Do museums need to be more socially engaged? Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Do museums need to be more socially engaged?

Alistair Hudson and Elisabeth Callihan ask whether today’s museums could be more useful

28 Aug 2017

Book competition

Your chance to win ‘Gainsborough: A Portrait’ by James Hamilton (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)

18 Aug 2017

Book competition

Your chance to win ‘Highland Retreats: The Architecture and Interiors of Scotland’s Romantic North’ by Mary Miers (Rizzoli)

4 Aug 2017
Head of a Young Man (detail; c. 1539–40), Girolamo Mazzola, called Parmigianino

Acquisitions of the month: July 2017

This month’s acquisitions include a rare portrait by Richard Wilson, the Edward Hopper archive and an exceptional group of drawings

2 Aug 2017
Harold M. Williams. Image courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Trust

Harold M. Williams (1928–2017)

The founding president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust has died at the age of 89

1 Aug 2017

Book competition

Your chance to win ‘Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe’ by Peter Björn Kerber (Getty Publications)

21 Jul 2017
Amanda Levete

The Apollo podcast: Amanda Levete

Thomas Marks talks to architect Amanda Levete about the V&A’s Exhibition Road Quarter, designed by her practice AL_A

19 Jul 2017

Book competition

Your chance to win ‘Sargent: The Watercolours’ by Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray (Dulwich Picture Gallery)

7 Jul 2017
Mrs Pinckney and the Emancipated Birds of South Carolina (detail; 2017), Yinka Shonibare. Yale Center for British Art. Photo: Stephen White

Acquisitions of the month: June 2017

A huge collection of Diane Arbus photographs heads for Ontario, and the Getty finally gets its Parmigianino

6 Jul 2017
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Do the prices at auction muddy our interpretation of art?

In May, a painting by Basquiat sold at auction for $110.5m. But when does money overtake other judgements?

26 Jun 2017

Book competition

Your chance to win ‘Ravilious and Co: The Pattern of Friendship’, by Andy Friend (Thames & Hudson)

23 Jun 2017
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The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

The art world responds to the UK election; Michel Houellebecq discusses his ‘French Bashing’ exhibition; and is Kate Middleton a skater girl now?

13 Jun 2017

Book competition

Your chance to win ’Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting’ (Yale University Press)

9 Jun 2017
Self Portrait with Ata Kandó, Paris (1953), Ed van der Elsken

Acquisitions of the month: May 2017

A Delacroix heads for Munich, and a number of major museums have significantly expanded their photography holdings

8 Jun 2017
Ant Farm at Yang Zhen (Beijing), China (2003–10), Wim Delvoye. Courtesy Studio Wim Delvoye, Belgium

‘The Cloaca are machines, they’re animals, they’re us’

Wim Delvoye discusses merde-making machines, mass production, pig tattoos and Europe’s messy future

29 May 2017
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Do artists’ lives get in the way of their work?

An exhibition of Eric Gill’s art in Ditchling raises questions about how far we can separate art from life. Should biography shape our understanding of an artist’s work?

26 May 2017

Book competition

Your chance to win ‘Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World’ by Joanna Marschner with David Bindman and Lisa L. Ford (eds.)

26 May 2017

The Apollo podcast: Charles Saumarez Smith

Thomas Marks talks to the Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy about his new book on East London

24 May 2017

Book competition

Your chance to win ‘Picturing America: the Golden Age of Pictorial Maps’ by Stephen J. Hornsby

12 May 2017
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1829), Sir Thomas Lawrence. © National Portrait Gallery, London

Acquisitions of the month: April 2017

The finest new additions to public art collections, from the final portrait of the 1st Duke of Wellington, to a rare Modigliani sculpture

9 May 2017
Berengo Studio glassmasters working on a Tony Cragg sculpture, ‘Glasstress 2009’. Courtesy Fondazione Berengo

The man on a mission to re-energise Murano glass

‘Letting Murano glass die is like allowing the Colosseum to collapse’

8 May 2017
Adam Lowe

The Apollo podcast: Adam Lowe

Thomas Marks talks to the founder of the Factum Foundation about how digital technologies are conserving world heritage

4 May 2017

Book competition

Your chance to win ‘Genre Paintings in the Mauritshuis’, edited by Maud Lankester and Yvette Bruijnen

28 Apr 2017

Do museum directors need curatorial experience?

It takes all manner of skills and qualities to run a top institution – or at least to do it well.

24 Apr 2017