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coronavirus

Culture injection: Coronavirus vaccination centres in Germany are giving patients a dose of art

As exhibitions are cancelled due to the pandemic, local artists are finding creative ways to show their art—and distract patients

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Diary

Awash with art—Cristina Iglesias fills island lighthouse with bronze geological formations

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Appointments

Orange County Museum of Art names Heidi Zuckerman as director

Former leader of Aspen Art Museum says she was beguiled by the California institution’s history and new building by Morphosis

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Exhibitions

On eve of US inauguration, a chance to visit the president's office

Oval Office replica is a popular element of New-York Historical Society exhibition about the presidency

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Heritage

From mummies to mosques—new Google Arts & Culture initiative brings Egypt’s archaeological treasures to the masses

New online platform aims to turn traditionally scholarly subject into something "easily digestible and fun to explore"

Review
Art & Technology

Disembodied Behaviors: an ultra-real virtual art show that sears the mind-haze of 2020's unending March back to a state of clarity

An expert view brought to you by our XR Panel of artists and storytellers who create in virtual reality and augmented reality

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US politics

‘The house needs a cleaning’: Women artists gather to show the path forward on inauguration day

Inspired by the historic election of Kamala Harris as America’s first woman vice president, artists collaborate on a new online work presented by Creative Time

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Museums

Could 2021 be the year of the African museum?

Art market

How will US money laundering crackdown actually impact the art market? A lawyer explains

Art market

A Covid-19 silver lining? Let’s not return to family-unfriendly art business as usual

Diary of an art historian

Auction houses have finally entered the Amazon age—and I’m addicted

Covid-19

As 2021 beckons.... I crave new art in the new year more than ever

Covid-19

'Museums had better not be planning for a return to the status quo'

The Year in Review 2020

Art could have dwindled into insignificance in the upheaval of this year—instead it endured

Art market

How art world leaders can embrace new money laundering regulations and create a 'think risk' culture

Museums & Heritage

California needs a plan to restart the arts

Art Market Eye

Asian art market flies in the face of coronavirus

Museums

Gabrielie Finaldi: 'What is the National Gallery if you can’t visit and you can’t see the pictures?'

Humboldt Forum

'Humboldt Forum must have a clear policy that only objects of proper provenance can be used'

Art market

The art trade benefits from the UK's low import duty. What will happen to it after Brexit?

Art market

Provenance: the Trojan horse that can make or break a work of art

Museums

A new kind of museum is emerging—here's what the future holds

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’?

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Auctions

Rejected Tintin cover design sets record for comic book art with €3.2m auction price

Sale of controversial 1936 painting criticised by organisation behind artist Hergé’s estate

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Adventures with Van Gogh

A lost Van Gogh self-portrait had the most extraordinary frame that included his much-loved sunflowers—here it is reconstructed

The painting—which went missing in a German salt mine during the war—was given a gilded frame with swirling lines

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Artists

‘Britain’s most important political artist’ Peter Kennard joins London gallery

Richard Saltoun exhibition will include artist’s earliest works incorporating newspaper images

Podcast

The white supremacist art at the heart of the US Capitol

Plus, a $2.2m Batman comic and the artists inspired by political theorist Hannah Arendt

Blog
The Buck stopped here

Future Fossil: the concrete cast of a suburban house that will sprout into a glorious garden

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Churches

Pew! Sussex church may scrap plans to remove historic seating

Moves by parishes to replace pews with chairs for “flexibility” anger traditionalists

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The white supremacist art at the heart of the US Capitol

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2020: the year in review

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Brexit: how will it change the art market?

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Contemporary public art: who is it for?

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Is the future of museums in Africa?

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

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Where art fairs still happen: the Shanghai buzz

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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?

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Frieze: the show goes on. Plus, Theaster Gates

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Artemisia and Frida: great art, turbulent lives

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

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This is America: Grayson Perry on race and class

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Berlin: still a magnet for artists?

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Cancelled: should good artists pay for bad behaviour?

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A brush with... Jenny Saville

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Virginia Commonwealth University launches programme dedicated to the art of podcasting

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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

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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

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Art theft: are museums safe under lockdown?

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Can the art market weather the coronavirus storm?

