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From breaking news and insider insights to exhibitions and events around the world, the team at The Art Newspaper picks apart the art world's big stories with the help of special guests. An award-winning podcast hosted by Ben Luke, The Week in Art is sponsored by Christie's. See fo… read more

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Art Basel: are the buyers back? Plus, Mary Beard on images of power, and Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped

September 23rd, 2021


This week: the Art Basel fair has opened in Switzerland, but are the collectors back and are they buying? We talk to Jane Morris, an editor-at-large …

Uyghurs: human rights abuses in China; Van Gogh's final months and death; master printer Kenneth Tyler on Helen Frankenthaler

September 16th, 2021


This week: as a tribunal in London hears of human rights atrocities against the Uyghur community and other Muslim groups in China, how will museums, …

Painting special: artists Doron Langberg, Mohammed Sami and Vivien Zhang, art advisor Lisa Schiff, Vermeer’s cupid

September 9th, 2021


As a huge survey of contemporary painting opens at the Hayward Gallery in London, we ask: is the time-honoured medium of painting the art form best suited to exploring the complexity of our age?

We look at the thriving …

Afghanistan: the threat to its artists and heritage. Plus, artist Bill Fontana records Notre Dame's bells

September 3rd, 2021


We're back with a new season of The Week in Art, which takes us right up to the holidays.

In this episode, we reflect on events in Afghanistan in …

Great women in art history make a comeback: the New Woman at the Met and Aware in Paris

July 1st, 2021


It's an all-woman line-up on this week's podcast. Nancy Kenney speaks to Andrea Nelson, the curator of The New Woman Behind the Camera, an exhibition …

Activists protest Shell museum sponsorship. Plus, artists Michael Landy and Shahzia Sikander

June 24th, 2021


This week: should the Science Museum in London stop taking money from the oil company Shell? We talk to a student activist, Anya Nanning Ramamurthy …

Slavery at the Rijksmuseum, Leonora Carrington and a Rubens Reunion

June 18th, 2021


This week, we look at a much anticipated exhibition, Slavery at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum is the Netherlands’ national art and history museum and the curators of the exhibition state in the catalogue …

Guerrilla Girls: corrupt museum boards, the female nude and NFTs

June 11th, 2021


This week: two festivals of art. Aimee Dawson talks to Frida Kahlo and Kathe Kollwitz of the Guerrilla Girls about their ongoing activism and their …

Mary Beard on Roman emperor Nero

June 4th, 2021


This week: Mary Beard on Nero, one of the most infamous Roman emperors. Was he the sadistic murderer of legend, the emperor who fiddled as Rome burned, or has he been a victim of spin and myth? As well as getting Mary’s …

Viking-age treasure: new insights into life 1,000 years ago

May 28th, 2021


This week: Viking-age treasures—what the medieval gold, silver, textiles and even dirt in a hoard found in 2014 in Scotland can tell us about the …

"Art is our spiritual oxygen": new shows in London and New York

May 21st, 2021


Ben Luke talks to Ralph Rugoff, artistic director of the last Venice Biennale and director of the Hayward Gallery, London, about Matthew Barney and Igshaan Adams, two very different artists exploring autobiography, …

New York auctions: has the art market roared back to life?

May 14th, 2021


It's a big week in the New York salerooms: Scott Reyburn, art market expert for The Art Newspaper and The New York Times, discusses the big sales and notable trends at Christie’s and Sotheby’s New York auctions. …

Climate disaster: Richard Mosse on environmental crime in the Amazon

May 7th, 2021


This week: ecocide in Brazil. In a special in-depth interview marking a retrospective at Fondazione MAST in Bologna, Italy, and an exhibition at the …

Return to La La Land: art is back in California

April 30th, 2021


This week: Los Angeles has finally opened its museums after more than a year. When New York's galleries have been open since August, what took California so long? We talk to Jori Finkel about LA's slow emergence from …

Kusama-rama: Yayoi in London, New York and Berlin

April 23rd, 2021


This week on the now award-winning The Week in Art: Kusamarama. We take a deep dive into Yayoi Kusama’s polka dots, pumpkins and infinity rooms as …

Let loose after lockdown: London’s best gallery shows

April 16th, 2021


This week: after four long months, commercial art galleries are open again in England. We discuss some of the London shows with Louisa Buck, The Art Newspaper’s contemporary art correspondent, and take a tour of Rachel …

Can Netflix help solve the Isabella Stewart Gardner art heist?

April 9th, 2021


On this week's podcast: the world’s greatest art heist. As a new Netflix documentary hits our screens, who stole the Isabella Stewart Gardner …

Has the drop in visitors changed museums forever?

April 2nd, 2021


The Art Newspaper’s annual survey of museum attendance is out: just how many visitors and how much money have museums lost in the pandemic? And how have digital initiatives helped?

José da Silva, exhibitions editor at …

Benin bronzes: looted treasures will return to Nigeria at last

March 26th, 2021


This week: Germany announces that its museums will send the Benin bronzes back to Nigeria: will other nations follow? We talk to Catherine Hickley, …

The results are in: the real impact of Covid on the art market

March 19th, 2021


On this week's podcast: the most influential annual art market report has just been published—so what does it tell us about the effects of a year of Covid-19 on the market? We talk to Clare McAndrew, the author of the …

UK culture war: how should museums confront colonialism?

