‘It should not be to its past that the ICA is beholden, rather the needs of the present and future’

London’s ICA welcomes its new director this month ahead of its 70th anniversary next year. But what should an ICA look like in the 21st century?

31 Oct 2016

Why has it taken early Chinese photography so long to emerge from the shadows?

Stephan Loewentheil has been on a 35-year-long quest to collect and display historic photographs of China

31 Oct 2016
A pro-AKP rally in Istanbul, Turkey, after the failed coup attempt of 15 July 2016.

Turkey’s art scene was booming. Now, it’s braced for trouble

Turkey’s art scene has been growing for years, but has struggled in the wake of the failed coup attempt of 15 July and subsequent government crackdowns

28 Oct 2016

‘Another manifestation of the barbarism that has overwhelmed this country’

Walsall’s New Art Gallery is one of the best buildings to come out of the UK’s Millennium celebrations. Can it survive the devastating budget cuts it faces?

27 Oct 2016
The Museum of Nonhumanity is the latest iteration of 'The History of Others', an ongoing project by artist Terike Haapoja and writer Laura Gustafsson. Helsinki.

Helsinki’s artists are world class – but recognition has to start at home

Both government and business need to realise how much the art scene here is worth celebrating, and sooner rather than later

25 Oct 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

Remembering Anne Crookshank (1927–2016)

Irish art history owes a huge debt to the pioneering contribution of Anne Crookshank

24 Oct 2016

Hoping for a miracle as Inverleith House shuts its doors

‘The decision to shut Inverleith House is sudden, shocking and sad’

21 Oct 2016
Does Brussels need the Pompidou?

Why Brussels really needs the Centre Pompidou

The local argument that sparked an international museum partnership between Belgium’s capital and the Centre Pompidou

19 Oct 2016
Art History drops off the school curriculum in England.

Make no mistake, art history is a hard subject. What’s soft is the decision to scrap it

Exam board AQA is to scrap art history A-level. It’s a crazy decision to take just as public perception of the subject is changing

15 Oct 2016
Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside, one of the key sites for the planned 'Great Exhibition of the North'.

The Great Exhibition of the North is welcome – but let’s not forget the bigger picture

I’m looking forward to a moment when there isn’t the perception of a centre and a margin, of north and south

11 Oct 2016

Capability Brown’s landscapes were designed to be a snob’s paradise

‘A major part of the appeal of his landscapes was that they were out of reach of the nouveau riche’

6 Oct 2016

Top tips for the Tate leadership

Nicholas Serota has carved out an extraordinary cultural leadership role during his 30 years at the Tate. Who can fill his shoes?

30 Sep 2016
The artists fighting to save Hackney Wick. Photo: Elliot Sheppard

The artists working to save Hackney Wick

Hackney Wick has over 600 studios, but gentrification is forcing artists out. Can locals preserve the area as a creative hub?

30 Sep 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
Ivory diptych showing images of the muses together with ancient scholars or scientists (5th century), possibly Gaul. Musée du Louvre.

A golden opportunity to protect antique ivory

It’s time to acknowledge, once and for all, that bona fide antiques are simply not a concern when it comes to tackling the illegal trade in African ivory

20 Sep 2016

The real challenge facing Arts Council England’s leaders

As Nicholas Serota is confirmed as the arts council’s new chair, chief executive Darren Henley’s new book lays out some key ideas

8 Sep 2016
Kelmscott Manor, the summer home of Victorian designer and poet William Morris, is to undergo renovation work

The ‘old house by the Thames’ that inspired William Morris

Morris found peace and happiness at Kelmscott Manor in the Cotswolds. Now, work is underway to preserve its unique character for future visitors

7 Sep 2016

The Mali cultural destruction trial at the ICC poses a moral dilemma

Beyond the symbolic value of Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi’s trial, many complex political and philosophical questions remain

6 Sep 2016
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