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Art market

Art market 2020: the year of cancel culture and bricks-and-clicks

A year marked by wholesale event cancellations and job losses has also seen the art market innovate to keep businesses going.

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Indigenous art

Where to learn about and support Indigenous art and culture on Native American Heritage Month

From the Smithsonian's award-winning Americans exhibition to virtual Indigenous art markets

News
British Museum

Caffè Nero? The British Museum is looking for help with naming its blockbuster show on the Roman emperor

The survey, with suggestions including “the man behind the monster” and “emperor, tyrant, traitor?”, was sent out to members of the museum’s Friends scheme

Analysis
Art market

'One of the most shocking, tumultuous years on record': art market figures reflect on 2020—and guess at what 2021 might hold

The pandemic has ripped apart the industry as we know it this year but it has sparked innovation and conversation like never before

News
Repatriation

Artist discovers looted statue in Canadian museum and returns it to India

The 18th-century work was stolen by the museum's namesake from an active temple over 100 years ago

News
Prizes

Exiled Kurdish artist—who smuggled paintings from her Turkish jail cell—wins inaugural Carol Rama Award

Zehra Doğan was imprisoned for nearly three years under terrorism charges for work of art shared on Twitter

News
US politics

What will Joe Biden's culture policy look like?

The art world cheered at Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election. But, with a formidable to-do list—not least dealing with the coronavirus pandemic—where will the arts feature on his agenda?

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Art Market Eye

The turn of the screw: will tighter regulations impact the art market?

Art market

Pastures new: why some top gallery staff are moving on from longtime jobs

Cultural heritage

Finally, rebel experts come to the rescue of Unesco’s failing World Heritage programme

Diary of an art historian

People see only 'silver tits' and 'bouffant pubes' now—but I predict Mary Wollstonecraft sculpture will become widely admired

Heritage

Fifty years on, Unesco’s convention against illicit trafficking of cultural artefacts still shines bright

Diary of an art historian

Is the UK seeing the emergence of a ‘Godfather approach’ to arts funding?

Philip Guston

Philip Guston show: 2022 opening is welcome news but confusion still remains

Artists

A message of hope from David Hockney for Lockdown 2: 'Remember, they can't cancel the autumn either'

Saudi Arabia

Why culture is so important in the time of coronavirus

Artists

Portrait of Tracey: how Emin's cancer diagnosis hasn't stopped her from being an artistic dynamo

Art Market Eye

A flood of art? The market issues around museum deaccessioning

Sackler family

Nan Goldin: We must stop the Sacklers’ imminent Justice Department immunity deal

Closures

'Another yawning gap': radical London Print Studio closes its doors

coronavirus

Exhibitions need a perfect storm to succeed—but shows opening during Covid-19 are getting a disappointing drizzle

Deaccessioning

Baltimore Museum of Art curators respond to deaccessioning criticism

Heritage

Confronting the allure, and the dangers, of 'fake heritage'

election 2020

Why vote? To protect those who cannot

Diary of an art historian

I finally went to see some art—and caught Covid-19

Deaccessioning

‘Uniquely egregious’: The disturbing precedent of the Baltimore Museum of Art’s deaccessioning plan

Museums & Heritage

Visionary leaders, big business and the digital boom: 30 years that changed museums

Art market

Bubbles, sheikhs and the freeport frenzy: Georgina Adam reflects on 30 years of art market reporting

US politics

For the arts, there’s only one choice in this election

Museums & Heritage

The only way is ethics: US museums should not neglect provenance research in the funding crisis

Deaccessioning

Done right, selling museum pieces can work—but probably not with Michelangelos

Politics

Philip Guston drew Richard Nixon's face as a hairy scrotum and phallus—what would he make of President Trump?

Art market

Gatherings are taboo in the Covid-19 world, so where does that leave experiential art?

Labour

Art unions need to agitate beyond worker contracts

Venice

How to save Venice: a five-point plan by a leading citizen

Banksy

Banksy’s activism is his greatest work

China

'We cannot build a truly globalised art world without China'

Funding

'Be commercially minded or lose future funding': UK government's threat puts museums in peril

Cultural heritage

Why we should be concerned about President Erdogan turning museums into mosques

Artists

Remembering the beautiful melancholy of Matthew Wong

Diary of an art historian

National Trust restructuring plans are ‘one of the most damaging assaults on art historical expertise ever seen in the UK’

coronavirus

Business can and should help the arts through this crisis

Museums & Heritage

'Museums need to press the reset button and become more radical'

Monuments

The problem with Marc Quinn's Black Lives Matter sculpture

Diary of an art historian

'When the politics change, so must the statues'

Photography

Photographs are the monuments of our online visual culture

Museums & Heritage

'If a person of African descent wants a career in the arts—well, good luck'

Art market

Can the art market be an ally in the fight for racial equality?

