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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. An award-winning podcast 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. An award-winning podcast hosted by Ben Luke, The Week in Art is sponsored by Christie's.
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    Art Basel in Miami Beach and the story of art fairs. Plus, Caribbean-British art, and Marco Brambilla's VR work

    Art Basel in Miami Beach and the story of art fairs. Plus, Caribbean-British art, and Marco Brambilla's VR work

    This week, as Art Basel in Miami Beach opens, we discuss a new book, The Art Fair Story: A Rollercoaster Ride, with its author Melanie Gerlis, art market columnist at the Financial Times and editor-at-large at The Art Newspaper. Melanie ponders the past, present and future of art fairs. A huge new show, Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s-Now has just opened at Tate Britain in London, and we talk to its curators, Alex Farquharson, the director of Tate Britain, and David A Bailey, the artistic director of the International Curators Forum and the organiser of numerous seminal exhibitions on diaspora and Black representation in art. And in this episode’s Work of the Week, we’re back in Miami—our deputy digital editor Aimee Dawson talks to the artist Marco Brambilla about Heaven’s Gate, his new virtual reality work at the Pérez Art Museum.
    The Art Fair Story: A Rollercoaster Ride by Melanie Gerlis is published by Lund Humphries and priced £19.99 in the UK, $34.99 in the US and $46.99 in Canada.
    Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art, 1950s-Now is at Tate Britain until 3 April 2022. David A Bailey’s book with Allison Thompson, Liberation Begins in the Imagination—an anthology of writings on Caribbean-British art and culture—is also published by Tate and priced £30.
    Marco Brambilla: Heaven’s Gate is at the Pérez Art Museum Miami until 1 February next year. An in-depth review of Heaven’s Gate by The Art Newspaper’s XR Panel can be found at theartnewspaper.com or on our apps for iOS and Android.

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    Fraud: how corrupt is the art world? Plus, Warhol’s Catholicism and Moscow’s new museums

    Fraud: how corrupt is the art world? Plus, Warhol’s Catholicism and Moscow’s new museums

    This week, we look at the case of the art dealer Inigo Philbrick, who pleaded guilty to fraud in a New York court last week: is the art world, as his attorney claimed, “corrupt from top to bottom”? Georgina Adam, editor-at-large at The Art Newspaper gives her response. For this epsiode’s Work of the Week, we talk to Carmen Hermo, the curator of the exhibition Andy Warhol: Revelation at the Brooklyn Museum, about a painting in the show, New York Post (Judge Blasts Lynch) (1983), and what it tells us about Warhol’s Catholicism. And as GES-2 House of Culture, the V-A-C Foundation’s huge cultural centre in a former power station transformed by architect Renzo Piano, opens in Moscow next week, and the Garage Museum in the Russian capital announces its expansion into a landmark Modernist building in Gorky Park, we talk to Anna Bronovitsksya, architectural historian and professor at the Moscow Architecture School about these museums and the wider political situation in which they are being constructed.


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    New York auctions: big money, new collectors. Plus, Fabergé in London and a rediscovered Dürer

    New York auctions: big money, new collectors. Plus, Fabergé in London and a rediscovered Dürer

    This week, record-breaking auction sales in New York—are we in a new boom? Anna Brady discusses the big lots in New York over the last two weeks, and what they tell us about the market and the world of collectors. In London, Aimee Dawson visits the Victoria and Albert Museum to hear about Carl Fabergé’s shop in London, the subject of a new exhibition, with the show’s co-curators Kieran McCarthy and Hanne Faurby. And for this episode’s Work of the Week, Martin Bailey, our London correspondent, goes to the Agnews gallery to talk to Clifford Schorer of Agnews and Giulia Bartrum, former prints and drawings curator at the British Museum, about Albrecht Dürer’s rediscovered drawing Virgin and Child with a Flower on a Grassy Bench, which is about to go on view at Agnews gallery in London as part of an exhibition, Dürer and His Time.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Is M+ in Hong Kong censoring its displays? Plus, the Courtauld Gallery and Black American Portraits in LA

