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Art Basel 2021

Art Basel 2021: it’s good to be back—but things are going to change, dealers say

Despite the success of the fair's first post-pandemic edition, galleries are weighing up the future

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Art market

Antiquities trade should prepare for more government oversight

US Treasury Department issues a call for input on forthcoming regulation that aims to counter money laundering

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Manuscripts

Mexico recovers stolen 16th-century manuscripts

The historic works were taken from the National Archives over the years in what its new director calls a “wholesale pillaging”

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Art market

Colnaghi's show explores the broad threads that connect Spanish art and the New World

Exhibition of work from the Pre-Columbian age to mid-century Modern paintings, extended to 22 October

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Art market

British Museum to sell NFTs of 200 Hokusai works—including The Great Wave

The institution has partnered with French start-up LaCollection to auction the non-fungible tokens, coinciding with its exhibition of the Japanese artist's work

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Design Miami

Design Miami is expanding to Qatar

The design fair has launched a new partnership in Doha

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Cannupa Hanska Luger’s Indigenous sci-fi at Garth Greenan to an undersung Italian painter at Shin Gallery

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Diary of an art historian

'The art in Spain stays mainly off the plane': grim Brexit news from the art buying frontline

Museums & Heritage

The cancelling of the Genoese art loan show Superb Baroque is a sad day for the National Gallery in Washington, DC

Art market

Women in the arts are winning the battle for equal employment—but they haven’t yet won the war

Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

Against all the odds, the UK’s museums are beacons of inspiration

Art market

Choose your unicorn: why angel investors are ploughing millions into art startups

Statues

Destroying public symbols of the past will not lead to a juster society. We must keep our mistakes visible

Art market

Not all they seem: how galleries can spot fake ID documents

Afghanistan

Protocols are already available to help save Afghanistan’s cultural heritage

Art market

Overseas galleries and art advisors listen up: you are not immune to new money laundering laws at UK fairs this autumn

Heritage

With the Taliban’s take-over of Afghanistan, intangible cultural heritage is most at threat

Biennials & festivals

Helsinki’s inaugural biennial goes off with a bang on the former military island of Vallisaari

Arts funding

UK arts sector must learn to fight smart and dirty to get what it wants from the government

Deaccessioning

Amid financial adversity, can a museum association emerge as an innovative leader on deaccessioning?

Art market

Why the art market must stop trying to predict the unpredictable and enjoy a well deserved #hotgirlsummer

US politics

Under the Biden administration, can US cultural policy better reflect American values?

Architecture

Liverpool should not be punished for its modern vision

Venice

The IPCC’s predictions of sea-level rise are why Italy should beg Unesco to put Venice on its at risk list

Venice

Now is the time for Unesco to call Venice's authorities to order

Diary of an art historian

Visiting a historic house should be about more than just cream teas and crocuses—their full histories, however unsettling, should be told

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

A redesign of the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden prompts questions about artistic vision

Museums & Heritage

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s new Hirshhorn sculpture garden will create a more open and artistically inspired future for the museum

Museums & Heritage

We tackled Dutch slaving history—the Rijksmuseum's exhibition could serve as a model of its kind

Art market

Livestreamed or IRL, gallery weekends or satellite spaces—the art market faces a paradox of choice

Exhibitions

Why some people still care passionately whether St Jerome was Italian or Croatian (he was neither, actually)

Museums

One of us or one of them? A long view of the appointment of George Osborne as chair of the British Museum

Art Market Eye

Why the figures bandied about in the art market are subject to caution

Letters

Letters to the editor | Donna Stein’s book about the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is ‘misleading’ and has ‘inaccuracies’

Prizes

What's the point of art prizes?