Art market

We need to talk about guarantees. And art loans

Art market

No rest for the frazzled for many in the art world

Racial injustice

If we want more artists like Khadija Saye, we need to give young BAME people the help they need

Museums & Heritage

US needs monuments celebrating African American history, not Confederate statues

Podcast

Art and social media: do museums need memes?

Museums & Heritage

Institutions need to follow artists’ lead to make a material impact on the world

Art market

What’s the ideal post-pandemic art market? One that's no longer a Disneyland for the rich

coronavirus

Oxford Economics report: an emergency fund for the UK creative sector 'needs to come soon'

Funding

Museums will need ethical funders all the more after the coronavirus crisis

Art market

Who are the art market's virtual winners?

Diary of an art historian

Museums are about to reopen—but should they?

Museums

Eight ways museums could make the most of the coronavirus crisis

colonialism

Edward Colston monument: 'UK must face the truth of what helped it become a mighty power'

Protest

Dread Scott: America God Damn

Black Lives Matter

The Art Newspaper's statement on the Black Lives Matter movement

Art market

What sort of art will we want after the pandemic ends?

Exhibitions

Must London always win? National Gallery of Scotland cancels Titian show for all the wrong reasons

racism

The US has a big racism problem and the art world is not helping

Museums & Heritage

After Covid-19, museums need to plan ‘must see’ exhibitions instead of blockbusters

coronavirus

Why I made a mountain of fortune cookies in my little London flat during lockdown—all in the name of art

Museums & Heritage

Our mission is to be Miami’s art museum—that’s why we spent $145,000 to buy works from local galleries

Sustainability

Art museums should use their endowments to help battle climate change

Deaccessioning

Why the Association of Art Museum Directors’s move on deaccessioning matters so much

Personal stories of coronavirus

After years of sanctions and political upheaval, the pandemic is a new hurdle for the fragile Iranian art scene

Art market

Auctions are like dating: you can do it online, but sparks only fly in the flesh

coronavirus

Britain's young artists had a hard time before the pandemic. What will happen to them now?

Art law

Selling art online? Here are the legal pitfalls to avoid

Diary of an art historian

'Being an art historian now is easier and more productive than it’s ever been'

coronavirus

When this is all over we must reimagine the infrastructure of the arts

Biennials & festivals

Why we cancelled the 2020 FotoFocus Biennial and dispersed its $800,000 budget as arts grants

Art Market Eye

Auctions: what will change, post-Covid-19?

Michael Craig Martin

'Politicians have failed us': Michael Craig-Martin's thoughts from isolation

New Deal

UK artists deserve a New Deal

Museums

Greetings from a museum leaving lockdown: lessons from Beijing's UCCA Center for Contemporary Art

Museums

Museums must adopt new models to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic

Art market

‘I’ve always been wary of big business’: Paula Cooper on weathering adversity and building better social systems

Museums & Heritage

Notes from the lockdown: Making a situated museum in Queens

A message from

A message from... Yayoi Kusama: 'Let us joyfully sing this song of a splendid future'

Personal stories of coronavirus

'We are all Surrealists now': how life with Leonora Carrington prepared me for coronavirus lockdown

Religious art

Pope Francis, his crucifix and the Virgin Mary: miraculous or merely traditional?

Art crime

Don't let your guard down: three things you can do now to protect your art during the pandemic

coronavirus

Mourning a ‘golden' exhibition season curtailed by coronavirus

Economics

Don’t forget to support our artists, the chroniclers of such crisis

coronavirus

Will coronavirus-related cancellations spell the end of ‘fairtigue’?