March 12th, 2021


This week, we focus on two books: Aimee Dawson talks to Alice Procter about the debate over contested heritage in the UK and her book The Whole …

Old Masters meet Brutalism: inside Frick Madison in New York

March 5th, 2021


This week: the Frick Collection in New York has moved temporarily from its Gilded Age Mansion on Central Park to Marcel Breuer’s 1960s building …

WTF are NFTs? Why crypto is dominating the art market

February 26th, 2021


This week: NFTs or Non-Fungible Tokens. What are they? Are they a fad or do they represent the future of the art market? We talk to two people in the world of crypto commodities about the explosion of NFTs on the art …

'Black grief and white grievance' at New York’s New Museum

February 19th, 2021


This week: the curator Naomi Beckwith and artist Okwui Okpokwasili discuss Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America, a major show at the New Museum in New York—the final project conceived by the late curator …

Stonehenge: could a road tunnel ruin the ancient site?

February 12th, 2021


This week: excavations have revealed new archaeological finds at Stonehenge but the UK government has approved a road tunnel through this iconic …

The fight against Putin: artists on the frontline

February 5th, 2021


On this week's podcast: the artist-activists at the heart of Russia’s biggest protests in a decade and how the Indian government is using heritage and museums to re-write the history of the country. We talk to Lölja …

Botticelli and Leonardo: the new normal for Old Masters

January 29th, 2021


This week, the Old Masters in the digital age. We look at the $92m live-streamed auction sale (with fees) of a major Botticelli in New York and new research, including a study using artificial intelligence, into …

What will Biden-Harris do for the visual arts?

January 22nd, 2021


This week: as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States, what might their administration do …

The white supremacist art in the US Capitol

January 15th, 2021


This week, we look at white supremacist art in the Capitol in Washington and discuss the legacy of Hannah Arendt. Plus, we look at a record-breaking …

2020: The year in review

December 18th, 2020


It’s the final episode of 2020 and so, as we always do as the year comes to an end, we’re reviewing the last 12 months in the art world. And what a year it’s been. Host Ben Luke was joined by three of The Art …

Brexit: how will it change the art market?

December 11th, 2020


The Brexit deadline is imminent and the UK and the European Union are desperately seeking an agreement. But what are the implications either way for the art trade? We asked the writer and art market specialist Ivan …

Contemporary public art: who is it for?

December 4th, 2020


This week, we look at contemporary public art, as debate has raged about various works in recent weeks. Who is public art for and why does it continue to provoke such strong reactions? Host Ben Luke talks to Louisa …

Is the future of museums in Africa?

November 27th, 2020


This week we look at museums and Africa: we explore the future of museums and African institutions’ central role in it and we look at the …

Rewriting the Thanksgiving myth: the Mayflower and the Wampanoag, 400 years on

November 20th, 2020


It’s Thanksgiving on 26 November, so this week, we look at the myths behind this American holiday, and particularly the story of the Mayflower, the …

Where art fairs still happen: the Shanghai buzz

November 13th, 2020


This week: we speak to our China correspondent Lisa Movius in Shanghai about the fairs and other events opening in the city this week. And we look at a rare museum event opening in Europe: Tate Britain’s Winter …

US election: How Trump’s presidency has affected the arts

November 6th, 2020


As the ramifications of the US election are set to continue for weeks, where do we stand in the art world? We look at the economics and the response of artists and art communities over the last four years and into the …

Has coronavirus helped unmask the real prices of art?

October 30th, 2020


This week: like the rest of the art world, the market has been upended by the pandemic. But has the turmoil forced it to be any more transparent? Do we know any more about the actual price of art? Ben Luke is joined by …

The great museum sell-off: should public collections deaccession to survive Covid-19?

October 23rd, 2020


Following a historic relaxation of deaccessioning laws in the US, we probe the moral quandaries faced by museums forced to sell-off parts of their …

What does the Philip Guston delay tell us about museums and race?

October 16th, 2020


This week, we talk to the critics and curators Barry Schwabsky and Aindrea Emelife about the four-year delay to the show Philip Guston Now at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the museums of fine arts in …

Frieze: the show goes on. Plus, Theaster Gates

October 9th, 2020


It’s Frieze Week in London, yet there’s no big art fair at its heart. Can galleries create the usual excitement—and is anyone still buying?

There’s no Frieze London or Frieze Masters but there are plenty of exhibitions …

Artemisia and Frida: great art, turbulent lives

October 2nd, 2020


This week, we look at two great women artists: at last, we visit the postponed Artemisia exhibition at the National Gallery in London, taking a tour with its curator Letizia Treves, and picking out some of the …

Sell the Michelangelo or lose 150 staff? The RA’s Covid-19 conundrum

September 25th, 2020


With UK museums and galleries in crisis, might the Royal Academy of Arts be forced to sell its Michelangelo? We look at the story that has emerged in recent days that some Royal Academicians—the artists and architects …

Grayson Perry on race and class in the US

September 18th, 2020


This week: the artist Grayson Perry has a new exhibition and documentary series about the United States. What can a British artist and broadcaster …

Berlin: still a magnet for artists?

