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The Week in Art

The Week in Art

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.

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Pussy Riot and Ragnar Kjartansson; Shirin Neshat on Iran; Puerto Rican art after Hurricane Maria

This week: as the exhibition Velvet Terrorism: Pussy Riot?s Russia opens at the Kling & Bang gallery in Reykjavik, Ben Luke talks to Masha Alekhina, one of the founding members of Pussy Riot, and the artist Ragnar Kjartansson, one of the co-curators of the show. As protests continue across Iran, Aimee Dawson, The Art Newspaper?s acting digital editor, speaks to Shirin Neshat, the artist whose work expressing solidarity with women in Iran was recently installed outside the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. And this episode?s Work of the Week is by the Puerto Rican artist Gabriella Torres-Ferrer. Their 2018 sculpture?called Untitled (Value Your American Lie)?is part of a major new show at the Whitney Museum in New York, exploring art in Puerto Rico in the five years since the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Velvet Terrorism: Pussy Riot?s Russia, Kling & Bang, Reykjavik, until 15 January 2023. Pussy Riot: Riot Days, National Theatre of Iceland, Reykjavik, 25 November. Proceeds from the concert and the exhibition go to supporting Ukraine. You can hear an in-depth interview with Ragnar Kjartansson from 2020 on our sister podcast A brush with? on the usual podcast platforms.

No existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, until 23 Apr 2023.

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Art at Qatar?s World Cup; New York auctions; Mozambican artist Luis Meque

Ben Luke talks to Hannah McGivern, a correspondent for The Art Newspaper who has just been to Qatar, about the vast number of public art projects that will accompany the FIFA Men?s World Cup that begins there on Sunday 20 November. She also discusses the museums that Qatar plans to open by 2030. How does this explosion of cultural initiatives sit with Qatar?s record on human rights and treatment of low-paid migrant workers in the building of its cultural venues and World Cup stadia? It has been a heady fortnight of auctions in New York. Ben speaks to Georgina Adam, an editor-at-large at The Art Newspaper, about the highs and lows, and whether we can expect even more sales of blockbuster collections in the coming years. And this episode?s Work of the Week is an untitled painting by Luis Meque, an artist born in Mozambique who came to fame in the 1980s and early-1990s in Zimbabwe. Tandazani Dhlakama, the curator of the exhibition When We See Us: A Century of Black Figuration in Painting at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, tells us about Meque?s painting and his brief and brilliant life.

When We See Us: A Century of Black Figuration in Painting, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, 20 November-3 September 2023

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Artists and climate action; US National Gallery of Art?s women artists fund; Paula Modersohn-Becker

This week: as the UN?s climate emergency summit, Cop27, continues in Egypt, Ben Luke talks to Louisa Buck, The Art Newspaper?s contemporary art correspondent?and the author of our online column about art and climate change?about international art initiatives responding to the crisis. Kaywin Feldman, the director of the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, DC, tells us about the museum?s new $10m endowment fund for purchases of works by women artists. The historic gift, from the family of the gallery?s first female president, Victoria P. Sant, will help the NGA fill gaps in its collection. And this episode?s Work of the Week is Mother with Child on her Arm, Nude II (1906) by the German painter Paula Modersohn-Becker. The work is a highlight of Making Modernism, a show of German women artists that opens this weekend at the Royal Academy in London. The exhibition?s curator, Dorothy Price, discusses this late painting in Modersohn-Becker?s short but productive life.

Making Modernism: Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 12 November-12 February 2023.

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National Gallery building row; contemporary art in Lagos; Chagall?s Falling Angel

This week: uproar over the National Gallery in London?s building plans?is it a sensitive makeover or like ?an airport lounge?? We talk to the director of the National Gallery, Gabriele Finaldi, about the gallery?s controversial plans for changes to its Sainsbury Wing, and to Rowan Moore, architecture critic at the Observer, about his views on the designs by the architect Annabel Selldorf, and how they respond to Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown?s original Post-Modern building. Tokini Peterside-Schwebig, the director of Art X Lagos, tells us about the contemporary art scene in Nigeria?s most populous city, and how the fair is addressing the climate emergency, as devastating floods wreak havoc in West Africa. And this episode?s Work of the Week is Marc Chagall?s The Falling Angel (1923/1933/1947), the centrepiece of a new exhibition at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany.

Art X Lagos, Federal Palace, Lagos, Nigeria, 5-6 November

Chagall: World in Turmoil, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany, until 19 February 2023

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Edward Hopper controversy; The Horror Show in London; a masterpiece in Bruges

This week: the recent opening of Edward Hopper?s New York at the Whitney Museum has reignited a controversy over the provenance of some of his works. We talk to the leading Hopper scholar Gail Levin about the story of Arthayer R. Sanborn, a Baptist Minister who befriended the Hopper family and eventually amassed a vast collection of memorabilia and art, some of which is in the Whitney Museum?s exhibition. In London, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard tell us about The Horror Show!, their exhibition looking at British culture over the past 50 years, and how artists, film-makers and musicians have used horror and fantasy as a means of exploring the political and social realities of the UK in that time. And this episode?s Work of the Week is the newly restored Death of the Virgin by the Flemish primitive painter Hugo van der Goes, which is the centrepiece of a new exhibition in Bruges.

Edward Hopper?s New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, until 5 March 2023.

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The Horror Show! A Twisted Tale of Modern Britain, Somerset House, London, until 19 February 2023

Face to Face with Death: Hugo van der Goes, Old Masters and New Interpretations, Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges, Belgium, until 5 February 2023.

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Art attack: Just Stop Oil and iconoclasm; Art Basel?s Paris+ fair; Frank Bowling

This week: we talk to Emma Brown of Just Stop Oil about why the group targeted Vincent Van Gogh?s Sunflowers in the National Gallery, London, for its climate emergency protest. Stacy Boldrick, assistant professor of museum studies at the University of Leicester, discusses the climate protests in the context of the long history of iconoclasm and attacks on works of art. The first version of Paris+, Art Basel?s fair in the French capital, opened this week, and we ask Melanie Gerlis, a columnist for the Financial Times and The Art Newspaper, how it compares to Paris?s previous fair, Fiac, and to the Frieze fairs in London last week. And this episode?s Work of the Week is Frank Bowling?s Suncrush (1976), which features in an exhibition of the Guyana-born artist?s work at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Reto Thüring, the curator of the show, tells us about the painting and Bowling?s 10-year stay in America in the 1960s and 1970s.


Stacy Boldrick, Iconoclasm and the Museum, Routledge, 212pp, £27.99, $35.96 (pb)

Paris+, until 23 October.

Melanie Gerlis, The Art Fair Story: a Rollercoaster Ride, Lund Humphries, 104pp, £19.99, $34.99 (hb)

Frank Bowling?s Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 22 October-9 April 2023; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 13 May-10 September next year. Related shows: Equals 6: A Sum Effect of Frank Bowling?s 5+1, University Hall Gallery, UMass Boston, 14 November-18 February 2023; Revisiting 5+1, Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University, 10 November-23 February 2023.

