The Week in Art by The Art Newspaper

The Week in Art by The Art Newspaper
The latest news from the art world, every week

Houston, do we have a problem?
May 29 • 58 min
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 publisher of the Texas-based art publication Glasstire, about a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,…
Raphael: as great as Leonardo and Michelangelo?
May 22 • 66 min
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 March—will re-open on 2 June and run for…
Is the future of the art market online?
May 15 • 66 min
This week would have been so-called “gigaweek”, with the major auctions of Impressionist, Modern and contemporary art in New York. The events have, of course, been postponed. But are collectors buying art online instead? An explosion of digital…
Exclusive: Marina Abramovic interview
May 8 • 55 min
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 Newspaper’s correspondent in Berlin, how…
Can tech recreate the hand of an Old Master?
May 1 • 65 min
This week, we look at how technologies like digital scanning and artificial intelligence (AI) are being used to create facsimiles of historic paintings. We talk to Adam Lowe of the Factum Foundation, leaders in the field of digital heritage preservation,…
The end of the blockbuster? Museums in a post-pandemic world
Apr 24 • 67 min
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 across the world. So this week, we’re…
Donald Judd 101: the great artist in depth
Apr 17 • 69 min
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 Ann Temkin, curator of the big…
Art theft: are museums safe under lockdown?
Apr 10 • 59 min
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 stolen Van Goghs and who steals art…
Can the art market weather the coronavirus storm?
Apr 3 • 62 min
We discuss the present and future of the art market, first with Rachel Pownall, a Professor of Finance at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, in the Netherlands, who specialises in the art market, and then with our market editors, Anna…
Saving the art world’s self-employed
Mar 27 • 56 min
This week, we explore the devastating effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) on art communities, and particularly the wealth of self-employed workers in the art world. We hear about the support packages for people working in the visual arts in Germany, we…
Coronavirus: dispatches from Italy and China
Mar 20 • 44 min
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 galleries and the effect on the art…
Titian’s poesie: an in-depth tour of “the most beautiful pictures in the world”
Mar 13 • 63 min
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 director, Gabriele Finaldi, about making a once impossible curatorial dream a reality, and we take an in-depth…
Remembering Ulay
Mar 6 • 51 min
We pay tribute to the performance art trailblazer Ulay, who died on 2 March—and discuss his years of collaboration with Marina Abramović— with Catherine Wood, Tate Modern’s senior curator of performance art. And we talk to Marc Spiegler, Art Basel’s…
Surrealism: what was Britain’s role?
Feb 28 • 47 min
Plus, Independent Art Fair’s director on the New York’s changing gallery landscape See for privacy and opt-out information.
Who owns the Parthenon Marbles?
Feb 21 • 62 min
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 the history of the marbles and what…
Does Los Angeles want a big art fair?
Feb 14 • 47 min
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 Baldessari. We look at Frieze Projects and…
Tschabalala Self and radical figurative painting
Feb 7 • 45 min
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 Foundling Museum’s exhibition Portraying…
A fake Gauguin at the Getty
Jan 31 • 48 min
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 the Getty Museum in Los Angeles is actually not by the artist at all. Plus, we talk to the Canadian First…
2020: art market issues and big shows
Jan 24 • 64 min
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. See for privacy and opt-out information.
2019: the Year in Review
Dec 20, 2019 • 75 min
2019: the Year in Review by The Art Newspaper Podcasts See for privacy and opt-out information.
