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
Davos 2019: Cooper Hewitt museum director on the power of inclusive design
Empathetic, user-centred products that can shape a more equitable world for people with disabilities go on show at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland this week
CommentAntiquities & Archaeology
The Met’s antiquated views of antiquities need updating
The new Greek and Roman curator at New York’s Metropolitan Museum should rejuvenate its displays with honest, better stories
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
Eurocentrism still sets the terms of restitution of African art
A selective view of African cultural heritage continues the colonialist paradigm
Why American artists should benefit from the resale of their works
The new Congress could reintroduce a key bill to establish droit de suite in the US
Mikhail Piotrovsky—Hermitage chief for 26 years—is an Old Master of diplomacy
Russian museum is pursuing global expansion with long-term plans under way for Barcelona and China
The recent protests at the Whitney show museum trustees’ dealings cannot be ignored
The same old arguments in favour of ignoring the business dealings of trustees, of pretending museum programming can function independently of those funding it, cannot stand for long
Britain's pillaging of the Benin Bronzes begs for a reasonable resolution
As debate grows over Europe's 19th-century cultural plunder of Africa, the key is to ensure meaningful access
CommentVictoria & Albert Museum
Museums must confront the big issues
In an era of deepening nationalism museums' ability to tell stories of hybridity and cosmopolitanism is vital
Lifers no more: can auction houses keep their talent up?
A slew of recent high-profile departures begs the question—are top auction house executives burning out?
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
When do satellite fairs become space junk?
With at least 19 such events taking place during Art Basel in Miami Beach this year, have we reached "peak fair"?
CommentArt Basel in Miami Beach 2018
Miami’s art scene will keep on growing
The city is young, but it is making a noticeable mark internationally when it comes to contemporary art
CommentLatin American art
Art Basel in Miami Beach has become Latin American art’s El Dorado
Just as the fair has transformed the city’s image and economy, it has also had a big influence on the neighbouring region's flourishing art trade
Will art market speculation ever go away?
Fifteen years on since we first reported from Art Basel in Miami Beach, art as an investment has taken a new form
Should we relinquish our insistence on privileging original works of art?
Technological wizardry in replication is improving, alongside claims to relocate far-flung treasures
Big changes on the horizon in the art-fair world
Concern for Delhi and Düsseldorf fairs following MCH Group withdrawal
Why I made a cemetery for hundreds of banned books in Kuwait
Kuwaiti artist Mohammad Sharaf hopes to provoke the general public as well as the authorities
Legal challenges remain for restituting African artefacts from French museums
Getting around the inalienability of public collections is dealt with in the report—but it might not work legally and practically
Restitution Report: museum directors respond
The French academics Bénédicte Savoy and Felwine Sarr urge President Macron to return African artefacts. But does the report go too far, or not far enough?
Art authentication is not an exact science
The process of art attribution has come under attack, with forgery scandals rampant
Why the Christie's and Sotheby's duopoly is impregnable
The auction houses sell more than 80% of works priced over $1m at auction—can an underdog ever wrestle market share away from them?
Will the UK be able to take part in antiquities busts after Brexit?
Nineteen of the accused in Operation Demetra face trial in December, while the alleged UK mastermind awaits extradition
Common mistakes of rookie auction guarantors
Guarantees can be lucrative, but in the face of savvy competition, novices can get burnt when backing works as a third-party
The mid-term elections brought many gains for progressive causes—but there is still work to be done
The artist Martha Rosler, whose politically focussed work is on view at New York’s Jewish Museum, explains what we can take away from this week’s Democratic wins
Contemporary art’s value may be on the rise, but it comes at a greater cost
Chicago’s aborted effort to sell Kerry James Marshall’s public work teaches us something about the transactional nature of today’s culture
What is a football club doing at an art fair?
It's not just about money—credibility is a factor too
Cultural 'matrimony' could resolve heritage disputes
We need to rethink our perceptions of an artist or an artefact as having a single, unified or homogenous heritage
Zeitz Mocaa: Africa’s private ‘Tate Modern’ must do more for its public
More than a year after opening, the Cape Town museum’s curatorial and educational record has yet to live up to its promise
Do not penalise Saudi Arabian artists for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi
"There is great fear now within Saudi Arabia, with even stricter self-censorship than before"
Why being a royal artist in the Gulf is a mixed blessing
Rashid Al Khalifa of Bahrain is showing his art in London’s Saatchi Gallery
Funding the arts through the National Lottery is not a winning solution
Thanks to an austerity-induced accounting trick, lottery funding is replacing taxes
The next chapter of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is off to a strong start
One year after Karole Vail took over the Venice museum, major exhibitions and rehangs are in the works
The all-powerful market is sounding the death knell for connoisseurship
Today, art history is increasingly being written by dealers and auctioneers to suit their own purpose
CommentFrieze London 2018
There is more to exhibitions than number-crunching
Our public institutions must hold their nerve and dare to offer audiences varied experiences, even at the expense of popular appeal
CommentFrieze London 2018
Artists’ battle for refugees is beginning to pay off
Amid the din of cynical populists the voices of these fragile communities are needed more than ever
CommentFrieze London 2018
Interested in a square inch of a Warhol? Fractional ownership hits the art market
A growing number of new investment platforms are touting the concept
CommentFrieze London 2018
The future is virtual
The acceleration of technology and the solitary nature of VR are a problem, but the rewards are great
What will it take to restore Rio's National Museum to its former glory?