Podcast

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

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Coronavirus: dispatches from Italy and China

Podcast

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

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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

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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

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Top of the Pods: Leonardo—the Salvator Mundi saga

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Top of the Pods: video artists in the spotlight

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

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In memoriam: Karsten Schubert in conversation with Michael Landy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Art Basel and William Kentridge

Artist interview

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

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Painting, identity and injustice: Howardena Pindell and Oscar Murillo

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

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Manga and Camp: the art of going over the top

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

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

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Nara Roesler’s new space in Chelsea to Shirin Neshat’s New Mexico dreams

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Art market

Holy hammer! Near mint copy of Batman #1 sells for record $2.2m at Heritage Auctions

The rare 1940 issue, which marks the first appearance of the Joker and Catwoman, is the second most expensive comic book ever sold

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Appointments

Guggenheim appoints Naomi Beckwith as deputy director and senior curator

Appointment of MCA, Chicago curator is seen as a step toward more inclusiveness after accusations of institutional racism

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Museums & Heritage

Smithsonian downsizes $2bn expansion of its south campus in Washington

The institution unveils planned changes to its historic Castle and Arts and Industries Building

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US Capitol riot

‘Shameful vandalism and desecration’ : Met leaders condemn right-wing crowd's assault on US Capitol

Museum joins other institutions in assailing protestors' rampage and hate-inspiring imagery as a threat to democracy and equality

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Coronavirus resources

Governors propose ambitious plans to bring the arts back to California and New York

Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo have announced plans to support art institutions and artists hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic

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Law

Art lawyer Frank Lord opens private practice in New York

As well as working on high profile restitution cases, the former Herrick Feinstein partner has a PhD in art history

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Archaeology

Archaeologists have discovered world's oldest animal cave painting

The warty pig painting was found in a cave in Indonesia and is thought to be at least 45,500 years old

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Artists

Darya Apakhonchich is first artist labelled 'foreign agent' by new repressive law in Russia

Individuals who receive funding from abroad are subject to strict audits since 30 December

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Catalogue raisonné

First online Max Beckmann catalogue raisonné to go live tomorrow as artist's work enters public domain

Hamburg’s Kunsthalle to publish photographs of 843 paintings for free research tool

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Pablo Picasso

Saga of Picasso murals ripped from Oslo building continues as heirs head to court

Family of artist Carl Nesjar—who collaborated on the works with Picasso—say they have a copyright claim and should help decide where the pieces are relocated

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Brazil

Brazilian sculptor João Turin memorialised with sculpture park in Paraná

The site will “encourage sustainable development that values the fauna and flora of the Brazilian environment—the themes to which Turin dedicated his life”, says collector and businessman Samuel Lago

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Deaccessioning

The fate of the San Francisco Art Institute’s historic Diego Rivera mural hangs in limbo

The proposed sale of the work has raised outcry from artists and city leaders, who have taken action to protect it

Review
Media & broadcast

'My Rembrandt' documentary lets you look into the privileged club of Old Master owners

From kissing a portrait of a woman on the lips, to tricking a co-buyer out of a bargain, acquiring a rare work by the Dutch painter does not always bring out the best in people

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Restitution

Spitzweg drawing from Gurlitt hoard returned to Jewish publisher’s heirs

The musical scene was seized by the Gestapo in 1939 from Henri Hinrichsen, who died at Auschwitz

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Documenta

Documenta 15 postponement increasingly likely, general director says

Travel restrictions could derail preparations, making 2022 date impossible, Sabine Schormann says

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An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from Duchamp to Deep House

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Exhibitions

Kara Walker's secret archive to go on show at Kunstmuseum Basel this summer

Around 600 unseen drawings, collages, studies and writings will flood the museum's ground-floor galleries, providing a window into the American artist's work

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National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery of Canada adds community and HR leaders to management team

Angela Cassie and Tania Lafrenière join the institution as part of its first strategic plan

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Design

Heatherwick’s Vessel closed to the public after third suicide in less than a year

The community board has asked the developer to raise the height of platform barriers to prevent further deaths

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Art fairs

Expo Chicago art fair is postponed again, until at least July

Online edition will open in April, however, as planners prepare for an in-person version, perhaps even later in September or next year

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Controversies

Kamel Mennour gallery's representation of Claude Lévêque suspended after allegations of abuse of minors