Bananaman: who is Maurizio Cattelan? Plus, art and comedy
Dec 13, 2019 • 52 min
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 UK comedians—Rob Auton, Jenny…
Turner Prize shocker: what next? Plus, Teresita Fernández in Miami
Dec 6, 2019 • 51 min
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 might change the award in the future.…
Troy: the show and the problem with BP sponsorship
Nov 29, 2019 • 52 min
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 Culture Unstained about ongoing protests relating to fossil-fuel companies’ sponsorship of arts organisations.…
Dora Maar and Jann Haworth: acclaim at last
Nov 22, 2019 • 54 min
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 talk to Jann Haworth, the US-born…
Anselm Kiefer interview. Plus, New York auction “gigaweek”
Nov 15, 2019 • 37 min
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 several decades. And we explore the results of the New York auctions with Scott Reyburn of the New York…
Tutankhamun in London: Tutmania returns. Plus, Duchamp in the US
Nov 8, 2019 • 60 min
This week, we review Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, which has just opened at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The show includes 150 objects from Tutankhamun’s tomb, 100 more than the British Museum’s show in 1972, which attracted almost 1.7m…
Fireworks! Picturing pyrotechnics with professor Simon Werrett
Nov 5, 2019 • 30 min
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. We talk to Simon Werrett, the author of the book Fireworks: Pyrotechnic Arts and Sciences in European…
Dread Scott’s slave revolt reenactment. Plus, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters
Nov 1, 2019 • 48 min
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 exhibition of the women connected to the…
Leonardo at the Louvre: the spectacular show and the Salvator Mundi no-show
Oct 25, 2019 • 44 min
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 show and explains its key themes…
MoMA special: the verdict on the museum opening of the year
Oct 18, 2019 • 56 min
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 story to tell about the history of…
Agnes Denes: environmental art pioneer. Plus, Rembrandt-Velázquez and De Hooch
Oct 10, 2019 • 48 min
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 work. And we visit two new shows in the…
Frieze week: Ai Weiwei, Mark Bradford, Peter Doig, Melanie Gerlis, Hettie Judah
Oct 3, 2019 • 93 min
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 & Wirth and Peter Doig at Michael Werner…
Special: is art education in crisis? Featuring Bob and Roberta Smith
Sep 26, 2019 • 67 min
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 Smith, about his campaign for art’s place at the centre of the curriculum, often expressed directly in his…
Museum ethics. Plus, the Chicago Architecture Biennial
Sep 19, 2019 • 59 min
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 other things, the erasure of the…
Tate’s William Blake blockbuster. Plus, Pace and the New York gallery boom
Sep 12, 2019 • 51 min
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 gallery in Chelsea and what this and…
Tim Spall plays Lowry, artists in movies, Chris Ofili and Jasmine Thomas-Girvan
Sep 5, 2019 • 61 min
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 Spall as an art consultant on Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner. Plus, Chris Ofili and Jasmine Thomas-Girvan give an…
Top of the Pods: David Hockney and other modern British mavericks
Aug 29, 2019 • 43 min
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 scene, along with Lucian Freud, Francis…
Top of the Pods: The best of the Venice Biennale
Aug 22, 2019 • 47 min
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 Biennale, curated by Ralph Rugoff. Jane…
Top of the Pods: Leonardo—the Salvator Mundi saga
Aug 15, 2019 • 37 min
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 us about the atmosphere at Christie’s as the Salvator Mundi sold. The Leonardo scholar Martin Kemp…
Top of the Pods: video art in the spotlight
Aug 8, 2019 • 41 min
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. See for privacy and opt-out…
Top of the Pods: Artemisia Gentileschi and the forgotten female Old Masters
Aug 1, 2019 • 46 min
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 National Gallery in London and Lavinia Fontana and Sofonisba Anguissola, among others, with Jordana Pomeroy,…
In Memoriam: Karsten Schubert in conversation with Michael Landy
Jul 31, 2019 • 29 min
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 about his life as a collector. See…
Top of the Pods: climate crisis with Olafur Eliasson, Justin Brice Guariglia and Anna Somers Cocks
