Jo Lawson-Tancred is an arts writer based in London.

The Apollo 40 Under 40 Art & Tech in focus: Nimrod Vardi

The founding director of Arebyte has turned the gallery and online platform into a magnet for new media art in the UK

20 Sep 2021
Visitors showing their ‘green pass’ at the Vatican Museums in August 2021.

Admissible evidence – museum directors have their say on vaccine passports

Museum directors in France and Italy seem to agree that requiring proof of vaccination is preferable to being shut – although not everyone is on board

16 Sep 2021
Wine cooler and stand (one of a pair) (1809), Paul Storr. Koopman Rare Art (in the region of £400,000 for the pair)

What not to miss at TEFAF Online

For its second online edition, the fair is doubly determined to catch the eye of collectors with museum-quality masterpieces

7 Sep 2021
Tim Berners-Lee demonstrating the World Wide Web at CERN.

Tim Berners-Lee said the world wide web was for everyone, so why has he sold its source code as an NFT?

The sale at auction raises complex questions about who owns the internet today

29 Jun 2021
New Family Lamp (2020), Atelier Van Lieshout. Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Masterpiece is back, with a new hybrid approach that stays true to its roots

There’s still no bustling tent this year, but the fair continues to offer a platform for the best of art and design from across the globe

22 Jun 2021
Flower Thief (NFT promo) (2021), Jan Erichsen © the artist

Are digital artists waiting for the NFT bubble to burst?

Most of the fuss about NFTs has focused on what, if anything, buyers are getting – but how do digital artists feel about minting their art?

23 Apr 2021

The Swiss museums leading the charge to reopen

Museums in Switzerland have appealed to the government to let them reopen – and French museums are following suit

23 Feb 2021

Meet the artists who were built by a bot factory

Andrei Taraschuk wants to inundate the internet with art – and has made hundreds of bots posing as famous artists

3 Feb 2021
The Empress in the Tarot Garden at Garavicchio.

Niki de Saint Phalle’s psychedelic garden is a seriously good trip

In her Tarot Garden in Tuscany, the French-American artist let her imagination run riot

31 Jan 2021
The gift shop at the newly reopened Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in September 2020.

Is e-commerce the future for museum shops?

With far fewer in-person visitors exiting through the gift shop, institutions must find new ways to mitigate their losses

19 Oct 2020
Left: Head of Saint John the Baptist (1877/78), Auguste Rodin. Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe. Right: La Portinaia (1883/84), Medardo Rosso. Collection PCC, Lugano

What did Impressionism mean for sculpture?

A survey of artists inspired by the movement considers how successfully sculpture can convey a sense of transience

14 Oct 2020
Cromwell Place

Cromwell Place is open – and it’s a timely treat for London’s art lovers

The major new arts hub in South Kensington is now open – and making good on its promise of bringing artistic innovation to London

8 Oct 2020
Komainu (lion-dogs) (c. 1300), Japan.

Masterpiece pulls out the stops for its first online edition

Virtual viewing rooms, video tours and private Zoom meetings – here’s what to expect from Masterpiece Online

16 Jun 2020
Queen Mathilde of Belgium and King Philippe of Belgium visi the permanent collection of the Old Masters Museum, part of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, on May 19, 2020 in Brussels, as the country eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Daina Le Lardic/Belga/AFP via Getty Images

How will museums bring us close to art in an era of social distancing?

As museums around the world prepare to reopen, many do so with a renewed sense of purpose

22 May 2020
Making Fishcakes, Late Afternoon, December (detail; 2019), Caroline Walker.

‘We are pretty well practised at isolation’ – how artists have been coping with quarantine

Some artists, such as Ilya Kabakov and Caroline Walker, are finding solace in their work – when not distracted by fears about the post-pandemic future

13 May 2020
Installation view of ‘Rosemarie Castoro’ at MAMCO Geneva.

Geneva’s modern art museum displays a refreshingly makeshift spirit

MAMCO’s origins as a collection formed by independent collectors still makes itself felt in interesting ways

20 Jan 2020
The ‘Getty fire’ in Brentwood, California on 28 October 2019 (with the Getty Center visible in the background).

What makes a museum ‘fire-proof’?

The Getty Center’s fire prevention system is a standard-bearer for museums and historic properties worldwide

17 Dec 2019

What not to miss at the winter edition of London Art Week

Highlights of the artworks and exhibitions on show in Mayfair and St James’s this year

28 Nov 2019
Noah’s Ark, from the Jami‘ al-Tawarikh of Rashid al-Din (MS 727), copy from 1314–15.

Around the world in 35,000 objects – and a handful of clicks

The Khalili Collections have partnered up with Wikimedia UK to broaden access to their vast holdings spanning centuries and cultures

11 Oct 2019
Young Hare (detail; 1502), Albrecht Dürer. Image: © The Albertina Museum, Vienna

Within a hare’s breadth of Dürer’s masterful drawings at the Albertina

A Dürer show at the Albertina presents a rare opportunity to see some of the German artist’s drawings usually kept caged up in the dark

25 Sep 2019
untitled (to you, Heiner, with admiration and affection) (1973), Dan Flavin. Installation view of ‘Königsklasse’, Herrenchiemsee Palace, Munich, 2019.

Minimalism, murals and makeshift studios – contemporary art comes to Munich

The Bavarian capital is reasserting its position as a city to rival Berlin in its embrace of the arts

12 Aug 2019
Amedeo Modigliani's Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) at Sotheby's Hong Kong in April 2018.

In defence of the catalogue raisonné

With the art market crying out for definitive catalogues, a new international association has been launched to support their production

5 Aug 2019
A Seated, Elegantly Dressed Lady Eating from a Plate (1878), Adolph Menzel, courtesy Stephen Ongpin Fine Art

Scene stealers – the candid sketches of Adolph Menzel

The virtuoso draughtsman carried several sketchbooks at all times and liked to draw standing up

9 Jul 2019

The painter who made his name on the Western Front

Alfred Munnings was an official war artist who took a curiously pastoral approach to the conflict

16 May 2019