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Deaccessioning

As a Sotheby’s auction looms, scholars protest Newark Museum of Art’s plan to sell a Thomas Cole painting and other works

In an open letter, they denounce the deaccessioning move as a “senseless monetisation” of art from the permanent collection

Analysis
Art fairs

Members only: what exactly does Frieze’s membership programme get you?

Artist studio tours, museum shows, talks and other events are on the slate, but the best bang for your buck might come from the fair’s partnership with NeueHouse

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Art market

Unable to run in its usual format, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair moves into Christie’s for bijou showcase

Knotted Ties exhibition features textile works by female artists from Africa and the diaspora

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Germany

It's official—Germany declares its nightclubs are now cultural institutions

Nightlife and live music venues across the country now have the same legal status as museums and opera houses

Review
Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From a historical group show of works from 1960s Italy to David Harrison's trans pagan goats

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NFTs

Contract Killers: artist Nancy Baker Cahill challenges the efficacy of the 'smart contracts' behind NFTs with an augmented reality project

The environmentally conscious project considers broken and violated social contracts in the artists space and in society as a whole

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Exhibitions

Rarely seen paintings by Nina Hamnett, fringe member of the Bloomsbury Group, to go on show at Charleston

The artist, who was most famous as a model and a memoirist, specialised in portraits of working people and her artistic circle

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Salvator Mundi

Is Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci? Amid the current flurry of ill-informed controversies, let us turn to the science

Venice

Has Venice really banned cruise ships? It appears not

Art Market Eye

How a new digital art market could mimic the traditional one—including in bad ways

African art market

Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu’s greatest work is much loved by the art market—but it should mean more to art history too

M+

Why culture is key to Hong Kong’s future as a world city

Museums & Heritage

Why we are projecting First Nations art on the Sydney Opera House

Looted art

Is there loot lurking in your collection? Find out—before someone else does

Cuba

A feeble congress and the raising up of poetry in Cuba

Art market

In our current dystopian art market, the pervasive and persistent Damien Hirst may well have the last laugh

NFTs

NFTs and the 'Art' world: panic and possibility

Diary of an art historian

Boo to NFTs! Hang on, think of no customs fees

Art fairs

The world of art fairs is going to change for good—and only the better-funded fairs will survive

Art Market Eye

How the art market turned upside down—in one month

Museums

How museums can ethically invest their money

Art market

EU proposes tough new laws on antique ivory trade—despite lack of evidence it leads to modern-day poaching

Myanmar

Here is what you can do to help Myanmar's beleaguered artists

Art market

The art market is 'high risk' for money laundering, so ignore new regulations at your peril

Benin Bronzes

Britain stole the royal, sacred Benin Bronzes from Nigeria—so why is Germany leading their return?

NFTs

The looming legal and regulatory questions NFT collectors and sellers should prepare for

Art market

The 'Ledbury Titian' discovery begs the question: who should we trust when it comes to art attribution?

Museums & Heritage

Pandemic anniversary: the things museums should learn from our plague year

Comment

Freelance workers are the backbone of the art world—but how are they expected to survive on a pittance?

Art market

Six reasons why Gamestop couldn’t happen in the art market

Diary of an art historian

'Autism made me an art historian. But museums must do more to welcome disabled and neurodiverse communities'

United Kingdom

'Where is the champion within UK government for a vigorous, independent visual arts sector?'

NFTs

The NFT craze encapsulates the absurdity of the art world—and its obsession with authenticity

Art market

Risky business: how new US sanctions regulations will actually impact the art market

Diary of an art historian

Museums have hastily cut their staff to save money—what will happen when visitors return and they need them back?

Art market

Sotheby's brought to you by Bulgari—product placement at auction has arrived, with limitless potential

Arts funding

Arts researchers can help America overcome its toughest challenges

Botticelli

'Looking just gorgeous': Granddaughter of $80m Botticelli's former owner on living with the masterpiece

Art Market Eye

Can Paris snatch the art market crown from London?

Art market

Should post-Brexit UK get rid of the Artist’s Resale Right?

Monuments

Tearing down troubling statues is not lying about our history—it is removing impediments to truth

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?

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Adventures with Van Gogh

New discoveries about Van Gogh’s olive grove paintings revealed in upcoming Dallas and Amsterdam exhibitions

In Provence, Vincent loved the gnarled trees with a passion that rivalled his beloved sunflowers

Podcast

Climate disaster: photographer Richard Mosse on environmental crime in the Amazon

Plus, artist Rachel Maclean on Hieronymus Bosch's influence

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Prizes

For first time Turner Prize 2021 shortlist is made up entirely of artist collectives

From a Welsh community group to a neurodiverse arts hub in Hastings, the collectives' works will go on show in Coventry in September

Analysis
NFTs

NFTs and colossal prices have turbocharged the art market—but has something died in this 'second renaissance'?

