Auction houses use lucrative tools to prop up the art market—could they become victims of their own success?
Shielding art prices from organic market conditions doesn't always pay off
How museum guides are being enlisted in the US culture wars
Docents—voluntary educators who are frequently white, of retirement age and middle class—embody the tensions between the status quo and change in US museums
Time for the UK to adopt US-style rules on holding artists' funds
Primary-market sale proceeds should be held on trust so artists are never left out of pocket by a gallery's insolvency, writes IP and art lawyer Jon Sharples
'Italy is an alcoholic in denial over Venice'
By 2100 the water-level will ring rise one metre, and yet it aims to block UNESCO in-danger listing
Does the search for US museum leaders lack transparency?
Julia Halperin examines the often mysterious recruitment procedure for new museum directors in the US, which has come under increased scrutiny
'Never trustee an MP: why politicians should stay off boards of cultural institutions'
The "arm's length" principle, which frowns on political meddling in museums, is being eroded by policy hawks, writes artist and activist Bob and Roberta Smith
Ignore the nay-sayers: great things can happen when art forms collide
'It turns out that dancing about architecture—or filming about music—can produce great art'
'Forget the Brexit blues: for art, London is still where it’s at'
There are plenty of encouraging dynamics in the city this summer
'We need to talk about class in the art world'
A recent list of young art "disruptors" published by a UK newspaper underlines the insidious dynamics of privilege which continue to define our industry
Could we be on the verge of another art market crash?
With auction sales faltering and a respected commercial gallery going into administration, Ben Lewis sees echoes of the slump of 2008
Labour’s education revolution will put the arts and culture centre stage
The UK's shadow culture minister sets out the Labour party's plan for arts and culture if they win the next election
At last, Venice’s authorities admit the risk from sea-level rise
At a conference organised by the new Venice Sustainability Foundation in June, major public figures agreed for the first time that sea-level rise is the main problem facing the city now
AI might now be powerful enough to be ‘using’ artists
It is time to think about the extent to which technology itself has power over us, independent of people in tech companies
'As politicians look away, we need artists like Steve McQueen more than ever'
The British artist invited dozens of MPs to view his film about Grenfell Tower at London's Serpentine Galleries, but most only showed up after subsequent guilt-tripping
'What the violent destruction of a Muslim library in Bihar tells us about the troubling state of Islamic heritage in India'
The recent communal violence which burned down the Azizia Madrasa occurred in the wake of numerous recent laws targeting Muslims
‘"Immersive" art makes me yearn for something less empty’
Among the art world’s favourite terms, "immersive" art has become a byword for a shallow form of meaningless spectacle
'A new model for cash-strapped public galleries? How England's Baltic filled its empty halls with Hew Locke's Procession'
To survive this economic crisis, we must build new networks between public and commercial galleries
'Why I can't get excited about AI art'
Only humans can make proper sense of the world, Bendor Grosvenor argues
'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