Philanthropy

Please send help: a letter to the Getty Trust

Museums & Heritage

Tristram Hunt: 'When the lights come back on, our museums will need support'

Economics

US artists need a federal bailout now

coronavirus

The BBC fights back with 'Culture in Quarantine' against the UK government’s plan to destroy it

coronavirus

Letter from Spain: Arco exhibition centre is now a coronavirus hospital

coronavirus

'The real ideological war has just begun and Covid-19 is only the starting point': Ai Weiwei on China's response to the outbreak

coronavirus

Letter from the editor

coronavirus

A message from...Shirin Neshat: 'We will get through this'

coronavirus

Letter from Italy: the churches—open, but without services—are the only place to see art

coronavirus

With the coronavirus shutdown, smaller heritage sites such as the Mary Rose face a fight for survival

coronavirus

A message from...David Hockney: 'Do remember they can’t cancel the spring'

Law

The US Supreme Court’s silence on Nazi art theft fails Holocaust survivors

Sponsorship

Museum top brass are losing the oil money plot

Letters

Letters to the editor | Did Duchamp really steal Elsa’s urinal?

Tefaf Maastricht 2020

Patrick van Maris is leaving Tefaf after five years: but has he left the fair in too much flux?

News
Antiquities & Archaeology

Hallucinogenic flower inspired Native Californian rock art, archaeologists say

“Doses” of datura plant used in communal ceremonies have been found embedded in the ceiling of Pinwheel Cave

News
Museums & Heritage

'Rent has increased by 3,100% since 2012': London heritage society says it may sell collection after UK government hikes costs

The Society of Antiquaries is launching a campaign to stay in historic home of Burlington House, close to Piccadilly

News
Documenta 15

Dozens asked to participate in Documenta 15—only to realise invitations are fake

Documenta organisers have warned about scam emails and requests recipients to contact them

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Liverpool Biennial

Liverpool Biennial director Fatos Üstek resigns after run-in with board of trustees

Two trustees, the artist Fiona Banner and the art lawyer Jon Sharples, also stepped down in support

News
Art market

'The law has to fall on someone': Seller of allegedly fake Frans Hals must pay Sotheby's $5.3m for cancelled sale, judge insists

Co-vendor of the painting, Fairlight Art Ventures had appealed the ruling last year but court upheld the decision yesterday, finding in favour of the auction house

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Land art

Alien visitors or avant-garde installation? Mysterious monolith discovered in the Utah desert

The large object spotted by biologists resembles the work of sculptor John McCracken, or a prop from Kubrick's sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Podcast

Revisiting the Thanksgiving myth: the Mayflower and the Wampanoag, 400 years on

Podcast

Where art fairs still happen: the Shanghai buzz

Podcast

US election: How Trump’s presidency has affected the arts

Podcast

Has coronavirus helped unmask the real prices of art?

Podcast

The great museum sell-off: should public collections deaccession to survive Covid-19?

Podcast

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

Podcast

Frieze: the show goes on. Plus, Theaster Gates

Podcast

Artemisia and Frida: great art, turbulent lives

Podcast

Sell the Michelangelo or lose 150 staff? The Royal Academy of Arts’s Covid-19 conundrum

Podcast

This is America: Grayson Perry on race and class

Podcast

Berlin: still a magnet for artists?

Podcast

Cancelled: should good artists pay for bad behaviour?

Podcast

A brush with... Rashid Johnson

A brush with

A brush with... Chantal Joffe

Podcast

A brush with... Jenny Saville

Media & broadcast

Virginia Commonwealth University launches programme dedicated to the art of podcasting

The Art Newspaper Live

Sign up for our free online event | The Art Newspaper Live: Art in Your Ears

Podcast

A brush with... Michael Armitage

A brush with

Announcing our new podcast: A brush with...

Podcast

Ready to see some art? The top exhibitions of the summer

Podcast

What will culture be like in the next decade?

Podcast

Staff cuts: are museums protecting their workers?

Podcast

Hong Kong: has the new law 'destroyed' the art scene?

Podcast

The destruction of Australia’s ancient Aboriginal heritage

Podcast

Art and social media: do museums need memes?

Podcast

What to do about problematic statues?

Podcast

How to visit a gallery during a pandemic

Podcast

Let’s talk about race: museums and the battle against white privilege

Podcast

Houston, do we have a problem? The verdict on early museum openings in Texas

Podcast

Raphael: as great as Leonardo and Michelangelo?

Podcast

Is the future of the art market online?

Podcast

Exclusive: Marina Abramovic on performance art post-pandemic

Podcast

Can new tech recreate the hand of an Old Master?

Henri Matisse

Sophie Matisse retraces her great-grandfather's footsteps for emotional BBC film

Podcast

The end of the blockbuster? Museums in a post-pandemic world

Podcast

Donald Judd 101: the great artist in depth

Podcast

Art theft: are museums safe under lockdown?

Podcast

Can the art market weather the coronavirus storm?

