Artists and auction houses alike contribute to the comic excesses of their world – but are they in on the joke?
A 73,000-year-old fragment of stone marked with red lines raises questions about the nature of aesthetic experience
In a new pilot scheme, every 18 year old in France will get €500 to spend on culture next year
Biennials are a mainstay of the contemporary art world, but their purpose seems increasingly unclear
Artworks produced using artificial intelligence have long confounded viewers
Some 20 of the famous stone statues can be found in leading museums – and now campaigners want them back
The controversy over the expansion of the Frick has been resolved, but questions surrounding the preservation of New York’s historic buildings remain
The statue has been in Paris for nearly two centuries, but does it belong back on the island of Milos?
The site of Emmeline Pankhurst’s statue in Westminster was chosen by her fellow suffragists – there is no reason for it to change
The industry is currently geared to private individuals, but perhaps museums should consider it, too
The sculptor has made quietly effective political work in the past. Will he do so again next year?
New research methods will help distinguish Robert Burns’ texts from forgeries – but will it change how we read him?
A table owned by the author has been export stopped in the UK – a situation that Dickens himself would have relished
The List, which documents the thousands of people who have died trying to reach Europe, was torn down from hoardings in Liverpool
The National Gallery’s acquisition of a work by the painter is welcome – not least because baroque women artists were long neglected
How the city’s long-term residents are fostering a thriving arts scene
Museums across the UK are able to borrow from the national collections, but they need external support to do so
The proliferation of biennials and art fairs has brought with it the rise of a jet-set elite. Do such events encourage meaningful engagement?
The new Renzo Piano-designed Istanbul Modern is set to open in 2021, but will it signal a return to health for the country’s art scene?
A revolution in chemical-imaging techniques is bringing us closer to the original visions of artists such as Van Gogh
In the run-up to the 500th anniversary of the artist’s birth, getting other museums to lend you their Leonardo is no mean feat
The devastating fire at the Glasgow School of Art means that incredibly difficult decisions lie ahead
While recent reports suggest Caravaggio’s stolen Nativity may be intact in Switzerland, it’s worth treading carefully
In the debate surrounding the Maqdala artefacts, the significance of the individual objects is often ignored