As people pay eye-watering crypto-sums for digital art, many see losses as well as gains in this brave new intangible world

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Art market

Charles I disposed of this Van Dyck portrait when he signed the sitter's death warrant. Now it is up for sale at Christie's

The 17th century painting of the Earl of Strafford, recently discovered to have been in the Royal collection, is expected to sell for up to £5m in London in July

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Heritage

Catherine de Medici portrait returns to Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill after almost 200 years

Painting is the only surviving contemporary image of the monarch

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Climate disaster: photographer Richard Mosse on environmental crime in the Amazon

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Return to La La Land: art is back in California

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Kusama-rama: Yayoi exhibitions open in London, New York and Berlin

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Winner: The Art Newspaper's podcast The Week in Art is named Best Special Interest Podcast

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Let loose after lockdown: London’s best gallery shows

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Can Netflix help solve the Isabella Stewart Gardner art heist?

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Has the drop in visitors changed museums forever?

Podcast

Benin bronzes: looted treasures will return to Nigeria at last

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The results are in: the real impact of Covid-19 on the art market

The Week in Art

UK culture war: how should museums confront colonialism?

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Old Masters meet Brutalism: inside Frick Madison in New York

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WTF are NFTs? Why crypto is dominating the art market

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'Black grief and white grievance' at New York’s New Museum

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Stonehenge: could a road tunnel ruin the ancient site?

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The fight against Putin: artists on the frontline

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New normal for Old Masters: Botticelli's record online sale and new AI research on Leonardo's Salvator Mundi

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What will Biden-Harris do for the visual arts?

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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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A brush with... Roni Horn

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Brexit: how will it change the art market?

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A brush with... Christina Quarles

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Contemporary public art: who is it for?

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A brush with... Ragnar Kjartansson

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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

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?

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Cancelled: should good artists pay for bad behaviour?

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A brush with... Chantal Joffe

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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

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A brush with... Michael Armitage

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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

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

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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

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Exhibitions

From Pompeii to post-colonial sculpture, San Francisco’s Legion of Honor pulls off a successful double-feature for its reopening

A solo show by Wangechi Mutu comments on the museum’s history, while an exceptional archaeological presentation gives antiquity a fresh feel

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Frieze New York

Sneak a peek at Marco Brambilla's new work Heaven's Gate at Hudson Yards

The AR work will be exhibited at the Pérez Art Museum Miami this summer

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Art market

'It is like spring in the art world': A more civilised, 'humane' Frieze New York bodes well for the market

Exhibitors praised Frieze for seamlessness of install and timed entry gave galleries and guests more time than usual for art chat, making deals and catching up

Blog
Diary

Can't get into Frieze New York? See some AR works by Kaws, Precious Okoyomon and Cao Fei instead

The AR exhibition has been organised by Acute Art and The Shed

Blog
Diary

Colossal calamari sculpture causes kerfuffle in Japan

Feature
Collector's Eye

‘Works made in Iran today are inextricably linked to the past’: collector Mohammed Afkhami on how art shaped his life

The Middle Eastern financier is bringing his collection to New York’s Asia Society later this year

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Museums

Crowds flock to revamped Uffizi Galleries

Florence museum unveiled new exhibition space and recent acquisitions

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Building projects

'Intelligent design': Frank Gehry's surprisingly subtle $233m makeover of Philadelphia Museum of Art revealed

Architect's Core Project expansion creates 90,000 sq. ft of new galleries and reimagined public spaces at heart of 1928 landmark

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Exhibitions

Amateur hour turns to golden hour for forgotten Brazilian photo club with New York show

The Museum of Modern Art will present rarely-seen work by the mid-century collective Foto-Cine Clube Bandeirante

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Art market

Artists are expected to give away their work for charity. This new auction platform aims to give them something back in return

The Stand has been launched by former Sotheby's boss and will give 70% to artists, 20% to charity

Interview
Frieze New York

‘A spiral of poets, all at once’: Precious Okoyomon, winner of the Frieze Artist Award, talks about their Tower of Babel-themed commission

An artist, poet and chef, Okoyomon discusses their inspirations as well as the ecosystems they have been creating

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Diary

The 'world’s largest public art fair' opens today in New York

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Obituaries

Patrick O’Connell, Visual Aids founder, has died, aged 67

The activist helped develop perhaps the most well known symbol of HIV and Aids awareness: the red ribbon

Blog
Diary

Yinka Shonibare, an art icon with a sardonic twist

The artist is a shining example of philanthropy, funding creative residency projects in London and Lagos

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Sanford Biggers

Sanford Biggers unveils monolithic sculpture at Rockefeller Plaza

The work is part of a campus-wide exhibition exploring themes around European and African mythologies

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Art education

Uproar as UK government plans to cut funding for arts education by 50% to prioritise 'high-value subjects'

Artists express concerns and the Public Campaign for the Arts launches a petition as the consultation on the planned budget cuts to higher education ends today

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Art market

Bill and Melinda Gates are divorcing—what will happen to their art?