According to French media reports, a police investigation has been launched into violations dating back to the 1970s

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Prizes

Lithium mining and a Donald Judd horror film: nominees for Prix Marcel Duchamp—France's most prestigious contemporary art award—announced

The four artists will have their work exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris for the prize, worth €35,000

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Carmen Herrera

Carmen Herrera commissioned to create a colossal mural as part of $35m Blanton Museum redesign

The 105-year-old artist says she has long admired the museum's focus on Latin American art

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George Floyd

Giant painting of George Floyd murder displayed on Los Angeles billboard after being cancelled in Minneapolis

Advertising firms in Minneapolis—where Floyd was killed by police—refused to show the work saying it was too violent, but advocacy group says it will try again

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Paris

Champs Élysées—one of Paris’s most polluted roads—to be transformed into ‘extraordinary garden’

The major avenue will undergo a €250m makeover to restore its former splendour, following the 2024 Summer Olympics

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Celebrities

Cate Blanchett is building her own art gallery at her English country home

Old outbuildings on the actor's estate will be knocked down to make way for the studio—and provisions will be made for the protected bats that live there

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Diary

The Met invites you to play a game, and then ‘borrow’ a work of art

News
Desert X

Desert X postpones opening amid Covid-19 surge in California

The outdoor festival, due to take over Coachella Valley in February, will now wait until lockdown restrictions are lifted

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Museums & Heritage

Hirshhorn Museum is under pressure to reconsider redesign of its sculpture garden

Critics and city planners question changes to a historic reflecting pool and addition of stacked stone walls in a Modernist environment, while the artist Hiroshi Sugimoto defends his designs but says he is open to negotiating

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Art market

Art shippers face ‘teething problems’ transporting works to Europe after Brexit

Some air freight crates are being broken open by customs officials in EU, but UK lockdown is posing greater problems, members of the trade say

News
Chora Museum

Has Turkey halted plans to turn Chora museum into a mosque?

Experts ponder the significance of the sudden scrapping of Islamic prayers by Turkish authorities at Istanbul’s historic landmark

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Racism in the art world

Meet the experts who root out racism and exclusion in the arts

Racial equity consultants are helping to roll out strategies and training for museum staff and executives

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Palmyra

New hope that ancient Palmyra will be rebuilt after Isis damage

Deal between the Syrian government and Russian masonry body builds on country’s research into state of archaeological site

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Protests

US Capitol’s works of art survive amid right-wing rampage in Washington

The authorities say that cleaning and conservation will be needed, however, after art was damaged by tear gas, pepper spray and fire extinguishers

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Commissions

This Victorian house in London hides remarkable Islamic interiors—now it is getting its first contemporary work

Leighton House Museum—which was once the home and studio of artist Lord Leighton—is undergoing restoration and will reopen in 2021

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Collectors

Moderna vaccine billionaire Timothy Springer explains his love for Chinese scholar rocks

Gongshi—whose unusual forms are created by years of river erosion—have long been highly prized in Asia. Now they are garnering admirers in the West

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Museums

Opening of Pinault's Bourse de Commerce postponed as French museums told to remain closed

Scheduled to reopen this week, cultural institutions must keep their doors shut after an increase in Covid-19 cases

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Pablo Picasso

This Picasso photo puzzle has stumped experts. Can you help solve it?

The identity of those posing with the master remains a mystery a century after the picture was taken

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Conservation & Preservation

From lockdowns to looting: how Covid-19 has taken a toll on world's threatened heritage sites

Sites of major importance—many in regions already ravaged by conflict—are contending with security problems and funding shortfalls

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Musée du Louvre

The Musée du Louvre—the world’s most popular art museum—saw 72% drop in visitors last year

Despite kicking off 2020 with a record-breaking Leonardo exhibition, like many museums around the world, the Parisian institution was adversely affected by coronavirus lockdowns

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Exhibitions

Death row inmate designs garden installation by instructing university students through letters

Timothy Young, currently incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison, is a key contributor to the University-led art project, Barring Freedom, that aims to put the US criminal justice system in the dock

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Conservation & Preservation

Volunteers plan to return ‘Albert Hall of the North’ to its glory days

After years of neglect, ornate Victorian auditorium in northern seaside town of Morecambe is being saved

Comment
Museums

Could 2021 be the year of the African museum?