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Art boom as the UK busts; Cecilia Vicuña; C20th women at Frieze; Modigliani in Philadelphia

This week: Ben Luke talks to Anny Shaw, a contributing editor at The Art Newspaper, about the atmosphere at the Frieze London and Frieze Masters fairs amid the UK?s economic struggles and the strong US dollar. They also discuss the booming market for so-called ?ultra-contemporary? art, and a shift in the artists being bought by collectors. We then talk to Cecilia Vicuña, the Chilean artist and poet who, this year alone, has won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, had a major exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and is the latest artist to take on the Turbine Hall commission at Tate Modern, where we caught up with her. Our acting digital editor, Aimee Dawson, talks to Camille Morineau, founder of the Paris-based organisation AWARE (Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions), about Spotlight, the section of Frieze Masters dedicated this year to women artists of the 20th century. And this episode?s Work of the Week is Boy in Short Pants (1918) by Amedeo Modigliani. We talk to Simonetta Fraquelli, the consulting curator for a new exhibition of Modigliani?s work at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, about the painting.

Frieze London and Frieze Masters, Regents Park, London, until 16 October.

The Hyundai Commission: Cecilia Vicuña: Brain Forest Quipu, Tate Modern, London, until 16 April 2023; A Quipu of Encounters, Rituals and Assemblies, Tate Modern, from 14 October. Works by Cecilia Vicuña are at Lehmann Maupin, Frieze London, stand F2.

Modigliani Up Close, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, 16 October-29 January 2023.

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Multimillion Old Master upgrades; Monet and Joan Mitchell; Tudors in New York

This week: Georgina Adam joins Ben Luke to discuss the intriguing story of the bankrupt entrepreneur and art collector, the museum scholar and a host of Old Master paintings given new attributions. We talk to Suzanne Pagé, the curator of Monet-Mitchell, an exhibition bringing together the Impressionist Claude Monet and the post-war American abstract painter Joan Mitchell, at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. And this episode?s Work of the Week is a 1583 painting of Elizabeth I of England, known as the Sieve Portrait, which is one of the highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York?s exhibition The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England. The show?s curators, Elizabeth Cleland and Adam Eaker, tell us about this richly layered picture.

Monet-Mitchell, Joan Mitchell retrospective, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, until 27 February 2023. Joan Mitchell: Paintings, 1979-85, David Zwirner, New York, 3 November-17 December.

The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10 October-8 January 2023

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Lucian Freud special: new perspectives, the artist?s letters and a horse painting

As a host of new exhibitions of the work of Lucian Freud opens across London to mark his centenary, this episode is all about this leading figure in post-war British painting. Ben Luke takes a tour of the major show at the National Gallery, which promises new perspectives on his work, with its curator, Daniel Herrmann. Martin Gayford discusses Freud?s little-explored letters, gathered in Love Lucian, a new book that Gayford has co-edited with Freud?s former assistant David Dawson. And this episode?s Work of the Week is the painting Mare Eating Hay (2006). The gallerist Pilar Ordovas, who worked closely with Freud in his later years, discusses the centrepiece of her new exhibition, Horses and Freud.

Lucian Freud: New Perspectives, National Gallery, London, 1 October? 2 January 2023

David Dawson and Martin Gayford (eds), Love Lucian: The Letters of Lucian Freud 1939-1954, Thames & Hudson, 392 pp, £65/$95 (hb)

Freud and Horses, Ordovas, until 16 December.

Other Freud exhibitions in London this autumn:

Lucian Freud: The Painter and His Family, Freud Museum, until 29 January 2023; Lucian Freud: B.A.T, Lyndsey Ingram, until 4 November; Lucian Freud: Interior Life, with photographs by David Dawson, Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, 6 October-16 December; Lucian Freud: Plant Portraits, Garden Museum, 14 October-5 March 2023; Friends and Relations: Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Michael Andrews, Gagosian Gallery, 18 November-28 January 2023

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Italy?s far right weaponises culture; Carnegie International; Maria Bartuszová

Amid growing support for hard-right parties in Europe, Ben Luke speaks to James Imam, The Art Newspaper?s Italian correspondent, about the far-right party Brothers of Italy, whose leader Georgia Meloni looks set to win power in the general election on 25 September. The party has given culture unusual prominence in its election campaign. The longest-running contemporary art exhibition in the US, the Carnegie International, opens this weekend in Pittsburgh, and Ben talks to its curator, Sohrab Mohebbi about the show and the institution. And this episode?s Work of the Week is Endless Egg (1985) by Maria Bartuszová. Juliet Bingham, co-curator of a new show of Bartuszová?s work at Tate Modern in London, tells us about this enigmatic sculpture.

The 58th Carnegie International: Is it morning for you yet?, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 24 September-2 April 2023.

Maria Bartuszová, Tate Modern, London, until 16 April 2023.

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Art and the British Royal Family; museums? energy crisis; Fuseli?s The Nightmare

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the proclamation of King Charles III, Ben Luke speaks to the former Surveyor of the Queen?s Pictures, Desmond Shawe-Taylor. They discuss the Royal Collection, the late Queen?s taste in art, the new King?s commitment to art education, and how the modern era compares to the past in terms of Royal patronage of visual art. As lights in museums and on monuments are turned off across Europe, UK institutions are facing soaring energy bills that could prove an existential threat. Lisa Ollerhead, director of the Association of Independent Museums, discusses how they can respond. And this episode?s Work of the Week is The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli?the Swiss-born artist?s most famous work. Two versions of the painting are in Fuseli: the Realm of Dreams and the Fantastic, a new show at the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris.

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Fuseli: the Realm of Dreams and the Fantastic, Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, until 23 January 2023

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Art and censorship; Diane Arbus; Guggenheim Bilbao at 25

This week: is art censorship on the rise? The Art Newspaper?s chief contributing editor, Gareth Harris, joins Ben Luke to discuss his new book, Censored Art Today. We look at the different ways in which freedom of expression is being curbed across the globe and at the debates around contested history and cancel culture. This episode?s Work of the Week is Diane Arbus?s Puerto Rican woman with a beauty mark, N.Y.C., 1965, one of the 90 images that feature in Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956-1971, which opens at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada, on 15 September. Sophie Hackett, the exhibition?s curator, discusses Arbus?s remarkable eye and technical brilliance. As the Guggenheim Bilbao celebrates its 25th anniversary, Thomas Krens, the director and chief artistic officer of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation from 1988 to 2008, reflects on the genesis and development of a museum that had a dramatic impact on contemporary art and museums? role in the cultural regeneration of cities across the world. 

