Artists’ models are real people – we mustn’t forget this when we look at art
Recent debates over the art of Chuck Close, Balthus, and others remind us of the intertwined nature of ethics and aesthetics
Why bringing the Bayeux Tapestry to Britain is a mammoth task
The 1000-year-old embroidery will have to move while its French home undergoes renovations, but should it be coming to the UK?
Why the Louvre needs a Byzantine art section
As the popularity of recent shows proves, Paris is ready for a permanent space devoted to Byzantine art and its influence
Has Liverpool squandered the legacy of its year as city of culture?
Ten years on from its tenure as European Capital of Culture, the city and its heritage face a precarious future
Should Britain stop building museums?
A recent government report says it should – but with limited public funding available, can Britain’s existing museums grow?
What the end of net neutrality might mean for museums
The vote to repeal net neutrality in the US poses a problem for museums trying to connect with new audiences
Nicola Gordon Bowe (1948–2018)
The scholar, teacher and advocate of the applied arts of 20th-century Ireland has died at the age of 69
Why we need to free art by prisoners from behind bars
The Pentagon wants to ban the display of art by Guantánamo detainees – but it’s important that we engage with art made in captivity
A tribute to Gavin Stamp (1948–2017)
The great architecture critic and campaigner has died at the age of 69
Do we still need UNESCO?
The US is withdrawing from UNESCO (again) at the end of 2018. Has this international body outlived its usefulness?
Why it’s time to talk seriously about digital reproductions
The V&A has launched a new declaration on the reproduction of art and heritage in a digital age
What will Trump’s tax reforms mean for the art market?
The US is planning to eliminate ‘like-kind’ exchanges for artworks, a key tax deferral tool for the art trade
Why Macron shouldn’t gamble on a heritage lottery fund
Should the French government be launching a heritage lottery fund when the UK version is in decline?
Should we be worried about the future of small galleries?
Following a flurry of closures, is the future bleak for small galleries – or might new initiatives serve to rejuvenate them
The sale of ‘the last Leonardo’ is a triumph for the dark art of marketing
Christie’s pulled out all the stops for the sale of ‘Salvator Mundi’ – and its efforts have more than paid off
Why are there so few portraits of Mary, Queen of Scots?
The discovery of a hidden painting highlights that very few depictions of the queen date from during her lifetime
What next for UNESCO?
The organisation’s new director general must find a way to promote diplomacy following the US’s withdrawal
A tribute to Linda Nochlin (1931–2017)
It is difficult to overstate the importance of Nochlin’s scholarship for subsequent generations of art historians
Solving art’s mysteries online
Can Art Detective’s crowd-sourced connoisseurship shed light on the history of mysterious paintings?
Contemporary art museums can’t avoid conflicts of interest – but we need to trust their directors
Commercial interests and public institutions are inextricably entangled
It’s time to talk about the ivory trade
Conservationists and connoisseurs needn’t be on opposing sides when discussing ivory
How paintings of the Obamas will shake up American portraiture
Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have won the commissions to paint the former U.S. president and first lady
What’s behind Leonardo’s unique allure?
The news that Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ is to be auctioned at Christie’s has caused quite a stir. Why is his work so important to people?
Museum collections in the UK need a brand new strategy
Both the Mendoza Review and David Cannadine’s recent ‘Why Collect?’ report are too limited in scope