September 11th, 2020


It’s Berlin Art Week, and unusually for 2020, art fairs, a biennale, and a range of exhibitions are all opening at once in the German capital. But is Berlin still the thriving art centre it’s been over the last two …

Cancelled: should good artists pay for bad behaviour?

September 4th, 2020


In this first episode of the new season, we talk to Erich Hatala Matthes, associate professor of philosophy at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, …

Trailer: The Week in Art

September 2nd, 2020


The Week in Art, sponsored by Christie’s, is The Art Newspaper’s topical news podcast, released every Friday.


Each week, we look at the big stories in the art world, from museums and the major exhibitions to heritage …

New series in September. Meanwhile…

August 7th, 2020


A new series of The Week in Art podcast will begin on 4 September; expect all the latest art world news, exclusive interviews, exhibition tours and much more. In the meantime, why not subscribe to A brush with..., the …

Ready to see some art? The top exhibitions of the summer

July 31st, 2020


This week, in our last episode of this series, we look at the top exhibitions you can see this summer in the UK, Europe and the US, with Anna Brady and Gareth Harris joining Ben Luke in London, and Helen Stoilas, Nancy …

What will culture be like in the next decade?

July 24th, 2020


We explore the Serpentine Galleries’ new report into Future Art Ecosystems: with existing art industry models under threat, can new ones emerge in the post-coronavirus era? We talk to Ben Vickers, the Serpentine …

Staff cuts: are museums protecting their workers?

July 17th, 2020


This week, as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown hit museums, we’re seeing unprecedented layoffs on both sides of the Atlantic. We ask: are museums doing all they can to save their staff? We look …

Hong Kong: has the new law "destroyed" the art scene?

July 10th, 2020


What is the future of the art world in Hong Kong now that a new national security law curbs human rights and threatens freedom of expression? We look at the effects on artists and the wider art scene with two people …

The destruction of Australia’s Aboriginal heritage

July 3rd, 2020


This week, we look at the destruction on 24 May of sacred Aboriginal sites in Western Australia by a mining company. We talk to Sven Ouzman, an …

Art and social media: do museums need memes?

June 26th, 2020


Plus, artist Rita Keegan on her postponed show and Julia Peyton-Jones on Leonardo

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What to do about problematic statues?

June 19th, 2020


This week we address the toppling of statues around the world amid the Black Lives Matter protests: is this an airbrushing of history as some claim or a long overdue corrective to historic prejudices?

We explore what …

How to visit a gallery during a pandemic

June 12th, 2020


On this week's podcast, as galleries in London re-open amid a pandemic, we ask: what does the new normal look like for the art world?

Ben Luke takes his first steps in an art gallery for three months and talks to Stefan …

Let’s talk about race: museums and the battle against white privilege

June 5th, 2020


This week, in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, we talk about the history of black resistance in the US and how the art world can respond to this latest tragedy. As protests grow throughout the country, …

Houston, do we have a problem?

May 29th, 2020


As cultural institutions across the world are faced with deciding if and when to re-open, we look at two extremes: we hear from Brandon Zech, the …

Raphael: as great as Leonardo and Michelangelo?

May 22nd, 2020


This episode begins by celebrating good news: that the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of works by Raphael at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome—which only opened for three days before being closed due to Covid-19 in …

Is the future of the art market online?

May 15th, 2020


This week would have been so-called "gigaweek", with the major auctions of Impressionist, Modern and contemporary art in New York. The events have, …

Exclusive: Marina Abramovic interview

May 8th, 2020


This week, we have an exclusive interview with Marina Abramovic: what's the future of performance in the post-pandemic art world? Also, as the lockdown steadily eases in Germany, we ask Catherine Hickley, The Art …

Can tech recreate the hand of an Old Master?

May 1st, 2020


This week, we look at how technologies like digital scanning and artificial intelligence (AI) are being used to create facsimiles of historic …

The end of the blockbuster? Museums in a post-pandemic world

April 24th, 2020


This week, we look at museums in different parts of the globe: what’s their future in a world changed by the coronavirus?

The doors of museums have slammed shut over recent weeks as Covid-19 has locked down countries …

Donald Judd 101: the great artist in depth

April 17th, 2020


A veritable Juddaganza: we focus on an artist who, before the coronavirus (Covid-19) forced museums and galleries to close, was set to be the subject of three exhibitions in New York this spring, Donald Judd. We talk to …

Art theft: are museums safe under lockdown?

April 10th, 2020


We explore how safe museums are from theft now that they are closed and cities are under lockdown due to the coronavirus. We talk to Martin Bailey about the recent theft of a Van Gogh in the Netherlands, the history of …

Can the art market weather the coronavirus storm?

April 3rd, 2020


We discuss the present and future of the art market, first with Rachel Pownall, a Professor of Finance at Maastricht University School of Business …

Saving the art world’s self-employed

March 27th, 2020


This week, we explore the devastating effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) on art communities, and particularly the wealth of self-employed workers …

Coronavirus: dispatches from Italy and China

March 20th, 2020


We speak to our journalists in the two epicentres of the Covid-19 pandemic thus far: Anna Somers Cocks in Italy and Lisa Movius in China. We hear about their experiences of lockdown, the response of museums and …

Titian’s poesie: an in-depth tour of “the most beautiful pictures in the world"

March 13th, 2020


As the National Gallery opens its show dedicated to Titian's great mythological paintings made for Philip II of Spain, we talk to the gallery's …

Remembering Ulay

March 6th, 2020


We pay tribute to the performance art trailblazer Ulay, who died on 2 March—and discuss his years of collaboration with Marina Abramović— with …

Surrealism: what was Britain's role?

