Thomas Marks is the editor of Apollo

School IV: Barracuda under Skipjack Tuna (1978), Michael Andrews

Balloon paintings, Baroque altarpieces and opera

Michael Andrews finally gets a showing at Gagosian, the National Gallery prepares for its spring blockbuster, and more

26 Dec 2016
Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap (Detail) c.1529, Jacopo Pontormo. The National Gallery's matching offer to buy the painting has been rejected.

What price for a Pontormo?

The government’s efforts to keep a rare Pontormo in the UK after it was sold unexpectedly by its owner have revealed cracks in the export bar process

19 Dec 2016
The Apollo Awards 2016, at the Sunbeam Studios, London, sponsored by Porsche. Photo © Amy Scaife

We should all celebrate the people and projects behind art’s growing popularity

Apollo’s annual awards are a great opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the art world, and the people within it who are driving it forwards

28 Nov 2016

Why Austria’s leading museum has cause to celebrate

Sabine Haag, the director-general of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, discusses how one of the world’s grandest museums is preparing for the future

23 Nov 2016

A tribute to Giles Waterfield (1949–2016)

The curator, academic critic, and novelist was an inspirational figure, but also a dear friend to many in the art world

8 Nov 2016

Art history benefits us all. Why won’t the government fight for it?

We will never defeat the notion that art is the preserve of the privileged, if we stop people from learning about it

25 Oct 2016
Installation view of 'Betamale Trilogy (Class Cabin)' (2015, Jon Rafman. Photo: Simon Vogel; courtesy Julia Stoschek Collecktion; © Jon Rafman/Future Gallery, Berlin

New media requires a new type of collector

‘I wouldn’t want Matthew Barney on a loop in my sitting room’ – but some people do

26 Sep 2016
Dice Players (c. 1650–51), Georges de La Tour and Studio. © Preston Park Museum and Grounds

Stepping out of Caravaggio’s shadow

Plus: Neo Rauch finally comes to London; John Wesley's odd eroticism; and Alighiero Boetti's monumental use of mementoes

24 Sep 2016

Why we should take Thomas Hardy seriously as an architect

An altarpiece believed to have been designed by the novelist has resurfaced in Windsor. It’s an important reminder of how his architectural training informed his life’s work

1 Sep 2016
Country Club: Chicken Wire

Why have artists fallen out of love with sport?

Sport is more popular than ever, but only a handful of contemporary artists take it seriously as a subject. It wasn’t always this way…

20 Aug 2016
Martin Roth, director of the Victorian and Albert Museum, accepts the Art Fund's Museum of the Year Award 2016 from the Duchess of Cambridge, during a ceremony at the Natural History Museum, London.

Why the V&A is Museum of the Year – and also a museum of the future

The museum was recently awarded the Art Fund’s most prestigious award, but there are challenges as well as opportunities ahead

8 Jul 2016

The secret lives of the great art dealers

The art dealer memoir offers a rare chance to gain access into the life of even the most elusive art dealer

27 Jun 2016
Noviembre 6 y 7 (2002), Doris Salcedo

It’s the job of both artists and museums to reevaluate the past

Art can play a key role in recovering forgotten or neglected histories, and challenging received ideas

31 May 2016

The man who gathered the many moods of Venice

Vittorio Cini collected remarkable Venetian paintings, which have never been publicly exhibited together – until now

20 May 2016

Manuele Cerutti and the fine art of balancing

The everyday objects in Cerutti’s Turin studio are transformed in his paintings: poised, precarious, and forever in suspense

5 May 2016
The Museum of London, where a new concert hall is to be developed.

If you want to be mayor, you really ought to know more about London’s museums

Goldsmith and Khan clearly aren’t museum buffs – and that could be a real problem

22 Apr 2016

Three cheers for Bob Rauschenberg!

The artist’s foundation is going to give away images of his work. We salute them

24 Mar 2016

Can the UK government’s Culture White Paper live up to its own rhetoric?

DCMS’s updated mission statement for ‘Our Culture’ sounds promising, but is short on new commitments

23 Mar 2016
Artist's impression showing the exterior of the Public Art Depot, designed by MVRDV

The Rotterdam museum that collects collectors

The Museum Boijmans van Beuningen is to store private collections – which is just the sort of collaboration the museum has always thrived on

8 Mar 2016

Delacroix begat Renoir, who begat Matisse, who begat…

Is the current trend for exhibitions exploring artistic influence just an excuse for a lack of focus?

1 Mar 2016
The homepage of Art UK, which was launched today (24 February 2016)

With Art UK, Britain’s public collections are more accessible than ever before

A new website revolutionises how we can view publicly owned art

24 Feb 2016

Titles of artworks can obstruct how we interpret artistic meaning

But changing an artwork’s title is hardly the same as pulling down a statue

1 Feb 2016

12 Days: Highlights of 2016

Thomas Marks on Sicily at the British Museum and Ashmolean, Vittorio Cini’s paintings from the Veneto, and the Parma School in Rome

26 Dec 2015

It is more important than ever to protect our museums

‘It is more important than ever to defend museums and what they make possible’

21 Dec 2015