As the multi-billionaire couple announce they are ending their marriage, we look at some of the art world's bitterest splits

Interview
Book Club

Q&A | How a new John Craxton biography began its life in a Soho bar following a funeral

The writer Ian Collins says that after his chance meeting with the British artist his “life changed forever”

Review
Exhibitions

Top shows to see in New York during Frieze week

From Eva Hesse and Hannah Wilke at Acquavella Galleries to Deana Lawson at the Guggenheim

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Foundations

MoMA trustee Lonti Ebers to open huge arts centre in Brooklyn this summer

The Amant Foundation in East Williamsburg will combine exhibition and studio spaces for resident artists

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Cuba

Cuban dissident artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara taken to hospital by security forces eight days into a hunger strike

Otero Alcántara’s hunger strike and calls for free speech and artistic freedom in Cuba has drawn international attention

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Art market

If you can't beat them, join them: Goodman Gallery jumps on the Hamptons bandwagon with new outpost

Denis Gardarin has joined as US director and will oversee the South Africa- and London-based gallery's presence at Frieze New York this week as travel restrictions persist

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Art market

Crypto-creep accelerates as Sotheby's accepts Ether and Bitcoin for $5m Banksy painting

The sale this month will be the first time the auction house has accepted cryptocurrency as payment for a physical work of art

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Los Angeles

Eli Broad, an unexpected—and often unreasonable—arts patron

The self-made billionaire helped shape the Los Angeles art scene, while clashing with most of its prominent museum leaders

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Philanthropy

Josef and Anni Albers Foundation to unveil new maternity and paediatric hospital in Senegal

German architect has designed the €2m building which takes elements from the Bauhaus couple’s work

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The Buck stopped here

To honour Joseph Beuys's landmark urban forest installation, 100 oak trees have been planted outside Tate Modern

Comment
Salvator Mundi

Is Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci? Amid the current flurry of ill-informed controversies, let us turn to the science

Can the leaked Louvre book give us the final word on the much-maligned painting that we all need?

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Russia

Russian artist Yulia Tsvetkova, who faces prison for posting feminist drawings, starts hunger strike

The 27-year-old activist is demanding that her criminal trial be held in public

Feature
Book Club

The American who brought Modern masterpieces to Iran

A new memoir by curator Donna Stein reveals the story behind the creation of a Western art collection for the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in the 1970s

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Museums & Heritage

UK culture war heats up as arts professionals question veto of trustee appointment at Royal Museums Greenwich

Museums Association says government refusal to renew academic Aminul Hoque’s term is “worrying”, and the chair of trustees has resigned over the decision

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Exhibitions

Met's next Costume Institute show is an exploration of the emotional hues of American fashion

The two-part exhibition invokes the upheaval of the past year and will be accompanied by an "intimate" gala this September and then a more expansive benefit next May

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Media & broadcast

Trevor Paglen warns about the dangers of Artificial Intelligence in new documentary Unseen Skies

“Ways of seeing are never neutral, images have always required a human to interpret them,” the artist says

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Adrian Piper

Adrian Piper plans a protest in Berlin over school class sizes

The 15 May demonstration is part of her ongoing Wahlkampagne criticizing Germany’s education system

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Diary

You’re in charge—‘wormhole’ KW digital exhibition takes viewers on a bespoke virtual voyage

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Yacht rock art: prehistoric carvings found in Norway may be oldest nautical images in the world

Two life-size outlines of boats are thought to have been etched into the grey rock face 10,000 years ago—and more could still await discovery

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Monuments

Four artists shortlisted for Windrush monument at London’s Waterloo Station

Thomas Price and Jeannette Ehlers are in the running for public art piece honouring Caribbean pioneers

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Obituaries

Eli Broad, who helped reshape the cultural landscape of Los Angeles, has died, aged 87

Billionaire art collector, businessman and philanthropist founded the museum that bears his name and helped shore up Disney Concert Hall, Lacma and MOCA

