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Antiquities & Archaeology

Ancient Egyptian pet cemetery contained much loved cats and dogs pampered in their old age

Research by archaeologists at the Roman port city Berenice shows that humans cared for their animals as much as current day people do

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Obituaries

Barbara Ess, photographer and musician, has died, aged 73

The No Wave pioneer was also know for her lo-fi pinhole images

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Book Club

In Pictures | Rothko Chapel’s 50th anniversary celebrated in new publication

The Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko created 14 paintings for the chapel but did not live to see it completed

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Social media

Can Clubhouse recreate those art world conversations we are all missing?

Our correspondent gamely makes her way through a full day of AMAA talks, NFT tips, IG debates, and more, so you don’t have to

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UK politics

UK art trade questions who benefits from England's freeport bonanza

Eight mega warehouses announced in the budget will 'unlock billions' in investment, says the government, but they have a tarnished reputation, market analysts warn

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Restitution

Looted in the 1980s, a sacred stele at the Dallas Museum of Art is headed back to Nepal

After FBI investigation, sculptural antiquity lent by a collector is determined to have a disturbing provenance

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Obituaries

Remembering Alan Bowness, Tate director who helped change public attitudes to contemporary art

His successor at the London institution pays personal tribute to the persuasive and effective British curator, writer and critic

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Commercial galleries

Garrett Bradley is now represented by Lisson Gallery

The Oscar-shortlisted filmmaker who has work currently at MoMA and the New Museum, said she was drawn to the gallery’s artist roster and international reach

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Art market

Sotheby’s to auction Karl Lagerfeld’s collection in Monaco

The fashion designer, who died in 2019, was an enthusiastic collector of art and design

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

If culture is to recover from the pandemic, the sector must value the self-employed more so that the next generation—of all backgrounds—can afford to live a creative life

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Lorraine O’Grady’s first museum retrospective to Carol Bove’s Met façade commission

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Boris Johnson says Van Gogh’s Sunflowers 'lifts the soul'—as the London masterpiece is unveiled in Australia

Britons will have to wait a bit longer to enjoy the painting as Covid-19 delays the National Gallery’s international tour, now on its final stop in Canberra

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Commercial galleries

Poacher turned gamekeeper? Stefan Simchowitz opens Los Angeles gallery

“I support so many artists and I’d like to provide exhibition opportunities for them,” says the controversial dealer and art advisor

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Copyright

Musée Rodin could be forced to release 3D scans of bronze sculptures—including The Thinker—to the public

Cosmo Wenman made a freedom of information request for the files and is taking the museum to court because it turned him down

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Banksy

Banksy reveals that Reading Prison graffiti is his—with a little help from Bob Ross

The work on the outer wall of the institution where Oscar Wilde was once imprisoned suggests the street artist supports efforts to save the listed building

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Beeple

Who is Beeple? The art world disruptor at the heart of the NFT boom

From concert designer to sell-out artist, we talk to Mike Winkelmann about making millions and selling with Christie's

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Exhibitions

Blockbuster Jeff Koons survey to open in Qatar this autumn

More than 60 works will be included in the US artist’s first Middle Eastern exhibition

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Outdoor sculpture

After an extended fight, acclaimed sculptural installation will leave National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington

An accord calls for Elyn Zimmerman’s Marabar to head to a new site, with the move and reinstallation financed by the society

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Museums & Heritage

Frick Collection takes its jewels on a Brutalist sojourn

Evocative surprises await: while its Gilded Age home is closed for renovation and expansion, the Frick displays its masterworks in austere Modernist surroundings on Madison Avenue

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Art market

‘Art enthusiasts’ burn a Banksy print then sell it as an NFT

Group who set fire to the $33,000 print have posted it on YouTube—watch the video here

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Museums

'It feels slightly surreal!' German museums can open from Monday—but with complicated caveats

In a surprise ruling, the government prioritises museum openings ahead of restaurants and sports facilities