Venice

The damnation of Venice: locals are being systematically driven out by officials who are selling off sites for tourism

Funding

Hackneyed old Hockney: Museums need to be courageous, even in survival mode

Diary of an art historian

The UK Ministry of Culture is where politicians' careers go to die—but Oliver Dowden has emerged victorious, thanks to the culture wars

Art market

Jobs for the boys…why I'm starting to feel old amid the new art world order

UK politics

Don’t trash talk museums at this perilous time: we must adapt—not throw away—our cultural heritage

Art market

Inflation is soaring in the US and UK—here's what it means for the art market

Art market

Will gallery weekends replace art fairs?

Diary of an art historian

It took 300 years for the art world to recognise Artemisia Gentileschi—now NFTs are reinforcing the bias towards Western male artists

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

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Adventures with Van Gogh

70 paintings in 70 days: Van Gogh’s astonishing achievement at the end of his life

A dramatic sunset over a château was one of Vincent's last landscapes—and one of his largest

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Art market

A new flavour of non-fungible token: Vito Schnabel launches an NFT auction platform

ArtOfficial, developed with help from Gary Vaynerchuk, "aims to broaden the experience of digital art" and make its purchase more accessible and transparent

Podcast

It’s a wrap: Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s final fabric project unveiled in Paris

Plus, Art Basel: are the buyers back? And Mary Beard on images of power

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Art Basel 2021

Portrait of a pandemic: five works at Art Basel that confront Covid-19

The first edition of Art Basel to take place since the onset of the global pandemic is full of new works created in the midst of lockdown

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Korakrit Arunanondchai

Korakrit Arunanondchai: on loss, shamanism—and denim

As a major show of his work opens at the Migros Museum in Zurich, the Thailand-born artist discusses his latest video works, which he created shortly after his grandfather's death

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Joseph Beuys

From Marina Abramovic to Greta Thunberg: the legacy of Joseph Beuys lives on

A host of artists and activists have followed in the footsteps of the pioneering artist who would have turned 100 this year

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Great women in art history make a comeback: the New Woman at the Met and Aware in Paris

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Slavery: the groundbreaking Dutch exhibition confronting colonial history

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Guerrilla Girls: corrupt museum boards, the female nude and NFTs

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Classicist Mary Beard on the infamous Roman emperor Nero

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Viking-age treasure: new insights into life 1,000 years ago

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'Art is our spiritual oxygen': new shows to see in London and New York

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New York auctions: has the art market roared back to life?

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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?

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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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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

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Has coronavirus helped unmask the real prices of art?

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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

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What will culture be like in the next decade?

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Staff cuts: are museums protecting their workers?

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

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The destruction of Australia’s ancient Aboriginal heritage

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Art and social media: do museums need memes?

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What to do about problematic statues?

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How to visit a gallery during a pandemic

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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

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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

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Coronavirus: dispatches from Italy and China

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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'

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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

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Books

Book extract | What makes buyers want to create private museums for their collections?

In this adapted excerpt from her new book, The Rise and Rise of the Private Art Museum, Georgina Adam examines the motivations of collectors who founded their own art spaces

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Exhibitions

Portraits by women are unmasked at the Beyeler Foundation

Close-Up charts the evolution of portraiture from 1870 to the present through the work of nine female artists, from Berthe Morisot to Elizabeth Peyton

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Saudi Arabia

Artists announced for Saudi Arabia's first ever contemporary art biennial

Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale is part of a drive to promote the cultural credentials of the middle Eastern kingdom

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Museums & Heritage

New York’s Hispanic Society gears up for its second act

The museum and libarary in northern Manhattan has a new director with a packed agenda—and some needed improvements on its horizon

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Storm King Art Center

Martin Puryear to create permanent sculpture for Storm King Art Center

The dome-like work marks the first time the artist will work with brick as a material

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Repatriation

Looted Gilgamesh tablet returned to Iraq

The ancient cuneiform, once fated to be displayed at the Museum of the Bible, was sold by Christie’s for $1.7m to the owners of the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby

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Art Basel 2021

From a near collision with a tram to the week's hottest parties: what went down at Art Basel 2021

