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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

11 Jan 2018
Untitled (Shipwrecked Boat) (2016), Djamel Ameziane. On view in ‘Ode to the Sea’ at President’s Gallery, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York. Courtesy the artist and John Jay College

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

8 Jan 2018

A tribute to Gavin Stamp (1948–2017)

The great architecture critic and campaigner has died at the age of 69

4 Jan 2018
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Do we still need UNESCO?

The US is withdrawing from UNESCO (again) at the end of 2018. Has this international body outlived its usefulness?

2 Jan 2018
Installation view of 'A World of Fragile Parts', Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

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

15 Dec 2017

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

5 Dec 2017
President Emmanuel Macron

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?

30 Nov 2017
Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

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

27 Nov 2017
Salvator Mundi (c. 1500), Leonardo da Vinci. Christie's

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

16 Nov 2017
Detail of an X-ray showing the portrait of a woman believed to be Mary, Queen of Scots, underneath Adrian Vanson's portrait of Sir John Maitland.

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

15 Nov 2017
A picture taken on 12 October, 2017 shows the logo of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The United States and Israel have both announced their intention to withdraw from the organisation. JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images

What next for UNESCO?

The organisation’s new director general must find a way to promote diplomacy following the US’s withdrawal

10 Nov 2017

A tribute to Linda Nochlin (1931–2017)

It is difficult to overstate the importance of Nochlin’s scholarship for subsequent generations of art historians

7 Nov 2017
The Forge of Vulcan (detail; 17th century), attributed to Ary de Vois. Abingdon Guildhall

Solving art’s mysteries online

Can Art Detective’s crowd-sourced connoisseurship shed light on the history of mysterious paintings?

3 Nov 2017

Contemporary art museums can’t avoid conflicts of interest – but we need to trust their directors

Commercial interests and public institutions are inextricably entangled

1 Nov 2017
Three soldiers (from the Flagellation of Christ; 1360), Master of Agrafen, or a follower.

It’s time to talk about the ivory trade

Conservationists and connoisseurs needn’t be on opposing sides when discussing ivory

30 Oct 2017
Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance) (detail; 2013), Amy Sherald. Frances and Burton Reifler. © Amy Sherald

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

25 Oct 2017
Salvator Mundi (c. 1500), Leonardo da Vinci. Christie's

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?

23 Oct 2017
The Neues Palais, Potsdam in Sanssouci Park, PATRICK PLEUL/AFP/Getty Images

Preserving Prussia’s royal palaces

Will a grant of €400 million euros bring the phenomenal Prussian royal collections to wider attention?

19 Oct 2017
Frescoes in the Criptoporticus Domus, restored as part of the Great Pompeii Project, December 2015, MARIO LAPORTA/AFP/Getty Images

What can contemporary artists do for the ruins of Pompeii?

The sensitive juxtaposition of old and new could revive some of the site’s more neglected artefacts

18 Oct 2017
The Colosseum Seen from the Southeast, (c. 1700), Gaspar van Wittel, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Photo: Imaging department; Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum. Photo: Imaging department; © President and Fellows of Harvard College

Will the reform of Rome’s ruins be an improvement?

Will the new Colosseum archaeological park improve the upkeep of Rome’s most important ruins?

3 Oct 2017
Artwork on concrete blocks acting as bollards on 4 July, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

The art of anti-terrorism

Artists and urban planners are finding creative ways to brighten up the concrete blocks and barriers that pepper today’s urban spaces

27 Sep 2017
Gillian Wearing with a model of suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett, Photo: Caroline Teo/GLA/PA

‘Millicent Fawcett and Gillian Wearing are a winning combination’

The design for Millicent Fawcett’s statue breaks the mould, but Parliament Square is a problematic site

26 Sep 2017
Letters from W.B. Yeats to Olivia Shakespear, part of the Yeats Family Collection be auctioned at Sotheby's London on 27 September

The Yeats Collection sale is only the latest sign of Ireland’s broken heritage export system

It’s time for leading cultural figures to work with the state to reform Irish heritage protection

25 Sep 2017
Illustration: The Lindström Effect

Is sound art getting a fair hearing in museums?

Sound art often seems like video art’s poor relation in museums, but is its struggle for status starting to pay off?

25 Sep 2017