Are artists justified in boycotting Israel?

Calls for cultural and academic boycotts of Israel continue to hit the headlines. Should we regard such politically charged stances as divisive or necessary for change?

30 Nov 2015
Blythe House in west London, where the British Museum currently holds some 2,000 objects in storage.

Autumn Statement brings relief but also unanswered questions for the arts

Arts sector funding fared surprisingly well in the latest spending review, but questions remain, not least over the fate of municipal museums

27 Nov 2015

It is hard to overstate the gravity of the Castelvecchio thefts

The loss of 17 masterpieces is a disaster for the Italian museum sector

25 Nov 2015

What next for the Serpentine?

The retirement of co-director Julia Peyton-Jones comes at a time when the Serpentine and other London institutions are at a turning point

20 Nov 2015

Is cultural destruction a matter for the International Criminal Court?

Al Faqi’s trial for alleged destruction in Timbuktu is a humanitarian issue: the art is incidental

11 Nov 2015

An Unexpected Discovery at the Royal Academy

The long lost Charter of the Society of Artists has been found in a box of ‘Artists’ Memorabilia’

Art Masters of Instagram: 9 Accounts Worth Following

Artists, curators, collectors and dealers are flocking to it. Who should you be watching?

3 Nov 2015

Editor’s Letter: Spirituality in Modern Art

The Palazzo Strozzi’s ‘Divine Beauty’ exhibition presents a complex and engaging vision of modern sacred art

23 Oct 2015

Museums should embrace event art’s mass appeal

James Turrell’s light show at Houghton Hall is the perfect example of how event art can be truly illuminating

19 Oct 2015

A rare Constable comes to market

A ‘six-footer’ version of Constable’s The Lock has come to market for the first time in 160 years. But who will want to take this monumental painting home?

19 Oct 2015

We can’t ‘save’ Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, and it would be wrong to try

Art constructed in nature must be subordinate to it

8 Oct 2015

Kapoor’s moral right to keep hateful graffiti in place: a legal perspective

A look at the legal issues underpinning the story of Anish Kapoor’s vandalised ‘Dirty Corner’

7 Oct 2015

Don’t want your public sculpture to get copied? Then make better public sculpture

Rachel Whiteread’s ‘House’ would never work as a Chinese knock-off

6 Oct 2015

A summer of blunders at the French Culture Ministry

The sudden sacking of Nicolas Bourriaud suggests a fundamental misunderstanding of the art world

Could the antiquities trade do more to combat looting?

As the destruction of archaeological sites in Syria and Iraq continues, what can dealers of legal antiquities do to end the trade in illegally obtained artefacts, and the looting it encourages?

28 Sep 2015

Ambitious plans for Gainsborough’s birthplace

Can a small museum in a Suffolk market town become a major centre for the study of the artist’s work?

24 Sep 2015

Communications and Collaboration: debating the future of museums in Istanbul

‘The days of museums hoarding information are over.’

16 Sep 2015

Ai Weiwei: A Chinese Artist Abroad

The Chinese dissident artist has made it to the UK. Is it time now to let his art do the talking?

16 Sep 2015

The Rise of Sound Art

Bang on trend? Music and audio are filling gallery spaces across the globe

15 Sep 2015

Can 3D recording help preserve threatened sites in Syria and Iraq?

The complicated truth behind optimistic media reports

11 Sep 2015

State of the art? Federal arts funding cuts in Australia

Arts minister George Brandis criticised for moving $105m of the country’s arts funding into government control

10 Sep 2015
UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn: Hopeless case or saviour of the arts?

The MP for North Islington is that rare thing at Westminster, a politician who is actually interested in the arts

3 Sep 2015

Diary: on Francis Haskell

The enduring intellectual influence of Francis Haskell, the ‘historian’s art historian’ who reshaped the whole discipline.

31 Aug 2015