This week, we review Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, which has just opened at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The show includes 150 objects from Tutankhamun’s tomb, 100 more than the British Museum’s show in 1972, which attracted almost 1.7m visitors. Sixty of the objects in the new show have never left Egypt before. We also look at Marcel Duchamp: the Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection, a new show at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, and at the homecoming of perhaps the...
Published 11/08/19
To mark Bonfire Night in the UK, this bonus episode of The Art Newspaper takes a look at the history of pyrotechnics in art and wider visual culture. We talk to Simon Werrett, the author of the book Fireworks: Pyrotechnic Arts and Sciences in European History, and he talks about the variety of uses of fireworks over the centuries and the differing ways that artists have depicted them. You can see some of the art discussed in the podcast by visiting theartnewspaper.com/podcast.
Published 11/05/19
We talk to the artist Dread Scott about his extraordinarily ambitious two-day performance in Louisiana where he and 500 Louisianans in 19th-century dress will reenact a slave rebellion from 1811. And we visit an exhibition of the women connected to the Pre-Raphaelites at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Published 11/01/19
As the exhibition of the year opens at the Louvre, we talk to Ben Lewis about the latest developments in the Salvator Mundi saga. Vincent Delieuvin, the co-curator, tells us about the 13 years he has been working on the show and explains its key themes and ideas. And we explore the Mona Lisa in virtual reality with Dominique de Font-Réaulx, Director of the Interpretation and Cultural Programming Department at the Louvre.
Published 10/25/19
After a $450m expansion overseen by the architects Diller, Scofidio and Renfro, the Museum of Modern Art in New York reopens its doors on 21 October with 47,000 sq ft of additional gallery space and a more expansive story to tell about the history of modern art. Nancy Kenney, our senior editor in New York met this week with Sarah Suzuki, the drawings and prints curator who’s in charge of the reopening, and Rajendra Roy, the museum’s chief curator of film, to talk about these major changes in...
Published 10/18/19
We talk to Agnes Denes, best known for her extraordinary Wheatfield, a two-acre field of wheat that she planted, tended and harvested in 1982 on landfill in Lower Manhattan, as the Shed opens a retrospective of her work. And we visit two new shows in the Netherlands: Rembrandt-Velázquez at the Rijksmuseum and Pieter De Hooch in Delft at the Museum Prinsenhof.
Published 10/11/19
In this bumper edition of the podcast we interview three of the world's leading artists, all of whom have shows timed to coincide with the Frieze art fairs: Ai Weiwei at Lisson Gallery, Mark Bradford at Hauser & Wirth and Peter Doig at Michael Werner Gallery. We also get all the latest news of sales and trends at the Frieze fairs from Melanie Gerlis, as another Brexit deadline approaches. And Hettie Judah tells us about her new book, Art London, billed as "a guide to places, artists and...
Published 10/04/19
As art schools start their new term in the UK, this week’s episode is an education special. We talk to the artist Patrick Brill, or Bob and Roberta Smith, about his campaign for art’s place at the centre of the curriculum, often expressed directly in his art. We look at the National Art and Design Saturday Club, an initiative offering a free Saturday learning programme, founded by the designers Frances and John Sorrell. We talk to two professors at Goldsmiths College about the pressures and...
Published 09/27/19
We discuss the dilemmas facing museums as the focus intensifies on ethical sponsorship and governance in the UK and US. And we hear about the latest edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which addresses, among other things, the erasure of the history of indigenous settlements in Chicago and its region.
Published 09/20/19
We take an in-depth tour of the huge new William Blake exhibition at Tate Britain and explore the life and art of this brilliant yet complex visionary. And in New York, we talk to Marc Glimcher about Pace's eight-floor gallery in Chelsea and what this and the glut of other expanding galleries tell us about the market in New York.
Published 09/13/19
Timothy Spall on playing LS Lowry. Plus Chris Ofili by The Art Newspaper Podcasts
Published 09/06/19
In the last of our summer series of podcasts looking back over 200 interviews, we talk to David Hockney about a record-breaking auction sale, printmaking and Van Gogh. Plus, Martin Gayford sets Hockney in the London scene, along with Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and others.
