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Art students and protesters gather at the Gallery of NSW on 15 July, 2016 in Sydney, Australia

Trouble at Sydney’s art schools

The current problems facing Sydney’s art schools have big implications for the visual arts in Australia

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
Peter Doig.

Why should a court decide the authenticity of a living artist’s work?

When an artist has to prove in court that a painting isn’t his, it’s time to start asking questions about how we authenticate art

26 Aug 2016
Sarcophagus and lid with portraits of husband and wife (detail; late 4th–early 3rd century BC), Etruscan; Volcanic tuff.

What can two Etruscan sarcophagi teach us about ourselves?

How contemplating historic art can change the way people think about contemporary society – and about themselves

24 Aug 2016

Threatened Keith Haring mural says a lot about how we value public art

This is but one more example of the vulnerability of art beyond the gallery walls

18 Aug 2016

Restitution made easy? Germany rethinks how it deals with Nazi-looted art

Reforms to the Limbach Commission, which deals with restitution claims, are welcome – but they won’t be enough

17 Aug 2016
Hand stencils with mutilated little finger at the Djulirri rock art site in the Wellington Range of Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia.

It’s time rock art was better protected

Rock art around the world is increasingly at risk of being destroyed. How can important ancient sites be better cared for?

17 Aug 2016

The photographer who gave her images away

A photographer who gave her images to the Library of Congress for free claims that two photo stock libraries have been charging for their use.

10 Aug 2016

Let’s hope the Great Exhibition of the North will live up to its name

The project needs to follow historical examples if it is to avoid the shambles of the Millennium Experience

8 Aug 2016

Make Rio great again!

Brasília is a failed, sterile city. It’s time that Rio became the capital of Brazil again

5 Aug 2016

Jousting is closer to performance art than an Olympic sport

English Heritage wants jousting to be recognised as an Olympic sport – but perhaps it’s a more complicated activity altogether?

29 Jul 2016

Why do corporations collect art – and what should they do with it?

Forming a corporate art collection is easy, but keeping it together is hard – and selling it is even harder.

28 Jul 2016

How can we save culture heritage sites from climate change?

The combination of climate change and apathy is a perfect storm for cultural sites around the world

27 Jul 2016

Has Le Corbusier stopped being an ogre?

17 buildings by Le Corbusier are now on the World Heritage list. Why has it taken so long?

25 Jul 2016

Arts Council England rethinks its funding process

Arts Council England is making significant changes to its investment processes: a round-up of the key headlines and implications for the culture sector

21 Jul 2016
Remnants (2011–2016), Liisa Roberts.

Outside the museum: art on Helsinki’s islands

Is the redevelopment of Finland’s open spaces changing how local artists work?

19 Jul 2016
The Angkor-period temple of Banteay Top, within the Banteay Chhmar acquisition block. Lidar revealed details of a large earthen enclosure and additional temple sites and occupation areas in the vicinity of this large stone temple.

Airborne technology is revealing Cambodia’s extraordinary medieval history

Cambodia’s historic temples are some of the most impressive in the world, but there’s so much more hidden beneath the forest floor

16 Jul 2016

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
Spanish police arrested seven people in connection with the theft of five Francis Bacon paintings earlier this year

How technology is changing the way we tackle art theft

Smartphones and digital cameras are new sources of evidence for investigators, but they can also aid art thieves

7 Jul 2016
NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit will happen. The British culture sector needs a new plan

If anything is going to come out of this shock to the system, there are lessons to be learned

5 Jul 2016

What is a European Capital of Culture for?

Can San Sebastián, one of this year’s European Capitals of Culture, provide some answers?

27 Jun 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
Contemporary Istanbul 2015

Art and instability in Istanbul

Anyone who witnessed Istanbul’s rise as a cosmopolitan hub over the past decade will notice the stark change that has come over it this year

Switch House, Tate Modern

Why has Tate consigned painting to history?

Painting isn’t dead, but it has been prematurely buried in Tate Modern’s Boiler House

20 Jun 2016