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Exhibitions

Seeing Chaïm Soutine through the eyes of Willem de Kooning

A side-by-side show at the Barnes Foundation brings together two Expressionist greats who fused the figurative and the abstract in their work

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Greece

Archaeologists appeal to Greek prime minister to halt restructuring of five big antiquities museums

Experts oppose culture ministry's proposal to separate Greece's major museums from the state archaeological service

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Art market

You’re fired! Art workers who have lost jobs report poor treatment by employers—and junior staff are most vulnerable

Some gallery and museum staff say they feel pressure to go into the workplace when they fear it is unsafe, while tough non-compete clauses can limit future employment options

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Sculpture

Antony Gormley lends sculpture to fill an empty spot on the medieval façade of Wells Cathedral in England

The near-life-size contemporary work will join 300 historic depictions of saints and kings

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Art market

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

From lack of supply to prohibitive price points, it seems you can't short art... at least for now

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Science

Dr Fauci’s 3-D printed coronavirus model given to Smithsonian

The educational aide will be part of a forthcoming exhibition at the National Museum of American History

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High Desert Museum

Oregon museum receives $6m grant to display its vast but largely unseen art collection

The High Desert Museum, which has previously had an emphasis on natural history, holds important works by artists like Rick Bartow and Edward Curtis

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Exhibitions

‘Hair is power’: Sonya Clark on her preferred material and how her Confederate flag work keeps being topical

The textile artist's retrospective at the National Museum of Women in the Arts explores the complexities around race and heritage

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Museums & Heritage

As state restrictions drag on, pressure grows for more California museums to reopen

With lockdown lifted for nail salons and zoos, anger rises over arts institutions’ continued closure, estimated to cost the sector $22m a day

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Diary of an art historian

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

Museums were quick to implement Covid-19 safety measures and now they need to apply that same rigour to improving accessibility

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Venice

Billionaire collector Nicolas Berggruen takes steps to buy historic Venetian palace and turn it into a cultural thinktank

If the sale goes ahead, La Casa dei Tre Oci will be the Berggruen Institute's space for its European programming with plans to partner with major museums such as Tate and MoMA

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United Kingdom

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

The culture sector is being relegated to the ranks of "indoor entertainment"

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Auctions

Surrealist collection of Man Ray's assistant sells out at Christie's despite 'serious concerns about ownership' of most of the works

Ahead of yesterday's sale in Paris, the Man Ray Trust called for a delay claiming that Lucien Treillard “stole a substantial number of Man Ray’s works and possessions"

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Exhibitions

The Big Review: Goya's Graphic Imagination at the Met

This urgent and timely show of the Spanish master's works on paper illuminates the artist’s dim view of humanity and his extraordinary imagination

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Exhibitions

'A woman painting women': major show on colourful Algerian painter Baya explores her influence on Modernism

Exhibition of more than 70 of the artist's works at Sharjah Art Museum in the UAE includes rare works from her first ever show in 1947

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Public art

Bloomberg Philanthropies grants for street murals open for applications

Up to $25,000 in award money will fund projects in as many as 20 US cities

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Mexico City

Mexico City’s planned cultural complex in Chapultepec Park loses architect

While local activists have long resisted the $440m project, especially at a time when the country’s existing museums are in crisis, the city’s governor recently rejected a design for ambitious pedestrian bridge that did not meet technical criteria

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Biennials & festivals

Desert X loses venue for Judy Chicago ‘smoke sculpture’

Following environmental concerns, The Living Desert garden and zoo has pulled out of a planned project with the artist this month

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Jacob Lawrence

Travelling Jacob Lawrence show spurs discovery of a second missing painting in New York

Museums now appeal for information on three unlocated panels in the artist’s 1950s “Struggle” series

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Art market

Rediscovered portrait by India's most famous female painter Amrita Sher-Gil expected to sell for $2.8m

1932 painting of artist's close friend has been out of the public eye for over 90 years but now comes up for auction at Christie's in New York