Podcast

Saving the art world’s self-employed amidst the coronavirus crisis

Podcast

Coronavirus: dispatches from Italy and China

Podcast

Fill your ears with art: the top culture podcasts to listen to during the coronavirus lockdown

Podcast

Titian’s poesie: an in-depth tour of 'the most beautiful pictures in the world'

Podcast

Remembering Ulay. Plus, how coronavirus cancelled Art Basel in Hong Kong

Podcast

Surrealism: what was Britain's role?

Artists

Shirin Neshat on why Frida Kahlo is one of her favourite artists

Podcast

Who owns the Parthenon Marbles?

Podcast

Does Los Angeles want a big art fair?

Podcast

Tschabalala Self and radical figurative painting

Podcast

The story of a fake Gauguin at the Getty

Podcast

2020: art market issues and big shows

Podcast

2019: the year in review

Podcast

Bananaman: who is Maurizio Cattelan? Plus, art and comedy

Podcast

Turner Prize shocker: what next? Plus, Teresita Fernández in Miami

Podcast

Troy: the show and the problem with BP sponsorship

Music

John Lennon wanted Hitler on cover of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album

Podcast

Dora Maar and Jann Haworth: acclaim at last

Podcast

Anselm Kiefer on why size matters

Podcast

Anselm Kiefer interview. Plus, New York auction 'gigaweek'

Podcast

Tutmania returns. Plus, Duchamp in the US

Media

From 'piecemealing' medievalist to TV darling: how Janina Ramirez is championing slow media about culture

Podcast

Gunpowder, treason and plot: how artists have captured fireworks throughout history

Podcast

Special: Fireworks! Picturing pyrotechnics with professor Simon Werrett

Podcast

Dread Scott’s slave revolt reenactment. Plus, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

Podcast

Leonardo at the Louvre: the spectacular show and the Salvator Mundi no-show

Podcast

MoMA special: our verdict on the museum opening of the year

Podcast

Agnes Denes: environmental art pioneer. Plus, Rembrandt-Velázquez and De Hooch

Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford addresses modern-day xenophobia through Greek mythology and a Motown classic

Podcast

Frieze week: Ai Weiwei, Mark Bradford, Peter Doig, Melanie Gerlis, Hettie Judah

Podcast

Special: is art education in crisis? Featuring Bob and Roberta Smith

Podcast

Museum ethics. Plus, the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Podcast

Tate's William Blake blockbuster. Plus, Pace and the New York gallery boom

Podcast

Tim Spall on playing L.S. Lowry. Plus, an exclusive interview with Chris Ofili and Jasmine Thomas-Girvan

L.S. Lowry

Podcast sneak peek: how actor Timothy Spall captured the essence of Britain's beloved L.S. Lowry

Podcast

Top of the Pods: David Hockney and other modern British mavericks

Podcast

Top of the Pods: The best of the Venice Biennale

Podcast

Top of the Pods: Leonardo—the Salvator Mundi saga

Podcast

Top of the Pods: video artists in the spotlight

Podcast

Top of the Pods: Artemisia Gentileschi and the forgotten female Old Masters

Podcast

In memoriam: Karsten Schubert in conversation with Michael Landy

Podcast

Top of the Pods: climate crisis with Olafur Eliasson, Justin Brice Guariglia and Anna Somers Cocks

Podcast

Top of the Pods: the world of Warhol, as told by Jeremy Deller and Donna De Salvo

Podcast

Top of the Pods: experts on Van Gogh in the asylum and his early life

Podcast

Ibrahim Mahama's ghosts of Ghana. Plus, China's epic Picasso show

Podcast

Vermeer's hidden cupid, the Prado's Dutch-Spanish show, plus Helen Cammock

Podcast

David Smith in Yorkshire. Plus, the works that inspired leading artists

Podcast

Art Basel and William Kentridge

Artist interview

How Dada inspired William Kentridge’s The Head and the Load

Podcast

Painting, identity and injustice: Howardena Pindell and Oscar Murillo

Podcast

The rise of the mega-dealers, plus artists take over the Guggenheim

Podcast

Manga and Camp: the art of going over the top

Podcast

Should museums sell works of art? Plus, activism at the Whitney Biennial

Podcast

Venice Biennale special: our review. Plus, how much longer will the city survive?

