Reality Bites

The art world, long-thought to be immune to, is now having to acknowledge urgent realities of pandemics, climate crisis, wars, energy and food shortages, mass migration and inflation. In a new regular column, Scott Reyburn and Anny Shaw report on what auction houses, gallerists, artists and other players are doing—or not doing—about it.

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Five years after #MeToo, what has changed for female artists?

Recently, some major galleries have signed high-profile women, many of whom launched artistic careers long before the industry cared

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Pakistani artists raise money for its devastating floods—and question which causes garner art world support

Osman Yousefzada and nine others sold specially created prints, but Pakistan’s worst natural disaster in living memory has yet to galvanise the industry

All hot air on climate action? Auction houses pledge to cut CO2 while organising global tours for star lots

In our new series Reality Bites, we assess whether the art market's key players are addressing the urgent issues affecting the wider world