Opinion

Now is not the time for culture cuts: England's fragile arts ecosystem needs more, not less, support

While Arts Council England slashed many organisations’ funding, the German government set aside nearly €1bn to help cultural institutions weather the financial storm

Green is the New Black

In this monthly column, our correspondent Louisa Buck looks at how the art industry is responding to our climate and ecological crisis

The evergreen use of trees in art: just how sustainable is the greenery in our homes and museums?

While seemingly sustainable on the surface, arboreal art requires long-term planning and care to be impactful

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Insta' gratification

Aimee Dawson, our acting digital editor, looks at how the worlds of art and social media collide


Is it time to #Twexit? How Elon Musk’s Twitter shake-up has divided creatives

With the platform's new owner firing moderators, some artists are hoping for an end to censorship while others fear discrimination

Fleeing Twitter? Sick of Instagram? Eight lesser-known social media sites for the art world to try

More than a million users have left Twitter since business magnate took over the platform

Changing of the guard: why it’s time for the art world to take a step back from Instagram

The "Insta' gratification" column will now explore the full spectrum of social media and its uses in the art world

Artists tell Instagram ‘stop trying to be TikTok’ in online petition

Campaign demands that Meta stop tinkering and start listening to creators

Adventures with Van Gogh

Martin Bailey, our long-standing correspondent and expert on Van Gogh, tells us about his meticulous investigations and discoveries about this most intriguing artist. Published on Fridays.


Life in Van Gogh’s Yellow House: the mysterious objects on his kitchen table

A still life, painted just after Vincent mutilated his ear, holds intriguing clues

A crate of 40 Van Gogh paintings was once sold for less than $1

A seascape that fetched nearly $3m at Sotheby’s this week was one of the works abandoned in an attic

Van Gogh goes to Hollywood: the celebrities who have owned Vincent's work

Californian collectors had the taste and cash to buy some of his finest paintings, with stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Edward Robinson and Barbra Streisand

Art Market Eye

Cutting-edge art market analysis by Georgina Adam, our editor-at-large

LVMH and Gagosian: why the rumour of a buy out makes sense, even if it isn’t true

A shared client base, product exclusivity and international reach—just some of the reasons why these two brands are perfect bed fellows

Charm, pedigree, contacts: how to dupe the art market

Court documents from the ongoing Inigo Philbrick fraud saga reveal that the secretive art market and the sheer attractiveness of its lifestyle will always suck the punters in

Which East Asian city will become the region's next market hub?

While Seoul is now the main contender to take Hong Kong's prime position, Tokyo and Taipei also present attractive prospects for the art trade

What’s with dictators and bad art?

Imelda Marcos is just one of a series of despots with appalling taste

The Buck Stopped Here

Louisa Buck, our contemporary art correspondent, brings us all the latest from the UK's key art events

Reality Bites

The art world, long-thought to be immune to, is now having to acknowledge urgent realities of pandemics, climate crisis, wars, energy and food shortages, mass migration and inflation. In a new regular column, Scott Reyburn and Anny Shaw report on what auction houses, gallerists, artists and other players are doing—or not doing—about it.

Five years after #MeToo, what has changed for female artists?

Recently, some major galleries have signed high-profile women, many of whom launched artistic careers long before the industry cared

Pakistani artists raise money for its devastating floods—and question which causes garner art world support

Osman Yousefzada and nine others sold specially created prints, but Pakistan’s worst natural disaster in living memory has yet to galvanise the industry

All hot air on climate action? Auction houses pledge to cut CO2 while organising global tours for star lots

In our new series Reality Bites, we assess whether the art market's key players are addressing the urgent issues affecting the wider world

Art Decoded

Twice a month, digital artist Gretchen Andrew explains new technology and its impact on art and the art world

Sell your soul: how digital signatures and NFTs are creating a market for intangible art

Some of the works being minted on the blockchain are all hype—but some are brilliant conceptual works

A closer Luke

Ben Luke, our Review editor and podcast host, weighs in on the pressing issues facing the UK art world and beyond

Twenty-five years after it opened, artists still find it hard to love the Guggenheim Bilbao

Architect Frank Gehry claimed his design for the Spanish satellite museum was neutral and would not compete with the art within—did he succeed?

Fair or not, Tate's discrimination row has damaged its reputation among the very artists it needs to attract

The institution denies claims that it refused to allow the increasingly prominent Black performance artist Jade Montserrat to participate in a project for Tate Exchange

Copying is a creative act established across centuries—despite what the US's 'fair use' ruling might suggest

The decision made in the case of Andy Warhol's usage of Lynn Goldsmith's Prince image threatens a long tradition of appropriation and quotation

Velázquez’s Pope eclipses Bacon's 'silly' screamers

A firsthand encounter with the Spanish artist's portrait of Pope Innocent X in Rome puts the later interpretations in perspective

The women-dominated Venice Biennale has been criticised for sacrificing quality—revealing just how necessary such progressive projects really are

Described by some as a “politically correct” move, around 90% of the artists in Cecilia Alemani's exhibition 'The Milk of Dreams' are female

Diary of an art historian

Bendor Grosvenor, art historian and broadcaster, tells us about his latest research, discoveries and views

Protestors took too much risk throwing soup on the Sunflowers—and missed an opportunity

Had they thought about it more deeply, the activists who attacked the Van Gogh work could have gained something more than attention

Some (impertinent) art advice for King Charles III on how to manage the Royal Collection

Opening it up through more generous loans and by easing copyright restrictions would be good for both HM and the country

The conservation studio is the coalface of art history—but not all 'restorations' can be solved with acetone

While my past purchases are lined up for a professional clean, it is the current damage of international cultural relations that seem most in need of a fix

Slade to Zaria

Slade to Zaria, which refers to the prominent art schools in London and Nigeria, is a column by Chibundu Onuzo, a novelist and fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Every month she shares her reflections on the contemporary art world.


Depictions of the Black figure are finally entering the Western canon—but where are the pot-bellied and love-handled bodies?

Artists are rushing to fill the wide gaps in museums' holdings of Black figurative art, but much of this work has an aspirational approach

Why, for me, Frieze London is a satellite art fair

Ahead of its time, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair is more than just a satellite to the Regent's Park event

Why Black contemporary artists shouldn’t just be shown through a Western lens

When Black artists break through in the market, they are often described as 'discoveries', yet there's a long line of artists that came before them

'If you are of the camp that wants to keep the art world an exclusive club, then look away now'

Silos are tight in the arts, but here's how musicians, artists and writers and can work together to bring in new audiences