‘He found the extraordinary everywhere’ – a tribute to Atta Kwami (1956–2021)
The Ghanaian artist’s vivid prints, paintings and architectural structures were inspired by inner-city life in Kumasi
Outer space – the final frontier for the art market?
Objects that leave Earth may reach astronomical prices on their return – but there are other reasons for sending art into space
Britain’s oldest synagogue is safe for now – but developers still threaten its future
Bevis Marks has seen off the latest threat to its existence, but such a significant site deserves much better
Is this a golden age for art galleries?
Georgina Adam and Andrew Russeth wonder if changing circumstances might not suit bricks-and-mortar galleries down to the ground
Wong Kar-Wai gets nostalgic
The director’s sale of unseen footage from ‘In the Mood for Love’ reminds us that the Hong Kong of his films is fast disappearing
Street smart – how to own a piece of London’s West End
A set of Misha Black’s famous street signs is going under the hammer – and it’s the closest most of us will get to owning some prime London property
Does the art world have a sense of humour?
Susan Moore and Niru Ratman wonder if anyone is still enjoying themselves
Boundary issues – the uneasy art of Chuck Close
It was always a mistake to take the painter’s portraits at face value, writes Nancy Princenthal – and we shouldn’t have any illusions about the man either
Georgia’s greatest museum has been saved from demolition, apparently – but for how long?
The fate of the Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts in Tbilisi remains uncertain, with curators ordered to evacuate its vast collection within six months
How the Marquis de Sade became a pillar of the French establishment
The state has just shelled out €4million for the libertine’s most notorious work – how times have changed
‘He transformed how sculpture is made’ – a tribute to Phillip King (1934–2021)
The British artist was a titan of modern sculpture – and following his example, it would never be the same again
How a smashed-up bass guitar became the ultimate punk rock relic
The Clash bassist’s pulverised instrument can now be worshipped at the Museum of London
A year after the blast, Beirut is in crisis – but look hard, and there are small signs of hope
With chaos in Lebanon and Beirut in crisis, the resilience of the city’s artists and heritage workers is something of a miracle
What should happen to colonial collections that weren’t looted?
Museums should lead conversations about archives and artefacts gathered in former colonies – and not leave the objects gathering dust
The saga of the Salvator Mundi is catnip for film-makers
Two documentaries on the ‘lost Leonardo’ have found the story’s sensationalism irresistible – but hard facts are as absent as the painting itself
We need a fair and formal process for restitution claims – but what would that look like?
As calls grow for the return of objects acquired during the colonial era, the assessment of claims requires an independent process
Remembering Sir Nicholas Goodison (1934–2021), the City grandee with a scholar’s eye for the decorative arts
Nicholas Goodison had a distinguished career in the City – but he will also be remembered for his scholarly and philanthropic contributions to the arts
The cultural lives of the Neanderthals
The discovery of an engraved bone in Germany offers yet more evidence that our distant cousins were creatively minded
Why are painters getting pushed out of public spaces?
The privatisation of public space in UK cities means that artists are being made to feel increasingly unwelcome
Diana was a fashion icon, so why is her statue in Kensington Gardens so badly dressed?
The disappointing bronze figure raises the difficult question of what a well-dressed statue should wear these days
Tim Berners-Lee said the World Wide Web was for everyone, so why has he sold its source code as an NFT?
The sale at auction raises complex questions about who owns the internet today
Will unions make a difference at US museums?
Union drives have accelerated during the pandemic, but museum workers have been frustrated with management for years, write Dana Kopel and Maxwell L. Anderson
The path to self-improvement, according to Marina Abramovic
The artist has partnered up with WeTransfer to create a digital version of the Abramovic Method, a series of exercises that will test your patience to its limit
Should museums be dabbling in NFTs?
Bernadine Bröcker Wieder and Douglas McCarthy consider what museums are really selling when they mint NFTs – and what serious collectors want