Gareth Harris, Censored Art Today, Lund Humphries, 104pp, £19.99 or $34.99, out now in the UK, published in December in the US

Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956-1971, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 15 September-29 January 2023

Sections/Intersections: 25 Years of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection, Guggenheim Bilbao, 19 October-22 January 2023

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Brazil turns 200; a £50m Reynolds painting; Michael Heizer?s City

Ben Luke talks to Alexander Kellner, the director of the National Museum of Brazil, about how he plans to mark Brazil?s bicentennial and to restore the museum in the wake of the devastating 2018 fire, which destroyed most of the building and millions of objects. The Art Newspaper?s London correspondent Martin Bailey tells us about the National Portrait Gallery?s ambition to acquire the £50m Portrait of Omai (1776), arguably the greatest work by the 18th-century British artist Joshua Reynolds?the latest installment in a long-running saga relating to the painting. And this episode?s Work of the Week is City, the land artist Michael Heizer?s magnum opus in the Nevada desert, which is complete and open to the public after more than 50 years. Our editor in the Americas, Ben Sutton, discusses this monumental piece with Kara Vander Weg, a member of the board of the Triple Aught Foundation, which manages the work.

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Summer of Seoul: why the South Korean capital is a new art world hub

On 29 June, Frieze announced the details of the first edition of its art fair in Seoul, South Korea. So for this last episode of the current season, we?re exploring the art scene and market in the Korean capital. Ben Luke talks to the art historian and curator Jiyoon Lee about contemporary art in Seoul and beyond, and the origins of the current art scene in 1990s globalisation. The Art Newspaper?s associate editor, Kabir Jhala, speaks to two gallerists?Joorhee Kwon, deputy director at the Kukje Gallery and Emma Son, senior director at Lehmann Maupin, about the growing market and collector base, and the effect Frieze may have on the existing scene. And this episode?s Work of the Week is Dahye Jeong?s A Time of Sincerity, a basket made with horsehair that this week won the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize. Kabir talks to the creative director at the fashion brand Loewe, Jonathan Anderson, about Jeong?s piece.

Frieze Seoul, COEX, Seoul, 2-5 September.

The Space Between: The Modern in Korean Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 11 September-19 February 2023.

The 2022 Loewe Foundation Craft Prize, Seoul Museum of Craft Art, until 31 July.

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Documenta 15: scandal and legacy. Plus, the Warhol-Prince copyright dispute, and Juan Muñoz

This week: our associate editor, Kabir Jhala, and editor-at-large, Jane Morris, have been in Kassel, Germany, to see Documenta, the quinquennial international art exhibition. They review the show and respond to the escalation of a long-running row over antisemitism and broader racism, which has resulted in a work being removed from the exhibition. Virginia Rutledge, an art historian and lawyer, discusses the dispute over Andy Warhol?s appropriation of a photograph by Lynn Goldsmith of the pop icon Prince. The case will be heard in the US Supreme Court this autumn and has potentially huge implications for artistic freedom. And this episode?s Work of the Week is An Outpost of Progress (1992), a drawing by the late Spanish artist Juan Muñoz, inspired by Joseph Conrad?s short story of the same name.

Documenta 15, Kassel, Germany, until 25 September.

Juan Muñoz: Drawings 1982-2000, Centro Botín, Santander, Spain, 25 June-16 October.

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Francis Bacon: Tate archive controversy; NY photographer Alice Austen; Michel Majerus in Basel

This week: why is Tate rejecting an archive of material relating to Francis Bacon, 18 years after acquiring it? Our London correspondent Martin Bailey tells us about his recent scoop that Tate is returning a thousand documents and sketches said to have come from the studio of Francis Bacon to Barry Joule, a close friend of the artist, who donated them to Tate in 2004. We then discuss the material with Martin Harrison, the pre-eminent Bacon scholar and editor of the catalogue raisonné of Francis Bacon?s work published in 2016, and to Sophie Pretorius, the archivist at the Estate of Francis Bacon, who went through the Barry Joule archive item by item. Victoria Munro, the director of the Alice Austen House Museum in New York, discusses this still too-little-known photographer, and her documentation of immigration to the United States and the lives of queer women in the 19th and early 20th centuries. And this episode?s Work of the Week is Weißes Bild (1994), a painting by the late Luxembourg-born artist Michel Majerus, now on view at Art Basel?Aimee Dawson, acting digital editor, is at the fair and talks to Giovanni Carmine, curator of the Unlimited section, in which the painting appears.

Sophie Pretorius?s essay Work on the Barry Joule Archive is in the book Francis Bacon: Shadows published by the Estate of Francis Bacon and Thames and Hudson. 

For more on the Alice Austen House Museum, visit The podcast My Dear Alice is out in the autumn.

Art Basel, until 19 June.

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Crypto crash: what now for NFTs? Plus, Norway?s mega-museum and a Spanish-American screen

We talk to the writer and critic Amy Castor about what effect the tumbling crypto markets might have on the until-now booming world of non-fungible tokens or NFTs. As Norway?s vast new National Museum opens, we speak to its director Karin Hindsbo. And this episode?s Work of the Week is Folding Screen with Indian Wedding, Mitote, and Flying Pole, made in Mexico in the late 17th century. It is one of the major pieces in a new show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, called Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500?1800. Ilona Katzew, the curator of the exhibition, talks in depth about the meanings and purpose of the work.

You can read Amy Castor?s thoughts on crypto and NFTs at

The National Museum in Oslo opens on 11 June.

Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500?1800, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 12 June-30 October.

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Picasso and the Old Masters; the Queen by Chris Levine; political interference in museums

This week, Picasso and the Old Masters: as shows pairing the Spaniard with Ingres and El Greco open in London and Basel respectively, Ben Luke talks to Christopher Riopelle (curator of Picasso Ingres: Face to Face at the National Gallery) and Carmen Giménez (curator of Picasso-El Greco at the Kunstmuseum in Basel) about the profound influence of historic artists on Picasso?s rupturing of tradition. In this episode?s Work of the Week, The Art Newspaper?s contemporary art correspondent, Louisa Buck, talks to Chris Levine, the creator of Lightness of Being, one of the best known recent portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, as the British monarch celebrates 70 years on the throne. And as the Polish government replaces yet another museum director, what can be done about political interference in museum governance? Ben talks to Goranka Horjan, director of Intercom, the International Committee for Museum Management, and Bart De Baere, chair of the Museum Watch programme at the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (Cimam).

Picasso Ingres: Face to Face, National Gallery, London, until 9 October. Picasso-El Greco, Kunstmuseum, Basel, 11 June-25 September.

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The hunt for looted Cambodian heritage; the dark truth of the Marcos family?s extravagance; Ruth Asawa

This week: are stolen Cambodian statues hidden in the world?s great public collections? We discuss Cambodia?s looted heritage with Celia Hatton, Asia Pacific editor and presenter at the BBC World Service, whose documentary for BBC TV and radio Cambodia: Returning the Gods exposes the connections between looters, smugglers and, allegedly, some of the world?s most famous encyclopaedic museums. Plus, the dark truth behind the art and antiques assembled by the Marcos family in the Philippines as they return to power. We talk to the Filipino artist Pio Abad?who?s made art about Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos and their collections for more than a decade?about Bongbong Marcos?s presidential election victory in the Philippines and what that means for the country and the art and antiquities seized by its government after the Marcoses were deposed in the 1980s. And in this episode?s Work of the Week, we discuss a sculpture by Ruth Asawa?Untitled (S.266, Hanging Seven-Lobed, Multi-Layered Interlocking Continuous Form within a Form) (1961)?a highlight of a new exhibition at Modern Art Oxford in the UK, with Emma Ridgway, the show?s co-curator. Remarkably, the solo exhibition is the first in a European institution dedicated to the Japanese-American artist.