February 28th, 2020


Plus, Independent Art Fair's director on the New York's changing gallery landscape

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Who owns the Parthenon Marbles?

February 21st, 2020


Is the dispute between Greece and the British Museum about the Parthenon Marbles about to escalate? A leaked draft of the EU mandate for talks with the UK about the post-Brexit relationship suggests it might. We look at …

Does Los Angeles want a big art fair?

February 14th, 2020


As Frieze Los Angeles opens, we look at the LA art scene, its artist-run galleries and grassroots spaces and ask: does the city need the art-market juggernaut? We also pay tribute to the late LA-based artist John …

Tschabalala Self and radical figurative painting

February 7th, 2020


We visit the Whitechapel Gallery in London to explore their show Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium, with the curator Lydia Yee, and talk to one of the ten artists, Tschabalala Self. And we look at the …

A fake Gauguin at the Getty

January 31st, 2020


We look at the story behind the front-page article in our February issue: the discovery that a multi-million dollar Gauguin sculpture purchased by …

2020: art market issues and big shows

January 24th, 2020


We look at the year ahead for galleries, art fairs and auctions, and seek out the big shows in the UK, Europe and the US.

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2019: the Year in Review

December 20th, 2019


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Bananaman: who is Maurizio Cattelan? Plus, art and comedy

December 13th, 2019


We take an in-depth look at Maurizio Cattelan, the creator of the banana-and-duct-tape work which caused a sensation at Art Basel in Miami Beach last week, with the critic and broadcaster Ben Lewis. And we talk to three …

Turner Prize shocker: what next? Plus, Teresita Fernández in Miami

December 6th, 2019


The art world has been up in arms this week as Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani were all announced as the winner of the Turner Prize. We talk to Louisa Buck about the decision and how it …

Troy: the show and the problem with BP sponsorship

November 29th, 2019


We talk to Lesley Fitton, the co-curator of the British Museum's blockbuster show on the myth and reality of Troy. And we talk to Jess Worth of …

Dora Maar and Jann Haworth: acclaim at last

November 22nd, 2019


As a huge exhibition of Dora Maar's work opens at Tate Modern, we take a tour of the show with the curator, Emma Lewis. Finally, Maar is escaping the shadow of her lover between 1936 and 1945, Pablo Picasso. We also …

Anselm Kiefer interview. Plus, New York auction "gigaweek"

November 15th, 2019


As he opens a new show at London's White Cube gallery, we talk to the German artist about the themes of the exhibition in the context of his art over …

Tutankhamun in London: Tutmania returns. Plus, Duchamp in the US

November 8th, 2019


This week, we review Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, which has just opened at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The show includes 150 …

Fireworks! Picturing pyrotechnics with professor Simon Werrett

November 5th, 2019


To mark Bonfire Night in the UK, this bonus episode of The Art Newspaper takes a look at the history of pyrotechnics in art and wider visual culture. …

Dread Scott’s slave revolt reenactment. Plus, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

November 1st, 2019


We talk to the artist Dread Scott about his extraordinarily ambitious two-day performance in Louisiana where he and 500 Louisianans in 19th-century dress will reenact a slave rebellion from 1811. And we visit an …

Leonardo at the Louvre: the spectacular show and the Salvator Mundi no-show

October 25th, 2019


As the exhibition of the year opens at the Louvre, we talk to Ben Lewis about the latest developments in the Salvator Mundi saga. Vincent Delieuvin, the co-curator, tells us about the 13 years he has been working on the …

MoMA special: the verdict on the museum opening of the year

October 18th, 2019


After a $450m expansion overseen by the architects Diller, Scofidio and Renfro, the Museum of Modern Art in New York reopens its doors on 21 October with 47,000 sq ft of additional gallery space and a more expansive …

Agnes Denes: environmental art pioneer. Plus, Rembrandt-Velázquez and De Hooch

October 11th, 2019


We talk to Agnes Denes, best known for her extraordinary Wheatfield, a two-acre field of wheat that she planted, tended and harvested in 1982 on landfill in Lower Manhattan, as the Shed opens a retrospective of her …

Frieze week: Ai Weiwei, Mark Bradford, Peter Doig, Melanie Gerlis, Hettie Judah

October 4th, 2019


In this bumper edition of the podcast we interview three of the world's leading artists, all of whom have shows timed to coincide with the Frieze art fairs: Ai Weiwei at Lisson Gallery, Mark Bradford at Hauser & …

Special: is art education in crisis? Featuring Bob and Roberta Smith

September 27th, 2019


As art schools start their new term in the UK, this week’s episode is an education special. We talk to the artist Patrick Brill, or Bob and Roberta …

Museum ethics. Plus, the Chicago Architecture Biennial

September 20th, 2019


We discuss the dilemmas facing museums as the focus intensifies on ethical sponsorship and governance in the UK and US. And we hear about the latest edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which addresses, among …

