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From breaking news and insider insights to exhibitions and events around the world, the team at The Art Newspaper picks apart the art world's big stories with the help of special guests. Hosted by Ben Luke, The Week in Art is sponsored by Christie's.
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From breaking news and insider insights to exhibitions and events around the world, the team at The Art Newspaper picks apart the art world's big stories with the help of special guests. Hosted by Ben Luke, The Week in Art is sponsored by Christie's.
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    What does the Philip Guston delay tell us about museums and race?

    What does the Philip Guston delay tell us about museums and race?

    This week, we talk to the critics and curators Barry Schwabsky and Aindrea Emelife about the four-year delay to the show Philip Guston Now at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the museums of fine arts in Houston and Boston and Tate Modern in London. What does the postponement of a big show of the American artist’s work tell us about museums’ response to art and race in the wake of Black Lives Matter? Also, Louisa Buck meets Maggi Hambling as a new show of her work opens at Marlborough Gallery in London. And in our Work of the Week, the artist Martha Tuttle talks about a medieval Visitation in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Frieze: the show goes on. Plus, Theaster Gates

    Frieze: the show goes on. Plus, Theaster Gates

    It’s Frieze Week in London, yet there’s no big art fair at its heart. Can galleries create the usual excitement—and is anyone still buying?
    There’s no Frieze London or Frieze Masters but there are plenty of exhibitions and events being staged across the city, the now customary online viewing rooms and digital sales platforms and a big New York auction. We talk to The Art Newspaper's contemporary art correspondent Louisa Buck about the art around town and to our editor-at-large and FT columnist Melanie Gerlis about how the market is faring without the fairs. And Linda Yablonsky talks to Theaster Gates about his shows at Gagosian in New York and White Cube in London.

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    • 59 min
    Artemisia and Frida: great art, turbulent lives

    Artemisia and Frida: great art, turbulent lives

    This week, we look at two great women artists: at last, we visit the postponed Artemisia exhibition at the National Gallery in London, taking a tour with its curator Letizia Treves, and picking out some of the extraordinary highlights of the show. And we also explore a new biography of Frida Kahlo with its author, Hettie Judah.


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    Sell the Michelangelo or lose 150 staff? The RA’s Covid-19 conundrum

    Sell the Michelangelo or lose 150 staff? The RA’s Covid-19 conundrum

    With UK museums and galleries in crisis, might the Royal Academy of Arts be forced to sell its Michelangelo? We look at the story that has emerged in recent days that some Royal Academicians—the artists and architects that run the RA—are suggesting selling the Taddei Tondo to prevent huge job losses and keep the Academy afloat.
    Also this week: Margaret Carrigan speaks to Legacy Russell, the author of a new book, Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto, about how her ideas relate to the world of art and museums. And in this episode’s Work of the Week, Imma Ramos of the British Museum chooses 19th-century figure of the goddess Kali, which features in the Tantra exhibition she has curated at the museum, which has just opened.

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    • 57 min
    Grayson Perry on race and class in the US

    Grayson Perry on race and class in the US

    This week: the artist Grayson Perry has a new exhibition and documentary series about the United States. What can a British artist and broadcaster tell us about the faultlines in American culture? Louisa Buck talks to him in his show at Victoria Miro in London. Ben Luke talks to the curator and art historian Robert Storr, the author of a huge new book about the painter Philip Guston. And in this episode’s Work of the Week, Margaret Carrigan talks to the artist Jacolby Satterwhite about Édouard Manet’s masterpiece Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (Luncheon on the grass).
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    • 59 min
    Berlin: still a magnet for artists?

    Berlin: still a magnet for artists?

    It’s Berlin Art Week, and unusually for 2020, art fairs, a biennale, and a range of exhibitions are all opening at once in the German capital. But is Berlin still the thriving art centre it’s been over the last two decades? We talk to the Canadian artist and adoptive Berliner AA Bronson about participating in one of the big shows opening this week, at the legendary Berghain nightclub, and about his experience of living in the city. We hear from the veteran art dealer Thomas Schulte about Berlin’s return to normality. And, in this episode’s Work of the Week, we talk to the artist Jadé Fadojutimi about an Untitled painting by Laura Owens in the Tate Collection.
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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Alex MdeM ,

Best for art

The best art podcast out there. Ben Luke is a brilliant host and the topics are always relevant and stimulating. Plus cool music.

SukiyakiPartDeux ,

Top quality art history, market, and exhibitions

Great hosting and interviewing by Ben Luke, whose lucid commentary makes me feel I’m sipping fine wine and having a conversation in front of a painting, instead of driving my car. Interesting topics crossing art history and contemporary, exhibitions and the art market.

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