'New French restitution laws should benefit the market—and maybe force change in Britain too?'
As the Washington Principles turn 25, the complexities of restitution in a global art world have mushroomed—leaving lessons to be learned for institutions, governments and art market players
'Black History Month is not a checkbox—museums need to work on yearlong, holistic programming'
As Black History Month begins in the US, arts administrator and historian Tsione Wolde-Michael gives three key points for institutions to consider
'Wealthy collectors should put more money into art schools than auctions to keep the industry alive'
In stark comparison to recent staggering auction-house results, educators are struggling to maintain funding, says our columnist Melanie Gerlis
'This is a watershed moment for UK museums—their expanded civic role has never been more vital'
With cuts both to creative education in schools and learning departments in museums, its time for institutions to find vital new purposes, says Art Fund UK director Jenny Waldman
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
'National Gallery's plans will create an entrance fit for today’s public' says London museum's director
Gabriele Finaldi responds to criticism over the gallery's proposed redesign for the Sainsbury Wing
Key art world players pledged to go green—but who is sticking to their promises?
While initiatives such as the Gallery Climate Coalition are seeing positive results, much remains to be done across the sector
Energy crisis could prove more damaging to UK museums than global pandemic, expert says
Museums Association director Sharon Heal explains the long-term effects of systemically underfunding the UK's cultural sector
If the National Portrait Gallery buys the £50m Portrait of Omai, it would be wonderful to loan it to Tahiti for a period
Joshua Reynolds's painting of a Polynesian man who travelled to Europe is emblematic of the extraordinary meeting of European and Pacific cultures 250 years ago
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
Why the sudden deregulation of New York's auction houses could lead to a more transparent art market—and a more opaque one too
With old codes now dispensed of, my hope is to lobby for new oversights that could enforce stricter and clearer rules
Ukraine fundraiser shines intriguing light on art, wealth—and a flexible approach to morality
'Brave Ukraine' event—presided over by Christie’s and held at Tate Modern—shows a cultural crowd keen to distance itself from the oligarchs it once wooed
Why take binoculars on your next museum visit? You might solve an art history mystery
An unattributed painting in Lincolnshire's Burghley House bears a striking resemblance to the work of Hans Eworth
David Hockney is ‘compellingly perceptive’ even though he may be wrong about perspective
The historian Martin Kemp tells us what it was like co-curating a new show of the artist’s works, displayed amongst the masterpieces of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge
Ceramics are central to humanity. To dismiss them as 'decorative' is absurd
Artists from Magdalene Odundo to Ai Weiwei are demonstrating that the art form goes way beyond the "applied"
Why it’s important that Canada’s Black artists are honoured at the heart of government
Senator Patricia Bovey's initiative 'Honouring Canada's Black Artists' bringing works by Black Canadian artists into the Senate building is now in its second iteration
What are the next challenges for cultural restitution?
The full story of colonial plundering lies not in museum displays but in unopened, uncatalogued boxes in store rooms
Botticelli's 'stunning and puzzling' Man of Sorrows
The painting, sold last week at Sotheby's for $45.4m, was listed among workshop and studio pictures in Ronald Lightbown’s 1978 catalogue of Botticelli’s work, before being included as an autograph work in an exhibition at Frankfurt's Städel Museum in 2009. Here, in a pair of opinion pieces, two Renaissance experts give their contrasting views on its attribution
In this age of social fracture and political upheaval, Raphael’s sublime harmony is an underrated quality
Presenting beauty without the schmaltz is a challenge worth undertaking, as the delayed Raphael show at London's National Gallery will demonstrate
Anish Kapoor: 'A population invested in the arts is the last thing a right-wing government wants'
The UK government's sinister dismantling of its creative sector is slowly but surely unfolding through cuts in funding and increased political control
UK heritage charity the National Trust is ending the year richer than ever—so why all the staff cuts?
The more than 1,700 workers who lost their jobs last year have every right to feel aggrieved as Trust weathers storm regardless of staff savings
Letters to the editor | Donna Stein’s book about the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is ‘misleading’ and has ‘inaccuracies’
Readers respond to an article about a new publication detailing the founding of the Iranian museum
It took 300 years for the art world to recognise Artemisia Gentileschi—now NFTs are reinforcing the bias towards Western male artists
The latest digital craze is only perpetuating the structural sexism inherent in art history
The 'Ledbury Titian' discovery begs the question: who should we trust when it comes to art attribution?
We often overlook gaps in provenance, or disagreement between experts, simply because we want to believe in fairytales
Freelance workers are the backbone of the art world—but how are they expected to survive on a pittance?
If culture is to recover from the pandemic, the sector must value the self-employed more so that the next generation—of all backgrounds—can afford to live a creative life
Tearing down troubling statues is not lying about our history—it is removing impediments to truth
The UK communities secretary Robert Jenrick's plans to prevent the removal of controversial monuments reveals his inability to view the past as shifting and complex
'Museums had better not be planning for a return to the status quo'
Bubbles, sheikhs and the freeport frenzy: Georgina Adam reflects on 30 years of art market reporting
Our art market editor-at-large looks back on three decades of booming sales and soaring prices, from Middle Eastern emergence to the evolution of auction houses
What’s the ideal post-pandemic art market? One that's no longer a Disneyland for the rich
Capitalism has gobbled up the art world over the past decade—it is high time for a reset
Auctions are like dating: you can do it online, but sparks only fly in the flesh
The coronavirus lockdown is boosting lower level virtual sales, but only a major live auction will kick-start the top end of the art market and revalidate prices