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Leon Kossoff. Photo: © Toby Glanville; courtesy Annely Juda

‘It was in London that he belonged’ – remembering Leon Kossoff

A tribute to the great painter of London’s urban landscapes, who has died at the age of 92

8 Jul 2019
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Is the art world too obsessed with celebrity?

Stephen Patience and Kate Bryan wonder if famous faces can make art more accessible – or do they just get in the way?

1 Jul 2019
The central sculpture hall of the Glasgow (now Kelvingrove) Art Gallery and Museum, newly opened for the Glasgow International Exhibition of 1901.

What hope for civic museums?

In the last decade local authority funding for museums has declined rapidly – but are some reasons for optimism emerging?

28 May 2019
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Should Notre-Dame be reconstructed faithfully?

Paul Binski and Douglas Murphy weigh in on the debate over how Paris’s great cathedral should be rebuilt post-fire

28 May 2019
Drinking vessels with decorated gilt necks at the Prittlewell site.

Unearthing the secrets of the Anglo-Saxon world

Paganism and Christianity are intertwined in the hoard of rare artefacts found in a princely burial site in Essex

24 May 2019
A mosque closed by authorities in Kashgar, Xinjiang province, photographed on 28 June 2017.

The razing of mosques is the next step in China’s crackdown on Uyghur culture

When a million Uyghur Muslims in China are being held in detention, the demolition of mosques comes as no surprise

16 May 2019
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian at the opening of her exhibition at The Third Line, Dubai, in March 2013.

‘Hers was a life of adventure, wonder, separation and survival’ – on Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

The Iranian artist’s distinctive mirror and glass sculptures were inspired by the architecture of her native country

1 May 2019
Billboard poster for the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Berlin, spring 2019.

Boris Johnson and the Backstreet Boys – Berlin’s take on Brexit

From political billboards to karaoke-fuelled performance art, Brexit is a looming presence in the city

25 Apr 2019
Photo: © The Fitzwilliam Museum

In defence of the university museum

Headlines attacking UK universities for spending money on art are deeply misguided

23 Apr 2019
Illustration by Simon Landrein

Do volunteers still have a place in museums and cultural organisations?

The Art Fund is disbanding its volunteer network – is the culture sector becoming too professional?

23 Apr 2019
Le Quai Saint Michel et Notre-Dame de Paris (detail; 1901), Maximilien Luce. Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

‘Notre-Dame’s fortunes have merged with the destiny of France itself’

Over the centuries Notre-Dame de Paris has become much more than a place of worship – it is a symbol of a nation

18 Apr 2019
Seeking After the Fully Grown Dancer *deep within* (2016–2018), Paul Maheke. A version of this performance will be staged at the 58th Venice Biennale.

Performance art costs a lot to produce – but can it make money, too?

The status of performance may be on the up, but its place in the art market is still precarious

10 Apr 2019
Inside the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul.

Church, mosque and museum – the Hagia Sophia could be all things to all people

The status of the Byzantine church turned mosque turned museum shows no sign of being settled – but perhaps it shouldn’t be

4 Apr 2019
The Venice Installation: The Last Room , showing texts from several series (detail; 1990), Jenny Holzer.

Adios to the monoglot museum

For all the limitations of translation, it’s good to see artists and museums trying to cross language barriers

2 Apr 2019
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Should the Houses of Parliament be turned into a museum?

Ed Vaizey and Michael Hall debate whether politicians should relocate for good when the Palace of Westminster closes for repairs

1 Apr 2019
Assistants at work on Girl with Dolphin and Monkey Triple Popeye (Seascape), at Jeff Koons’ studio in New York, February 2010.

Is the era of superstar artists with scores of assistants coming to an end?

Recent layoffs by Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst suggest factory-style set-ups may be a thing of the past

29 Mar 2019
The Archduke Leopold William in his Picture Gallery in Brussels (detail; 1647–51), David Teniers the Younger. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

Museums need to move with the times – that’s why deaccessioning isn’t always bad news

In their missions to stay modern, institutions are sometimes right to reevaluate their holdings

14 Mar 2019
Carolee Schneemann holding a Venetian lion mask, photographed in London in May 2017, Photo: Benjamin McMahon

Catching up with Carolee Schneemann

Remembering an artist who was so far ahead of her time that her work is still full of revelations

8 Mar 2019
Karl Lagerfeld with Cara Delevingne during the Chanel show at Paris Fashion Week, 2014.

Karl Lagerfeld’s greatest creation was himself

The late couturier, photographer, art collector and ‘showman’ was a master of harnessing the power of the image

26 Feb 2019

Could federal museums be better prepared for US government shutdowns?

Federal museums were closed for more than a month during the recent shutdown. What can they do to protect themselves in the future?

25 Feb 2019
Detail of the Lander Stool.

Lagos is a better home for the Lander stool than London

The rare Yoruba artefact would mean more in a new museum in Lagos than it does in storage at the British Museum

22 Feb 2019
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp (detail; 1632), Rembrandt Van Rijn. Mauritshuis, The Hague.

Paintings suffer from breakouts, too – but what is ‘art acne’?

It’s not just the Old Masters that get spots – small bumps have started to erupt on modern paintings

22 Feb 2019
The Pyramid of Khafre (left) and the Great Pyramid of Giza (right), photographed in October 2018.

The pyramids at Giza looked very different when they were first built

The Egyptian pyramids were originally covered in smooth white limestone – as a casing stone now in Scotland shows

30 Jan 2019
Leda and the Swan, discovered in Pompeii.

The age of spectacular finds at Pompeii is far from over

The Great Pompeii Project’s restoration of the site has led to a stream of exciting discoveries

29 Jan 2019