The Week in Art

UK culture war: how should museums confront colonialism?

Plus, craft and American identity and critic Michael Peppiatt on Frank Auerbach

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This week: we explore the debate over contested heritage in the UK by speaking to the art historian Alice Procter about her book The Whole Picture, a strident call for colonial histories to be told in museums.

Tippoo's Tiger (around 1790) Courtesy of V&A

Plus Jori Finkel speaks to Glenn Adamson about Craft: An American History, a radical reappraisal of craft's role in forging American identity.

And in this episode’s Work of the Week, Ben Luke talks to the critic Michael Peppiatt—curator of an exhibition uniting Frank Auerbach and Tony Bevan at Ben Brown Fine Arts in London—about Auerbach's EOW Sleeping IV (1967), in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

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