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Redevelopment

Debenhams department store may become huge gallery as Covid-19 decimates London's Oxford Street

‘Oxford Street Art House’ would house studios and galleries across seven floors, say councillors

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Arts funding

UK Budget 2021: further £408m boost for struggling culture sector

Chancellor Rishi Sunak digs deep, adding £300m to the £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund, £90m more for museums, and £18m for cultural community projects

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Walk through the 2,000-year-old Mausoleum of Augustus, Rome's first emperor

The circular tomb—used through history as a fortress, a sculpture garden and an entertainment venue—reopens as a museum after an €11m restoration

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Technology

Pushing the envelope: new technology reads 300-year-old letter without opening it

X-rays and computer algorithms preserve the complicated technique of letterlocking, which turn writing paper into envelope

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Obituaries

Alan Bowness, museum director who established the Turner Prize and Tate Liverpool, has died aged 93

Scholar with an international outlook who was director of the Henry Moore Foundation and executor of his mother-in-law, Barbara Hepworth

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Art market

Winston Churchill's painting of Marrakech—given to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and sold by Angelina Jolie—sells for record £8.2m

Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque was one of three works by the former British prime minister sold at Christie's tonight for a total of £11.2m—to the same buyer

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Sculpture

‘They’re kind of impolite’: the artist Carol Bove ruminates on her steel and aluminium sculptures for the Met’s façade

Artist’s installation, delayed for months by Covid-19, playfully engages with the museum’s classical architecture

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Exhibitions

Cézanne’s drawings, watercolours and sketchbooks to get star treatment at MoMA

A major exhibition focuses on works on paper by one of the core artists in the museum’s Modern art collection

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NFTs

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

Why would someone buy a non-fungible token of a rainbow-toting cat, which already exists in millions of identical copies?

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Pompeii

'Lamborghini' of ancient Roman chariots unearthed near Pompeii

Experts believe that the ceremonial carriage may have been used for wedding processions

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Art market

The 'quintessential' Art Deco smoking (or vaping) room—yours for £2m

Jean Dunand's Les Palmiers was designed for a Parisian apartment in the 1930s

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Censorship

Governments are ‘weaponising’ Covid-19 to silence dissident artist voices, report says

Seventeen artists were killed, 82 imprisoned and 133 detained over the past year in 26 countries, according to new Freemuse study

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Politics

Keep your distance, former culture ministers warn UK government

Independence of museums and heritage bodies is at risk, say Ed Vaizey and Chris Smith, as Johnson’s government pushes ‘anti-woke’ agenda

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Protest art

The artists on the frontline of Myanmar’s deadly protests

Art has played a central role in the country’s civil disobedience movement since its democratically elected government was ousted last month

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Films

Unimpressed by the Golden Globes Best Picture nominees? Watch these art-inspiring films instead

The Tel Aviv-based artist Guy Yanai has been painting scenes from movies during the pandemic, and has chosen five of his favourites here

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Reconstruction

Longwood Gardens begins a $6.5m reconstruction of cascade garden by Roberto Burle Marx

The work of the Modernist artist and landscape architect takes new precedence as Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro faces international criticism over the devastation of the Amazon

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Fundraising

After thwarted art sales, Baltimore Museum of Art marshalls funding to promote diversity and equity

Institution announces $1.46m in gifts to finance goals such as pay increases for hourly workers and extended visiting hours

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Works by pioneering queer artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres to be displayed around Barcelona

New exhibition, organised by MACBA, aims to situate Gonzalez-Torres in relation to postcolonial discourse between Spain and the Americas

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Guernica

Tapestry replica of Picasso's anti-war masterpiece Guernica removed from United Nations headquarters after 35 years

The work was loaned by the Rockefeller family, who have now requested it back

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Books

Calling all (digital) bookworms: virtual art book fair gives publishers a lifeline during the pandemic

Printed Matter's online venture offers new, rare and out of print publications alongside panels, trailers and prints