Venice Biennale 2019

Ralph Rugoff on his Venice Biennale concept. Plus, Bernar Venet and Berlin Gallery Weekend

Podcast

How did Salvator Mundi go from $1,000 to $450m? Plus, the tragedy of Van Gogh's only love

Podcast

The Notre Dame fire: what happens next? Plus, Cold War Steve

Podcast

From Despair to The Scream: the genesis of Edvard Munch’s most famous work

Podcast

What inspired Munch's Scream? Plus, the Shed

Podcast

Sackler sponsorship: take it or leave it? Plus, museum visitor figures

Podcast

Art Basel in Hong Kong, Richard Lin and the Met’s World Between Empires

Podcast

David Bailey in focus, plus Picasso biographer John Richardson remembered

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Obituaries

Ruth DeYoung Kohler II, Outsider art champion and Art Preserve founder, has died, aged 79

She helped establish the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin as one of the leading institutions dedicated to self-taught artists

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Labour

MFA Boston workers vote to unionise in sweeping vote

An overwhelming 90% of employees voted to join the United Auto Workers Local 2110

News
Acquisitions

Jaws shark installed in the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles

The museum, due to open in April 2021, has acquired the 25-foot prop model for its permanent collection

News
Antiquities & Archaeology

New York authorities return ancient stele to Egypt

The object was seized on its way to an art fair last year and came from the same network that sold other looted antiquities to museums

News
Acquisitions

Stedelijk expands collection of socially critical art by acquiring works by Russian activists Yulia Tsvetkova and Anna Tereshkina

Both artists have been detained by Russian authorities

News
Antiquities & Archaeology

Pompeii dig unearths incredible preserved remains of two men engulfed in volcanic ash

Plaster casts were made of the newly discovered victims of Vesuvius eruption, which are believed to have been a wealthy landowner and his slave

News
Openings

Boola Bardip: Perth’s revamped Western Australian Museum opens with new name and focus on Aboriginal heritage

The museum worked with around 60 Aboriginal language groups across the vast state to bring their perspectives into every gallery

Analysis
Art market

All ears: why collectors can’t get enough of industry hype right now

In an increasingly asset-driven art trade, collecting by listening to the buzz is fast becoming the norm

Blog
Diary

V&A acquires Harry Styles’s TikTok-trending multicoloured patchwork cardigan

News
Public art

Provocative Marilyn Monroe sculpture to return to Palm Springs—and the arts community is not happy about it

A plan to install the kitsch work in front of the city’s art museum has raised complaints from the community, which has called Forever Marilyn “blatantly sexist”

News
Art fairs

Salon fair releases glossy, digitally enhanced publication instead of another online viewing platform

The New York art and design event has issued a 152-page magazine with interviews, features and QR codes that link to multi-media content

Review
Three to see

Three outdoor shows to see in London this weekend

From Chila Kumari Singh Burman's eye-popping Tate Winter Commission to Lucy McKenzie's tube station takeover

News
coronavirus

Colourist painter and Royal Academician Philip Sutton opens new gallery—at the age of 92

Artist—who is now blind in one eye and lives in a sheltered care home—is launching a space in Bridport, England, to sell his own works

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Exhibitions

Ulay’s legacy expands with his first major retrospective at the Stedelijk Museum

The largest ever show on the performance artist is complemented by an extensive online and videos of his time in Amsterdam

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Book Club

In Pictures | Andy Warhol's explicit drawings from the 1950s that he never got to publish

New book brings together hundreds of images of nude young men, which “are imbued with an emotional vulnerability that few of his later works exhibit”

Preview
Exhibitions

Visitors can step into Van Gogh’s swirling landscapes at Florida’s Dalí Museum

An immersive exhibition of the artist’s most famous works, projected onto large-scale 360° screens, opens this weekend

News
Art market

'A crisis is always a good time to unite': Russian art galleries form new alliance to boost industry

The Association of Galleries aims to simplify the country's customs procedures and secure government funding

Podcast

Revisiting the Thanksgiving myth: the Mayflower and the Wampanoag, 400 years on

Plus, artist Chantal Joffe on a poignant painting by Paula Modersohn-Becker

Review
Exhibitions

A stitch worth 1,000 words: how America’s First Ladies used their wardrobes to make a statement

The National Portrait Gallery has organised a historic show on the women in the White House

Feature
Obituaries

Remembering Lindy Dufferin, artist and entrepreneur who used her Northern Ireland home as a centre of community and cultural exchange

A student of Duncan Grant and Oskar Kokoschka whose Clandeboye Yoghurt pictures made her the world’s “most famous disposable artist”

