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UK politics

'A democratic vote swayed by lies is not democracy'—Mary Beard on what antiquity can teach us about political spin

The recipient of the 2019 J. Paul Getty Medal discusses how understanding Cicero can help decipher the rise of populism

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In the rescued Johnson archive, poignant images from black American history

How four institutions swooped in to acquire four million images

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Interview: Why Mike Leigh turned to art

The British director on his acclaimed big-screen portrait of Turner—and the artist’s “box of tricks”

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Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans at the Venice Architecture Biennale: Journeys into space

Wolfgang Tillmans’s Venice work explores architectural details, grand and humble, from 37 countries

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The best that was and will be: Curator interviews

Curators and scholars on their key exhibitions of 2013, 2014 and beyond.

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Gary Hume

Artist Interview: Gary Hume opens the doors of perception at the Tate

A pair of Hume’s swing doors mark the start of his Tate Britain show. But what lies beyond?

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Herzog

Interview with Jacques Herzog on Art Basel’s new hall

The co-founder of Herzog & de Meuron architects on remodelling Messe Basel and the fading of Modernism

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Pac-Man at MoMA: Interview with Paola Antonelli

The museum's senior curator of architecture and design speaks about a show opening this month about the diversity and pervasiveness of design in the virtual and physical worlds

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Interview with Hilary Weston: Grimm in Florida

The importance of meditation, mirages and tuning out.

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Charles Saatchi

On the eve of his gallery’s 20th anniversary and its complete reinstallation with paintings, Charles Saatchi answers questions on the record for the first time ever

“I primarily buy art to show it off”

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“LA is tricky, slippery, invisible”: Interview with dealer Shaun Caley Regen

…but that didn’t stop the contemporary dealer opening Regen Projects’ biggest ever space with a first-class show last month

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Interview with dealer Sean Kelly: Marina Abramovic, art fairs, and expanding off the beaten path

The British-born dealer may be a reluctant power-player, but his new, larger space reflects his place in the pecking order

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The scoop on Russia: Interview with Milena Orlova

Milena Orlova, the editor of The Art Newspaper Russia, discusses the market, collectors and why Russia needs an art newspaper

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Western perspectives on Hong Kong’s gallery scene: Interview with Graham Steele and Robin Peckham

White Cube’s Graham Steele and the US curator Robin Peckham discuss their new spaces in the Central district

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Interview with dealer Santo Micali on finding new markets for pre-Columbian art

Argentina, Mexico and Brazil could be the future for a field struggling with limited supply

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Interview with collector Marc Straus on transitioning to dealing: “The gallery business is a terrible concept”

Despite reservations, the former oncologist and “fierce” collector has become a dealer in contemporary art

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Interview with Simon de Pury: “Photography may slacken off; design has great potential”

Phillips’ international star talks about plans for the future, guarantees and what happens to those unsold pictures

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Interview with Nicholas Serota: The importance of curating Gerhard Richter

The latest exhibition he has curated opened just last week at Tate Modern, “Gerhard Richter: Panorama”

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Interview with dealer Emmanuel Perrotin on taking risks: “People imagine it must be easy for me now”

The Parisian dealer was one of the first to tap into Asian markets

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Interview with dealer Richard Nagy on Schiele: “It is about sex, it is tense, anxious and emotional”

His new space in London will open with an exhibition on the Austrian painter

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Interview with Alessandro Mendini on radical design: “I’m what we Italians call a dilettantissimo”

Alessandro Mendini celebrates his 80th birthday this year—and his approach to design continues to be relevant

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May 2011

Gian Enzo Sperone: 'The nature of the art market has changed for ever'

The Italian dealer and co-founder of Sperone Westwater spoke to us in 2011 about botany, the difference between European and US galleries and why the "big gallery" systems won't last

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Interview with dealer Paul Kasmin: “I get a lot of amusement putting what’s downtown, uptown”

The New York-based dealer on his photographic roots and his future plans

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Alberto Giacometti

“He enabled me to know myself better”: Interview with Giacometti's last surviving muse, Paola Carola

One of the sculptor's models reflects upon his enduring influence and how he changed her life

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Interview with Peter Weibel: Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe “will be the Louvre of media art”

Peter Weibel, head of ZKM Karlsruhe, on the Moscow Biennale and subverting military technology to create virtual sculpture

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Museum directors

Interview with Tate's Penelope Curtis on her vision for the gallery: Avoiding the cliché of combining old and new

