Julia Michalska

Julia Michalska is Deputy Editor of The Art Newspaper


In the Sotheby’s saleroom with the self-destructing Banksy, plus Bauhaus pioneer Anni Albers

We go behind the scenes of one of the most publicised stunts in auction history with our correspondent Anny Shaw who was there that evening. Then we get a tour of Tate Modern's Anni Albers retrospective with its curator Briony Fer, speak to the artist's biographer Charles Darwent and the head of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Nicholas Fox Weber. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.


Frieze special: the fair and the top shows, with Doris Salcedo and Ragnar Kjartansson

We talk to the art market specialist Melanie Gerlis about the fair, to Doris Salcedo and Ragnar Kjartansson about their shows, Massimiliano Gioni about the New Museum’s video-art pop-up in London—and much more. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.


Special: the rise and rise of contemporary African art

On the eve of the 1-54 fair for contemporary African art, we talk to an artist, a curator, an art fair founder, a gallerist and an auctioneer about the long overdue recognition of the diverse art of a continent. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.


Courtauld’s Impressionists. Plus, Armenian treasures at the Met

How Samuel Courtauld’s collection ignited Britain’s passion for Impressionists. Plus, New York’s Metropolitan Museum looks at Armenia, the first country to convert to Christianity. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.


Van Gogh in the asylum. Plus, Christian Marclay on The Clock

Our correspondent Martin Bailey and art historian Martin Gayford talk about Van Gogh's time at the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole and Christian Marclay tells us about his ground-breaking work The Clock. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.


Poland’s answer to the Guerrilla Girls—the 'bison ladies'—stage protest against Araki exhibition in Warsaw

Japanese artist became embroiled in #Metoo movement over treatment of long-time model


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”


Podcast episode 38: Marina Abramovic and Michael Jackson

We speak to the queen of performance art about casting herself in stone and to the National Portrait Gallery’s director Nicholas Cullinan about the king of pop’s influence on artists.


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.

Art Basel 2018

Collector's Eye: Grazyna Kulczyk

The Polish art lover on her fascination with female artists and how she wishes she could have been seated at Judy Chicago's Dinner Party

Art Basel 2018

How Art Basel can inspire the Venice Biennale

Artistic director likens fair booths to cabinets of curiosities


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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


Elmgreen & Dragset get first major UK survey at Whitechapel Gallery

Exhibition during Frieze week spans 20 years of the artists' career and will include a major new commission

Gallery Weekend Berlin

Art fest: Gallery Weekend Berlin takes over the city

Commercial and non-commercial enterprises combine as the most important event in the German art calendar gets underway

Art market

Should big galleries subsidise smaller ones?

David Zwirner's idea that art fairs tax top dealers to support younger galleries signals concerns over the fragile ecosystem of the art market


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.


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 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.


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


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

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2018

Collector's Eye: William Lim

The Hong Kong-based architect tells us what art he's bought and why

Art Basel Hong Kong 2018

Cern’s resident artists to create work for Art Basel

Darkroom installation will use data collected at the particle physics centre


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 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


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 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


Polish art world calls on national museum to stage 'major international show' against fascism

An open letter to Krakow institution asks for exhibition to counter rise of the right in Poland


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


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.


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


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


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


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

Tate Britain

Video: The Art Newspaper meets Alex Farquharson

The director of Tate Britain reveals his plans for a major rehang and picks his favourite works in the collection


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


Outcry over Polish government’s changes to Second World War museum

Five hundred academics sign open letter criticising amendments to the permanent exhibition of major Gdansk institution


How theatre provided a brief escape for prisoners from concentration camp horrors

First major show on subject is at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow


Polish parliament gift shop removes Jewish figurines from sale

The trinkets drew criticism from anti-racism campaigners


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

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

Salvator Mundi

We acquired Leonardo's Salvator Mundi, Abu Dhabi says

Announcement appears to contradict earlier reports linking purchase to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince

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.