Samuel Reilly is a freelance writer in Edinburgh and a PhD candidate at the University of St Andrews.

Oba Boss (detail; 2020), Patrick Akpojotor.

Beyond Frieze – London’s galleries put their best foot forward and 1-54 returns

Somerset House hosts the London edition of 1-54 and galleries across the capital make the most of the limelight

7 Oct 2021
Nirit Takele painting ‘Human Pyramid (Last Bloom in July)’ (2021).

Frieze week highlights: contemporary African art comes to London

Addis Fine Art marks the opening of its London outpost with a show by the Ethiopian-Jewish painter Takele

7 Oct 2021
View of the ‘Unlimited’ section at Art Basel 2021.

Art Basel is back in town – here’s what not to miss at the fair

Say it quietly, but this year’s edition of the contemporary art fair is shaping up to look refreshingly normal

23 Sep 2021
Sam Nhlengethwa. Courtesy Goodman Gallery

‘Jazz to me is like oxygen’ – an interview with Sam Nhlengethwa

The South African painter and collage artist discusses his enduring passion for jazz music

22 Sep 2021

The Apollo 40 Under 40 Art & Tech in focus: Edouard Gouin and Clément Ouizille

The founding directors of Convelio on how the company has transformed art shipping with new tech

20 Sep 2021
Courtesy Autograph

Sharp shooters – the photographers who put West Africa into the frame

The portraits of James Barnor, Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé conjure up an image of cool modernity – but also draw on a long photographic tradition

21 Aug 2021
Christ as the Man of Sorrows (detail; first half of 14th century), Giovanni Baronzio. ​Moretti Fine Art at Monaco Art Week

What not to miss at Monaco Art Week

Art-lovers and sun-seekers alike will find much to divert them on the Riviera this summer

9 Jul 2021
Portrait of Chief Rwampungu’s Wife (detail; 1939), Clément Serneels.

Our pick of this year’s London Art Week

The galleries of Mayfair and St James’s are open again – with all manner of masterpieces on offer

30 Jun 2021
Courtesy London Magnet Fishing

Pulling power – the murky magic of magnet fishing

It’s the aquatic cousin to metal detecting – and an increasing number of devotees are casting off into rivers and canals in search of trash and treasure

24 Jun 2021
untitled 2020 (Rug 3, 1976) (detail; 2020), Rirkrit Tiravanija.

Art Basel Hong Kong remains defiant in the face of upheaval

The fair’s organisers are optimistic that Hong Kong can remain an international art hub despite political turmoil in the city

21 May 2021
Joan Eardley sketching in her studio in Townhead, Glasgow (photo by Audrey Walker, c. 1949–51). Collection Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

‘Here are the contradictions of Glasgow laid bare, with love’ – in the footsteps of Joan Eardley

The painter’s tender portraits of slum life are being celebrated across Scotland in her centenary year 

4 May 2021
Untitled: Midnight, Drummer, Number Two (detail; 2020), Enrico Riley.

Frieze New York prepares for a barnstorming debut at the Shed

With restrictions on international travel still in place, this year’s stripped-back fair is all about bringing New Yorkers together

3 May 2021
Adenrele Sonariwo

The Apollo 40 Under 40 Africa in focus: Adenrele Sonariwo

The founding director of Rele Art Gallery in Lagos on opening a space in Los Angeles and curating the first-ever Nigerian Pavilion in Venice

29 Apr 2021

‘You don’t have to man-manage artists’ – Maro Itoje talks African art

The England rugby star is presenting an art exhibition in London exploring Africa’s contribution to world culture

23 Apr 2021
Work on the wild side – James Morrison painting in Scotland. Photo: Estate of James Morrison

Hardy boy: the wild landscapes of James Morrison, from Angus to the Arctic

As a new documentary reveals, the Scottish painter braved wind, rain and Arctic ice in search of his ‘rough truth’

31 Mar 2021

Germany moves closer to returning Benin Bronzes

The German government has reportedly been in talks about the return of German-held Benin Bronzes, raising hopes of their imminent restitution

24 Mar 2021
Head of Man (detail; 1948), John Craxton.

What not to miss at London Art Fair online

The 33rd edition of the fair is also its first digital-only outing, but it still offers the best in British art

19 Jan 2021

The Apollo 40 Under 40 Africa in focus: Mikhael Subotzky

The South African photographer talks to Apollo about art, power, and his long-standing mistrust of images

18 Jan 2021

Trouble in paradise – Michael Armitage at the Haus der Kunst, reviewed

The artist’s complex depictions of Kenya present scenes of violence alongside moments of beauty

8 Jan 2021
Teesa Bahana, who in 2016 became director of 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust in Kampala

The Apollo 40 Under 40 Africa in focus: Teesa Bahana

The director of 32° East discusses the organisation’s work to support contemporary art in Uganda – and what its planned arts centre will mean for the capital, Kampala

4 Dec 2020
Simon Njami.

‘The future is certainly in Africa’ – an interview with Simon Njami

The writer and curator discusses his latest project at Art Abu Dhabi and how the contemporary art scene in Africa has changed in recent years

20 Nov 2020
Tokini Peterside at Art X Lagos in 2017

The Apollo 40 Under 40 Africa in focus: Tokini Peterside

The founding director of ART X Lagos explains how the fair has attracted international attention while connecting with the public at home

28 Sep 2020

What not to miss as Art Paris opens in the Grand Palais

Highlights of the first modern and contemporary art fair to take place in Europe since the continent locked down

9 Sep 2020
Visitors to the Petit Musée de la Récade inside the Centre for Arts and Culture in Cotonou, Benin, on 17 January 2020.

Private enterprise – the individuals who are taking restitution into their own hands

While museums deliberate about returning objects that were taken from their places of origin without consent, it is easier for individuals to act

1 Aug 2020