You can read Celia?s report on Cambodian antiquities online at Cambodia: Returning the Gods (radio version) is on the BBC website and the BBC Sounds app?under The Documentary Podcast stream for the World Service and the Crossing Continents podcast stream in the UK?and on other podcast platforms.

Cambodia: Returning the Gods (television version) is on iPlayer in the UK and will be shown again on the BBC World news channel, broadcast date tbc?check listings.Pio Abad: Fear of Freedom Makes Us See Ghosts, Ateneo Art Gallery, Ateneo de Manila University, until 30 July,

Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe, Modern Art Oxford, UK, 28 May-21 August; Stavanger Art Museum, Norway, 1 October-22 January 2023.

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New York: Frieze and auction bonanza. Plus, the Albers Foundation in Senegal, and a golden Indian manuscript

This week, as Frieze New York takes place at The Shed in Hudson Yards, and we come to the end of two weeks of huge auction sales, we talk to The Art Newspaper?s editor in the Americas, Ben Sutton, about the New York market. Nicholas Fox Weber, the executive director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, tells us about Bët-bi, a new museum the foundation hopes to open in Senegal in 2025, with a building designed by Mariam Issoufou Kamara, the Niger-based architect. And in this episode?s Work of the Week, Annabel Gallop, one of the co-curators of Gold, a new exhibition at the British Library in London, discusses a shimmering golden farman, or decree, from Shah ?Alam II, issued to a British woman, Sophia Plowden, in India in 1789.

Frieze New York, The Shed, New York, until 22 May.

Bët-bi, near Kaolack, Senegal, opens in 2025,

Gold is at the British Library in London until 2 October.

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Saving Ukraine?s heritage; Cezanne blockbuster; Nicola L.?s Gold Femme Commode

This week: is heritage in Ukraine being attacked and looted, and what can be done to protect it? Ben Luke talks to The Art Newspaper?s museums and heritage editor, Tom Seymour, who has been to the Ukrainian-Polish border with the International Council of Museums (ICOM), to witness museum materials being sent into Ukraine to help institutions there. Then, Tom talks to Sophie Delepierre, the head of heritage protection at ICOM, about the organisation?s efforts in Ukraine and elsewhere. As a major exhibition of the work of Paul Cezanne opens at The Art Institute of Chicago, ahead of its journey to Tate Modern later in the year, Ben talks to Gloria Groom and Caitlin Haskell, the curators of the Chicago exhibition. And for this episode?s Work of the Week, our acting digital editor, Aimee Dawson, asks Oliver Lanzenberg, the grandson of the artist Nicola L., about his grandmother?s work Gold Femme Commode (1969/1993). The piece is part of a show at Alison Jacques, one of a number of exhibitions opening to coincide with the second edition of London Gallery Weekend.

Tom?s full report into ICOM?s work for Ukraine is in the next print edition of The Art Newspaper and online soon.

The organisation Sophie mentions is NEMO, the Network of European Museum Organisations,

Cezanne, The Art Institute of Chicago, 15 May-5 September; Tate Modern, London, 5 October-12 March 2023.

Nicola L., Alison Jacques, London, until 23 July.

London Gallery Weekend, 13-15 May.

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Philip Guston Now opens, revamped. Plus, Queer Britain museum and Caterina Angela Pierozzi rediscovered

This week, Philip Guston Now is unveiled at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston after its controversial postponement in 2020; Ben Luke talks to Kate Nesin and Megan Bernard, two of the four curators on the team assembled by the museum to revise the exhibition, which was postponed by four museums in the wake of George Floyd?s murder. We discuss how the show and its interpretation have changed in the last two years. As Queer Britain, the UK?s first national LGBTQ+ museum opens its doors, Gareth Harris, chief contributing editor at The Art Newspaper, speaks to Matthew Storey, the curator of the museum?s inaugural exhibition, Welcome to Queer Britain. And in this episode?s Work of the Week, our acting digital editor, Aimee Dawson, talks to Candida Lodovica de Angelis Corvi, global director at the Colnaghi gallery, about a rediscovered work by the 17th-century artist Caterina Angela Pierozzi, on display at Colnaghi in London.

Philip Guston Now, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, until 11 September; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 23 October-15 January 2023; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 26 February-27 August 2023; and Tate Modern, London, 3 October 2023-25 February 2024. To hear an in-depth discussion about Philip Guston with the curator Robert Storr, author of the book Philip Guston: A Life Spent Painting, listen to the episode of this podcast from 18 September 2020.

Queer Britain is open now and Queercircle opens on 9 June.

Forbidden Fruit: Female Still Life, Colnaghi, London, until 24 Jun.

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French election: what now for the art scene? Plus, Walter Sickert and Gordon Parks

This week, now that the pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron has defeated the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election, we speak to Anaël Pigeat, editor-at-large at The Art Newspaper France, about the Macron government?s cultural record so far and what we can expect from his second term. Tate Britain has opened an exhibition of work by the late 19th- and early 20th-century British painter Walter Sickert; we take a tour of the show with one of its curators, Thomas Kennedy. And in this episode?s Work of the Week, The Art Newspaper?s associate editor, Tom Seymour, talks to Dan Leers of the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, US, about A workman lifts a drum from a boiling lye solution, March 1944, a photograph in the museum?s new exhibition, Gordon Parks in Pittsburgh, 1944/1946.

Walter Sickert, Tate Britain, London, until 18 September; Petit Palais, Paris, 14 October-29 January 2023.

Gordon Parks in Pittsburgh, 1944/1946, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 30 April-7 August.

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Venice Biennale special: four artist interviews, main show review and a Bellini masterpiece

A Venice Biennale special: we give you a flavour of the 59th edition of the Biennale which, as ever, brings a deluge of contemporary art to the historic Italian city. We talk to four artists in the national pavilions ? Francis Alÿs in the Belgian pavilion, Sonia Boyce in the British pavilion, Shubigi Rao in the Singapore pavilion and Na Chainkua Reindorf in the Ghana pavilion ? about their presentations and how, if at all, they relate to the idea of nationhood. Louisa Buck and Jane Morris join host Ben Luke to review the main exhibition, The Milk of Dreams, curated by Cecilia Alemani, and pick their highlights of the Biennale so far. And while most visitors to Venice this week are immersed in contemporary art, for this episode?s Work of the Week, we take a look at a masterpiece that remains exactly where it was intended to hang. The art historian Ben Street joins Ben Luke in San Giovanni Crisostomo, a church near Venice?s Rialto bridge, to look at Saints Christopher, Jerome and Louis of Toulouse, a late painting by the Venetian Renaissance artist Giovanni Bellini.

