on grief and mourning

We talk to the US artist about her acclaimed work An Occupation of Loss staged in New York and now London. We hear from a curator and conservator at the Met about resurrecting Moretto da Brescia’s final great painting, and appraise the Turner Prize shortlist.

Comment
Politics

Vital artistic exchanges will be stifled by Trump's travel ban

The amicus brief signed by more than 100 museums should shame the justices of the US Supreme Court

Comment
Turner Prize

Who should win, who will win, and how smartphones dominate Turner Prize shortlist

Art critic Ben Luke gives us his take on this year's nominees

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From the high emotions of Taryn Simon’s professional mourners to photography galore at Somerset House and the Hayward Gallery

Podcast

Podcast episode 28: the battle over Ethiopia's treasures

Martin Bailey speaks to Hailemichael Aberra Afework, Ethiopia’s ambassador to the UK, about the artefacts seized by the British army at Maqdala, go behind the scenes of the Sony World Photography Awards with judge Gareth Harris and ask Richard Parry about his plans for Glasgow International

Podcast

Podcast episode 27: the enduring appeal of enigmatic Beuys. Plus, lost masterpieces reborn

We hear from Adam Lowe of Factum Arte about a new TV series in which seven lost paintings are recreated. And speak to Norman Rosenthal and Thaddaeus Ropac about the great German artist.

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Podcast episode 26: Wrap star Christo and the most popular shows of 2017

We speak to the Bulgarian-born artist about his grand project for the Serpentine, and look at our annual survey of visitor figures

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Conservation

The Met resurrects Italian Old Master’s Entombment

Museum’s restoration lifts “grey veil” from final commission by the Renaissance artist Moretto da Brescia

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From Michael Rakowitz’s winged bull soaring above Trafalgar Square to the last chance to have a swing at Tate Modern

Interview
Sonia Boyce

‘At the heart of all this is the question of power’: Sonia Boyce on the notorious Hylas and the Nymphs takedown

The artist reveals the story behind the headlines and the film she made about the painting's removal

Podcast

Podcast episode 25: Living with Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo specialist Martin Kemp on decades spent in the company of the Renaissance master, plus, we celebrate the 300th edition of The Art Newspaper

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Fourth Plinth

London's Fourth Plinth unveiled: Michael Rakowitz’s winged bull sculpture made from date syrup cans

Iraqi-American artist has recreated Assyrian lamassu destroyed by Islamic State

Podcast

Podcast episode 24: Mural-gazing with the Dalai Lama, plus Michael Rakowitz

We speak to Thomas Laird about his new book on the murals of Tibet and to Michael Rakowitz about his fourth plinth commission unveiled next week

Podcast

Podcast episode 23: The death of Venice?

Salvatore Settis on the moral revival that could save Italy's sinking city, plus Tacita Dean on her three major London shows

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Conservation

How much of conservators’ work should be visible and how much should be hidden?

The release of a pre-conservation image of Leonardo’s $450m Salvator Mundi reignites debate over the transparency of conservators’ interventions

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From Picasso's year of masterpieces at Tate Modern to his fellow Spaniard Murillo's portraits at the National Gallery

Podcast

Podcast episode 22: the genius of Picasso

We take a tour of Tate Modern's blockbuster and explore the strength of Picasso's market

Podcast

Podcast episode 21: Photography special—from Victorian pioneers to 2018 prize contenders

We meet the men and women behind three fascinating but very different exhibitions of lens-based art

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Exhibitions

Dreaming to drowning: a year in the life of Picasso

Tate Modern’s major new show focuses on 1932, a period of turbulent creativity that gave rise to some of the artist’s greatest work

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Media & broadcast

Civilisations: how the BBC's new series takes on Kenneth Clark's legacy

Documentary breaks with many of the assumptions in the art historian’s seminal series, but it also owes a great deal to it

Podcast

Podcast episode 20: Yes to Picasso, no to Van Gogh—inside the Rockefellers’ collection

We talk to the American dynasty’s historian about David and Peggy Rockefeller’s tastes, and explore the funding crisis at Glasgow’s Transmission Gallery

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Podcast episode 19: celebrating Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele on the centenary of their deaths

A look at the life and art of the two Austrian greats as shows open marking their 100th anniversary. And the New Museum Triennial is reviewed.

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Podcast episode 18: What's the future for ivory antiques?