Published 08/30/19
In the latest podcast featuring highlights from our first 200 interviews on The Art Newspaper podcast, we feature three conversations about May You Live in Interesting Times, the main event at this year's Venice Biennale, curated by Ralph Rugoff. Jane Morris and Ben Luke review the exhibition, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster discusses her virtual reality work for the show, and Rugoff describes the thinking behind the show, its major themes, and the playful nature of much of the work.
Published 08/23/19
We look back at three interviews about the most expensive painting ever sold at auction. In a short clip from a November 2017 chat, Judd Tully tells us about the atmosphere at Christie's as the Salvator Mundi sold. The Leonardo scholar Martin Kemp explains his view that the painting is a true Leonardo, in an interview from March 2018. And in a wide-ranging conversation from April 2019, Ben Lewis explores the painting's history and the continuing debates about its provenance, attribution and...
Published 08/16/19
In this latest episode looking back at the 200 interviews we've done over the past two years, we bring together discussions with three masters of video art: Ragnar Kjartansson, John Akomfrah and Chris Marclay.
Published 08/09/19
In our latest look back at the 200 interviews we've done over the past two years, we focus on Artemisia Gentileschi with Letizia Treves from the National Gallery in London and Lavinia Fontana and Sofonisba Anguissola, among others, with Jordana Pomeroy, the director of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami. We also discuss women composers of the Baroque period, who like those painters were written out of history, with the contemporary artist...
Published 08/02/19
In this special podcast, we publish an archive interview with the London-based dealer and publisher Karsten Schubert, who died this week after a long illness. The artist Michael Landy spoke to Karsten in September 2018 about his life as a collector.
Published 08/01/19
As many parts of the world record their highest ever temperatures, and the art world begins to take more urgent action on the climate emergency, we look back on three interviews, from 2018 and earlier this year, focusing on climate change and the anthropocene. Olafur Eliasson, whose retrospective at Tate Modern has just opened, talks about his project Ice Watch and his climate activism, and another artist, Justin Brice Guariglia, argues that responding to the climate crisis is the moral...
Published 07/26/19
In the second episode of our summer season of curated podcasts, it's all about Andy. With the major retrospective of the Pop artist on at the San Francisco Museum of Modern art, we bring together two interviews: one with the British artist Jeremy Deller on meeting Warhol, his life-changing trip to the Factory, and Warhol’s legacy, and the second with the curator Donna De Salvo, who takes us through all the key Warhol landmarks.
Published 07/19/19
While we're on our summer break, we're looking back over the 200 interviews we've done for the podcast and putting together highlights in a weekly themed episode. First up are two conversations about Van Gogh, from September 2018 and earlier this year, with Martin Bailey of The Art Newspaper and Martin Gayford, critic and writer of books on Michelangelo, Freud and Hockney, among others.
Published 07/12/19
We speak to the leading Ghanaian artist as he unveils a major new commission about the forgotten history of his homeland, on show at the Whitworth as part of the Manchester International Festival. Plus, we find out about the Picasso blockbuster at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.
Published 07/05/19
We hear about how a painting of Cupid in one of Vermeer's greatest masterpieces, in Dresden, was long thought to have overpainted by the master himself, but was in fact covered by a later artist. It's now in the process of being revealed, as Vermeer intended. We also learn about the Prado's show where Vermeer appears alongside Velázquez and Rembrandt, among many others. And we talk to Helen Cammock about her Whitechapel show and her nomination for this year's Turner Prize.
Published 06/28/19
The great American sculptor's work comes to Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of the Yorkshire Sculpture International festival, and we talk to Clare Lilley, the park's director, and to Smith's daughters Rebecca and Candida. And Jori Finkel tells us about her new book, in which she has interviewed 50 artists about works of art in their home-town museums that inspired them.
Published 06/21/19
As his show opens at the Kunstmuseum Basel to coincide with the Art Basel fair, we talk to the South African artist about his latest works, his complex methods and his extraordinary family history. We also look at the 50th edition of the fair with Melanie Gerlis, an editor-at-large at The Art Newspaper.
Published 06/13/19
We talk to two artists of different generations as they open new London shows. Howardena Pindell discusses the use of the circle in her abstract paintings, its origins in segregation in the US and the resistance to her art that she encountered among her peers. And Oscar Murillo reflects on his journey from rural Colombia to the UK, its effect on his multifarious art and why it's only now that he's doing a pure painting show for the first time.
Published 06/07/19