Jul 25, 2019 • 47 min
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, focusing on climate change and the…
Top of the Pods: the world of Warhol as told by Jeremy Deller and Donna De Salvo
Jul 18, 2019 • 58 min
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 with the British artist Jeremy Deller…
Top of the Pods: experts on Van Gogh in the asylum and his early life
Jul 11, 2019 • 49 min
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 September 2018 and earlier this year,…
Ibrahim Mahama’s ghosts of Ghana. Plus, China’s epic Picasso show
Jul 4, 2019 • 49 min
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 about the Picasso blockbuster at the…
Vermeer’s hidden cupid, the Prado’s Dutch-Spanish show, plus Helen Cammock
Jun 27, 2019 • 58 min
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 of being revealed, as Vermeer…
David Smith in Yorkshire. Plus, the works that inspired leading artists
Jun 20, 2019 • 38 min
The great American sculptor’s work comes to Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of the Yorkshire Sculpture International festival, and we talk to Clare Lilley, the park’s director, and to Smith’s daughters Rebecca and Candida. And Jori Finkel tells us about…
Art Basel and William Kentridge
Jun 12, 2019 • 56 min
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 50th edition of the fair with Melanie…
Painting, identity and injustice: Howardena Pindell and Oscar Murillo
Jun 6, 2019 • 54 min
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 art that she encountered among her…
The rise of the mega-dealers, plus artists take over the Guggenheim
May 30, 2019 • 59 min
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 organiser of Guggenheim in New York’s Artistic Licence: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection, and Paul Chan, one…
Manga and Camp: the art of going over the top
May 23, 2019 • 47 min
We talk to Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere of the British Museum about Manga, the museum’s huge new show exploring the Japanese cultural phenomenon. And we explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Camp: Notes on Fashion with Valerie Steele, the director of…
Should museums sell works of art? Plus, activism at the Whitney Biennial
May 17, 2019 • 56 min
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 deaccessioning works by white male artists in order to diversify museum collections. And we speak to Marz…
Venice Biennale special: our review plus, how much longer will the city survive?
May 9, 2019 • 66 min
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 is facing as the surrounding waters…
Ralph Rugoff on his Venice Biennale concept. Plus, Bernar Venet and Berlin Gallery Weekend
May 2, 2019 • 47 min
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 same 79 artists. We then talk to Venet, the veteran French artist, about his work and his own collection,…
How did Salvator Mundi go from $1000 to $450m? Plus, the tragic story of Van Gogh’s only love
Apr 25, 2019 • 50 min
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 for a home. See…
The Notre Dame fire and Cold War Steve
Apr 17, 2019 • 50 min
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 Christopher Spencer, the man behind the Cold…
Edvard Munch and The Shed
Apr 11, 2019 • 50 min
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 centre in New York, The Shed. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Sackler sponsorship: take it or leave it? Plus, museum attendance
Apr 4, 2019 • 44 min
We examine the growing unease amongst British museums to accept money from Sackler family members involved in the sale of the opioid painkiller OxyContin, and look at 2018’s most visited shows and museums with Met director Max Hollein See…
Art Basel Hong Kong, Richard Lin and the Met’s World Between Empires
Mar 28, 2019 • 57 min
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 great fame in the West in the 1960s,…
David Bailey in focus, plus John Richardson remembered
Mar 21, 2019 • 43 min
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 with Richardson on the…
Wham! The George Michael auction and the YBA market. Plus, Shezad Dawood
Mar 14, 2019 • 43 min
As George Michael’s collection of contemporary art, dominated by Young British Artists, goes under the hammer in London, we speak to Paola Saracino Fendi from Christie’s about the collection and then report on the sale immediately after the final fall of…
Carolee Schneemann, the Armory Show and Venice Biennale curators
Mar 7, 2019 • 56 min
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 with the curators of the British…