Venice Biennale, 23 April-27 November.

Ben Street, How to Enjoy Art: A Guide for Everyone, Yale University Press, £14.99/$20.

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Photographer Edward Burtynsky on his Ukrainian heritage; Winslow Homer; China-Russia: a new cultural boycott?

This week: Tom Seymour talks to the photographer Edward Burtynsky as he is recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to his medium in the Sony World Photography Awards. He discusses the Russian invasion and his Ukrainian heritage. In this episode?s Work of the Week, we look at Winslow Homer?s most famous work, The Gulf Stream (1899, reworked by 1906), which is at the heart of a new show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Sylvia Yount and Stephanie Herdrich, the curators of the exhibition, discuss the making, reception and legacy of the painting. And we talk to Lisa Movius about the decision by the Nord regional government in France to suspend plans for the exhibition Matisse by Matisse?a collaboration between Musée Matisse le Cateau-Cambrésis and the private Beijing museum UCCA?over China?s supposedly neutral position on Russia?s invasion. Will other Western authorities or arts organisations follow suit?

Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition 2022, Somerset House, London, until 2 May. Edward Burtynsky?s multimedia project In the Wake of Progress is at the Luminato Festival, Toronto, 11-12 June.

Winslow Homer: Crosscurrents, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, until 31 July. Winslow Homer: Force of Nature, National Gallery, London, 10 September-8 January 2023.

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Whitney Biennial review, Afro-Atlantic Histories in Washington, Raphael's late self-portrait

This week: Quiet as It?s Kept, the 80th edition of the Whitney Biennial, is now open to the public at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The Art Newspaper?s associate editor Tom Seymour, Americas editor Ben Sutton and staff reporter Gabriella Angeletti gather to discuss it. As the latest incarnation of the show Afro-Atlantic Histories is unveiled at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, we speak to its curator, Kanitra Fletcher, about the gallery?s approach to this complex subject. And the National Gallery in London?s long-planned Raphael blockbuster, postponed due to the pandemic, is finally open, so for this episode?s Work of the Week, we speak to Tom Henry, one of the curators of the show, about the Self-Portrait with Giulio Romano (1519-20), one of the Renaissance master?s final paintings.

Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It?s Kept, Whitney Museum of American Art, until 5 September.

Afro-Atlantic Histories, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, 10 April-17 July.

Raphael, National Gallery, London, 9 April-31 July. To hear an in-depth discussion with Hugo Chapman, keeper of prints and drawings at the British Museum, about Raphael?s wider career, his precocious brilliance, his rivalry with Michelangelo, and his influence and legacy, listen to the episode of this podcast from 22 May 2020. (

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Has the art market recovered? Plus, surviving the Holocaust and Mondrian?s Victory Boogie Woogie

This week: the Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report 2022 is out?is the market?s recovery as good as it sounds? We talk to Melanie Gerlis, art market columnist for The Art Newspaper and the Financial Times, about the sixth edition of the market report, what the headline figures tell us and what we can read between the lines. As the exhibition Hideouts: The Architecture of Survival, opens at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw?focusing on the spaces in Poland and Ukraine used by Holocaust survivors to escape Nazi persecution?we talk to the artist behind it, Natalia Romik. Though long planned, the show has gained a troubling topicality as the Russian invasion and destruction of Ukraine continues. And in this episode?s Work of the Week, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of Piet Mondrian?s birth, we discuss his painting Victory Boogie Woogie (1942-44). Caro Verbeek, the co-curator of Mondrian Moves, an exhibition opening this week at the Kunstmuseum den Haag in the Hague, the Netherlands, tells us about the feverish creation and unfinished nature of the Dutch artist?s final work.

Natalia Romik?s exhibition, Hideouts: The Architecture of Survival, Zach?ta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, until 17 July; TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland, 4 August-6 November

Mondrian Moves, Kunstmuseum den Haag, the Hague, Netherlands, 2 April-25 September. Mondrian Evolution, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland, 5 June-9 October; K20, Düsseldorf, Germany, 29 October-10 February 2023

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The Met: Max Hollein?s vision for the future, Beiruti art in the 1960s, Meret Oppenheim

We talk to Max Hollein, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, about the new plans for the museum?s wing of modern and contemporary art, including the appointment of the architect Frida Escobedo in place of David Chipperfield. As The Art Newspaper is about to publish its annual museum attendance survey, showing that visitors are beginning slowly to return to museums after the height of the pandemic, we ask Hollein how the vision for the museum has changed following the events of the past two years. Plus, Aimee Dawson talks to the curator Sam Bardaouil about the exhibition Beirut and the Golden Sixties: A Manifesto of Fragility at the Gropius Bau in Berlin. And in this episode?s Work of the Week, as the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, opens a major Meret Oppenheim survey, the show?s curator Natalie Dupêcher discusses Oppenheim?s Surrealist object Ma gouvernante ? My Nurse ? Mein Kindermädchen (1936): a pair of white heels on a silver platter, trussed like a chicken.

The Art Newspaper?s visitor attendance survey is in the April print edition, and online next week at, or on our app for iOS and Android, which you can get from the App Store or Google Play.

Beirut and the Golden Sixties: A Manifesto of Fragility, Gropius Bau, Berlin, until 12 June.

Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition, Menil Collection, Houston, until 18 September; Museum of Modern Art, New York, 30 October-4 March 2023

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Donatello in Florence, the Biennale of Sydney and Eduardo Navarro?s seed installation

Donatello in Florence, the Biennale of Sydney and Eduardo Navarro?s seed installationThis week, as the Palazzo Strozzi and Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence present a survey of Donatello, one of the greatest of all Italian Renaissance masters, we talk to Arturo Galansino, the Strozzi?s Director General, and Paola D?Agostino, Director of the Bargello museum, about the show. The Biennale of Sydney in Australia has just opened, with the theme of r?vus, meaning stream in Latin. José Roca, the Biennale?s artistic director, and Alessandro Pelizzon, co-founder of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, discuss the Biennale?s concept, bringing rivers and other ?aqueous beings?, as Roca and his curatorial colleagues call them, into dialogue with artists, architects, designers, scientists, and communities. What does it mean if you grant rivers and other natural forms rights? And this episode?s Work of the Week also explores nature, ecology and the relationship between humans and natural phenomena. We speak to curator Bárbara Rodriguez Muñoz about Photosynthetics, an installation by Eduardo Navarro in Rooted Beings, the latest exhibition at London?s Wellcome Collection.