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Public art

Five-metre-tall fountain pen sculpture by Michael Craig-Martin unveiled in Oxford

Artist says the work at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government is the ‘most daring of all my sculptures’

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Book Club

In Pictures | How Gianfranco Gorgoni captured the mysticism of the Land Art movement

More than 150 rarely-seen photographs chronicle the history of seminal earthworks in the landscape

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Exhibitions

Seeing double: huge Jasper Johns retrospective opens in two cities, 100 miles apart

Simultaneous shows in New York and Philadelphia cover the artist's seven-decade career and include more than 550 works in total

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Art Basel 2021

Elmgreen & Dragset pick their five favourite works at Art Basel (and discuss spooning Olafur Eliasson)

Outside the Messeplatz, the Scandinavian duo have installed a car with a tender surprise inside

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Acquisitions

Swiss landscape painting—once destined for Hitler’s Führermuseum—acquired by London’s National Gallery

Alexandre Calame’s Chalets at Rigi was sold in 1996 at an auction of unclaimed works with proceeds going to benefit victims of the Holocaust

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Artist interview

‘Artists aren't able to defend human values anymore’: Ai Weiwei on how the art market is king and why Western museums are courting China

The Chinese artist will unveil a new work this week at the Southbank Centre for the English PEN 100 festival championing freedom of expression

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Exhibitions

Former model Suzanne Valadon turns the tables with her own bold portraits

Exhibition at the Barnes Foundation looks at how the artist who had modelled for Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec brought a new perspective to paintings of women

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Architecture

Art and architecture merge on Vancouver’s towers—but is the cultural outreach more than illusion?

Two public projects launching this week highlight the Canadian city’s booming developments, in which only a select few can afford to live

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Art law

Two veteran lawyers from New York's Herrick Feinstein create new firm, Kaye Spiegler—and save on moving fees

The boutique firm will continue to work from the same offices, but wants to take on riskier contingency cases

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National Gallery of Australia

National Gallery of Australia commissions its most expensive ever piece of art

Lindy Lee's A$14m sculpture will be one of the country's first environmentally sustainable public works

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Obituaries

Soedarmadji Jean Henry Damais, Indonesian curator and historian, dies aged 78

The last director of the Jakarta History Museum was a leading advocate of the archipelago's traditional arts, crafts and designs

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Art Basel 2021

'The Europeans are back and buying': sales flow steadily at first Art Basel since the pandemic

Though Covid-19 travel complications have kept many US and Asian collectors away, dealers report brisk business from the VIP opening

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Art market

Try before you buy? Art rental scheme could bring steady income for emerging artists

Gertrude aims to make the art market more accessible and evenly distributed

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A brush with... Tacita Dean

An in-depth interview on the artist's big influences, from Cy Twombly to WG Sebald

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Art market

Artistate launches to help artists safeguard their legacy

Founded by gallerists and lawyers, the venture will provide estate-planning advice—for a fee—to artists and their families

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Exhibitions

Rossetti paints us a (sometimes not so) pretty picture in exhibition devoted to artist's portraits

Alongside famous Pre-Raphaelite depictions of swoony, pillow-haired beauties are paintings of friends, family and fellow artists on show at the Holburne Museum

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Antiquities & Archaeology

German auction of Latin American antiquities goes ahead, but many works fail to sell

Ambassadors from eight countries—Mexico, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama and Peru—whose heritage was included in the sale launched a united front against it, with calls for Unesco to intervene

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The Insiders

Tacita Dean's 'museum-worthy' show at Marian Goodman Gallery kickstarts New York's autumn season with intimate portrait of Luchita Hurtado

Hurtado, who was 99 at the time of the film, spoke to Dean about loss, her 13 cats and a stolen Picasso drawing