Blog
The Buck stopped here

Southbank Centre's outdoor lights show offers glittering festive cheer—but scant comfort to its redundant workers

Blog
Instagram

Auctions, pledges and DMs: creative ways to buy and sell art on Instagram

Alternative sales models are springing up on the social media platform

Analysis
Museums

Where next for museums? Four key takeaways from Louvre Abu Dhabi symposium on the post-pandemic future

Event marking anniversaries of the Emirati museum and New York University Abu Dhabi looked at museum collections, buildings and people, and the impact of coronavirus

News
Museum entry fees

London's National Gallery charges £8 for virtual tour of blockbuster Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition

Move reflects how museums could cash in on digital initiatives

News
Art market

Carphone Warehouse billionaire David Ross did buy the Royal Opera House's $12.8m Hockney—now he is loaning it back

The portrait of David Webster will return immediately to the opera house before going to the National Portrait Gallery in 2023 for its reopening exhibition

News
Looted art

Jewish collections looted by the Nazis to be examined and traced in new database

The Jewish Digital Cultural Recovery Project will begin with a pilot scheme focusing on the Old Masters collection of Adolphe Schloss, which was seized by the Gestapo

Blog
Adventures with Van Gogh

A separated pair: the story behind Van Gogh’s famed empty chairs

An insight into what the two paintings reveal about Vincent's life with Gauguin in the Yellow House

News
Sculpture parks

A seven-mile underwater sculpture park is slated to open in Miami Beach next December

The Reef Line, designed by the architect Shohei Shigematsu/OMA, will include new commissions by Leandro Erlich, Ernesto Neto and Agustina Woodgate

News
Resignations

After controversy over her leadership, Stanford says director of its Cantor Arts Center has resigned

Museum undertook an investigation of Susan Dackerman’s allegedly “toxic” leadership style and departures of many staff members

News
Museums & Heritage

Smithsonian and National Gallery of Art will shut down again amid spike in coronavirus cases

Move by Washington, DC museums comes amid a wave of new US closures

News
Art market

Billionaire art collector Sheldon Solow's tax-exempt art foundation was infamously inaccessible—now his widow says she will open it to the public

The real estate developer died on Tuesday aged 92. His collection in New York has been parodied for being almost impossible to visit despite receiving tax breaks

News
Bakehouse Art Complex

Miami non-profit launches virtual sales platform with a generous donation from the Martin Margulies Foundation

The Bakehouse Art Complex hopes to raise $100,000 in its inaugural sale to help artists amid the Covid-19 pandemic

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Art market

Rediscovered painting by Leonardo da Vinci's 'little devil' lover and collaborator sells for record €1.7m in France

Penitent Magdalene by Salaì, who entered Leonardo's workshop at the age of ten, was estimated at €100,000 to €150,000 and is one of only a handful of known works by the artist

Blog
The Buck stopped here

Phyllida Barlow hosts virtual pyjama party for Contemporary Art Society's fundraising dinner

During a second lockdown CAS found an ingenious solution for its annual artist-hosted fundraising dinner

News
Art market

Pace to take over Blain Southern's former gallery in London expansion

Announcement comes as two of the gallery's presidents in the US are facing allegations of abuse in the workplace

News
Art Fund

Art Fund launches £1m crowdfunding appeal to help UK museums fighting for survival

After months without income due to coronavirus closures, new survey shows that museums are operating with just 25% of previous visitor numbers

News
Antiquities & Archaeology

Incredible 1,000-year-old Viking burial site found in Norway belonged to 'Iron Age elite'

Using radar technology, archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a 19m-long ship beneath a farmer's fields

News
Gwangju Biennale

Gwangju Biennale artistic directors discuss Korean shamanism and planning in a pandemic

13th edition of the biannual Korean art exhibition will look at queer theory, feminism and how centuries of tradition collide with contemporary art

Comment
Art market

Pastures new: why some top gallery staff are moving on from longtime jobs

Without art fairs and hectic travel, the pandemic has transformed the way most of us work—and some are branching out rather than returning to their old lifestyle

Comment
Cultural heritage

Finally, rebel experts come to the rescue of Unesco’s failing World Heritage programme

New organisation, Our World Heritage, is putting Unesco's feet to the fire

News
Coronavirus resources

Artists combat New York’s Covid-19 hunger crisis, one plate at a time

As the city braces for a tough winter, the Coalition for the Homeless launches limited-edition Artist Plate Project

News
Performa

Performa biennial hosts virtual telethon, evoking the work of George Orwell, Nam June Paik—and, of course, Jerry Lewis

