The Year in Art: We take a look at 2022’s biggest stories—and what they mean


It’s our final podcast of 2022 and so, as ever, we’re looking back at the worlds of art and heritage over the past 12 months.

Ben Luke’s work of the year

Gallery view of Sibyl by William Kentridge in his exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, from 24 September-11 December 2022.

© William Kentridge. Photo: © Royal Academy of Arts, London / David Parry

Ben Luke is joined by three members of The Art Newspaper team: Louisa Buck, contemporary art correspondent, Kabir Jhala, acting deputy art market editor, and Ben Sutton, editor in the Americas.

Ben Sutton’s work of the year

Installation view of Cecilia Vicuña: Spin Spin Triangulene [withTres espirales (Three Spirals) (2022) third from left], Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, May 27, 2022–September 5, 2022

Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2022

Louisa Buck’s work of the year

Installation view of Hew Locke’s The Procession (2021) at Tate Britain. Photo: Joe Humphreys

Among much else, they discuss the effects of the war in Ukraine, Just Stop Oil’s activism, unionisation in US museums, the restitution of African and Native American (and Greek) objects, and the NFT crash. They also look at the big art shows and, finally, choose a work of the year.

Installation view of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica (1937) at Museo Reina Sofía

Courtesy of Riozujar

The Week in Art returns on 13 January 2023.


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