Tate's William Blake blockbuster. Plus, Pace and the New York gallery boom

September 13th, 2019


We take an in-depth tour of the huge new William Blake exhibition at Tate Britain and explore the life and art of this brilliant yet complex visionary. And in New York, we talk to Marc Glimcher about Pace's eight-floor …

Tim Spall plays Lowry, artists in movies, Chris Ofili and Jasmine Thomas-Girvan

September 6th, 2019


New season! In this first episode, we talk to Timothy Spall about the new film Mrs Lowry and Son and to Jacqueline Riding who worked closely with …

Top of the Pods: David Hockney and other modern British mavericks

August 30th, 2019


In the last of our summer series of podcasts looking back over 200 interviews, we talk to David Hockney about a record-breaking auction sale, printmaking and Van Gogh. Plus, Martin Gayford sets Hockney in the London …

Top of the Pods: The best of the Venice Biennale

August 23rd, 2019


In the latest podcast featuring highlights from our first 200 interviews on The Art Newspaper podcast, we feature three conversations about May You Live in Interesting Times, the main event at this year's Venice …

Top of the Pods: Leonardo—the Salvator Mundi saga

August 16th, 2019


We look back at three interviews about the most expensive painting ever sold at auction. In a short clip from a November 2017 chat, Judd Tully tells …

Top of the Pods: video art in the spotlight

August 9th, 2019


In this latest episode looking back at the 200 interviews we've done over the past two years, we bring together discussions with three masters of video art: Ragnar Kjartansson, John Akomfrah and Chris Marclay.


Top of the Pods: Artemisia Gentileschi and the forgotten female Old Masters

August 2nd, 2019


In our latest look back at the 200 interviews we've done over the past two years, we focus on Artemisia Gentileschi with Letizia Treves from the …

In Memoriam: Karsten Schubert in conversation with Michael Landy

August 1st, 2019


In this special podcast, we publish an archive interview with the London-based dealer and publisher Karsten Schubert, who died this week after a long illness. The artist Michael Landy spoke to Karsten in September 2018 …

Top of the Pods: climate crisis with Olafur Eliasson, Justin Brice Guariglia and Anna Somers Cocks

July 26th, 2019


As many parts of the world record their highest ever temperatures, and the art world begins to take more urgent action on the climate emergency, we look back on three interviews, from 2018 and earlier this year, …

Top of the Pods: the world of Warhol as told by Jeremy Deller and Donna De Salvo

July 19th, 2019


In the second episode of our summer season of curated podcasts, it's all about Andy. With the major retrospective of the Pop artist on at the San Francisco Museum of Modern art, we bring together two interviews: one …

Top of the Pods: experts on Van Gogh in the asylum and his early life

July 12th, 2019


While we're on our summer break, we're looking back over the 200 interviews we've done for the podcast and putting together highlights in a weekly themed episode. First up are two conversations about Van Gogh, from …

Ibrahim Mahama's ghosts of Ghana. Plus, China's epic Picasso show

July 5th, 2019


We speak to the leading Ghanaian artist as he unveils a major new commission about the forgotten history of his homeland, on show at the Whitworth as part of the Manchester International Festival. Plus, we find out …

Vermeer's hidden cupid, the Prado's Dutch-Spanish show, plus Helen Cammock

June 28th, 2019


We hear about how a painting of Cupid in one of Vermeer's greatest masterpieces, in Dresden, was long thought to have overpainted by the master himself, but was in fact covered by a later artist. It's now in the process …

David Smith in Yorkshire. Plus, the works that inspired leading artists

June 21st, 2019


The great American sculptor's work comes to Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of the Yorkshire Sculpture International festival, and we talk to Clare …

Art Basel and William Kentridge

June 13th, 2019


As his show opens at the Kunstmuseum Basel to coincide with the Art Basel fair, we talk to the South African artist about his latest works, his complex methods and his extraordinary family history. We also look at the …

Painting, identity and injustice: Howardena Pindell and Oscar Murillo

June 7th, 2019


We talk to two artists of different generations as they open new London shows. Howardena Pindell discusses the use of the circle in her abstract paintings, its origins in segregation in the US and the resistance to her …

The rise of the mega-dealers, plus artists take over the Guggenheim

May 31st, 2019


We talk to Michael Shnayerson about his book Boom, following the big art dealers from the 1940s to now. Plus, we speak to Nancy Spector, the …

Manga and Camp: the art of going over the top

May 24th, 2019


We talk to Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere of the British Museum about Manga, the museum's huge new show exploring the Japanese cultural phenomenon. And …

Should museums sell works of art? Plus, activism at the Whitney Biennial

May 17th, 2019


As a Mark Rothko painting is sold by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, we talk to Christopher Bedford from the Baltimore Museum of Art about …

Venice Biennale special: our review plus, how much longer will the city survive?

