Water Birds (1829), Katsushika Hokusai.

Acquisitions of the Month: August 2020

A trove of newly discovered Hokusai drawings and a 17th-century ‘friendship book’ are among this month’s highlights

10 Sep 2020
A contemporary art auction at Strauss & Co in 2019

How Strauss & Co became the global leader for South African art at auction

The auction house has played a leading role in developing international interest in modern and contemporary art from South Africa and beyond

7 Sep 2020

Could museums have done more to protect their employees?

On both sides of the Atlantic, museums are laying off staff in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Gareth Harris and Matt Stromberg consider whether bad decisions have made the situation worse

21 Aug 2020
Greenwood, Mississippi (1973), William Eggleston. Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2020 Eggleston Artistic Trust

Acquisitions of the Month: July 2020

More than 300 photographs at MoMA and an Aboriginal shield in Adelaide are among this month’s highlights

6 Aug 2020
To See and To Know; Future Lovers from A Countervailing Theory (2019), Toyin Ojih Odutola.

Opening season – exhibitions not to miss in the UK this summer

As museums and galleries in the UK reopen, Apollo’s editors pick out the exhibitions they’re most looking forward to visiting

9 Jul 2020

Apollo and the Warburg Institute present ‘Photography and the Museum’

Register now for the first event in our ‘Museums of the Mind’ series – Mat Collishaw, Shoair Mavlian and Bill Sherman in conversation with Fatema Ahmed about ‘Photography and the Museum’

6 Jul 2020
Illustration: David Biskup

Could public spaces better serve the public?

Rowan Moore and Tamsin Dillon consider how the events of 2020 might transform our relationship with public space

6 Jul 2020
2330 grammi (detail; 1994), Giuseppe Penone.

Acquisitions of the Month: June 2020

Five decades of drawings by Giuseppe Penone and a dazzling drunkard by Joaquin Sorolla are among this month’s highlights

2 Jul 2020
Gilded statues and ritual objects arranged by Alice S. Kandell

Looking closely at art during lockdown

Philip Hewat-Jaboor, chairman of Masterpiece London, and Tibetan art specialist Alice S. Kandell on spending more time with objects

24 Jun 2020
The Lavergne Family Breakfast (1754), Jean-Etienne Liotard.

Acquisitions of the Month: May 2020

A masterful pastel by Liotard and more than 100 scenes of New York are among this month’s highlights

4 Jun 2020
Monika Gruetters (left) hands over the painting ‘Quai de Clichy’ by Paul Signac to Agnes Sevestre-Barbe, representative of the heiress, as part of the return of art stolen under the Nazis and hoarded by Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of Nazi-era dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt in Berlin on July 3, 2019.

The week in art news – Gurlitt hoard investigation wound up

Turner Prize 2020 cancelled | Philadelphia Museum of Art workers unionise | Italian judges rule in favour of right-wing institute against the culture ministry | Emmanuel Kasarhérou appointed director of the Quai Branly | Roland Rudd to chair the Tate

29 May 2020
Mr Quick as Vellum in Addison’s ‘The Drummer’ (detail; 1792), Samuel De Wilde. Art Institute of Chicago

Acquisitions of the Month: April 2020

Portraits of an 18th-century comedian and the ‘real’ Lydia Bennet are among this month’s highlights

12 May 2020
Illustration: David Biskup

Has the digital museum finally come of age?

Thomas Campbell and Adam Koszary ask whether the online experience can ever compare to being in a physical gallery

4 May 2020

Artists on the books keeping them company in isolation

From Nikolai Gogol to Susan Sontag, Joan Didion to Olga Tokarczuk: the authors inspiring artists during a time of lockdown

15 Apr 2020
Chicken, Game Birds, and Hares (c. 1882), Gustave Caillebotte.

Acquisitions of the Month: March 2020

A transformative gift for Cleveland Museum of Art and some metal detectorists’ finds are among this month’s highlights

7 Apr 2020

The Apollo 40 under 40 podcast: Mohamad Hafez

The Syrian-born, US-based artist talks to Gabrielle Schwarz about his sculptural dioramas of cities ravaged by war – and offers a message of hope for the future

31 Mar 2020
Illustration by Leon Edler

Has LACMA lost its way?

As LACMA moves ahead with plans to demolish its four original buildings, is it time to reassess the project – or is it too late?

30 Mar 2020
Alpine Mastiffs Reanimating a Distressed Traveler (detail; 1820), Edwin Landseer.

Acquisitions of the Month: February 2020

One of Landseer’s earliest masterpieces and a 16th-century drug jar are among this month’s highlights

10 Mar 2020
Pietà (detail; c. 1720), Melchor Pérez Holguín.

Pathos in Potosí – a Bolivian masterpiece at LACMA

Curator Ilona Katzew discusses the restoration of a Pietà by Melchor Pérez Holguín – one of the most singular South American painters of his day

9 Mar 2020
Illustration: David Biskup

Have art prizes had their day?

The decision to split the Turner Prize caused quite a stir – do such gestures undermine art prizes or open up new ways of judging contemporary art?

24 Feb 2020

Open access image libraries – a handy list

A round-up of museums and archives that have released high resolution images into the public domain

18 Feb 2020
The Trumpeters (c. 1735–40), Nainsukh of Guler.

Acquisitions of the Month: January 2020

A masterpiece of Pahari painting and a pot adorned with poetry are among this month’s highlights

3 Feb 2020

The Apollo 40 under 40 podcast: Mahmoud Khaled

The artist talks to Gabrielle Schwarz about how an upbringing in Egypt has shaped his work exploring gender, queer desire, politics and power

28 Jan 2020
Illustration: David Biskup

Could contemporary art be less wasteful?

What effect do contemporary artists have on the environment – and should this affect what we think about their work?

27 Jan 2020