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A to say goodbye to departments by material—woodwork, metalwork etc—and 20% of its curators

Museum's director Tristram Hunt says that government help has not been enough to cover all costs incurred by pandemic and admits “curators will be more stretched”

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coronavirus

Economic reports reveal drastic loss of arts jobs in the US

In New York, two-thirds of posts in the creative sector are gone, while nearly a quarter of the workforce in Los Angeles has been cut

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Obituaries

Thirty-seven years with Richard Feigen: the dealer who was a collector first—and sold to feed his habit

Frances Beatty remembers a mentor who would rather give you a lecture on Max Beckmann or Peter Saul than sell you a Van Gogh, but who could do both

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Obituaries

Remembering Richard Feigen, the high-profile dealer with an outsider's straight-talking outlook on the art industry

New York gallerist railed against auction houses, the inflation of prices and reputations, the industrial expansion of the art market, while still doing great business

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Bought for around $1,000, now worth $10m: where was the newly unveiled Van Gogh landscape hidden away?

Montmartre windmill painting is on view with Sotheby’s for the first time since it left the easel

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Guadalupe Maravilla at PPOW to David Goldblatt at Pace

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Art market

After San Francisco loses Gagosian, the city's galleries are collaborating to survive

Mega-gallery's closure will not affect Californian city's small but vibrant art scene, local dealers say—this is "not a place that responds to grandiose braggadoci"

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Video, film & new media

How To With John Wilson raises the video tutorial to poetic heights

The HBO “docu-comedy” series brings an absurdist view to everyday city life

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Museums & Heritage

Local researchers work to uncover story behind mysterious mural in English church

Residents of a Surrey village are piecing together the history of the colourful and detailed paintings done by a local woman more than 100 years ago

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Video, film & new media

Magnum photographer Khalik Allah releases epic film portrayal of social and racial injustice on the streets of Harlem

Created in just 8 months, IWOW: I Walk On Water is a sprawling three-hour long paean to some of New York’s most marginalised people

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Art market

Is this video of Petr Davydtchenko devouring a live bat the first performance art NFT?

Or does the title belong to a crypto work by Pak, recently acquired by a Sotheby's specialist?

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Belarus

Belarus culture figures face severe repression for criticising 'Europe's last dictator', amnesty report reveals

Artists among those being arrested and tortured for speaking up against President Aleksandr Lukashenko

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Museums

National Gallery in London and Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin reach 'collegiate' agreement over disputed art collection

After long-running row over the bequest of 19th-century collector Hugh Lane, new deal adds two paintings to rotating loan and greater collaboration between the two museums

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James Turrell

A colossal water tank at Mass Moca will house James Turrell’s latest Skyspace

The work is due to be unveiled this spring and was envisioned by Turrell when he first visited the campus in 1987

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Exhibitions

Street viewing exhibitions provide creative comfort for art-starved Londoners

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Speed Art Museum

Speed Art Museum will reflect on the death of Breonna Taylor in an exhibition

A panel of advisors including the artists Theaster Gates and Amy Sherald will explore the ways that art can address the police killing

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Museums & Heritage

From Goya to Goldin: new museum puts Spanish city of Cáceres on the art world map

Dealer Helga de Alvear has donated her entire collection of 3,000 works, which include pieces by Tacita Dean, Louise Bourgeois, Olafur Eliasson and Wassily Kandinsky

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Diary

Banana tape artist Maurizio Cattelan creates Vanity Fair Hollywood cover featuring Zendaya and Awkwafina

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War & Conflict

Ethiopian heritage under attack as reports of massacre emerge

Eyewitnesses say Eritrean military stormed an Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Axum, killing hundreds

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Museums & Heritage

Swiss museums can reopen from 1 March as country eases lockdown restrictions

Fondation Beyeler will shows Arp and Rodin while Kunstmuseum Bern has a show on Latin American political art