May 10th, 2019


Ben Luke and Jane Morris review the main exhibition and we speak to the artists Laure Prouvost and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster about their works in the show. Plus, we talk about climate change and the challenges Venice …

Ralph Rugoff on his Venice Biennale concept. Plus, Bernar Venet and Berlin Gallery Weekend

May 3rd, 2019


The artistic director of this year's main show at the Biennale tells us how he is creating two playful but serious shows in one, each featuring the …

How did Salvator Mundi go from $1000 to $450m? Plus, the tragic story of Van Gogh’s only love

April 26th, 2019


We talk to Ben Lewis about his book The Last Leonardo, the story of the world’s most expensive painting. And Martin Bailey tells us about his latest book Living with Vincent Van Gogh, exploring the Dutch master’s search …

The Notre Dame fire and Cold War Steve

April 18th, 2019


We talk to Jonathan Foyle about the effects of the fire at Notre Dame, the building’s history, including moments of neglect, and what happens next. And as a book of his photomontages is published, we speak to …

Edvard Munch and The Shed

April 12th, 2019


We talk to Giulia Bartram at the British Museum about her exhibition of Munch’s prints, Love and Angst. And we look at the new shapeshifting cultural …

Sackler sponsorship: take it or leave it? Plus, museum attendance

April 5th, 2019


We examine the growing unease amongst British museums to accept money from Sackler family members involved in the sale of the opioid painkiller …

Art Basel Hong Kong, Richard Lin and the Met’s World Between Empires

March 29th, 2019


We talk to Marc Spiegler, global director of Art Basel, about the latest fair in Hong Kong, the Asian market and supporting smaller galleries. We look at Bonhams’s show in Hong Kong of Richard Lin’s work – Lin achieved …

David Bailey in focus, plus John Richardson remembered

March 22nd, 2019


We meet David Bailey at his London studio to discuss his new book: the latest SUMO from Taschen. And we remember the Picasso biographer John Richardson, who died aged 95 last week, with Gijs van Hensbergen, who worked …

Wham! The George Michael auction and the YBA market. Plus, Shezad Dawood

March 15th, 2019


As George Michael's collection of contemporary art, dominated by Young British Artists, goes under the hammer in London, we speak to Paola Saracino …

Carolee Schneemann, the Armory Show and Venice Biennale curators

March 8th, 2019


We pay tribute to the pioneering painter, performance artist and film-maker, ask what on earth is going on with the New York fairs this week, and discuss what it’s like to curate a Venice Biennale national presentation …

Ruskin and Gombrich: revisiting two art historical heavyweights

March 1st, 2019


Amid a wealth of events celebrating the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth we reconsider the breadth of this Victorian polymath’s achievements, and …

Rembrandt special: the complete artist

March 1st, 2019


As numerous exhibitions open marking the 350th anniversary of the Old Master's death, we speak to Taco Dibbits, the director of the Rijksmuseum about the museum's blockbuster shows and its imminent public restoration of …

Bonus podcast: Dorothea Tanning at Tate Modern

February 26th, 2019


As the female Surrealist’s exhibition arrives in London following its stint in Madrid, this is the full, unedited discussion from last year with …

Antony Gormley at the Uffizi, plus portrait miniatures

February 22nd, 2019


We talk to the British artist as he shows his sculptures with ancient works in the Florentine museum, and we zoom in on the tiny art works made in …

Can artists live off art alone? Plus, Los Angeles

February 15th, 2019


Two-thirds of artists in the UK earn less than £5,000 per year from their art, according to a new survey. We speak to the art advisor James Doeser who worked on the study and the artist Tai Shani about the bleak reality …

Tracey Emin on mourning and #MeToo; George Shaw on realism and Rembrandt

February 8th, 2019


We talk to Tracey Emin as A Fortnight of Tears, her exhibition at White Cube, opens. And we visit Bath to talk to George Shaw, whose show A Corner of …

Mapplethorpe at the Guggenheim, Bill Viola at the Royal Academy

January 25th, 2019


We talk to the people behind major exhibitions on both sides of the Atlantic: Ben Luke meets Kira Perov, Bill Viola's wife and collaborator, at the …

Female old masters — prominence at last. Plus, Condo

January 18th, 2019


We speak to curators Letizia Treves and Jordana Pomeroy about the growing trend to bring historical female artists to the fore. Plus, Kate MacGarry …

2019: Market predictions and the best events

January 11th, 2019


A bumper podcast featuring two roundtable discussions. First, art market specialist Georgina Adam ponders the current situation in the market and considers its future with Victoria Siddall, the director of the Frieze …

The Year in Review

December 21st, 2018


Our London and New York teams ponder 2018's biggest art stories

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Should looted African art be returned?

December 14th, 2018


In the wake of the Savoy-Sarr report commissioned by French President Emmanuel Macron, we discuss the pros and cons of returning colonial artefacts …

Olafur Eliasson on climate change and the threat to heritage. Plus, Art Basel in Miami Beach

December 7th, 2018


We talk to the Danish-Icelandic artist about the urgent threat to the environment as his work Ice Watch, featuring chunks of glacier, go on show outside Tate Modern and Bloomberg’s HQ in London. We also discuss the …

Edmund de Waal exclusive interview, plus Roma persecution

November 30th, 2018


We speak to Edmund de Waal, the ceramic artist and author of the Hare with Amber Eyes, about the incredible journey of his netsuke collection and the …

The Beatles' White Album: the band, the artist, the dealer. Plus, art in Dubai

November 23rd, 2018


We talk to Andrew Wilson at the Tate and Harriet Vyner, Robert Fraser's biographer about one of the greatest albums, and album covers, of all time. And we visit the new Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai.


