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
Derelict china clay works, Belowda Beacon, Roche (c. 1940), Ruskin Spear. From the ‘Recording Britain’ collection of topographical watercolours and drawings made during the Second World War, a project initiated by Kenneth Clark.

‘Nature in Culture: Modern British Art and the Environment’ – a talk at London Art Fair

A panel discussion with Ben Tufnell (director, Parafin Gallery), Rachel Pimm (artist), and Rosemary Shirley (academic). Chaired by Gabrielle Schwarz

14 Jan 2020
L'Âme brisant les liens qui l'attachent à la terre (1821–23), Pierre-Paul Prudhon.

Acquisitions of the Month: December 2019

A late allegory by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon and an early English piece of porcelain are among this month’s highlights

10 Jan 2020
The Sarr-Savoy report one year on. Illustration: David Biskup

Has the Sarr-Savoy report had any effect since it was first published?

It’s been a year since the publication of a groundbreaking report calling for the restitution of African cultural heritage in French museums. How has it been received?

6 Jan 2020
The Mass at Dordrecht (c. 1650), Aelbert Cuyp. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Art anniversaries to look out for in 2020

From Renaissance painting to Romantic poetry – expect celebrations of Raphael, Piranesi, Wordsworth and more

2 Jan 2020
Standing Figure with African Masks (2018), Claudette Johnson. Tate, London

Books, biennials and trailblazing women – artists select their highlights of 2019

Artists including Lubaina Himid, Hew Locke and Ibrahim Mahama pick out their favourite shows and events of the past year

24 Dec 2019
Queen Henrietta Maria (detail; 1636), Anthony van Dyck.

Acquisitions of the month: November 2019

Jayne Wrightsman’s final gift to the Met and a silver-gilt toilet service at the Louvre are among this month’s highlights

6 Dec 2019
Queen Victoria’s Christmas Tree at Windsor Castle (1850), James Roberts.

Exit through the gift shop

Apollo’s editors pick out some arty stocking fillers, from a glow-in-the-dark Leonardo figurine to Mondrian-inspired socks

5 Dec 2019

The Apollo 40 under 40 podcast: Mohamed Elshahed

The writer and researcher has written a comprehensive new history of modern architecture in Cairo

2 Dec 2019
Illustration: David Biskup

Could national museums in the UK do more to be truly national?

Are the largely London-based institutions funded by central government doing enough to share their collections and expertise with the rest of the country?

25 Nov 2019
Frederik Bruun Rasmussen and Julie Arendse Voss with Vilhelm Hammershøi’s Interior, Strandgade 30 (1900).

An outstanding Hammershøi painting goes under the hammer at Bruun Rasmussen

In advance of their sale later this month, two representatives from Scandinavia’s leading auction house discuss the timeless qualities of the modern Danish master

19 Nov 2019
Standing schist Boddhisattva (detail; 2nd–3rd century AD), northwest Pakistan

The Asian Art in London Art Awards 2019: The Winners

Apollo presents the winners of the Asian Art in London Art Awards 2019

7 Nov 2019