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The Notre Dame fire and Cold War Steve

We talk to Jonathan Foyle about the effects of the fire at Notre Dame, the building’s history, including moments of neglect, and what happens next. And as a book of his photomontages is published, we speak to Christopher Spencer, the man behind the Cold War Steve about his extraordinary journey from a cult Twitter collagist to Britain’s favourite satirical artist.


Edvard Munch and The Shed

We talk to Giulia Bartram at the British Museum about her exhibition of Munch’s prints, Love and Angst. And we look at the new shapeshifting cultural centre in New York, The Shed.


Sackler sponsorship: take it or leave it? Plus, museum attendance

We examine the growing unease amongst British museums to accept money from Sackler family members involved in the sale of the opioid painkiller OxyContin, and look at 2018's most visited shows and museums with Met director Max Hollein


Art Basel Hong Kong, Richard Lin and the Met’s World Between Empires

We talk to Marc Spiegler, global director of Art Basel, about the latest fair in Hong Kong, the Asian market and supporting smaller galleries. We look at Bonhams’s show in Hong Kong of Richard Lin’s work – Lin achieved great fame in the West in the 1960s, but later was largely forgotten, especially in the West; only now is he being rediscovered. Finally, we talk to the curators of The World Between Empires at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, focusing on the period between the first century...


David Bailey in focus, plus John Richardson remembered

We meet David Bailey at his London studio to discuss his new book: the latest SUMO from Taschen. And we remember the Picasso biographer John Richardson, who died aged 95 last week, with Gijs van Hensbergen, who worked with Richardson on the as-yet-unpublished fourth volume of his magisterial A Life of Picasso.


Wham! The George Michael auction and the YBA market. Plus, Shezad Dawood

As George Michael's collection of contemporary art, dominated by Young British Artists, goes under the hammer in London, we speak to Paola Saracino Fendi from Christie's about the collection and then report on the sale immediately after the final fall of the gavel. What does it tell us about the YBA market and the pull of celebrity auctions? Plus, we speak to the artist Shezad Dawood about Encroachments, his new installation for the Sharjah Biennial, featuring a virtual reality work.


Carolee Schneemann, the Armory Show and Venice Biennale curators

We pay tribute to the pioneering painter, performance artist and film-maker, ask what on earth is going on with the New York fairs this week, and discuss what it’s like to curate a Venice Biennale national presentation with the curators of the British pavilion, Scotland + Venice and Wales in Venice.


Rembrandt special: the complete artist

As numerous exhibitions open marking the 350th anniversary of the Old Master's death, we speak to Taco Dibbits, the director of the Rijksmuseum about the museum's blockbuster shows and its imminent public restoration of The Night Watch. We also look closely at a masterpiece in the Dulwich Picture Gallery and at his prints and drawings in the British Museum.


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.


Bonus podcast: Dorothea Tanning at Tate Modern

As the female Surrealist’s exhibition arrives in London following its stint in Madrid, this is the full, unedited discussion from last year with Alyce Mahon, the show’s curator. Contains previously unreleased material.


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.