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Ruskin and Gombrich: revisiting two art historical heavyweights

Amid a wealth of events celebrating the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth we reconsider the breadth of this Victorian polymath’s achievements, and we talk to two experts in E.H. Gombrich, writer of The Story of Art and Art and Illusion.


Antony Gormley at the Uffizi, plus portrait miniatures

We talk to the British artist as he shows his sculptures with ancient works in the Florentine museum, and we zoom in on the tiny art works made in Elizabethan and Jacobean times that are the subject of a major show at the National Portrait Gallery in London.


Can artists live off art alone? Plus, Los Angeles

Two-thirds of artists in the UK earn less than £5,000 per year from their art, according to a new survey. We speak to the art advisor James Doeser who worked on the study and the artist Tai Shani about the bleak reality of working as an artist in Britain today. Then, as the inaugural Frieze Los Angeles gets underway, our correspondent Jori Finkel discusses whether Frieze will succeed where other fairs have failed. This year's Desert X exhibition in Palm Springs is also reviewed.


Tracey Emin on mourning and #MeToo; George Shaw on realism and Rembrandt

We talk to Tracey Emin as A Fortnight of Tears, her exhibition at White Cube, opens. And we visit Bath to talk to George Shaw, whose show A Corner of a Foreign Field has arrived at the Holborne Museum after its stint at the Yale Center for British Art in the US.


Mapplethorpe at the Guggenheim, Bill Viola at the Royal Academy

We talk to the people behind major exhibitions on both sides of the Atlantic: Ben Luke meets Kira Perov, Bill Viola's wife and collaborator, at the Bill Viola / Michelangelo show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, while Nancy Kenney talks to the curator of the new Robert Mapplethorpe show at the Guggenheim.


Female old masters — prominence at last. Plus, Condo

We speak to curators Letizia Treves and Jordana Pomeroy about the growing trend to bring historical female artists to the fore. Plus, Kate MacGarry tells us about participating in the collaborative gallery exhibition programme Condo London.


2019: Market predictions and the best events

A bumper podcast featuring two roundtable discussions. First, art market specialist Georgina Adam ponders the current situation in the market and considers its future with Victoria Siddall, the director of the Frieze fairs, Francis Outred, the former head of postwar and contemporary art at Christie’s, and the art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac. Then, our correspondents Louisa Buck and Jane Morris join our host Ben Luke to look ahead at the museum openings, biennials, anniversaries and exhibitions...


The Year in Review

Our London and New York teams ponder 2018's biggest art stories


Should looted African art be returned?

In the wake of the Savoy-Sarr report commissioned by French President Emmanuel Macron, we discuss the pros and cons of returning colonial artefacts to Africa with the campaigner Vicky Ngari-Wilson and Nicholas Thomas, Director, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge. Curator of African art at the Cleveland Museum of Art Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi tells us about his innovative solutions.


Olafur Eliasson on climate change and the threat to heritage. Plus, Art Basel in Miami Beach

We talk to the Danish-Icelandic artist about the urgent threat to the environment as his work Ice Watch, featuring chunks of glacier, go on show outside Tate Modern and Bloomberg’s HQ in London. We also discuss the potentially catastrophic effects of sea level rise to Mediterranean and European heritage with Anna Somers Cocks. And we talk to David Castillo, the Miami gallerist, as Art Basel makes its annual return to Florida.


Edmund de Waal exclusive interview, plus Roma persecution

We speak to Edmund de Waal, the ceramic artist and author of the Hare with Amber Eyes, about the incredible journey of his netsuke collection and the current state of nazi-loot restitution. Plus, on occasion of his show in London, artist Krzysztof Gil describes the tragic history of “Roma hunting” and the continued plight of the community today.


The Beatles' White Album: the band, the artist, the dealer. Plus, art in Dubai

We talk to Andrew Wilson at the Tate and Harriet Vyner, Robert Fraser's biographer about one of the greatest albums, and album covers, of all time. And we visit the new Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai.


David Hockney: exclusive interview with the world's most expensive living artist

We talk to Hockney about Van Gogh, printmaking and the Bayeaux Tapestry but also about Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), which broke auction record this week. We also look at the personal heartbreak behind the painting with Lawrence Weschler and analyse the trends of the New York auctions so far with Melanie Gerlis.


Warhol (part two): Jeremy Deller and Shadows

In the second part of our Andy Warhol special, we talk to the British artist about meeting Warhol, his life-changing trip to the Factory and Warhol’s legacy. We also discuss Dia’s vast installation of the Shadow paintings (1978-79): are they "disco decor” as Warhol remarked, or one of the central bodies of work in his career, unifying many key themes and strands?


Warhol (part one): the Whitney retrospective, in depth

An in-depth interview with Donna De Salvo, organiser of the vast Andy Warhol show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. De Salvo takes us through all the key Warhol landmarks, from his early life as a commercial artist through his 1960s Pop art breakthrough and his films and celebrity portraits, to his late appropriations of Leonardo’s Last Supper and the catholicism that underpinned his interest in that work. We also hear about his relationship with a certain Donald Trump.


Don’t call me a woman artist: overlooked Surrealists. Plus, Klimt/Schiele

We talk to Alyce Mahon, the curator of the Dorothea Tanning exhibition now in Madrid, and curatorial adviser for the Leonor Fini show in New York about the art and life of the two surrealist artists. Meanwhile, in New York, we discuss how Klimt and Schiele compare, with curator and art dealer Jane Kallir, as a spate of shows open in Europe and the US.


Bruce Nauman’s New York takeover. Plus, the British Museum’s new Islamic art galleries

We discuss the vast Bruce Nauman retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 New York and chart the British Museum's Islamic collection's journey from dusty back rooms to grand light-filled spaces.


The Gainsborough murders. Plus, RoseLee Goldberg on performance

We talk to the researchers who uncovered the grisly murders in the family of the young Thomas Gainsborough. Plus, RoseLee Goldberg tells us all about her new book on performance art.


Banksy self destructs at Sotheby’s, plus Bauhaus pioneer Anni Albers

We go behind the scenes of one of the most publicised stunts in auction history with our correspondent Anny Shaw, who was there that evening. Then we get a tour of Tate Modern's Anni Albers retrospective with its curator Briony Fer, speak to her biographer Charles Darwent and the head of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Nicholas Fox Weber.


Frieze special: the fair and the top shows, with Doris Salcedo and Ragnar Kjartansson

We talk to the art market specialist Melanie Gerlis about Frieze London and Frieze Masters, to Doris Salcedo about her White Cube show, to the artist Ragnar Kjartansson and the curator Massimiliano Gioni about Strange Days, the New Museum’s video-art pop-up in London, and to the artist Ipek Duben about Social Work, Frieze London’s radical new section.