The event has been produced in partnership with Pace gallery and will feature new and archival material

News
Law

US museums groups raise concerns as settlement deal over Nazi-looted Pissarro heads back to court

The work, returned to the French heiress Léone-Noëlle Meyer in 2016, was meant to go back on display at Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum next year

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Obituaries

Remembering Kenzo Takada, the designer and artist who created the first global, multicultural, fashion brand

In everything he made—clothes, spectacles inspired by his trademark round lenses, home furnishings, parfumerie—Takada's love of fine art remained close at hand

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Collectors

Actor Samuel L. Jackson and footballer Samuel Eto’o pay tribute to art collector Sindika Dokolo during six-hour televised memorial

Dokolo was buried at Brompton Cemetery in West London yesterday following his funeral at Westminster Cathedral

News
Archaeology

Egyptian archaeologists make the 'biggest discovery of 2020'

More than 100 painted coffins have been found at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, south of Cairo

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Exhibitions

Garrett Bradley's America film installation goes on show at MoMA, exploring racism in black and white

The artist intersperses her work with footage from an unreleased 1914 film, believed to be the oldest surviving feature-length film with an all-Black cast

News
Architecture

Architect Emilio Ambasz’s foundation donates $10m to MoMA to create a green architecture institute

New entity will spur research on the relationship between architecture and nature and work toward “environmental justice”, the New York museum says

News
Museums & Heritage

‘From bad to worse’: over half of US museums have laid off or furloughed staff, survey shows

Museums expect to lose an average of 35% of budgeted income this year, plus an additional 28% in 2021

News
Nagorno-Karabakh

Metropolitan Museum of Art appeals for protection of cultural heritage sites in Nagorno-Karabakh

Plea comes as Azerbaijan moves to take control of swaths of territory under a Russian-brokered peace deal

Analysis
Art market

Africa’s art market grows even amid adversity

In a year marked by closures, cancellations and postponements, African art fairs are going ahead with new models and the continent’s galleries are growing

News
Art market

Frieze Los Angeles bids goodbye to Paramount Studios as art fair is postponed to July

Social distancing rules have limited the number of people on film sets creating a movie production backlog

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coronavirus

Russia sends Moscow’s museums into second lockdown until mid-January

Cultural workers voice frustration at mixed closure orders, as theatres, concert halls and restaurants are allowed to stay open

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Thefts

German police arrest three suspects in Dresden jewel heist investigation

More than 1,600 police officers take part in raids in Berlin to solve violent theft from Dresden’s Green Vault

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Diary of an art historian

People see only 'silver tits' and 'bouffant pubes' now—but I predict Mary Wollstonecraft sculpture will become widely admired

One of the iron rules of art history is that the more derided a work of art at first, the more celebrated it will become

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Museums

Friends forever? Museums rely on generosity of paying members and loyalty schemes to survive pandemic

Many UK institutions are hoping members will continue to support them despite limited benefits and recurring closures

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Art market

Art Basel in Hong Kong postponed to May as coronavirus throws 2021 art fairs into disarray

Summer crush expected with Art Basel’s flagship show in Switzerland still scheduled for June and Taipei Dangdai moved back to July

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Books

Prizewinning Gainsborough publication shines light on lives of painter's female sitters

New book, which reveals how the Old Masters influenced the 18th-century British artist, has won the William MB Berger Prize for British Art History

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Openings

Challenges overcome as Houston's Museum of Fine Arts completes $450m campus expansion

Delayed by just three weeks amid the pandemic, new Kinder Building will dramatically increase space for Modern and contemporary art

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The Buck stopped here

Mark Titchner's 'carnivalesque' posters deliver optimistic rallying cry to locked down London

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Biennials & festivals

UK's £120m post-Brexit festival selects teams—including art organisations—for next step of controversial initiative

Serpentine Galleries, Tate and historian David Olusoga are on the shortlist for £3m research and development funding

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Art market

Seller contests having to repay Sotheby’s for allegedly forged Frans Hals

In latest hearing of ongoing legal saga, Fairlight Art Ventures, co-vendor of painting sold in 2011 for $11.75m, is refusing to pay auction house more than $5.3m

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Heritage

New heritage body aims to keep Unesco in check by calling on public to report sites in danger

Our World Heritage says it is stepping in to save at-risk locations as “safeguarding has become a secondary concern” for Unesco

