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Nymph Removing a Thorn from a Greyhound’s Foot (1848), Richard James Wyatt. Temple Newsam, Leeds. Photo: Art UK / Leeds Museums and Galleries

Public sculpture in the UK is about to become more visible

Art UK, which last year launched a digital catalogue of every oil painting in public ownership, has embarked on an equivalent project for sculpture

22 Jun 2017
National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C. Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC

America needs its history museums more than ever

The discovery of a noose at the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a grim justification of its existence

15 Jun 2017
The first estate of its kind in the Cheryomushki district of Moscow.

Why are there mass protests about Moscow’s mass-produced housing?

Moscow’s Khrushchev-era apartment blocks are hardly good housing, but their residents are unlikely to get a better replacement

14 Jun 2017
Illustration by Anja Sušanj/Dutch Uncle

Is LA’s art scene growing too quickly?

In the last few years LA’s art scene has grown immeasurably. But as rents rise and experimental spaces get priced out, is LA’s arrival on the international art stage worth it?

29 May 2017
Front cover of the catalogue to accompany the ROSC ’71 exhibition in Dublin

‘The first ROSC exhibition was, by all accounts, a seismic event’

Looking back on Ireland’s ROSC art exhibitions, which ran from 1967–88

29 May 2017

Is this a golden age for older artists?

Innovation and potential are not merely the preserve of the younger generation – as these artists are proving

29 May 2017
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Do artists’ lives get in the way of their work?

An exhibition of Eric Gill’s art in Ditchling raises questions about how far we can separate art from life. Should biography shape our understanding of an artist’s work?

26 May 2017

The productive failures of Vito Acconci

Remembering the pioneering performance artist Vito Acconci, who died in April aged 77

22 May 2017
Stormont

The real threat to Northern Ireland’s museums

Funding cuts are a danger, but it’s the more insidious changes to the structure and attitude of public sector that we should really worry about

15 May 2017
Peter Laszlo Peri's 'Sunbathers', rediscovered at the Clarendon Hotel, London, in February 2017. © Historic England

When artists fall through the cracks of history

Was it concrete or Communism that caused modernist sculptor Peter Laszlo Peri’s slide into obscurity?

11 May 2017
A New Orleans city worker wears body armour and a face covering as he measures the Jefferson Davis monument on 4 May, 2017, in New Orleans, Loiusiana. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Dismantling America’s monuments to white supremacy

Four Confederate monuments are to be removed from the streets of New Orleans, but their painful legacy endures

10 May 2017
The Fearless Girl (front) statue stands facing the 'Charging Bull' as tourists take pictures in New York on 12 April, 2017. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

Why this fearless girl should stand her ground

New York’s famous ‘Charging Bull’ statue has company – and despite all the controversy, the new arrival has every right to be there

5 May 2017

Fifty years of The Velvet Underground

It tanked in 1967, but the band’s debut album, produced by Andy Warhol, was still the best pop cultural achievement of its decade

4 May 2017
Portraits of Christophe Plantin (1616) and Jan I Moretus (1613/16) by Peter Paul Rubens, Plantin-Moretus Museum, Antwerp

‘A good business, like a family, needs a myth’

For 300 years, the Plantin-Moretus family in Antwerp ran one of Europe’s most important printing presses

3 May 2017
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Why the Israel Museum is searching for a new director… again

Weeks after Eran Neuman took up the directorship, he left. What’s going on at the Israel Museum?

1 May 2017

Boris, you owe us £37 million

The Garden Bridge Trust should be pursued for the public money it has wasted

29 Apr 2017
French presidential election candidate of the far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen visits a private museum in the castle of Jaunay-Clan on 3 April, 2017. GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images

French culture: a presidential battleground

Where do the two remaining French presidential candidates stand on culture?

28 Apr 2017
Percussion shotgun (dated 1862), made by LePage Moutier for the 1862 International Exhibition in South Kensington. From the W. Keith Neal collection. © Royal Armouries

Collecting historic firearms in the 21st century

Where is the line between antique firearms suitable for inclusion in historic collections, and weapons requiring a licence?

27 Apr 2017
The displays in the Museum of Islamic Art were redesigned by Adrien Gardère in 2010, Photo: B.O'Kane/Alamy Stock Photo

How Islamic is Cairo’s Museum of Islamic art?

The definition of ‘Islamic’ at Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art lacks nuance, but so do our wider conversations about Islam

24 Apr 2017
No. 1 Poultry, London, designed by James Stirling Michael Wilford Associates and completed in 1998.

The Battle of No. 1 Poultry

No. 1 Poultry is now Britain’s youngest listed building, but it was once the site of a remarkable struggle between the developer and conservationists

24 Apr 2017

Do museum directors need curatorial experience?

It takes all manner of skills and qualities to run a top institution – or at least to do it well.

24 Apr 2017
Glassmasters working on Pieke Bergman's piece for 'Glasstress 2009'. Courtesy of Fondazione Berengo

Venice must keep its Murano glass industry intact

The future of the historic craft will only be secure if contemporary artists and audiences understand it better

24 Apr 2017
Dance Mask (detail; c. 1900), unrecorded artist, Yup'ik, Alaska. Promised gift of Charles and Valerie Diker. Photo: Dirk Bakker

Native American art hasn’t changed, but museums have

The Metropolitan Museum is finally showing Native art in its American galleries. This is important, but only as a reflection on museums themselves

21 Apr 2017
Painted Hall Ceiling Tours. © ORNC

Is accessible conservation more than a PR trick?

How sceptical should we be of the move towards a more transparent approach to cultural heritage?

3 Apr 2017