Rembrandt special: the complete artist
Feb 28, 2019 • 54 min
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 The Night Watch. We also look…
Ruskin and Gombrich: revisiting two art historical heavyweights
Feb 28, 2019 • 53 min
Amid a wealth of events celebrating the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth we reconsider the breadth of this Victorian polymath’s achievements, and we talk to two experts in E.H. Gombrich, writer of The Story of Art and Art and Illusion. See…
Bonus podcast: Dorothea Tanning at Tate Modern
Feb 25, 2019 • 19 min
As the female Surrealist’s exhibition arrives in London following its stint in Madrid, this is the full, unedited discussion from last year with Alyce Mahon, the show’s curator. Contains previously unreleased material. See for privacy…
Antony Gormley at the Uffizi, plus portrait miniatures
Feb 21, 2019 • 66 min
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 Elizabethan and Jacobean times that are the subject of a major show at the National Portrait Gallery in…
Can artists live off art alone? Plus, Los Angeles
Feb 14, 2019 • 60 min
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 of working as an artist in Britain…
Tracey Emin on mourning and #MeToo; George Shaw on realism and Rembrandt
Feb 7, 2019 • 60 min
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 a Foreign Field has arrived at the Holborne Museum after its stint at the Yale Center for British Art in…
Mapplethorpe at the Guggenheim, Bill Viola at the Royal Academy
Jan 24, 2019 • 49 min
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 Bill Viola / Michelangelo show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, while Nancy Kenney talks to the…
Female old masters — prominence at last. Plus, Condo
Jan 17, 2019 • 57 min
We speak to curators Letizia Treves and Jordana Pomeroy about the growing trend to bring historical female artists to the fore. Plus, Kate MacGarry tells us about participating in the collaborative gallery exhibition programme Condo London. See…
2019: Market predictions and the best events
Jan 10, 2019 • 83 min
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 fairs, Francis Outred, the former head…
The Year in Review
Dec 20, 2018 • 75 min
Our London and New York teams ponder 2018’s biggest art stories See for privacy and opt-out information.
Should looted African art be returned?
Dec 13, 2018 • 62 min
In the wake of the Savoy-Sarr report commissioned by French President Emmanuel Macron, we discuss the pros and cons of returning colonial artefacts to Africa with the campaigner Vicky Ngari-Wilson and Nicholas Thomas, Director, Museum of Archaeology and…
Olafur Eliasson on climate change and the threat to heritage. Plus, Art Basel in Miami Beach
Dec 6, 2018 • 55 min
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 potentially catastrophic effects of sea…
Edmund de Waal exclusive interview, plus Roma persecution
Nov 29, 2018 • 45 min
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 current state of nazi-loot restitution. Plus, on occasion of his show in London, artist Krzysztof Gil…
The Beatles’ White Album: the band, the artist, the dealer. Plus, art in Dubai
Nov 22, 2018 • 60 min
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. See for privacy and opt-out information.
David Hockney: exclusive interview with the world’s most expensive living artist
Nov 15, 2018 • 44 min
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 auction record this week. We also look at the personal heartbreak behind the painting with Lawrence Weschler…
Warhol (part two): Jeremy Deller and Shadows
Nov 12, 2018 • 43 min
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 legacy. We also discuss Dia’s vast installation of the Shadow paintings (1978-79): are they “disco decor”…
Warhol (part one): the Whitney retrospective, in depth
Nov 9, 2018 • 53 min
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 all the key Warhol landmarks, from his early life as a commercial artist through his 1960s Pop art…
Don’t call me a woman artist: overlooked Surrealists. Plus, Klimt/Schiele
Nov 1, 2018 • 45 min
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 York, we discuss how Klimt and…
Bruce Nauman’s New York takeover. Plus, the British Museum’s new Islamic art galleries
Oct 25, 2018 • 36 min
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 journey from dusty back rooms to grand light-filled spaces. See for privacy and opt-out…
The Gainsborough murders. Plus, RoseLee Goldberg on performance
Oct 18, 2018 • 43 min
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 her new book on performance art. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Banksy self destructs at Sotheby’s, plus Bauhaus pioneer Anni Albers
