Dr. Gareth Harris
I am a London-based established freelance journalist covering all aspects of the art world and culture sphere, from museum developments to art market news. I am currently acting deputy editor at The Art Newspaper (TAN) where I commission for both print and online writers from across Europe and worldwide.
My new book, Censored Art Today, was published September 2022 (Lund Humphries/Sotheby's Institute of Art). Chapters focus on the suppression of LGBTQ+ artists in Poland, Turkey and Brazil and the issue of Western museums and “cancel culture” (Harriet Lloyd-Smith at Wallpaper writes: 'Harris’ superbly researched book poses critical questions about the trajectory of free speech, free expression and ultimately, who gets to decide”). I discussed the book on a number of podcasts including The Week in Art (The Art Newspaper) and Reading the Art World (Megan Fox Kelly).
Every day, I write exclusive art world stories for The Art Newspaper newsletter, garnering more than a million hits last year. I also co-founded The Art Newspaper Book Club in 2020, launching an accompanying newsletter which includes features, Q&As and extracts. For Insta Live ‘Book Club’ author interviews, go to YouTube.
Prior to pursuing a freelance career, I was deputy editor at The Art Newspaper from 2005 to 2009. I am a contributor (diary and news) to the daily newspapers produced by The Art Newspaper at the following art fairs: Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, Frieze Art Fair and Frieze Los Angeles.
I have contributed numerous articles to the Financial Times since 2009. Articles have covered topics such as restitution and the Venice Biennale. I have also written for The New York Times, Vogue, Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, Apollo Magazine, Museums Journal and Frieze.
I am fluent in French and Italian with a working knowledge of German and Spanish. My Masters qualification is in Romance Languages and Literatures (Italian/French, University College London). My doctoral thesis compares the works of artist Umberto Boccioni and poet Blaise Cendrars (Royal Holloway, University of London, 2020).