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Arthur Jafa

Arthur Jafa on his long-term installation at the Glenstone Museum

The career-spanning installation includes sculptures, photographs and the monumental video that followed the artist’s seminal video montage Love is the Message, the Message in Death

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Art Fund Museum of the Year

‘Excellence in Essex’: Firstsite wins Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

The small contemporary art organisation was awarded the £100,000 prize for its work during the pandemic and engagement with the local community

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National Gallery

Conservative party donor John Booth appointed chair of London's National Gallery

Philanthropist succeeds Tony Hall, who stepped down following row over Princess Diana interview

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Museums

Guggenheim director Richard Armstrong sets new opening date for long-delayed Abu Dhabi museum

New deputy director Naomi Beckwith says 'we can re-centre where the stories of art are told'

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Art Basel 2021

Unlimited—Art Basel’s section for large works—opens to visitors with a rainbow jacuzzi, a spooning couple and a house made of bread

Curator Giovanni Carmine walks through highlights among the 62 supersized installations presented at the fair

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Exhibitions

France launches Islamic art shows across 18 cities to combat rising Islamophobia

The Louvre-led government initiative aims to shatter clichés and encourage a deeper understanding

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Exhibitions

Impressionist and Modern masterpieces collected by the Morozov brothers finally go on show in Paris

Exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton—including works by artists such as Van Gogh, Gauguin and Matisse—aims to emulate 2016's Shchukin blockbuster

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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

New Academy Museum to tell a more honest Hollywood history

Opening next week, the Los Angeles museum dedicated to the history of cinema will include reimagined displays on diverse stars and “less than proud” moments

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Museums & Heritage

K-Pop superstars BTS help present gift from Korean government to the Metropolitan Museum

The set of five richly coloured lacquer vessels by artist Chung Haecho will go on show in the New York museum this December

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Media & broadcast

Through animation and home videos, three films in Toronto try to retrieve a lost Jewish past

The features Charlotte, Where Is Anne Frank, and Three Minutes – A Lengthening give an afterlife to some of the victims of the Holocaust

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George Floyd

A painting created outside the Minneapolis courthouse during the final moments of the George Floyd murder trial will be put up for auction

MSNBC host Chris Hayes said on air he would buy picture, which was inspired by the Derek Chauvin murder conviction, if it were to ever come up for sale.

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Art market

Young, monied and keen to gamble on art: the super power of Asian collectors

Asian buyers are now the biggest spenders at international auctions and these digitally-native collectors are happy to splurge online

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Museums

Zurich takes ‘quantum leap’ with Chipperfield-designed Kunsthaus extension

Opening on 9 October, the major building project turns the Kunsthaus into Switzerland’s largest art museum

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Exhibitions

Basel's Beyeler Foundation scores coup for Goya show

Exhibition dedicated to the Spanish artist opens next month with a display of 75 paintings including a prized painting from Madrid’s Prado museum

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Diary of an art historian

'The art in Spain stays mainly off the plane': grim Brexit news from the art buying frontline

I've learned the new politically motivated lessons about art shipping the hard way—so you don't have to

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Books

First monograph on Rana Begum reveals artist's refined language of Minimalist abstraction

Timely new book explores how Begum's approach to her multifaceted work defies any simple categorisation

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Discoveries

Did this mysterious Dutch painter inspire Vermeer?

The story of enigmatic artist Jacobus Vrel will be told in an exhibition scheduled for 2023 and in a book published this month

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Art market

From a cashmere coated console to a leafy Lalanne chair: Design Miami/Basel director chooses her highlights

The fair may be smaller than usual this year but Jennifer Roberts says she has never known the collectible design market to be in such rude health

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Museums & Heritage

The cancelling of the Genoese art loan show Superb Baroque is a sad day for the National Gallery in Washington, DC

Can another museum with a commitment to broaden Americans’ exposure to great art, including pre-contemporary works, take up the show?