Donatello: The Renaissance, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence, 19 March-31 July. Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, 2 September-8 January 2023. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London will stage its variation of the exhibition in 2023

The Biennale of Sydney: R?vus continues until 13 June. And José and Alessandro will take part in a panel discussion on 10 May titled Reclaiming Rivers? Rights. Find out more at

Rooted Beings, Wellcome Collection, London, 24 March-29 August

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Refugees and art, NFTs and more in Dubai, Felix Gonzalez-Torres?s golden curtain

This week: as more than two million refugees leave war-torn Ukraine, what can the arts do? Counterpoints Arts is a charity that works with refugee artists and creates programmes in a range of artforms on the subject of migration and displacement in the UK and beyond. Their mission is underpinned by a belief that arts can inspire social change and enhance the inclusion and cultural integration of refugees and migrants. We talk to a producer at Counterpoints Arts, Tom Green. The Art Newspaper?s deputy digital editor Aimee Dawson is at the Art Dubai fair, and talks about its new digital section, focusing on NFTs, virtual reality and more, with the artist Gretchen Andrew and Anna Seaman, a curator at Morrow Collective, an NFT curatorial platform that is participating in the fair. And in this episode?s Work of the Week, as Summer, an exhibition dedicated to the work of the late Cuban-American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres, opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto, its curator Rui Mateus Amaral discusses "Untitled" (Golden) (1995), a key work in the show and one of the last pieces Gonzalez-Torres created before his death in 1996.

Counterpoints Arts | Together with Refugees | Refugee Week

Art Dubai, until 13 March

Article on the Metaverse by The Art Newspaper?s XR panel

Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Summer, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto, until 31 July

Felix Gonzalez-Torres?s "Untitled" (Golden) (1995) at the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation

A brush with? Roni Horn, in which Roni Horn discusses her relationship with Felix Gonzalez-Torres

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Ukraine: the art community and photojournalism. Plus, Chris Burden and F.N. Souza

This week: following Russia?s invasion of Ukraine, we talk to Svitlana Biedarieva, a Ukrainian art historian, artist and curator, about the community of artists in her home country, their work since the Maidan, or Revolution of Dignity in 2014, and how they are responding to the events of recent days. Also on Ukraine, Tom Seymour talks to the photographer Mark Neville, who has been based in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv for the past 18 months and left the city last week, about a photojournalistic series he made in Ukraine, about ethical approaches to reportage and about the effects of documenting war-torn countries. As a book is published featuring Chris Burden?s unrealised projects, we talk to Jori Finkel about the American performance and installation artist?s extraordinary imagination. And in this episode?s Work of the Week, Jane Alison, curator of Postwar Modern: New Art in Britain 1945-65 at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, discusses one of the key works in the show: the Goa-born artist F.N. Souza?s Mr Sebastian (1955).

The Art Newspaper?s reporting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Svitlana Biedarieva, art historian, artist and curator

The artists mentioned by Svitlana:

Piotr Armianovski

Yevgenia Belorusets

Alevtina Kakhidze, instagram: @truealevtina

Razom for Ukraine

Mark Neville?s Stop Tanks With Books, published by Nazraeli Press, £50 /$60

Eight photographers you need to follow in Ukraine by Tom Seymour

Poetic Practical: The Unrealized Work of Chris Burden, published by Gagosian, $120

Postwar Modern: New Art in Britain 1945-65, Barbican Art Gallery, London, 26 June

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Artists? studios: the fight for space in New York, the Whitechapel show, photographing Paula Rego at work

As an exhibition opens at the Whitechapel Gallery in London focusing on artists? studios over the last century, we take an in-depth look at the subject. The artist, critic and activist William Powhida discusses the Artist Studio Affordability Project in New York and how developers and gentrification have forced artists? communities to breaking point. We take a tour of the Whitechapel exhibition with the gallery?s director Iwona Blazwick, and explore works by Kerry James Marshall, Paul McCarthy, Laboratoire Agit?Art, Alina Szapocznikow, Tehching Hsieh and Egon Schiele, among others. And in this episode?s Work of the Week, the photographer Eamonn McCabe, who has made a series of photographs of artists in their studios, talks about his visit to Paula Rego?s space in Camden Town, London, in 2004.

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Warhol and Basquiat on the stage, the Faith Ringgold retrospective and Betye Saar remakes a mural

This week: The Collaboration, a new play dramatising the relationship between Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat has opened at the Young Vic theatre in London. It looks at the period between 1983 and 1985 in which they worked together on a group of paintings, many of which were shown to critical derision and commercial failure at the Tony Shafrazi gallery in New York in 1985. Ben Luke talks to the playwright Anthony McCarten and the director Kwame Kwei-Armah about bringing these complex characters to life, and the issues, including race and class, that their relationship brings into focus. In today?s New York, a Faith Ringgold retrospective has opened at the New Museum; Ben talks to Massimiliano Gioni, the exhibition?s curator, about the astonishing breadth of the now 91-year-old artist?s work. And in this episode?s Work of the Week, Helen Stoilas is at the Frieze Art Fair in Los Angeles, where she talks to Julie Roberts, the co-founder of the gallery Roberts Projects, about Betye Saar?s mural LA Energy?created and quickly destroyed in 1983, and now repainted for Roberts Projects? stand at the fair.

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Louise Bourgeois, Saudi soft power and Gerhard Richter at 90

As a show looking at Louise Bourgeois?s late-career obsession with textiles opens at the Hayward Gallery in London?ahead of other exhibitions of her work in Basel and New York?we look at the French-American artist?s fabric-related creations with Jerry Gorovoy, who worked with Bourgeois for 30 years and is now President of the foundation that manages her legacy. A host of contemporary art shows have just opened in Saudi Arabia. But does this, as some commentators have said, mark a new era in the country?s approach to culture, or is it ?artwashing? the country?s record on human rights abuses? We ask The Art Newspaper?s chief contributing editor, Gareth Harris, who has travelled to the Middle Eastern country to find out. And in this episode?s Work of the Week, Dietmar Elger, the curator of the Gerhard Richter Archive in Dresden, Germany, discusses Fels, a three-metre-tall abstract painting from 1989, which is at the heart of a new show curated by Richter at the Albertinum in the eastern German city.

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Venice Biennale, Van Gogh?s self-portraits, Dalí and Freud

This week, we talk to Cecilia Alemani, the artistic director of the Venice Biennale for art, which opens in April, about her show, The Milk of Dreams. She discusses the story by the Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington that gives the Biennale its title, the ?time capsules? of historic art that punctuate the exhibition, the thematic structure, and the fact that it is the first Venice Biennale featuring a majority of women artists. For this episode?s Work of the Week, Martin Bailey visits the Courtauld Gallery, where 15 of Vincent van Gogh?s self-portrait paintings have been gathered for a once-in-a-generation show. He talks to the curator Karen Serres about Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889). And at the Belvedere in Vienna, a new exhibition explores the relationship between Salvador Dalí and Sigmund Freud?Ben Luke talks to Stephanie Auer from the museum about Dalí?s obsession with the father of psychoanalysis, his attempts to meet Freud in Vienna, and what happened when they finally encountered each other in London.