This will be no easy task and will require a broad coalition of forces
Kindling for the fire: why Brazil’s lost research archives are irreplaceable
Much more was lost than objects and papers when the National Museum burned down
The UK’s imminent law against the trade in ivory is a serious threat to liberties, says former Lord Chief Justice
Civilians will be allowed to enter your house, break open containers and use “reasonable force”
Quintessentially Chinese art gives way to a global identity
Contrasting Zhang Xiaogang with a young 'post-passport' generation
Is contemporary art the kale of the art world?
The rise in popularity of the green vegetable mirrors that of contemporary art
Cryptocurrencies: a moving target for regulators
"Blockchain participants have had little guidance from regulators as to how they plan to shape the law so as to protect against criminal activity"
CommentNational Portrait Gallery
London's National Portrait Gallery’s contemporary art programme resonates more with the art world than the public
Though not as dire as first thought, visitor figures for the museum's contemporary shows have still been poor
Statues are part of history, but do a poor job of recording it
Matthew Sears is professor of classics and ancient history, University of New Brunswick
Why arts journalism matters: because art matters
Even in arts journalism, one can see the effects of President Trump's inflammatory rhetoric against the press
Traffic believes the US and UK ivory sale bans are ‘vital elements in the international response’ to poaching
The official spokesman of the wild-trade monitoring organisation responds to The Art Newspaper's article on the trade in elephant ivory—and we respond to him
Returning looted African art is as urgent as giving back works stolen by the Nazis
Congolese-born art collector Sindika Dokolo says this "long-neglected historical wrong" is finally being addressed—but more can be done
CommentArt Basel 2018
Rapper pays $18.5m for work at auction but the artist gets nothing—is the system in need of reform?
Anny Shaw asks if auction houses and dealers should pay their dues to the artists from whom they profit
CommentArt Basel 2018
Could fairs publish sale prices? Don’t hold your breath
“For all the supposed desire for transparency, no one will make the first move”
CommentArt Basel 2018
Can the art market thrive in a sharing economy?
Melanie Gerlis on how millennials don’t seem to have the same collecting gene as previous generations
The problem with artist-driven museum boards
Brian Allen explains how artists can hurt rather than help museums like MoCA Los Angeles
Sydney’s flagship museum is entirely focused on building a costly extension. Why?
Unless the Art Gallery of New South Wales begins to focus more on exhibitions, there is every reason to believe that Sydney Modern will be a gigantic and costly flop
Egon Schiele was not a sex offender
The 100th anniversary of Austrian artist’s death has arrived just in time for the #MeToo movement
Letter to the Editor: Saudi Arabia will collaborate with the world, not only France, to make its cultural heritage accessible
Al-Ula, the most important cultural heritage site in the north-west of the kingdom, will benefit from international standards in heritage preservation and planning
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
Displaying the ruins of demolished social housing at the Venice Architecture Biennale is not ‘art-washing’
The V&A acquired a fragment of London's Robin Hood Gardens before it was demolished
‘How can we judge a work of art that was inspired by a person’s faith?’
The Reverend James Martin, a Jesuit priest and author, on what Catholics can take away from the Met’s Heavenly Bodies exhibition
Is nothing sacred? The Metropolitan Museum should apologise to the Vatican for Heavenly Bodies show
Curator Andrew Bolton’s Costume Institute blockbuster is pointlessly offensive to believers
Retain or return? It’s complicated
The complex issues behind returning cultural goods to their place of origin
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
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
Letter to the editor: the Frick's viewing garden is worth preserving
The Frick’s expansion is a sensitive, elegant plan
The New York museum has shown it is a responsive listener and found ways to add much needed space and public amenities with surgical precision
What we can learn from Saudi art
Suddenly, a lot of money is flowing through the kingdom for the promotion of contemporary art and culture
Two steps forward, one step back for Holocaust restitution
In a recent decision regarding Picasso’s Actor, the courts need to catch up with US government policy on Nazi-looted art
Nazi policies forced Jewish collectors like Paul Leffmann to sell their art, whatever the price
Restitution experts say New York law recognises third party duress, so why did a recent court decision on Picasso’s Actor not recognise this?
'Issue one came out in less degraded times: more idealistic, less puffed up by PR machines'
Anna Somers Cocks, founding editor and chairman, looks back
Then & Now: boom, bust and rebirth of Damien Hirst
How The Art Newspaper has covered the artist's bullish decadence
Then & Now: "Modern art is destroying itself," warned our first issue
Museums have since devoted sizeable resources
Then & Now: how The Art Newspaper shaped UK restitution law
Featuring a 900-year-old missal looted during the Second World War
Then & Now: the V&A and Queen Woyzaro Terunesh's wedding dress
The story behind the garment
Museums have a duty to be political
Activist curators and directors can make truly democratic spaces, but they need brave boards to support them