We explore what new ivory regulations will mean for the art world and meet the 2017 Election Artist Cornelia Parker

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Podcast episode 17: Real or fake? The suspicious Russian avant-garde show in Ghent

Expert on Russian art Simon Hewitt discusses developments in The Art Newspaper's current cover story, plus we explore an unusual collaboration at Hauser & Wirth Somerset

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Artist interview

Lydia Ourahmane on why she made a work about her grandfather pulling all his teeth

The Algerian-British artist explores her family’s experiences living in the shadow of colonialism

Comment
Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol goes to church

Why the pop artist—a lifelong, closeted Catholic—deserves to be shown at The Vatican

Podcast

Podcast episode 16: Charles I at the Royal Academy—an exhibition fit for a king

We pick apart the latest smash hit show to open in London with art historian Bendor Grosvenor, then complete our 2018 preview with a look at the big exhibitions coming to the US this year

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Podcast episode 15: What will 2018 hold for the art world?

We are at the London Art Fair speaking to Georgina Adam about her art market predictions and to Louisa Buck about the top shows and artists to keep on your radar this year

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Podcast episode 14: the top stories of 2017

From Louvre Abu Dhabi to Leonardo, Documenta to Trump, we look back at the year with our journalists Louisa Buck, Gareth Harris and Anny Shaw

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Podcast episode 13: the dark side of the art market

Former editor of the The Art Newspaper Jane Morris speaks to Georgina Adam about her new book Dark Side of the Boom and the art world's less savoury side

Analysis
The Year In Review

The year in heritage

Dismantlement and reconstruction

Analysis
The Year In Review

The year in Museums

Private money makes its mark

Analysis
The Year In Review

From VR masterpieces to PR disasters: 2017's ups and downs

The Art Newspaper team assesses the art world's fortunes in a turbulent year

Feature
Art Basel in Miami Beach

As waters rise, artists answer a call to action

Florida is on the frontline of global warming—a crisis that demands creative thinking

Old Masters

Podcast episode 12: Old Masters after the Leonardo and Art Basel in Miami Beach

We talk Titian, Constable, Veneziano, Wright of Derby, Van Dyck and, yes, Leonardo, with art historian Bendor Grosvenor. And we get Judd Tully’s views on Miami’s annual art fair.

Comment
Turner Prize

Lubaina Himid's win is richly deserved but raises questions about the future of the Turner Prize

It may be impossible for juries to give the award to younger artists ahead of long deserving ones

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Podcast

Podcast episode 11: antiquities now and Rose Wylie

How is the antiquities trade coping with increased focus on Middle East looting and new approaches to collecting? And Rose Wylie on the pleasures and struggles of painting

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Podcast epsiode ten: restoring Iraq’s heritage, plus the complex politics of First Nations art

John Darlington of the World Monuments Fund discusses projects to train local people in craft traditions and the curator Victor Wang on the work of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, whose first European solo show opens in London next week

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Podcast

Podcast episode nine: $450m! The Leonardo breaks all records

How the art sale of the century happened, with Judd Tully, our man in the salesroom. Plus, a new museum in Indonesia

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Podcast

Podcast episode eight: how hackers are attacking the art world

Galleries are losing huge sums to cybercrime, what makes them vulnerable? Plus: the dubious restoration along the Camino di Santiago.

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Podcast episode seven: the tale of an Old Master forgery scandal

The 'masterpieces' that fooled the art world. Plus: a review of London's latest shows, from Cezanne to Soutine.

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Podcast

Podcast episode six: trouble at Unesco, plus Art and Terror

Why did the US and Israel pull out of the organisation and what will happen next? Plus: 9/11 and its impact on art is explored at London’s Imperial War Museum

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Exhibitions

Camille Henrot speaks about her major new show at Palais de Tokyo

French artist has filled the 13,000 sq. m space in Paris with an exhibition based on the days of the week

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Podcast

Podcast episode five: what's the story behind the $100m Leonardo?

What will happen when the only painting in private hands by the Renaissance master heads to auction? Plus: the New Museum's big new show on gender, and our literary editor talks 18th-century princesses

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Frieze 2017

Artists and the end of truth

Frieze London’s talks programme focuses on the rise of alt-facts and artifice—a realm historically the remit of artists

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Podcast

Podcast episode four: Frieze special with Peter Blake

As the art world descends on London, we take the pulse of the city's art scene with an art market specialist, a collector and two artists, Peter Blake and Ed Fornieles

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Politics

The sculptures that unite America

As the debate rages about divisive Confederate monuments, five leading US scholars and curators pick the nation’s greatest memorial sculptures