David Hockney: exclusive interview with the world's most expensive living artist

November 16th, 2018


We talk to Hockney about Van Gogh, printmaking and the Bayeaux Tapestry but also about Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), which broke …

Warhol (part two): Jeremy Deller and Shadows

November 13th, 2018


In the second part of our Andy Warhol special, we talk to the British artist about meeting Warhol, his life-changing trip to the Factory and Warhol’s …

Warhol (part one): the Whitney retrospective, in depth

November 9th, 2018


An in-depth interview with Donna De Salvo, organiser of the vast Andy Warhol show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. De Salvo takes us through …

Don’t call me a woman artist: overlooked Surrealists. Plus, Klimt/Schiele

November 2nd, 2018


We talk to Alyce Mahon, the curator of the Dorothea Tanning exhibition now in Madrid, and curatorial adviser for the Leonor Fini show in New York about the art and life of the two surrealist artists. Meanwhile, in New …

Bruce Nauman’s New York takeover. Plus, the British Museum’s new Islamic art galleries

October 26th, 2018


We discuss the vast Bruce Nauman retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 New York and chart the British Museum's Islamic collection's …

The Gainsborough murders. Plus, RoseLee Goldberg on performance

October 19th, 2018


We talk to the researchers who uncovered the grisly murders in the family of the young Thomas Gainsborough. Plus, RoseLee Goldberg tells us all about …

Banksy self destructs at Sotheby’s, plus Bauhaus pioneer Anni Albers

October 12th, 2018


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 …

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

October 5th, 2018


We talk to the art market specialist Melanie Gerlis about Frieze London and Frieze Masters, to Doris Salcedo about her White Cube show, to the artist Ragnar Kjartansson and the curator Massimiliano Gioni about Strange …

Special: the rise and rise of contemporary African art

September 28th, 2018


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. …

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

September 21st, 2018


How Samuel Courtauld’s collection ignited Britain’s passion for Impressionists. Plus, New York’s Metropolitan Museum looks at Armenia, the first …

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

September 14th, 2018


We speak to our long-standing correspondent and expert on Van Gogh Martin Bailey on his new book, which tells the story of the artist’s life at the …

Episode 39: All about biennials

July 6th, 2018


We talk to Sally Tallant, the artistic director of the Liverpool Biennial, about the 10th edition, which opens next week. And Jane Morris, an …

Episode 38: Marina Abramovic and Michael Jackson

June 29th, 2018


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 …

Episode 37: Art and football plus John Akomfrah interview

June 22nd, 2018


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 …

Episode 36: Berlin Biennale and Art Basel

June 15th, 2018


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 …

Episode 35: Freud, Bacon, Hockney and the post-war London scene; and Signals gallery

June 8th, 2018


We talk to Martin Gayford about his book Modernists and Mavericks and sitting for portraits by Freud and Hockney. And we explore Kurimanzutto and …

Episode 34: Venice Biennale for architecture, and the Brutalist social housing debate

June 1st, 2018


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.

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Episode 33: Absent friends: Howard Hodgkin's final paintings; Robert Indiana remembered

May 25th, 2018


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.


Episode 32: The Royal Academy’s new project unveiled: David Chipperfield interview

May 18th, 2018


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 …

Episode 31: The $646m Rockefeller sale. Plus: should big galleries subsidise smaller ones?

May 11th, 2018


We drill down into the big numbers from the Post-Impressionist and Modern sale in New York, talk to Professor Rachel Pownall about the wider market and look at a small gallery housed in Piccadilly Circus Tube station.

Episode 30: All about Berlin

May 4th, 2018


Our guest host Arsalan Mohammad takes us behind the scenes of 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.

Episode 29: Taryn Simon interview, and restoring a Renaissance masterpiece at the Met

April 27th, 2018


We talk to the American artist about her acclaimed work staged in New York and now London, An Occupation of Loss. We hear from a curator and …

Episode 28: The battle over Ethiopia’s treasures

April 20th, 2018


We speak to Hailemichael Aberra Afework, Ethiopia’s ambassador to the UK, about the treasures looted by the British army at Maqdala, go behind the scenes of the Sony Photography Award with judge Gareth Harris and speak …

Episode 27: The enduring appeal of enigmatic Beuys. Plus, lost masterpieces reborn

April 13th, 2018


We hear from Adam Lowe of Factum Arte about a new TV series in which seven lost paintings are recreated using digital means, and speak to Norman Rosenthal and Thaddaeus Ropac about the enigmatic German artist Joseph …

Episode 26: Christo interview, plus museum visitor figures

April 6th, 2018


We speak to the Bulgarian-born artist about his grand project for the Serpentine, and look at our annual survey of visitor figures


Episode 25: Living with Leonardo da Vinci

March 28th, 2018


Leonardo specialist Martin Kemp on decades spent in the company of the Renaissance master, plus the 300th edition of The Art Newspaper

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Episode 24: Mural-gazing with the Dalai Lama, plus Michael Rakowitz

March 23rd, 2018


We speak to Thomas Laird about his new sumo-sized book on Tibetan murals, and to the artist creating the new work for the Fourth Plinth commission in London's Trafalgar Square.

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Episode 23: The death of Venice?