    Is M+ in Hong Kong censoring its displays? Plus, the Courtauld Gallery and Black American Portraits in LA

    In Hong Kong, the long-awaited M+ Museum opens this week, amid accusations of censorship by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Ilaria Maria Sala joins us to tell us about her visit to the museum. The Courtauld Gallery, one of London’s great collections, is re-opening after a three-year renovation, and we take a tour of the gallery with its director Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen. And in this week’s Work of the Week, Christine Y Kim tells us about Samella Lewis’s Bag Man, a key work in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s exhibition Black American Portraits.
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    Cop26: how can the art world respond? Plus, the Depot: storage as spectacle, and Fragonard's The Swing

    Cop26: how can the art world respond? Plus, the Depot: storage as spectacle, and Fragonard's The Swing

    This week, as talks continue at Cop26, the UN’s climate charge conference in Glasgow, we talk to Lucia Pietroiusti of the Serpentine Galleries about climate justice and how the art world can go beyond sustainability to "thriveability". As the spectacular Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen opens to the public, we talk to Sjarel Ex, the museum's director, and Sandra Kisters, its head of collections and research, about the building they’re calling the world's first publicly accessible art storage facility. And, for this episode's Work of the Week, we discuss Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s The Swing as it goes back on display at the Wallace Collection in London after conservation treatment. Yuriko Jackall, the Curator of French Paintings at the Wallace Collection, and Martin Wyld, the conservator, tell us about the French Rococo artist’s most famous painting.
    Related climate crisis discussions on The Week in Art:
    The Gallery Climate Coalition
    Venice's climate emergency
    Fossil-fuel sponsors and activism at the Science Museum in London
    Artist Richard Mosse on environmental crime in the Amazon rainforest

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    Art among the Egyptian pyramids. Plus, the New Museum Triennial and Édouard Manet

    Art among the Egyptian pyramids. Plus, the New Museum Triennial and Édouard Manet

    This week, Aimee Dawson, deputy digital editor at The Art Newspaper, is in Giza in Egypt for Forever is Now, where works by Egyptian and international artists are shown along a trail around the Giza plateau, among the pyramids (until 7 November). She talks to its curator, Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, as well as two of the artists involved, Gisela Colón and Lita Albuquerque. The New Museum in New York’s latest triennial exhibition, this time called Soft Water Hard Stone, has just opened (until 23 January 2022), featuring 40 artists from across the world. Ben Luke talks to Margot Norton and Jamillah James, the two curators behind the show, about planning a major triennial during a pandemic. In this episode’s Work of the Week, Dorothee Hansen, a curator at the Kunsthalle Bremen in Germany, discusses Édouard Manet’s remarkable depiction of the poet, critic and artist Zacharie Astruc, who was a central figure in Manet's milieu yet has been rather forgotten. The painting is the centrepiece of Manet and Astruc: Friendship and Inspiration, a show at the Kunsthalle (until 27 February 2022).
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    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

Miriam Schulman ,

Top notch

Just discovered this podcast starting with the review of 2020. I absolutely loved the conversions about how social issues and politics affect the art world.

@schulmanart host of the Inspiration Place podcast

trillionshelper ,

Almost Perfect

Thank you for your fascinating and enjoyable podcast. I would rate it 100% perfect if you didn’t have the very annoying music in the background while the host speaks—-does anyone not find that very intrusive and annoying ??

Syntax Babe ,

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I was looking forward to this podcast but although a good effort, it is rather uneven. I don’t much mind the low production values (heaven knows, we’re all suddenly improvising in this medium). Nor do I mind a generally informal tone. But many of the commentators seem uncertain, frequently punctuating their remarks with “kind of” and “sort of.” How could the exhibit in Provincetown “sort of” acknowledge the native role in the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving? It either did or it didn’t! Too much of this kind of thing (including in the 2020 wrap up). It makes me wonder the guests really know what they’re talking about. The first speaker on Thanksgiving did a fine job, however, and could serve as a model to others.

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