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Podcast

Podcast episode three: how the Getty is shaping southern California’s art scene

The story behind Pacific Standard Time in Los Angeles; Ming Wong on the historic queer art show in Taipei. Plus: an exclusive audio work by Zardulu the Mythmaker

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Podcast

Podcast episode two: Zeitz Mocaa and London autumn preview

The lowdown on the new Thomas Heatherwick-designed museum in Cape Town. Plus: London's most enticing shows this autumn

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Podcast

Podcast episode one: Nazi loot and Rachel Whiteread

Nazi-loot conference at London’s National Gallery. Plus: Rachel Whiteread on “mummifying the air” at Tate Britain

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From Rachel Whiteread’s mummified air to the burial rituals of the mysterious Scythians

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Podcast

Introducing: The Art Newspaper's new weekly podcast

Listen to our podcast teaser

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Features

Summer art pilgrimages

Artists and curators tell us about the journeys they have embarked on, or hope to make, to see something special. Compiled by Ben Luke

News

Howard Hodgkin’s 50 years of travels to India revealed in Hepworth Wakefield show

Paintings include one that was thought to have been lost and one of his final works

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Art Basel 2017

Kasper König: in praise of an artists’ curator

The artistic director of Skulptur Projekte will be in conversation at Art Basel, celebrating five decades as a champion of public art

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Art Basel 2017

Pierre Huyghe creates sci-fi landscape in Münster

French artist’s four galleries chip in for spectacular project in ice rink that could cost more than €1m

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Exhibitions

Trust and risk: why Documenta and Münster are the artists’ favourite shows

This year’s German exhibitions may come round far less frequently than the biennials, but their influence on artists is immeasurably greater

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Exhibitions

Münster: reflective art in a neo-Medieval Disneyland

The fifth edition of the sculpture show, held every ten years, corrects a gender imbalance but continues a melancholy tradition, according to its chief curator

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Features

Nairy Baghramian: check your privilege

As she features in Documenta 14 and takes centre stage in Münster this summer, the Berlin-based artist discusses her approach to these major public exhibitions and the need to be wary of sensation and spectacle

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Venice Biennale 2017

Rachel Maclean uses Pinocchio to reflect on post-truth politics in Venice

The Scottish artist’s new film was inspired by the Italian fairy tale and Venice’s Baroque glitter

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Report

The path to other dimensions: Christine Macel’s Viva Arte Viva at the Venice Biennale

The French curator behind this year’s main show discusses her belief in art’s transcendent power and her desire to create a focused exhibition

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Venice Biennale 2017

Memories from the director’s chair: five curators look back on their Venice Biennale shows

Selecting dozens of artists, dealing with a quirky organisation and navigating an idiosyncratic city—all under the gaze of a rapt art world—make curating the greatest art show on earth a test. Here, the five most recent artistic directors recall their experiences

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Prizes

Turner Prize shortlist dominated by painters and older artists as Tate lifts age limit

Hurvin Anderson, Lubaina Himid, Andrea Büttner and Rosalind Nashashibi are in the running for coveted award

Comment

Why try to fix the Turner Prize when it ain’t broke?

There is a downside to dropping the age limit of 50 for qualifying artists

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Visitor Figures 2016

Top ten contemporary shows in 2016

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Visitor Figures 2016

Top ten Post-Impressionist and Modern shows in 2016

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Photography

Top ten photography shows in 2016

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Obituaries

Howard Hodgkin dies aged 84

British painter, described as one of the greatest colourists of his generation, won the Turner Prize in 1985 and exhibited widely including at the Met and Reina Sofia

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Features

The other lives of artists

The exhibition Michelangelo & Sebastiano at the National Gallery in London reflects the younger artist’s sharp decline in production once he became keeper of the papal seal. But second jobs did not stop Rubens and Velázquez painting

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Exhibitions

Nathan Coley sets fire to (a tiny) Tate Modern for London show

Glaswegian artist's works gain pertinence at a time when cultural institutions are being targeted by extremists

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Exhibitions

Hadid’s paintings take on a life of their own

Virtual-reality experience is the result of a collaboration between the late architect’s studio, the Serpentine and Google

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Museums

The art machine: the Centre Pompidou at 40

As the Parisian cultural behemoth hits a landmark anniversary, figures from the world of art and architecture discuss its legacy

News

National Gallery finally takes the Fourth Plinth to its heart

London museum embraces proposals for the works on this year’s plinth as opportunity to engage the public

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Museums

In her own words: Maria Balshaw, new director of Tate

Incoming director picks the art that impressed her the most in 2016