While the West continues to grapple with its colonial past, institutions from Togo to Cairo are creating more expansive models to celebrate art

Blog
Adventures with Van Gogh

Treats for Van Gogh fans in 2021: exhibitions, museum openings and books

We look ahead at the events to enjoy this year—assuming coronavirus doesn't scupper them

Analysis
Art market

Blue-chip artists move over, here come the red chips

Art as a blue-chip investment has had its day, as buyers chase the latest "red-chip" names

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Brexit

Will new EU lighting rules pull the plug on neon art?

Artists producing neon works may fall foul of stricter EU lighting regulations that come into force this year

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Three to see

Our picks of the must-see shows to see in New York in January

From new paintings by Ed Ruscha to the Studio Museum in Harlem’s artists-in-residence focus on longing

Blog
The Buck stopped here

Patti Smith lights up London's Piccadilly Circus with birthday wishes for Greta Thunberg

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Book Club

The Nazi art dealer who supplied Hermann Göring and operated in a shadowy art underworld after the war

A new book by Jonathan Petropoulos explores Bruno Lohse’s devotion to Hitler’s number two

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Book Club

An expert's guide to Francis Bacon: five must-read books on the post-war painter

All you ever wanted to know about the artist, from a deep dive into his chaotic studio to accounts of his exploits in seedy Soho—selected by the art historian Michael Peppiatt

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Public art

Vandals apprehended after covering Richard Serra’s vast desert sculpture in Qatar with graffiti

Government organisation Qatar Museums has launched campaign to encourage locals to respect public works

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Venice

Culture war erupts over Venice mayor's closure of Doge's Palace and other civic museums until April

Luigi Brugnaro's "entrepreneurial" decision violates Venice's historic agreement with Italian state to keep the landmark open to the public

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US politics

Storming of US Capitol: art world condemns police hypocrisy in pro-Trump riot

Artists Dread Scott and Glenn Ligon among cultural figures pointing out stark contrast in how law enforcement handled the mob compared with Black Lives Matter protestors

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Art market

French High Court orders retrial of Wildenstein art dynasty tax fraud case

Guy Wildenstein and his nephew were accused of hiding assets worth hundreds of millions but were acquitted in 2017 and 2018—now they are wanted back in court for a third trial

News
Art market

Lawsuit claims $100m damages in tangled case of hidden Russian art worth $60m

Shchukin Gallery and its lawyers file new lawsuit against Russian financier Rustam Iseev, his lawyer and a New York Supreme Court judge in bid to uncover location of paintings

Comment
Art market

How will US money laundering crackdown actually impact the art market? A lawyer explains

Congress is increasing its regulation of antiquities trade and while its powers are limited for now, change will come so the art industry must prepare

Preview
The Year Ahead 2021

The biggest art exhibitions opening around the world in 2021

The new year's must-see shows include Vermeer and Botticelli blockbusters; major Jasper Johns and Yayoi Kusama retrospectives; and sweeping surveys on Iran, slavery and queer art

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Museums

Closure of London's Florence Nightingale Museum fuels fears that the pandemic will force smaller UK institutions to shut

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum in Birkenhead is also under threat of closure as part of cost-cutting measures by local council

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Art market

In a swift post-Brexit move, UK rejects EU’s strict import rules on cultural property

The rules, aimed at preventing trafficking, have been opposed by the trade and UK government's decision not to continue may put EU art market at a disadvantage

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Education

Oxford University’s All Souls College drops Christopher Codrington’s name from its library—but refuses to remove slave owner’s statue

Decision comes as scrutiny mounts over the university’s colonial legacy, including at Oriel College where a commission on Cecil Rhodes monument has been delayed

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India

India's Supreme Court approves Modi's £2bn 'vanity project' to redevelop Delhi parliament complex

The reconstruction of the Central Vista is a significant step in the prime minister's efforts to sever the nation from its colonial past

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Restitution

Dresden poster campaign draws attention to looted Benin bronzes in city’s museum

Initiative by the Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh is supported by Dresden’s state museums

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Artist foundation

Paying it forward: McArthur Binion is using his later-in-life success to help younger artists

The artist’s foundation is supporting the community in Detroit through micro-grants and residencies