March 16th, 2018


Salvatore Settis talks about his new book, plus Tacita Dean on her three London shows

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Episode 22: The genius of Picasso

March 9th, 2018


We take a tour of Tate Modern's blockbuster and explore the strength of Picasso's market

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Episode 21: Photography special: from Victorian pioneers to 2018 prize contenders

March 2nd, 2018


We meet the men and women behind three fascinating but very different exhibitions of lens-based art

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Episode 20: Yes to Picasso, no to Van Gogh: the Rockefellers’ collection

February 23rd, 2018


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

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Episode 19: Klimt and Schiele plus Songs for Sabotage

February 16th, 2018


A look at the life and art of the two Austrian greats as shows open marking the 100th anniversary of their deaths. And the New Museum Triennial is reviewed.

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Episode 18: Talking politics with Cornelia Parker and the future of ivory

February 9th, 2018


We meet the 2017 Election Artist. Plus, what do new ivory regulations mean for the art world?

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Episode 17: Real or fake? The suspicious Russian avant-garde show in Ghent

February 2nd, 2018


Expert on Russian art Simon Hewitt discusses developments in The Art Newspaper's current cover story, plus we explore an unusual collaboration at …

Episode 16: Charles I at the Royal Academy—an exhibition fit for a king

January 26th, 2018


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

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Episode 15: What will 2018 hold for the art world?

January 19th, 2018


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

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Episode 14: The top stories of 2017

December 22nd, 2017


From Louvre Abu Dhabi to Leonardo, Documenta to Trump, we look back at the year in art with our journalists Louisa Buck, Gareth Harris and Anny Shaw

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Episode 13: The dark side of the art market

December 15th, 2017


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

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Episode 12: Old Masters after the Leonardo and Art Basel Miami Beach

December 8th, 2017


We talk Titian, Constable, Veneziano, Wright of Derby, Van Dyck and, yes, Leonardo, with art historian Bendor Grosvenor. And our deputy art market …

Episode 11: Antiquities now and Rose Wylie

December 1st, 2017


How is the antiquities trade coping with increased focus on Middle East looting and new approaches to collecting? And Rose Wylie on the pleasures and …

Episode 10: Restoring Iraq’s heritage, plus the complex politics of First Nations art

November 24th, 2017


John Darlington of the World Monuments Fund discusses projects to train local people in craft traditions and the curator Victor Wang on the work of …

Episode 9: $450m! The Leonardo breaks all records

November 17th, 2017


How the art sale of the century happened, with Judd Tully, our man in the salesroom. Plus, a new museum in Indonesia.

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Abu Dhabi Focus episode three: How the UAE art scene became a force to be reckoned with

November 10th, 2017


Art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac and curator Maya Allison tell us how the nation’s creative ambitions have blossomed. Plus: Silver Lion-winning musician and artist Hassan Khan on his Abu Dhabi Art performance.


Abu Dhabi Focus episode two: How Saudi artists are driving political change

November 10th, 2017


As Abu Dhabi Art fair opens, we speak to the Saudi artists Manal Al Dowayan and Ahmed Mater about their role in recent changes to their society. …

Abu Dhabi Focus episode one: Louvre Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Art

November 8th, 2017


With all eyes on Abu Dhabi this week, we speak to the architect Jean Nouvel on designing the Arab world's first universal museum. Plus: a preview of Abu Dhabi Art fair.

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Episode 8: How hackers are attacking the art world

November 3rd, 2017


Galleries are losing huge sums to cybercrime, what makes them vulnerable? Plus: the dubious restoration along the Camino di Santiago.


Episode 7: The Tale of an Old Master forgery scandal

October 27th, 2017


The 'masterpieces' that fooled the art world. Plus: a review of London's latest shows, from Cezanne to Soutine.

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Episode 6: Trouble at Unesco, plus Art and Terror

October 20th, 2017


Why did the US and Israel pull out of the organisation and what will happen next? Plus: 9/11 and its impact on art is explored at London’s Imperial …

Episode 5: What’s the story behind the $100m Leonardo?

October 13th, 2017


As the only painting in private hands by the Renaissance master heads to auction, The Art Newspaper's founder wonders what might happen to it. Plus, we speak to the people behind the New Museum's big new show about …

Episode 4: Frieze special with Peter Blake

October 6th, 2017


As the art world descends on London, we take the pulse of the city's art scene with an art market specialist, a collector and two artists, Peter …

Episode 3: How the Getty is shaping southern California’s art scene

September 29th, 2017


The story behind Pacific Standard Time in Los Angeles; Ming Wong on the historic queer art show in Taipei. Plus: an exclusive audio work by Zardulu …

Episode 2: Zeitz Mocaa and London autumn preview

September 22nd, 2017


The lowdown on the new Thomas Heatherwick-designed museum in Cape Town, plus a look at some of the most enticing shows opening in London around the Frieze art fairs.

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Episode 1: Nazi Loot and Rachel Whiteread

September 15th, 2017


Nazi-loot conference at London’s National Gallery and how The Art Newspaper’s journalist returned a stolen treasure to its cathedral. Plus: Rachel …

The Art Newspaper Weekly – coming soon!

September 7th, 2017


Introducing The Art Newspaper Weekly – a new podcast in which the team at The Art Newspaper pick apart the art world's big stories, with the help of special guests. First episode coming soon.

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