Making more of Tate Britain’s building and rehanging the collection

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“Actors are playing us, but we might interfere”: Interview with curators Elmgreen and Dragset

Elmgreen and Dragset on splitting up but staying together and why they are putting their lives on stage

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Interview with designer Konstantin Grcic: “I love to hear someone cutting cardboard”

For Design Miami’s Designer of the Year, the hands-on approach is still vital to his work

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Interview with Christophe Van de Weghe

“At Gagosian, it was understood, ‘Sit there and make money’”

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Interview with Steve Martin: "I’ve never met anyone who collects cynically”

The polymath performer has written a novel set in the art world -should every dealer he’s ever met be afraid?

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Interview with Sprüth and Magers: “We didn’t want to become bigger, we wanted to become smaller”

Dealers Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers discuss the benefits of teamwork and the Berlin art scene

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Interview with dealer Luca Baroni: “As I get older, I get more demanding, I only want the very best”

The old master dealer on market caution, setting the record straight with Colnaghi, and working for a very private collector

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Yayoi Kusama

“I’ve never installed my work in such an exotic environment”: Interview with Yayoi Kusama

The Japanese artist speaks about her Miami exhibition

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Interview with dealer Andrea Rosen on 20 years in the business: “People are rightfully cautious and focused. I like that”

The pioneer of the resale agreement talks about the recession and what it means for both artists and collectors

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Interview with Robert Storr: Most theory has little bearing on art

The critic and curator spoke to The Art Newspaper about the role of art theory, and what advice he is giving to his students in today’s artistic climate.

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The most important collectors you’ve never heard of: The Van Otterloos

Next year their collection of Dutch and Flemish 17th-century paintings goes on display for the first time in Europe and the US. The couple gave us their first ever interview

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Art Basel

My road to Art Basel 2009: Interview with Alicja Kwade

Alicja Kwade on fleeing Poland, working for other artists and winning prizes

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Manuel Borja-Villel: "Reina Sofía can be a 21st-century leader”

Director Borja-Villel is instituting radical changes to Madrid museum

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Art Basel

Interview with Art Basel’s new co-directors Marc Spiegler and Annette Schönholzer on keeping it business as usual

The pair plan to expand the Miami edition, but not much else will change

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Interview with Robert Storr, director of the 2007 Venice Biennale: "I would recommend dramatically increasing the number of national pavilions"

In the second part of our interview with Storr, he considers the question of how to make the historic event truly representative of today’s global art world

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Interview with Nicholas Penny on his plans for the National Gallery: “It is a real shame that we do not have more American paintings”

In his first interview since taking over, the new director outlines his priorities

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In search of purity out of Africa: Interview with collector Jean Pigozzi

“I feel that at the time of the Medici they had my kind of rapport with their artists”

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Interview with Sam Keller: “Art Basel is not a shopping mall”

Fair director Sam Keller believes his greatest achievement has been to combine culture with commerce

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Art Basel

"It was the world's most important fair before I came, it is now, and it will continue to be after I've left": Interview with Art Basel director Sam Keller

After his intention to step down from Basel goes public, Sam Keller discusses the fair's evolution, his legacy, and pastures new at the Beyeler Foundation

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Robert Tuttle

Interview with Ambassador Tuttle and Mrs Tuttle: His favourite artist is Francis Bacon, hers is Agnes Martin

The new US ambassador and his wife on a marriage spent collecting

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Interview with His Highness the Aga Khan on Al-Azhar Park and the importance of architecture

In a rare interview, the Aga Khan describes his global approach to helping Islamic communities help themselves, while also restoring their past heritage

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Art & Technology

Alex Galloway, director of Content & Technology at Rhizome.org talks to Peter Schauer about the state of internet art

Keeping net art live

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Interview with Sherman Lee: “Innovation, wherever it occurs, is ‘modern’, and people could be more modern in ancient times than we are now”

One of the great connoisseurs of our time, the curator of the current exhibition of Chinese art at the Guggenheim talks about Chinese art seen from within and without

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Interview with a British dealer Pat Jordan Evans on her gallery's 30th anniversary

An out-of-town gallery thrives on showing gentle, figurative painters

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Art is much more important than art history

As Neil MacGregor joins the British Museum as director next month, we publish a valedictory interview with him about the experience he gained leading the National Gallery