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Art law

Jeff Koons and Centre Pompidou lose appeal in Naf Naf copyright case—now other French museums could be in the firing line

The American artist’s sculpture can now no longer be shown in France

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Museums & Heritage

A gift of blue-chip Modern art comes to the Seattle Art Museum

The Friday Foundation, run by the heirs of collectors Jane Lang Davis and Richard E. Lang, has donated 19 works by artists including Bacon, Rothko, Krasner, Pollock, Frankenthaler, Kline and de Kooning

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Auctions

Unseen Van Gogh painting of Paris—owned by one French family for a century—could make $10m at Sotheby’s

The rare work shows a distinctive pastoral side to the city's Montmartre neighbourhood

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Art & Technology

See Spot Gun? Art installation controls robot 'dog' to warn public of its 'murderous' military capabilities

The robot's manufacturer expressed disappointment that its creation is being used to "promote violence"

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Art market

Sotheby's to sell the $150m collection of Texan rancher and philanthropist Anne Marion

The group of predominantly post-war art, including works by Clyfford Still and Andy Warhol, will be sold over a series of sales this spring

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Conservation & Preservation

Officials reveal full extent of damage to US Capitol’s art after pro-Trump rampage

Officials explore harm to busts and paintings in the House from chemical sprays and describe frantic efforts to change airflows as melee unfolded

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Museums

Are museums as Covid-risky as saunas? Culture leaders outraged over late reopening of English art spaces

Commercial galleries, non-essential retail, and even gyms have been given the green light to open before museums under the UK government's "roadmap" to lift coronavirus restrictions

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Books

The magical and divine in ancient stones revealed in a game-changing new book

A revolutionary study based on Enlightenment theories explains what coloured marbles meant, from Egypt to the 17th century

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Obituaries

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, painter, and founder of San Francisco’s City Lights bookstore, has died, aged 101

Throughout his life, he continued to paint and write books, showing his literature-infused art in New York just last year

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Museums & Heritage

Lintels at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco to return to Thailand

Museum director says Justice Department’s legal case only served “to cloud the respectful and serious process of deaccession and repatriation”

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Museum acquisitions

Aga Khan Museum acquires massive Lego sculpture of an ancient African metropolis

The conceptual work by the Ghanian-Canadian artist Ekow Nimako addresses the cultural impact of Kumbi Saleh, the centre of the trans-Saharan trade route

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Controversies

Bank of England wades into UK's escalating culture war on controversial monuments, saying it will remove images of slave owners

“Retain and explain” or restrain and refrain? Culture chiefs raise the alarm on government’s policy to keep problematic statues ahead of crucial meeting

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A brush with

As new gallery platform South South launches, collaborator and curator Elvira Dyangani Ose reveals her greatest cultural influences

The director of non-profit gallery The Showroom in London discusses her love of Audre Lorde's poetry and the music of Thelonious Monk

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Arts funding

‘Many museums will be lost’: US association appeals to Congress to support funding for institutions

Invoking the pandemic, advocates seek federal money for agencies that support museum programmes as well as operations grants and charitable tax deductions

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Museums & Heritage

Beloved Smithsonian building returns to its pioneering roots

Celebrating an anniversary, Arts and Industries landmark will revisit its beginnings as an incubator of new ideas

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Michael Heizer

Nevada solar power project threatens Michael Heizer’s land art sculpture Double Negative

Local activists are petitioning to protect the artist’s monumental work on the Mormon Mesa

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layoffs

Whitney lays off 15 more staff members, citing ‘extremely low’ attendance

Museum’s director notes that it may take until 2025 for tourists to return in force to New York

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Art dealers

'It's like a marriage': Alvaro Barrington and Sadie Coles get frank about artist-dealer relationships

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Indigenous art

Indigenous artist Chris Pappan honours the creative and political achievements of the late Zitkála-Šá with Google Doodle

The illustration spotlights the pioneering contributions of a woman who “devoted her life to the protection and celebration of her Indigenous heritage” in the 19th century