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Obituaries

William T. Wiley, a founder of the Bay Area Funk Art movement and influential art teacher, has died, aged 83

A dedicated mentor, he also delighted in provocative enigmas in wide-ranging mediums

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Public art

‘Some Like It Not’: protesters rally against plan to install Marilyn Monroe sculpture near Palm Springs Art Museum

Dozens gather to denounce sexualised depiction of actress with her skirt flying up

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Archaeology

A Bronze Age village is discovered beneath Lake Lucerne

Archaeologists find remains of houses on stilts, possibly dating to 1000BC, which indicates Lucerne was settled earlier than thought

Review
Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Charles Gaines's Plexiglas grids at Hauser and Wirth to Rafał Zajko's frozen urine sculptures at PUBLIC

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Biennials & festivals

After social media backlash, Dark Mofo art festival in Tasmania launches fund for Aboriginal artists

The festival drew criticism last month for an art project that would crowd-source blood from Indigenous and Aboriginal people

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Museums

Pinault's Bourse de Commerce plans to finally launch on 22 May as Macron gives French museums the green light to reopen

Health passes to certify visitors are Covid-free will be mandatory at cultural venues

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Ugo Rondinone

Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains in the Nevada desert will undergo a second restoration

The immersive artwork, installed in 2016, could be up for another five years

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AlUla

'A global destination for heritage, culture and nature': Saudi Arabia unveils $15bn AlUla masterplan

Kingdoms Institute, a new "world class" study centre, is among 15 cultural facilities that will form part of the heritage-rich region's transformation

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Restitution

Germany pledges to return Benin bronzes to Nigeria starting in 2022

“We are facing up to our historical and moral responsibility”, says culture minister Monika Grütters

Podcast

Return to La La Land: art is back in California

Plus, artists' album covers, and Grace Jones in the Work of the Week

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Museums

Indian museum brings artist M F Husain back from the dead using AI

Visitors to the Museum of Art and Photography in Bangalore can pose questions to a "digital twin" of the late Bombay Progressive Group painter

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Frieze New York

'It's on': Frieze New York gets ready to be the first fair to return to the city

Scaled-back event will relocate from far-flung Randall's Island to The Shed in Manhattan

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Art market

Taxidermy flying kittens, Irish giants and Queen Victoria's knickers: the world of Viktor Wynd

The artist, writer and dealer is selling a selection of bizarre pieces from his London-based Museum of Curiosities on 6 May

Blog
Adventures with Van Gogh

Van Gogh's $30m riverscape with an absinthe-coloured sky comes up for sale at Christie’s

The story of Le Pont de Trinquetaille—with the young female mudlark and the ruffians from the red-light district

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Archaeology

Mysterious stone structures in Saudi Arabia are around 7,000 years old, making them one of the oldest examples of widespread monument-making

Citing the discovery of animal skulls and horns, researchers suggest that mustatils may have had a religious purpose

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Litigation

Stand and deliver: the $950m ‘art hostage situation’ involving paintings by Malevich and Goncharova

In a long-running legal battle, the Shchukin Gallery seeks the return of five paintings worth $63m that the gallery says were taken by a Russian financier

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Vandalism

Another ancient petroglyph panel has been vandalised in Utah

The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible

News
Black Lives Matter

In Minneapolis, plywood boards become protest art worth preserving

Many of the boards used to cover shopfront windows during protests became impromptu canvases—as much works of art as vital historical artefacts

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Public art

David Hammons's monumental public sculpture Day's End is done

The steel frame structure, which recreates the outline of a former warehouse on the Hudson River, is now a permanent fixture on the shoreline

Review
Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From David Smith at Hauser & Wirth to Katherine Bradford at Canada

News
Collectors

Korean museums to receive 23,000 works from Samsung estate in $11bn tax settlement

Lee Kun-hee, the Samsung Electronics chairman who died in October, leaves collection worth $2.2bn, including works by Monet, Dali and Chagall

Analysis
Art market

Busy Gallery Weekend Beijing brings city's art scene back to life

This year's event, delayed from March, included 30 galleries and museums across the city

Comment
Venice

Has Venice really banned cruise ships? It appears not

The Italian government must intervene against powerful forces opposed to change

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Restitution

Scottish university claims Benin bronze bought for £750 is worth £500,000—but is that now really the case?

Aberdeen University is returning its looted 18th-century oba head to the Nigerian federal government

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Benin Bronzes

Global survey: where in the world are the Benin bronzes?