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BBC

Judith Bumpus on the launch of the BBC’s new digital arts channel BBC4

Here’s hoping that they keep their trousers

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Interview with museum director and curator Udo Kittelman: “The curator should never be more important than the artist”

The new director of Frankfurt’s Museum of Modern Art is self taught (he trained as an optician), curator of the German pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, and passionately involved in contemporary art

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Karlsruhe

Peter Weibel: “Art has become irrelevant today”

As director of this centre for arts and media technology, Peter Weibel, says that media art can be more politically engaged because it relates to the new technologies and the new economic order

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May 2001

Interview with economist William N. Goetzmann: 'The financial and the art markets do not crash at the same time'

In 2001, the Yale professor attributed the one- to two-year lag between crashes to the time it takes to liquidate assets

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Interview with dealer Bernard Jacobson on his change of taste and direction

From Great British to stellar American art

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Museums

Making up for the government's failures: Interview with Lord Sainsbury

Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover has provided crucial support for many of Britain’s greatest art institutions

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Art market

Interview with Samuel Keller: Quality, not quantity at Art Basel 2000

The new director of the Swiss fair reveals his plans for its future

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Leonardo da Vinci

Bill Gates on Leonardo

The Microsoft co-founder speaks about the Italian artist's influence on Beuys ahead of an exhibition in Berlin

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The house that Michael built: Interview with Michael Auping

An interview with one of the curators of this year’s Whitney Biennial as his sculpture exhibition moves south of the Texan border

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Interview with John Richardson: His new memoirs as Cubism’s Falstaff

Richardson talks about his mentor and one time lover, Douglas Cooper—fiendish and funny art historian, aesthete and champion of Cubism

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Interview with Marcia Tucker on building a truly contemporary museum: “Process, not product”

Marcia Tucker, the founding director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, reviews her work of the past twenty-two years

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Interview with Guita Abidari on the Art Loss Register

Their director of marketing talks on the database against crime

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"The Mind's Eye"

“The mind’s eye” discussion at the Tate Gallery:“The film of Kennedy’s assassination is the Sistine Chapel of our era”

J.G. Ballard, author of The Empire of the Sun, chooses seven images and explains his passion for Surrealism and the importance that Pop Art, Francis Bacon and photography have had for him

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The brains behind the Biennale: Interview with Harald Szeemann

The Biennale director who launched the “Aperto” section for young artists is now replacing it with “d’Apertutto” as the theme of Biennale ‘99

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Francis Bacon Estate

Interview with Brian Clarke on the Bacon estate: In litigation mode

The new sole executor of Bacon's estate talks in his first public interview about the teams of lawyers now working to see that the artist’s beneficiary, John Edwards, receives precisely what Francis intended him to receive. And that is everything

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We must salvage what remains of the past: Interview with Johnson Chang

The guru of avant-garde Chinese art in the Eighties and early Nineties talks now of a return to tradition

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Interview with Thomas Krens: No populist, no colonialist—just loved by business

One year after the acclaimed opening, the director of New York’s Guggenheim talks about the Bilbao Guggenheim, his money-raising and his new expansion plans Spanish commentators admire the building and its success with the public but some chafe at its artistic dependence on the New York museum

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Moderna Museet's David Elliot on maintaining the institution's legacy as it moves into new premises

Amid the frenzy of Stockholm ‘98, the museum's new director takes art seriously

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Interview with Christos Joachimides, beleaguered exhibition organiser and agent provocateur

“We have wanted to create more of an essay than a history, so we made a list of artists who have done something decisive... or who created work that one simply cannot overlook”

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First Interview with MoMA's new director Glenn Lowry on modernising the Modern

Gertrude Stein asks: museum or modern? MoMA’s director replies

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Interview with Mark Stephens on censorship: a lawyer’s view

Mark Stephens of Stephens Innocent talks on the limits of art

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The man who loves everything: Interview with Daniel Katz

Daniel Katz, Britain’s leading sculpture dealer, has a major exhibition in London this month. He describes his thirty-year career and his undimmed passion for art

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An interview with Peter Galassi, Chief Curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

“It is impossible to say in advance when photography is an art and when it is not”

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The long and fruitful relationship between Picasso and portraiture: Interview with curator William Rubin

The Director Emeritus of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and leading Picasso scholar in American museums discusses the exhibition he has curated opening this month

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Interview with Richard Oldenburg on life after MoMA

Former head of Museum of Modern Art and now chairman of Sotheby’s America sees no conflict between museums and the trade