Louise Nicholson is a freelance arts writer and Apollo contributor

The Art Institute of Chicago acquires superb Sebastiano del Piombo painting

The new acquisition, arranged with Colnaghi, testifies to just how productive the nurturing of museum-dealer relationships can be

11 Jul 2016
The MNBAQ's new Pierre Lassonde Pavillion opened on 24 June

Québec’s latest project could transform the city’s cultural scene

The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ)’s new pavilion is an ambitious project that unites city, park and museum

28 Jun 2016
Abashed at her delight; of her deep joy afraid. Folio from a Gita Govinda series. Pahari, by a member of the fist generation after Nainsukh; (c. 1775–80)

‘Taste the essence’ of Indian painting

A new book promises to open up the world of Indian art to a wide new audience

15 Jun 2016

From Turkey to China, the legacy of the Seljuq empire should be better known

There are many treasures in the Met’s new exhibition, but the most poignant are the metalwork pieces from Mosul, given the turmoil in the region today

17 May 2016
View of SFMOMA from Yerba Buena Gardens

SFMOMA reopens at the heart of San Francisco’s booming art scene

With 3,000 new works, a major extension, and an ingenious way of working with collectors, SFMOMA is becoming a modern art museum to rival all others

12 May 2016
Love Song (2015), Howard Hodgkin.

Howard Hodgkin’s paintings get better and better

How strange that this great British painter claims to ‘hate painting’ when he is so good at it

9 May 2016

Spotlight on Seattle, where Asian and Western art collide

The Association for Asian Studies chose Seattle for its annual conference this year, and with good reason

20 Apr 2016

The Met Breuer’s biggest strength is its ability to make you think

Two fresh and distinct inaugural exhibitions could set a new blueprint for the museum

17 Mar 2016

New York’s annual celebration of Asian art is underway

Asia Week New York should be considered the TEFAF Maastricht of Asian art

14 Mar 2016

An Indian Winter in Philadelphia

The PMA’s Indian art galleries may be closed for renovation, but a trio of temporary exhibitions is filling the gap

19 Jan 2016

12 Days: Highlights of 2016

Louise Nicholson predicts that 2016 will be the year of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

4 Jan 2016

Inside the Mind of the Collector: Asian Art in London Gets Psychological

Desire, jealousy, anxiety, fear, fulfilment…it’s not easy being a collector

12 Nov 2015

The Metropolitan Museum wants to transform our view of Ancient Egypt

Middle Kingdom show ‘upends the view that Egyptian art is all the same’

27 Oct 2015

The Old Nouveaux Riches: Dutch Golden Age Paintings in Boston

An exhibition of Dutch Golden Age paintings presents a newly wealthy society on the make

20 Oct 2015

Archibald Motley’s pictures at the Whitney Museum are a revelation

Motley is the latest US modernist to be ‘rediscovered’ recently

14 Oct 2015

A Prado on the Prairie: ‘Treasures from the House of Alba’ in Dallas

There’s something for everyone in this spectacular show

25 Sep 2015

Autumn Art Highlights: Washington DC

Five unmissable exhibitions coming up in Washington DC this autumn

4 Sep 2015

Autumn Art Highlights: New York

There’s no shortage of things to see…but these are likely to be the season’s standout shows

3 Sep 2015

From Paris to Philadelphia: how US collectors supported the Impressionists

The Impressionists struggled in Paris, so why did they find such a receptive audience across the Atlantic?

22 Jul 2015

Same pictures, different story: Impressionism arrives in Philadelphia

This is the best version yet of an impressive exhibition

16 Jul 2015

Big Apple Blossoms: Spring Masters New York

The small but beautifully formed fair returns to the Park Avenue Armory for its second edition

7 May 2015

Michelle Obama’s challenge to museums

The First Lady called on US museums to widen access at the Whitney’s ribbon-cutting ceremony

1 May 2015

The cosmopolitan culture of Deccan India comes to New York

The Met’s exhibition looks set to put Deccani art back on the map

14 Apr 2015