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Discoveries

Constable oil sketch—previously dismissed as fake—goes on sale for £150,000

Sworder's auction house is selling the work, which is one of many by the Romantic painter depicting the area around Dedham Vale where he grew up

Interview
Chila Kumari Singh Burman

‘Blinged-up but razor-sharp’: Chila Kumari Singh Burman on her Diwali-inspired Tate Britain commission

The key figure in the British Black Arts movement of the 1980s has adorned the London museum’s façade with a colourful work exploring her own background

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The Buck stopped here

Francis Bacon's legacy continued by new unconventional publishing company

Review
Films

Letting it all burn: David Wojnarowicz documentary presents the artist through his words and works

A new film on the provocative artist, who died of Aids in 1992 at the age of 37, tells his story through his paintings, photographs, audio and videos

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Museums & Heritage

Unesco under fire for using Met objects in anti-trafficking campaign

Advertisements said that the works were looted in recent years, but Met documentation shows that they have a much longer provenance

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Three to see

Three online shows to see this weekend

From a documentary on pioneering queer artist David Wojnarowicz to a survey of Barbara Kruger's pertinent Question installations

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colonialism

Somerset House to dig into its colonial past

Move follows release of National Trust’s slavery report, which was accused of following a ‘woke agenda’

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Heritage

Plans for £1.7bn tunnel under Stonehenge—approved by UK government—sparks criticism

Unesco opposes the scheme which could result in "total loss" of archaeological treasures but English Heritage says it will "reconnect the site with its prehistoric landscape"

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Books

Divine People: first biography of Ambrose McEvoy reveals how portrait artist became a darling of London and New York society a century ago

The typescript of Eric Chilston's book, based on primary sources and eye-witness accounts, was rediscovered in 2018 after being thought lost for nearly 40 years

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Video art

As Trump baselessly cries voter fraud, one artist surveys the rise of conspiracy theories in US politics

Cassandra Zampini's short film Media Warfare compresses four years of fake news into a harrowing 25-minute survey of America's shattered psyche

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Did alcohol withdrawal really cause Van Gogh’s mental crises?

Vincent was allowed 42 units of wine at the asylum—three times more than today’s recommended limit

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Heritage

Fifty years on, Unesco’s convention against illicit trafficking of cultural artefacts still shines bright

International treaty of 1970 has helped establish an ethical basis for the actions of law enforcement and museums

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Art fairs

'Dealers are smiling under their masks': Shanghai art week pulls in art-starved collectors

More than 100 art exhibitions and events have taken place in the Chinese city this week and galleries are reporting strong sales

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Philanthropy

Freelands Foundation awards £1.27m in diversity funding—including Windrush education programme

The move follows the foundation's launch of a diversity action plan which aims to stamp out racial inequality in the visual arts

Podcast

Where art fairs still happen: the Shanghai buzz

Plus, Chila Kumari Singh Burman and the art work that inspired that Biden-Harris video

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Joan Miró

Miró Labyrinth meanders towards restoration at south of France's Maeght Foundation

Conservation project tackles damage to Joan Miró's terraced maze of sculptures and ceramics in grounds of Modern art museum

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Museums

First look at David Adjaye's planned museum for Benin City

Ghanaian-born London architect is working with the British Museum and Nigerian organisations to show “the most comprehensive display in the world of Benin Bronzes”

Review
Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From a portal to the Utah monolith at David Zwirner to Vivian Springford’s meditative paintings at Almine Rech

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Design

Archives of Ivan Chermayeff, the designer behind Smithsonian sun and MoMA logo, donated to New York’s School of Visual Arts

The influential designer taught at the school and for years and students will now have access to his professional and personal work

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Art market

Frieze art fairs global director Victoria Siddall takes ‘strategic’ role as board director

Frieze magazine publisher Rebecca Ann Siegel appointed director of Americas and content and will oversee the New York and Los Angeles fairs

Artemisia Gentileschi

Missing out on Artemisia Gentileschi because of lockdown? Here's a video tour of the National Gallery exhibition

As coronavirus forces English museums to close, take a virtual guided trip around the much-anticipated show of the female Old Master with this video and podcast

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Art market

Collection of Balthus drawings and paintings to be sold for €1.2m—so why no mention of his infatuation with pubescent girls?

The works are from the estate of the artist’s teenage “muse and model” Frédérique Tison, who was also his step-niece

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Exhibitions

When Boston fell head-over-heels in love with Monet

A new show at the Museum of Fine Arts recalls the time when the US city was first captivated by the French Impressionist