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Bacon and beasts, Botticelli in New York, gender in Asian art in San Francisco

This week, we visit the Royal Academy in London, where a new show looking at Francis Bacon?s use of animal imagery, Man and Beast, is about to open. The RA?s director, Axel Rüger sheds light on Bacon?s means of transposing the animal into the human figure. We talk to our editor-at-large, Georgina Adam, about The Man of Sorrows, the Botticelli painting sold at auction this week?and we find out if it went beyond its guaranteed sale price of $40m. We also talk about the big art market news of the week: that MCH Group, the owner of the Art Basel fairs, is to take over Fiac's slot at the Grand Palais in Paris to host a new contemporary art fair in October. And in this episode?s Work of the Week, Aimee Dawson talks to Megan Merritt of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, about a pair of works in Seeing Gender, a new exhibition that explores the museum?s collection through the lens of gender for the first time: a contemporary piece on paper by the Chinese artist Wilson Shieh and a 20th-century carved sculpture by the Indonesian artist Ida Bagus Putu Taman.

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Artists? monuments, the ?471m Caravaggio villa auction flop, Michael Armitage on Sane Wadu

This week, our contemporary art correspondent Louisa Buck visits the exhibition Testament at Goldsmiths CCA in London, where 47 artists have been invited to make proposals that ponder the idea of tearing down and erecting monuments and what it might mean to rethink them. Louisa talks to Sarah McCrory, the director of Goldsmiths CCA, and to Adham Faramawy, one of the artists in the show. In Rome, a villa with ceiling paintings by Caravaggio and Guercino with a price tag of ?471m failed to attract any bids. The Art Newspaper?s founder Anna Somers Cocks, who?s based in Turin, tells us why. And in this episode?s Work of the Week, the artist Michael Armitage tells us about Sane Wadu?s painting Black Moses (1993), a work in Wadu?s retrospective at the Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute in Kenya, co-founded by Armitage, which opened last week.

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The art world in 2022: big shows and market predictions

In this first episode of 2022, The Art Newspaper?s contemporary art correspondent Louisa Buck and the novelist and columnist at The Art Newspaper Chibundu Onuzo preview the year?s biennials, exhibitions and art fairs and our editor-at-large Georgina Adam has a stab at predicting the art market?s fortunes. 

Events discussed: 

Venice Biennale

Documenta 15

Biennale of Sydney

Berlin Biennale 

Whitney Biennial 2022

Carnegie International

Donatello: the Renaissance

Steve McQueen

Charles Ray: Sculpture Fiction

Worlds of Networks

The World of Stonehenge


Hew Locke: Tate Britain Commission 2022

Cornelia Parker

Surrealism Beyond Borders

In the Black Fantastic

Anthea Hamilton

Faith Ringgold: American People

Philip Guston: Now


50 Monuments in 50 Voices

Matisse: The Red Studio

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2021's biggest art world stories?and what they mean

It?s the final episode of 2021 and so, as always, it?s our review of the year. Joining Ben Luke to look at 2021?s biggest stories are three members of The Art Newspaper team: Martin Bailey, a correspondent in London, Anna Brady, art market editor, and Jane Morris, editor-at-large.

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Walt Disney at The Met. Plus, Matisse in Baltimore and Josef Albers's lithographs

This week: the French decorative art that inspired Walt Disney, Henri Matisse?s collaboration over 40 years with the Baltimore art collector Etta Cone, and Josef Albers?s prints.

The Art Newspaper?s deputy digital editor, Aimee Dawson speaks to Wolf Burchard, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, about Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts, which opens today, 10 December and travels next year to the Wallace Collection, London. As the Baltimore Museum of Art opens its new Ruth R. Marder Center for Matisse Studies, with around 2,500-square-feet of space dedicated to the research and display of the art of Henri Matisse, on 12 December, Ben Luke discusses the French artist?s special relationship with the Baltimore-based collector Etta Cone, which is the foundation of the museum?s huge collection of Matisse?s works in all media. And in this episode?s Work of the Week, the gallerist Alan Cristea talks about Josef Albers?s Graphic Tectonic lithographs, and their relationship to his wider printmaking activity and his celebrated Homage to the Square series, as a show of Albers?s early- and mid-career prints opens at Cristea Roberts in London.

Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10 December-6 March 2022; Wallace Collection, London, 6 April-16 October 2022. Our Work of the Week featuring The Swing by Fragonard, from 5 November.

The Ruth R. Marder Center for Matisse Studies opens on 12 December. A Modern Influence: Henri Matisse, Etta Cone, and Baltimore, Baltimore Museum of Art, until 2 January 2022. 

Josef Albers: Discovery and Invention, The Early Graphic Works, Cristea Roberts, London 10 December-22 January (gallery closed 20 December-3 January). Anni and Josef Albers: Art and Life, Musée d?Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM), Paris, until 9 January.

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Art Basel in Miami Beach and the story of art fairs. Plus, Caribbean-British art, and Marco Brambilla's VR work

This week, as Art Basel in Miami Beach opens, we discuss a new book, The Art Fair Story: A Rollercoaster Ride, with its author Melanie Gerlis, art market columnist at the Financial Times and editor-at-large at The Art Newspaper. Melanie ponders the past, present and future of art fairs. A huge new show, Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s-Now has just opened at Tate Britain in London, and we talk to its curators, Alex Farquharson, the director of Tate Britain, and David A Bailey, the artistic director of the International Curators Forum and the organiser of numerous seminal exhibitions on diaspora and Black representation in art. And in this episode?s Work of the Week, we?re back in Miami?our deputy digital editor Aimee Dawson talks to the artist Marco Brambilla about Heaven?s Gate,?his new virtual reality work at the Pérez Art Museum.

The Art Fair Story: A Rollercoaster Ride by Melanie Gerlis is published by Lund Humphries and priced £19.99 in the UK, $34.99 in the US and $46.99 in Canada.

Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art, 1950s-Now is at Tate Britain until 3 April 2022. David A Bailey?s book with Allison Thompson, Liberation Begins in the Imagination?an anthology of writings on Caribbean-British art and culture?is also published by Tate and priced £30.

Marco Brambilla: Heaven?s Gate is at the Pérez Art Museum Miami until 1 February next year. An in-depth review of Heaven?s Gate by The Art Newspaper?s XR Panel can be found at or on our apps for iOS and Android.

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Fraud: how corrupt is the art world? Plus, Warhol?s Catholicism and Moscow?s new museums

This week, we look at the case of the art dealer Inigo Philbrick, who pleaded guilty to fraud in a New York court last week: is the art world, as his attorney claimed, ?corrupt from top to bottom?? Georgina Adam, editor-at-large at The Art Newspaper gives her response. For this epsiode?s Work of the Week, we talk to Carmen Hermo, the curator of the exhibition Andy Warhol: Revelation at the Brooklyn Museum, about a painting in the show, New York Post (Judge Blasts Lynch) (1983), and what it tells us about Warhol?s Catholicism. And as GES-2 House of Culture, the V-A-C Foundation?s huge cultural centre in a former power station transformed by architect Renzo Piano, opens in Moscow next week, and the Garage Museum in the Russian capital announces its expansion into a landmark Modernist building in Gorky Park, we talk to Anna Bronovitsksya, architectural historian and professor at the Moscow Architecture School about these museums and the wider political situation in which they are being constructed.

