New Book Reveals the British Security Service’s Surveillance of Major Artists 

In a recent New Statesman article, British commentator Paul Mason argues that the labor left should push for higher defense spending. Evoking antifascist struggles in the Spanish Civil War and World War II, he calls for a “distinct, progressive agenda” on military expansion to stave off Russian aggression and remedy a “lack of social resilience … Read more

Gold at the British Library

From the July/August 2022 issue of Apollo. Preview and subscribe here. Around 735 AD, the Christian missionary Boniface wrote to the scribe Eadburga, abbess of Wimborne in Dorset. He asked her to make a copy, in gold, of the Petrine Epistles, to ‘impress honor and reverence for the Sacred Scriptures visibly upon the carnally minded … Read more

Royal British Columbia Museums scraps demolition plan

The plan to demolish and rebuild the Royal British Columbia Museum was put on hold on Wednesday. CBC News reports that British Columbia’s premier John Horgan made the announcement at a press conference in which he said that the $789m development unveiled only last month was the ‘wrong decision at the wrong time’. A poll … Read more

Protesters Urge British Museum to Return the Parthenon Marbles

LONDON — Around 60 protesters gathered at the British Museum on Saturday, June 18 in the latest call for the Parthenon Marbles in London to be returned to Greece. The protest marked the 13th anniversary of the opening of the Acropolis Museum in Athens, where around half of the original Parthenon sculptures are on display. … Read more

The week in art news – British Museum chair George Osborne argues for ‘deal’ over Parthenon Marbles

George Osborne, the chairman of the British Museumhas said that the museum and the Greek government should together seek a solution to the long-standing dispute over the Parthenon Marbles house in London. ‘There’s a deal to be done where we can tell both stories in Athens and London’, Osborne said. He did not specify whether … Read more

Contemporary British Portrait Painters 2022 Exhibition in Brixton

This is about the current exhibition by Contemporary British Portrait Painters from the website of Contemporary British Portrait Painters It feels rather odd at this time in June not to be planning to visit the annual competitive exhibition of paintings by contemporary portrait painters at the National Portrait Gallery. But that Gallery has been closed … Read more

‘Feminine Power’ at the British Museum, reviewed

The British Museum’s exhibition ‘Feminine Power: the Divine to the Demonic’ broaches a prickly subject that is hard to define. Recent years have seen the rise of the #girlboss – a label borrowed from the 2014 memoir of Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso denoting a woman who is able to compete in a corporate environment … Read more

Hundreds Storm British Museum to Protest Fossil Fuel Sponsorship

LONDON — Around 300 people gathered at the British Museum on Saturday, April 23, for a protest performance against the institution’s sponsorship by fossil fuel giant British Petroleum (BP). Organized by activist theater group BP or Not BP?, the protest culminated in a mass action and occupation of the museum after hours. It was the … Read more

British Museum Denies Request to 3D Scan Parthenon Marbles

Marble relief, corner-stone of Slab XLII from the North Frieze and Slab I of the West Frieze of the Parthenon: procession of horse-drawn chariots (438-432 BCE) (courtesy the British Museum; © the Trustees of the British Museum) An Oxford-based organization that uses digital imaging technologies to catalog, preserve, and reconstruct cultural heritage may take legal … Read more