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Diary

Drink up—Olafur Eliasson creates new wine-tasting pavilion for Californian vineyard

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The Buck stopped here

Marina Abramovic takes London by storm with a trio of shows

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Mexico

Mexico attempts to halt German auction of Pre-Colombian artefacts

More than 70 works designated as national heritage are due to be sold in Munich on 21 September

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US politics

Percent for art programme to expand into Los Angeles county’s unincorporated areas

A civic ordinance in effect from October sets aside 1% of building projects for arts and culture programmes

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Exhibitions

Picasso Blue Period blockbuster to finally open in Toronto early October

The show, delayed because of Covid, focuses on three works painted by the “insanely ambitious” artist during a low point in his early career

Interview
Mikhail Piotrovsky

'Putin's been my person since the 90s': ahead of Russia's parliamentary elections, Hermitage director Mikhail Piotrovsky talks politics

The outspoken museum chief is leading the St Petersburg ticket of United Russia, the pro-Putin ruling party, in national parliamentary elections this weekend

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Exhibitions

Must-see institutional shows during Art Basel

From unseen drawings from Kara Walker's personal archives to a fresh take on Camille Pissarro as the leader of the Impressionists

The Week in Art

Should the art world boycott China over its treatment of Uyghur people?

Plus, Van Gogh’s final months and master printer Kenneth Tyler on Helen Frankenthaler

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Adam Pendelton's colossal recaps of the past year at MoMA, to Objects of Common Interest's minimalist designs at the Noguchi Museum

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Art fairs

Real-life Art Basel prepares to return—and steps down from its ivory tower

Arranging the event amid a shifting pandemic has been fraught with risk—but it is a risk worth taking, says global director Marc Spiegler

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Art market

Genevan prosecutor dismisses Dimitry Rybolovev's case against art dealer Yves Bouvier—but feud between the two billionaires is not over yet

Russian art collector had sued for double dealing and will now appeal decision, while Bouvier plans to launch $1bn countersuit for damages—and write a tell-all book

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Museums & Heritage

A sneak peek at France's first cultural venue celebrating stained glass

The Cité du Vitrail will open in the medieval town of Troyes in spring 2022, but preview tours are running this weekend for the European Heritage Days

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Biennials & festivals

At the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the city becomes a community landscape

Projects and site-specific installations have been brought into six neigbourhoods, taking local needs into account

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Adventures with Van Gogh

New Van Gogh discovery: first version of despairing man that was bought for £6—and then hidden away for more than a century

The artist titled the drawing "Worn out" in English because he wanted to work for a London publisher

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Art and health

Healing Arts programme comes to New York with a two-month schedule of events

Artist commissions, expert discussions and film premieres will take place in the city, starting and ending with a pair of symposia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Appointments

'Musée d’Orsay can no longer be a tourist factory': Christophe Leribault named new director of Paris museum

Leribault will oversee a major redevelopment of the Musée d’Orsay over the next decade

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Myanmar

Myanmar’s artists face growing hardship as Covid returns and military tightens grip

As junta strengthens hold over country, the economy crumbles and a brutal new wave of the virus takes its toll, the artistic community is in crisis

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Ethiopian gallery Addis Fine Art to open space in London

One of the few Black-owned galleries in London, the space will open with a show of Nirit Takele in October as the gallery takes part in Frieze London for the first time

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Heritage

Unesco report reveals extent of Russian threat to Crimean heritage

Since the annexation in 2014, Russia has been persecuting the Tatar population and appropriating monuments

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Artists

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara named an ‘icon’ of 2021 by Time magazine

The Cuban artist and activist is joined on the publication’s list of 100 Most Influential People by Barbara Kruger and Mark Bradford

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Appointments

Nadine Dorries named UK culture secretary

The right-wing politician, who appeared on the TV programme I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, replaces Oliver Dowden

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Superflex

Superflex to send climate-conscious message during 76th United Nations General Assembly in New York

The Danish art collective will show one work on the façade of the international agency's Manhattan headquarters next week