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New York auctions: big money, new collectors. Plus, Fabergé in London and a rediscovered Dürer

This week, record-breaking auction sales in New York?are we in a new boom? Anna Brady discusses the big lots in New York over the last two weeks, and what they tell us about the market and the world of collectors. In London, Aimee Dawson visits the Victoria and Albert Museum to hear about Carl Fabergé?s shop in London, the subject of a new exhibition, with the show?s co-curators Kieran McCarthy and Hanne Faurby. And for this episode?s Work of the Week, Martin Bailey, our London correspondent, goes to the Agnews gallery to talk to Clifford Schorer of Agnews and Giulia Bartrum, former prints and drawings curator at the British Museum, about Albrecht Dürer?s rediscovered drawing Virgin and Child with a Flower on a Grassy Bench, which is about to go on view at Agnews gallery in London as part of an exhibition, Dürer and His Time.

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Is M+ in Hong Kong censoring its displays? Plus, the Courtauld Gallery and Black American Portraits in LA

In Hong Kong, the long-awaited M+ Museum opens this week, amid accusations of censorship by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Ilaria Maria Sala joins us to tell us about her visit to the museum. The Courtauld Gallery, one of London?s great collections, is re-opening after a three-year renovation, and we take a tour of the gallery with its director Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen. And in this week?s Work of the Week, Christine Y Kim tells us about Samella Lewis?s Bag Man, a key work in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art?s exhibition Black American Portraits.

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Cop26: how can the art world respond? Plus, the Depot: storage as spectacle, and Fragonard's The Swing

This week, as talks continue at Cop26, the UN?s climate charge conference in Glasgow, we talk to Lucia Pietroiusti of the Serpentine Galleries about climate justice and how the art world can go beyond sustainability to "thriveability". As the spectacular Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen opens to the public, we talk to Sjarel Ex, the museum's director, and Sandra Kisters, its head of collections and research, about the building they?re calling the world's first publicly accessible art storage facility. And, for this episode's Work of the Week, we discuss Jean-Honoré Fragonard?s The Swing as it goes back on display at the Wallace Collection in London after conservation treatment. Yuriko Jackall, the Curator of French Paintings at the Wallace Collection, and Martin Wyld, the conservator, tell us about the French Rococo artist?s most famous painting.

Related climate crisis discussions on The Week in Art:

The Gallery Climate Coalition

Venice's climate emergency

Fossil-fuel sponsors and activism at the Science Museum in London

Artist Richard Mosse on environmental crime in the Amazon rainforest

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Art among the Egyptian pyramids. Plus, the New Museum Triennial and Édouard Manet

This week, Aimee Dawson, deputy digital editor at The Art Newspaper, is in Giza in Egypt for Forever is Now, where works by Egyptian and international artists are shown along a trail around the Giza plateau, among the pyramids (until 7 November). She talks to its curator, Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, as well as two of the artists involved, Gisela Colón and Lita Albuquerque. The New Museum in New York?s latest triennial exhibition, this time called Soft Water Hard Stone, has just opened (until 23 January 2022), featuring 40 artists from across the world. Ben Luke talks to Margot Norton and Jamillah James, the two curators behind the show, about planning a major triennial during a pandemic. In this episode?s Work of the Week, Dorothee Hansen, a curator at the Kunsthalle Bremen in Germany, discusses Édouard Manet?s remarkable depiction of the poet, critic and artist Zacharie Astruc, who was a central figure in Manet's milieu yet has been rather forgotten. The painting is the centrepiece of Manet and Astruc: Friendship and Inspiration, a show at the Kunsthalle (until 27 February 2022).

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Is Paris on the rise? Plus, Marlene Dumas at the Musée d'Orsay and Christian Boltanksi remembered

This week, Paris?s resurgence: is the French capital stealing London?s thunder? As established and up-and-coming galleries open branches in Paris and the Fiac art fair opens there, we ask Melanie Gerlis if this is indeed a shift of power from the UK to the French capital. For this episode?s Work of the Week, Donatien Grau, curator of contemporary programmes at the Musée d?Orsay discusses Lady of Uruk, a painting from one of the two shows of the work of the South African artist Marlene Dumas that have just opened at the museum. And as the Château de Versailles, and the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou in Paris all pay tribute to Christian Boltanski, who died in July, Annalisa Rimmaudo, curator at the Pompidou, discusses the three displays and remembers this leading figure in French art over the past 50 years.

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Rothko?s late paintings, galleries respond to the climate crisis and Nicolas Poussin

This week, as the Frieze art fairs open and the international art world descends on London, we talk about Mark Rothko?s late paintings, now on view at Pace?s new space in the British capital, with his son Christopher. He also reflects on Rothko?s Seagram Mural paintings, which are now back at Tate Britain, close to JMW Turner?s works, as Rothko had hoped when he gave them to the Tate. Louisa Buck talks to Heath Lowndes, managing director of the Gallery Climate Coalition (GCC), a charity founded by galleries across the world in response to the climate emergency?the GCC has a booth at the Frieze London fair. And, for this episode?s Work of the Week, Ben Luke visits Poussin and the Dance, a show at the National Gallery in London that travels to the Getty Center in Los Angeles next year. There, Francesca Whitlum-Cooper, the show?s curator, tells us about Poussin?s obsession with the Borghese Dancers, an ancient Roman bas-relief now in the Louvre, and how the French artist responded to it in his painting.

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Jasper Johns: the retrospective in depth. Plus, Venice's tourism problem and Finnish artist Outi Heiskanen

This week: Jasper Johns. Carlos Basualdo of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Scott Rothkopf of the Whitney Museum of American Art talk to Ben Luke about their simultaneous shows of the 91-year-old artist, and taking a radical approach to a retrospective of a radical artist. Also this week: Venice?s tourist problem. Are Venetian authorities subjecting tourists in Venice to unprecedented surveillance? We talk to Anna Somers Cocks, founder of The Art Newspaper and former chair of Venice in Peril. And in our Work of the Week, Aimee Dawson asks Marja Sakari, director of the Ateneum in Helsinki, about the Finnish artist Outi Heiskanen's Dream Play: Fleeting Virginity (1984), a key work in her retrospective at the Ateneum.

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The rise of private museums. Plus, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and Renaissance portraits at the Rijksmuseum

This week: is the burgeoning phenomenon of private museums, founded by billionaires and corporations, undermining our public cultural institutions? We talk to Georgina Adam about her new book, The Rise and Rise of the Private Art Museum. Also, Nancy Kenney explores a huge new museum that has just opened in Los Angeles, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, and hears from its curators Doris Berger and Ana Santiago, who have sought to question and expand the traditional Hollywood narrative by highlighting some painful film industry stories?including systemic racism?and incorporating an international array of creators, including the Studio Ghibli lynchpin, Hayao Miyazaki. And in this week?s Work of the Week, as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam opens Remember Me, an extraordinary exhibition of Renaissance portraits, Matthias Ubl, the show?s curator discusses one of the many highlights: Piero di Cosimo?s portraits of the architect Giuliano da Sangallo and his father Francesco Giamberti, made around 1482?85.

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