Oct 11, 2018 • 68 min
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 curator Briony Fer, speak to her…
Frieze special: the fair and the top shows, with Doris Salcedo and Ragnar Kjartansson
Oct 4, 2018 • 63 min
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 Days, the New Museum’s video-art…
Special: the rise and rise of contemporary African art
Sep 27, 2018 • 63 min
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. Produced in association with Bonhams,…
Courtauld’s Impressionists. Plus, Armenian treasures at the Met
Sep 20, 2018 • 43 min
How Samuel Courtauld’s collection ignited Britain’s passion for Impressionists. Plus, New York’s Metropolitan Museum looks at Armenia, the first country to convert to Christianity. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793. See…
Van Gogh in the asylum. Plus, Christian Marclay on The Clock
Sep 13, 2018 • 47 min
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 asylum at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole in Provence, southern France. He is joined by the art historian Martin…
Episode 39: All about biennials
Jul 5, 2018 • 39 min
We talk to Sally Tallant, the artistic director of the Liverpool Biennial, about the 10th edition, which opens next week. And Jane Morris, an editor-at-large of The Art Newspaper, joins Ben Luke to discuss whether we’ve reached “peak biennial”. See…
Episode 38: Marina Abramovic and Michael Jackson
Jun 28, 2018 • 31 min
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 king of pop’s influence on artists. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 37: Art and football plus John Akomfrah interview
Jun 21, 2018 • 37 min
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 the British film-maker John Akomfrah about his exhibition at the New Museum, New York. See…
Episode 36: Berlin Biennale and Art Basel
Jun 14, 2018 • 34 min
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 for the Financial Times and The Art…
Episode 35: Freud, Bacon, Hockney and the post-war London scene; and Signals gallery
Jun 7, 2018 • 41 min
We talk to Martin Gayford about his book Modernists and Mavericks and sitting for portraits by Freud and Hockney. And we explore Kurimanzutto and Thomas Dane Gallery’s collaboration on a show celebrating the Signals gallery, where Latin American and…
Episode 34: Venice Biennale for architecture, and the Brutalist social housing debate
May 31, 2018 • 36 min
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. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 33: Absent friends: Howard Hodgkin’s final paintings; Robert Indiana remembered
May 24, 2018 • 33 min
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. See for privacy and opt-out…
Episode 32: The Royal Academy’s new project unveiled: David Chipperfield interview
May 17, 2018 • 44 min
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 and the quirks of the institution and…
Episode 31: The $646m Rockefeller sale. Plus: should big galleries subsidise smaller ones?
May 10, 2018 • 45 min
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. See for privacy and…
Episode 30: All about Berlin
May 3, 2018 • 42 min
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. See for privacy and…
Episode 29: Taryn Simon interview, and restoring a Renaissance masterpiece at the Met
Apr 26, 2018 • 51 min
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 conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art about resurrecting Moretto da Brescia’s final great painting. And…
Episode 28: The battle over Ethiopia’s treasures
Apr 19, 2018 • 34 min
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 to Richard Parry about his plans for…
Episode 27: The enduring appeal of enigmatic Beuys. Plus, lost masterpieces reborn
Apr 12, 2018 • 50 min
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 Beuys See for privacy…
Episode 26: Christo interview, plus museum visitor figures
Apr 5, 2018 • 46 min
We speak to the Bulgarian-born artist about his grand project for the Serpentine, and look at our annual survey of visitor figures See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 25: Living with Leonardo da Vinci
Mar 27, 2018 • 41 min
Leonardo specialist Martin Kemp on decades spent in the company of the Renaissance master, plus the 300th edition of The Art Newspaper See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 24: Mural-gazing with the Dalai Lama, plus Michael Rakowitz
Mar 22, 2018 • 43 min
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. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 23: The death of Venice?