Around 160 institutions hold looted Benin artefacts, but how many are prepared to give them back? We asked museums in five countries for their position on restitution

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Manifesta 12

Three years on, Manifesta 12 workers are still waiting to be paid

Dozens of staff and freelancers who worked at the 2018 exhibition in Palermo have been left in the lurch

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Art education

Christie’s supports charity delivering art history lessons for students at UK state schools

Art History Link-Up chief says subject is a rare offer at state schools because of cuts and teacher shortages

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Restitution

'We've had a lot of museums reaching out': how Nigeria is getting ready to receive the world’s Benin bronzes

With institutions across the globe rethinking their views on restitution, the African country’s focus is now on making a home for its heritage

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Art market

White Cube announces exclusive worldwide representation of Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi

British gallery will work in collaboration with the Noguchi Museum in New York

Comment
Art Market Eye

How a new digital art market could mimic the traditional one—including in bad ways

The new breed of art buyers are likely to need administrators, curators and lawyers much like those in the conventional art world

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Art market

Phillips names Stephen Brooks, a former Christie's financial officer, as new chief executive

The current chief, Edward Dolman, will shift in September to a new role as executive chairman of Phillips’ holding company

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Art market

'I was brought here to get the company sold privately and that is done': Amy Cappellazzo to leave Sotheby's in July

Brooke Lampley and Mari-Claudia Jiménez will step up into new roles in the global fine art division, while Gregoire Billault is the new chairman of contemporary art

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Vaccination

Offering a ‘whale of a time’ , the American Museum of Natural History hosts a walk-in vaccination site

The museum is offering around 1,000 Moderna vaccines per day on Fridays through Tuesdays

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Diary

Bong! A toppled Big Ben made of books to appear in centre of Manchester

News
National Gallery, London

TikTok and masterpieces on tour: London's National Gallery reveals plans leading up to 200th birthday in 2024

Five-year strategy pledges to ramp up digital content and send historic paintings on UK "community tours" to mark bicentenary

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Protest art

Trump protest work recovered by FBI four years after being stolen by white supremacists

He Will Not Divide Us was subjected to multiple attacks from far-right extremists before being snatched in a raid in Tennessee in 2017

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Art theft

Rare medieval reliquary—stolen near Siena 32 years ago—discovered at collector's home in Sicily

Carabinieri's recovery of the San Galgano collection of “unprecedented importance”

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Paris

French historians up in arms over plans to install Napoleon horse skeleton above his tomb

Pascal Convert's sculpture is a replica of the remains of the emperor’s horse Marengo, which was captured by the British at the Battle of Waterloo

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Art market

Basquiat NFT withdrawn from auction after artist’s estate intervenes

“No licence or rights were convened to the seller,” estate says

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India

As India's death toll surges, £2bn renovation of Delhi parliament buildings continues as 'essential service'

Many are questioning how Prime Minister Narendra Modi can justify his "vanity project" as hospitals are overwhelmed with patients

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Heritage

Acropolis renovation plans spark accusations that it’s ‘just another way to fit in more tourists’

Archaeologists fear the structural changes aimed to improve access to the Unesco site will “dramatically” change its form

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A restores casts of warriors that adorned ancient Iranian palace for once-in-a-lifetime display

New exhibition on 5,000 years of Iranian civilisation will feature museum's rarely seen replicas of life-sized friezes from King Darius’s “very excellent” palace

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Appointments & departures

Philanthropist Marie-Josée Kravis will replace the embattled Leon Black as MoMA’s board chairman

Appointment follows controversy over Black's ties to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein

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Cuba

Cuban artists and intellectuals commemorate the 50th anniversary of poet Herberto Padilla's confession

The public confession, which came after 36 days of imprisonment, marked a pivotal moment in Cuba's oppression of voices critical of the government.

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Rock art

Boat carvings found in Norway may be the oldest in Europe

Life-size examples of rock art could have served as signposts when early Scandinavians populated the Mesolithic seascape

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Indigenous art

Lummi artists create a totem pole to call attention to the need to protect sacred Indigenous sites

The totem pole will travel from Washington State to Washington, DC and make stops at significant Native American locations

Review
Exhibitions

The Big Review | Made in LA 2020: A Version

The Los Angeles biennial has been installed but unvisited for six months due to Covid-19 restrictions. Does it still capture our present moment?

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Art market

Mexico City galleries come together for homegrown Zonamaco Art Week

Despite postponing the traditional art fair, organisers found a way to hold shows and create a sense of occasion

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Art market

Flight of the Balloon Dog: Jeff Koons leaves Gagosian and David Zwirner galleries for Pace

The gallery will now represent the shiniest and most expensive living artist worldwide

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Diary

Spot the difference? Sam Smith’s new tattoo looks just like a drawing by Elmgreen & Dragset