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The statue of Edward Colston in Bristol, photographed in c. 1895–1900.

Monumental folly – what Colston’s statue says about Victorian Bristol

The statue of the 18th-century slave trader is the result of a 19th-century attempt to sanitise the past

18 Jun 2020
Protesters throwing the statue of Edward Colston into Bristol harbour on 7 June 2020.

The art of creative destruction

Hew Locke imagined redecorating the statue of the slave trader Edward Colston more than a decade ago. If only Bristol City Council had let him

10 Jun 2020
The British Museum has created its virtual tour with Google Arts & Culture

The virtues and vices of virtual museum tours

Many would-be museum visitors trying digital tours for the first time have found that the experience can be very mixed

9 Jun 2020
Installation view of Here (2013) by Thomson & Craighead on Greenwich Peninsula.

Lessons from a lonely city – walking through lockdown London has been a revelation

We’re all flâneurs now. So what would help us get even more out of walking through our local areas?

4 Jun 2020
A protest in Detroit on May 29, 2020, during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd. Photo: Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images

Expressions of empathy are not enough – it’s time for US museums to act

Art museums that consider themselves places of reflection should be thinking harder about what they are for and what needs to change

4 Jun 2020
Courtesy Houghton Hall

Home alone at Houghton – life in lockdown at one of England’s great houses

Splendid the isolation may be at the great Palladian hall and estate in Norfolk – but a sense of purpose is missing without visitors, write its chatelains

Open access to collections is a no-brainer – it’s a clear-cut extension of any museum’s mission

Providing open access to digitised collections has spurred creativity and research worldwide – so why are the UK’s flagship museums so slow on the uptake?

The fireplace in the Farleys Dining Room at Farleys House, Muddles Green, Sussex.

Homes from home – on house museums in lockdown

Transporting yourself to house museums is a consolation during lockdown – but they face a precarious future

29 May 2020
The Smith-Clarke Senior ‘iron lung’ from 1953, exhibited in the medicine galleries at the Science Museum, London.

In a global health crisis, science museums have a lot to offer – even while shut

From online exhibitions on past epidemics to new collecting projects, these institutions bear witness to the unfolding of history

20 May 2020
Thomas Sokolowski (1950–2020).

A tribute to Thomas W. Sokolowski (1950–2020)

Remembering the pioneering museum director, who co-founded Visual AIDS in New York and innovated at the Andy Warhol Museum

18 May 2020
Making Fishcakes, Late Afternoon, December (detail; 2019), Caroline Walker.

‘We are pretty well practised at isolation’ – how artists have been coping with quarantine

Some artists, such as Ilya Kabakov and Caroline Walker, are finding solace in their work – when not distracted by fears about the post-pandemic future

13 May 2020
Connell (Paul Mescal) and Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) on holiday in Italy in episode eight of Normal People.

Vermeer, Duchamp and Sally Rooney

The hit novel-turned-TV show is a love story, but it’s also a portrait of a young man becoming an artist

13 May 2020
The Humvees of Call of Duty.

What does it mean to regard video games as works of art?

A long-running debate has been revived by a court ruling that the realism of ‘Call of Duty’ makes it a work of art

6 May 2020
Houses of Parliament

MPs should move out of the Palace of Westminster immediately – and start restoring the building right now

With parliamentarians dialling in, the magic of Westminster has evaporated – so there’s no excuse not to move ahead with restoring the Houses of Parliament right now

5 May 2020
St Augustine's Church, Highbury.

In search of art during lockdown

We’ve all been visiting museums of the mind – but can also take in the art on our doorsteps

4 May 2020
Illustration: David Biskup

Has the digital museum finally come of age?

Thomas Campbell and Adam Koszary ask whether the online experience can ever compare to being in a physical gallery

4 May 2020
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

How far can museums go to stay afloat during the current crisis?

An art lawyer considers the implications of deaccessioning works and dipping into endowment funds

27 Apr 2020
Thomas Cromwell (detail), (1532–33), Hans Holbein. The Frick Collection, New York.

‘Hilary Mantel brings her characters to life with as much clarity as a Holbein portrait’

The novelist’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy suggestively fills in what art historians can only guess at

23 Apr 2020
A scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the cord fragment found at Abri du Maras.

String theory – what an ancient cord fragment reveals about the Neanderthal mind

The discovery of the world’s oldest known piece of string shows that our Neanderthal cousins were craftier than is sometimes assumed

22 Apr 2020
Photo: Issouf Sanogo/AFP via Getty Images

It’s high time art businesses beefed up their cybersecurity

Two art lawyers look at the simple steps businesses can take to protect themselves and their clients from online scams

Wilsis (2016), Jaume Plensa, installation view at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Shetland cattle and sparkling sculptures – on Yorkshire Sculpture Park in lockdown

The director of programme at YSP outlines the unique challenges – and consolations – of shuttering the site

14 Apr 2020

What now for art businesses? Thoughts from an art lawyer in a time of crisis

What steps can art businesses take to temper the risks they face during the Covid-19 pandemic?

2 Apr 2020
André Malraux, in his role as culture minister, inaugurating an Impressionist exhibition in Paris in 1966.

Has André Malraux’s imaginary museum come into its own?

The French writer and politician is widely credited as the inventor of the ‘virtual’ or ‘imaginary’ museum – but what exactly did he have in mind?

2 Apr 2020
Mirror Improvisation (2005), Joan Jonas.

Dragging out the HDMI cable – how to watch video art at home

Moving-image work seems particularly suited to our increasingly online existences

1 Apr 2020