Mar 15, 2018 • 35 min
Salvatore Settis talks about his new book, plus Tacita Dean on her three London shows See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 22: The genius of Picasso
Mar 8, 2018 • 37 min
We take a tour of Tate Modern’s blockbuster and explore the strength of Picasso’s market See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 21: Photography special: from Victorian pioneers to 2018 prize contenders
Mar 1, 2018 • 42 min
We meet the men and women behind three fascinating but very different exhibitions of lens-based art See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 20: Yes to Picasso, no to Van Gogh: the Rockefellers’ collection
Feb 22, 2018 • 42 min
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 See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 19: Klimt and Schiele plus Songs for Sabotage
Feb 15, 2018 • 37 min
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. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 18: Talking politics with Cornelia Parker and the future of ivory
Feb 8, 2018 • 35 min
We meet the 2017 Election Artist. Plus, what do new ivory regulations mean for the art world? See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 17: Real or fake? The suspicious Russian avant-garde show in Ghent
Feb 1, 2018 • 37 min
Expert on Russian art Simon Hewitt discusses developments in The Art Newspaper’s current cover story, plus we explore an unusual collaboration at Hauser & Wirth Somerset See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 16: Charles I at the Royal Academy—an exhibition fit for a king
Jan 25, 2018 • 32 min
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 See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 15: What will 2018 hold for the art world?
Jan 18, 2018 • 34 min
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 See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 14: The top stories of 2017
Dec 21, 2017 • 51 min
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 See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 13: The dark side of the art market
Dec 15, 2017 • 41 min
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 See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 12: Old Masters after the Leonardo and Art Basel Miami Beach
Dec 7, 2017 • 33 min
We talk Titian, Constable, Veneziano, Wright of Derby, Van Dyck and, yes, Leonardo, with art historian Bendor Grosvenor. And our deputy art market editor Anna Brady gets Judd Tully’s views on Miami’s annual art fair. See for privacy and…
Episode 11: Antiquities now and Rose Wylie
Nov 30, 2017 • 32 min
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 struggles of painting. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 10: Restoring Iraq’s heritage, plus the complex politics of First Nations art
Nov 23, 2017 • 32 min
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 Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, whose first European solo show opens in London next week See…
Episode 9: $450m! The Leonardo breaks all records
Nov 16, 2017 • 28 min
How the art sale of the century happened, with Judd Tully, our man in the salesroom. Plus, a new museum in Indonesia. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Abu Dhabi Focus episode three: How the UAE art scene became a force to be reckoned with
Nov 9, 2017 • 25 min
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. See for privacy and opt-out…
Abu Dhabi Focus episode two: How Saudi artists are driving political change
Nov 9, 2017 • 22 min
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. Plus: Iraq’s Dia Azzawi on creating the Arab world’s Guernica. See for privacy and opt-out…
Abu Dhabi Focus episode one: Louvre Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Art
Nov 7, 2017 • 18 min
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. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 8: How hackers are attacking the art world
Nov 2, 2017 • 31 min
Galleries are losing huge sums to cybercrime, what makes them vulnerable? Plus: the dubious restoration along the Camino di Santiago. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 7: The Tale of an Old Master forgery scandal
Oct 26, 2017 • 40 min
The ‘masterpieces’ that fooled the art world. Plus: a review of London’s latest shows, from Cezanne to Soutine. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 6: Trouble at Unesco, plus Art and Terror
Oct 19, 2017 • 32 min
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 War Museum. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 5: What’s the story behind the $100m Leonardo?
Oct 12, 2017 • 30 min
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 gender, and The Art Newspaper’s literary…
Episode 4: Frieze special with Peter Blake
Oct 5, 2017 • 42 min
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 Blake and Ed Fornieles. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 3: How the Getty is shaping southern California’s art scene
Sep 28, 2017 • 30 min
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 the Mythmaker See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 2: Zeitz Mocaa and London autumn preview
Sep 21, 2017 • 41 min
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. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 1: Nazi Loot and Rachel Whiteread
Sep 14, 2017 • 30 min
Nazi-loot conference at London’s National Gallery and how The Art Newspaper’s journalist returned a stolen treasure to its cathedral. Plus: Rachel Whiteread on “mummifying the air” at Tate Britain. See for privacy and opt-out information.
The Art Newspaper Weekly – coming soon!
Sep 7, 2017 • 1 min
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. See for privacy and opt-out information.