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Art market

Despite legal crackdowns, unpaid internships are still rife in the art world

Historically marginalised groups are being kept out of an industry that expects people to work for free in order to get a foot in the door

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Prizes

'India is an example of fascism unchecked': Jameel Prize-nominated activist Sofia Karim on her samosa packets of solidarity

The London-based artist's Turbine Bagh project shines light on human rights abuses across South Asia

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Restitution

Looted African works that France has promised to return to Benin will be shown in Paris museum for one last time

The exhibition Benin: the Restitution of 26 Works from the Royal Treasures of Abomey at Musée du quai Branly–Jacques Chirac will be on view for five days in October

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Art market

The rise of Paris: Larry Gagosian opens third gallery in the French capital

US dealer launches new space with giant Alexander Calder sculpture in the Place Vendôme

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Art market

New Miart director Nicola Ricciardi on rebuilding an art fair from scratch as the pandemic rumbles on

Ricciardi was previously artistic director of Turin's OGR art centre which was used as a hospital for Covid-19 patients last year

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NFTs

Dread Scott's NFT 'White Male For Sale', a critique on slavery, to be auctioned off at Christie’s Post-War to Present sale

The work features a 1:10 loop of a business-class white man standing on an auction block

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Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold to get her first New York retrospective at the New Museum in 2022

The exhibition will span six decades and explore Ringgold as both an artist and political activist

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Prizes

James Turrell and Sebastião Salgado among international recipients of £400,000 Japanese art prize

Japan Art Association drew up the all-male winners list for award dubbed ‘Nobel Prize for the Arts’

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The Buck stopped here

Pop goes pastoral: Sarah Lucas and friends take over rural theatre with multilayered group show of female imagery

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Prizes

Sculptor Nairy Baghramian awarded 2022 Nasher Prize

The $100,000 award for sculpture recognises the Berlin-based artist's evocative explorations of the body through sculpture

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In Pictures | Behind the scenes of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work wrapping the Arc de Triomphe

A new book looks at the detailed preparations and 60 years of planning behind the work being unveiled in Paris

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Climate Change

'Now is the time': UK artists and galleries unite for climate campaign to mark COP26 conference

Conservation charity WWF and curatorial collective Artwise call on art world to raise funds and awareness for climate action

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Art market

‘Opera is boring’: Marina Abramovic’s cinematic ode to soprano Maria Callas opens in London

Belgrade-born performance artist discusses recasting opera for a younger generation, how the diva label is “dubious” and why sex is better post-menopause

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Exhibitions

From art that's barely there to Alicja Kwade’s heart: what to see at Berlin Art Week

The German capital is awash with exhibitions, performances and events after a quieter edition last year

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Artist interview

Ibrahim Mahama: ‘I use crisis and failure as the primary material in my work’

On the eve of a new London show, the Ghanaian artist discusses how he is turning a disused food silo in his homeland into a cultural centre

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Museums & Heritage

Timothée Chalamet kicks off the Met Gala with a flag-inspired collaboration with street artist JR

The actor debuted a new performance and installation in the Breuer building, before protestors crashed the party at the Costume Institute’s annual celebrity fundraiser

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Peru

Peru’s heritage gets a new $125m home

Museo Nacional del Perú (Muna) boasts a collection of nearly 50,000 Pre- Columbian objects, including repatriated artefacts

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Appointments

Emma Lavigne named chief executive officer of the Pinault Collection

Former head of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris replaces Jean-Jacques Aillagon

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Art market

'A collector in dealer's clothes': Sotheby's to sell the collection of Richard L. Feigen

The sale of the New York dealer, who died earlier this year and was once a vocal critic of auction houses, will feature works from the 14th to 20th centuries

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Funding

British Council—the UK's international organisation for cultural relations—winds down in 20 countries

Covid impact on commercial income has led to cost cutting, organisation says