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Discoveries

Is this ‘enormously powerful’ painting of Jesus Christ by El Greco? Spanish expert questions new attribution

Art history scholars disagree over possible discovery of work by Renaissance master, which is owned by private collector

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Art market

A Covid-19 silver lining? Let’s not return to family-unfriendly art business as usual

The industry could work better for mothers and fathers if it doesn’t go back to the out-of-hours, out-of-town way things were

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Pinault Collection

Bourse de Commerce: opening of Pinault's long-awaited Paris museum is—pandemic permitting—finally around the corner

Two decades since the billionaire started planning a home for his collection in the French capital, the spectacular space is due to open on 23 January

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Art market

In the battle against antiquities trafficking, Germany develops app to identify looted cultural heritage

Government-funded image-recognition software will enable law enforcers to work with international organisations

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Coronavirus resources

Locked down with kids? Check out these arty resources to keep them entertained and educated

Organisations and museums offer plenty of online art projects for parents

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reopenings

Five Philadelphia museums jointly announce that they are reopening this month

Institutions act on go-ahead from the city after their second closing in November

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Diary of an art historian

Auction houses have finally entered the Amazon age—and I’m addicted

I thought I’d kicked my online art and antiques buying habit but too much lockdown screen time has been my undoing

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Public sculpture

Enormous vulva sculpture in Brazil sparks conservative outrage

Juliana Notari's work was installed days after President Bolsonaro vowed to never legalise abortion

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Insta’ gratification

Gram today, gone tomorrow? Kenny Schachter predicts Instagram's future in 2021

The avid Instagram user and art world oracle forecasts the fortunes of the art world's favourite app

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Museums & Heritage

Australian museum boom: as most institutions face cuts, National Gallery of Victoria’s massive expansion flies in the face of coronavirus

New NGV Contemporary building is the latest ambitious construction project planned in the country

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Anniversary

Remembering Dante—Uffizi unveils online exhibition of 'Divine Comedy' drawings by Federico Zuccari

Florence gallery also planning vast exhibition dedicated to the poet in Forlì featuring works by Michelangelo

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Book Club

A selection of 2021 art publications—Musa Mayer on her father, Philip Guston; Jean Dubuffet in the spotlight

A monograph on Catherine Opie, an analysis of museums in the 21st century and an overview of Joseph Beuys also make the grade

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Diary

Monolith mania continues as another obelisk pops up—this time in Salisbury, UK

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The Buck stopped here

Courtauld Institute triumphs in nail-biting University Challenge final

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Obituaries

In memoriam: remembering art world figures who died in 2020

John Baldessari, Beverly Pepper, Irina Antonova and Christo were among those who died last year

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Openings

Art in 2021—treats include Dürer blockbuster, new Munch museum and Caravaggio anniversary

Influential works by Duchamp, Picasso and Mondrian also celebrate centenary this year

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The Year Ahead 2021

Major museum openings and expansions in 2021

From the much-anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum to the Frick’s move to a Brutalist landmark, here are the building projects aiming to change cultural landscapes around the world

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The Year Ahead 2021

Art fairs in 2021—expect spring jitters, a summer crush and maybe even a return to some normality

After a year marked by cancellations, international fairs such as Art Basel, Frieze and Tefaf are vying for attention in an already crowded year

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The Year Ahead 2021

Our guide to the top biennials and triennials coming up in 2021

Previews of the 34th Bienal de São Paulo, Prospect.5 and the 11th Liverpool Biennial—plus, lots of dates for your diary

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Acquisitions

A 'milestone' moment—US National Gallery of Art acquires 40 works by Black Southern artists

Works were purchased from Souls Grown Deep Foundation in a move that could ‘alter the canon of American art'

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Covid-19

As 2021 beckons.... I crave new art in the new year more than ever

With talk of vaccines dominating the airwaves, a return to regular contact with the latest works and upcoming artists may be on the horizon

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Museums

Spanish government sets January deadline to break deadlock over Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum collection

Culture minister wants to move the ‘red lines’ in negotiations with Baroness Carmen Cervera

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Covid-19

'Museums had better not be planning for a return to the status quo'

If institutions keep admission limits in place, they’ll come out of the coronavirus crisis in better health, says art critic Blake Gopnik