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The Art Newspaper joins in the Bernie Sanders meme mania

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Viral inauguration meme brings together Marina Abramovic and Bernie Sanders—plus those mittens

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Shattered glass: women artists celebrate historic inauguration of US Vice President Kamala Harris

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Patti Smith marks US inauguration day with rendition of her song The People Have the Power—watch it here

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

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Adventures with Van Gogh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Book Club

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

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

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Insta’ gratification

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

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

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

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Courtauld Institute triumphs in nail-biting University Challenge final

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LeRoy Neiman's knockout sketches of Rocky on show at legendary Brooklyn gym

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Ring in the New Year with Patti Smith performance on Piccadilly Lights screen

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Damien Hirst in his own words—artist presents walk-through tour of his early works on Instagram

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Book Club

What was the best art book you read in 2020? The Art Newspaper team reveals its favourite publications

From the catalogue for a controversial Guston show to a four-volume tome on Leonardo Da Vinci—and some lighter reads too

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Fingers on buzzers.... Courtauld takes on Goldsmiths in arty University Challenge

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'A global conversation'—in face of pandemic, 21 galleries launch a collaborative exhibition programme

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As Jupiter and Saturn kiss, slow down this Winter Solstice with Serpentine Galleries’ stress-busting sound work

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Mary, Joseph.... and Darth Vader? Vatican's sci-fi-esque nativity scene raises eyebrows

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Barbra Streisand just bought a Van Gogh painting—once owned by Penthouse boss Bob Guccione—for a cool $4.5m

Californian-based singer and actress, now 78, has long collected art and design, starting with a Matisse in 1964

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Shining a light in 2020—Nathan Coley’s new text sculpture illuminates Liverpool

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Portraits of local heroes go on show at London's Kings Cross

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Insta’ gratification

The top five Instagram posts that capture the art world in 2020

As we have all been staying at home more this year our screen time has sky rocketed—and the Instagram feeds have never been busier

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Why the Van Gogh Museum might never have existed—new research reveals how the family collection was nearly sold off

In 1911, the Kröller-Müller couple tried to acquire 200 of Vincent’s paintings and 600 drawings

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Abso-lot-ely fabulous: Joanna Lumley tries out her auctioneering skills at Christie’s

Star sold seven illustrations in aid of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity

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Jeremy Deller marks World Human Rights Day with UK-wide poster campaign

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The Insiders

Visit Mañanaland today: Pedro Reyes's utopian vision plays out through an AR scavenger hunt

The artist Pedro Reyes offers a peek at a future where threats such as health crises, climate disasters, social division and nuclear destruction are far behind us

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Poignant Van Gogh watercolour of a windmill coming up for sale

Sheltering from a rainstorm at the mill, Vincent and his brother Theo made a teenage pact

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Book Club

What was the best art book you read in 2020? The art world’s biggest names give us their top tips

The directors of the Met, Tate Modern, British Museum, Centre Pompidou and more, as well as artists such as Tracey Emin, tell us all about their favourite book—just in time for Christmas shopping

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Freelands awards MK Gallery and Ingrid Pollard £100,000—and releases annual report highlighting art world's glaring gender discrepancies

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Hunt still on for a Van Gogh self-portrait lost deep in a salt mine during the Second World War

The Magdeburg masterpiece may have been burned at the end of hostilities—but some believe it might have been looted and survive

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Grizedale launches campaign to turn historic Lake District pub into rural arts centre

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

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

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Instagram

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

Alternative sales models are springing up on the social media platform

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

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

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

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

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

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Francis Bacon's legacy continued by new unconventional publishing company

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

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

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Rent a sculpture from this London gallery for lockdown 2.0

While its gallery is closed, Pangolin is offering works by artists including Lynn Chadwick to UK clients to take home until January

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New book solves the mystery of Van Gogh's lost harmonium portrait

Vincent scrunched up a study for a second portrait of Marguerite Gachet, the daughter of his Auvers doctor

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The Insiders

Activist art steps in when words are not enough

Fiona Banner drops a klanger outside Defra while Laure Provost takes language to new levels

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Ed Sheeran is selling his Lego set—and his art

The singer has donated his "Jackson Pollocky" painting to a GeeWizz charity auction alongside hand-written song lyrics and other memorabilia

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Halloween with Ai Weiwei: artist's new film screens in Piccadilly Circus and online tonight

The Chinese dissident artist is stopping the regular advertisements in the famous square for an hour

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Two Van Gogh fakes in Washington? Strong evidence produced against early drawings at the National Gallery of Art

Revelations in new book about an attic discovery throw fresh light on Vincent’s decision to become an artist

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Woof! Jeff Koons’s Puppy at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao gets its own flowery face mask

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Wear the art—charity t-shirt pieces by Wolfgang Tillmans, Linder and Sunil Gupta go on sale for £30

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Séances and spiritual awakenings abound in travelling exhibition exploring the 'artist as medium'

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Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academicians band together to release portfolio of prints made in the midst of lockdown

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'Boris u r a poo!': nation's children submit letters to prime minister for exhibition at London's Foundling Museum

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Book Club

An expert’s guide to J.M.W. Turner: four must-read books on the British painter

All you ever wanted to know about Turner, from a “rollicking read” of a biography to a “picture book with a point”—selected by the Romantic period painting specialist David Blayney Brown

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In a moving letter, Van Gogh complains about quarantine after his forced removal from the Yellow House

New exhibition at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum is a unique opportunity to see Vincent’s correspondence, normally locked away in a vault

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launch public art exhibition showing portraits of a nation in lockdown

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'Gorgeous, repellent, savagely erotic': Polly Morgan slithers into our subconscious at London's Bomb Factory

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Coveted Van Gogh bouquet to be sold at Sotheby's New York, valued at $18m

Chequered past: from the Bear Skin to the Nazis, a once-restituted painting is now coming up for auction

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Diary

Just an illusion? Trickster Derren Brown paints David Attenborough

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Insta’ gratification

Instagram turns ten: how the world's favourite photo app disrupted the art market

Dubbed "the world's new big art dealer" the platform is often used to spark interest in sales and helps artists and galleries to grow international brands

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Frieze Week treats from Sarabande's new gallery space to Damien Hirst's sweet Saatchi memories

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Museums & Heritage

Take a virtual ride down Sunset Boulevard with Ed Ruscha

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The most famous bedroom in art history: secrets of Van Gogh’s nocturnal life

A story of changing wall colours, a pair of pillows, wartime bombs and the hunt for a lost bed

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Fiona Banner's 1.5 tonne sculpture protesting industrial fishing removed by UK government

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Idris Khan designs Vivaldi-inspired facemasks to support Black and POC curators

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Delayed Royal Academy Summer Exhibition delivers powerful diversity statement and an Okwui Enwezor tribute

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Gauguin and Van Gogh: their shared love of Japan revealed

“Beautiful women” in Gauguin’s rediscovered manuscript are now identified as by Kunisada—Vincent’s favourite Japanese printmaker

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The Insiders

Galleries start to clean up their environmental act with new climate coalition

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Book Club

What has the Goldsmiths CCA director Sarah McCrory been reading this year?

The curator's interests have ranged from artist interviews and books on race, to crime fiction and a biography revealing what Walter Gropius really thought of the English

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An expert’s guide to Artemisia Gentileschi: five must-read books on the Italian artist

All you ever wanted to know about Artemisia, from the best biographies to a book about her place in early modern feminism—selected by Italian painting specialist Letizia Treves

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Gauguin claims credit for Van Gogh’s Sunflowers: the revelations of a rediscovered manuscript

In Avant et Après—just acquired by London's Courtauld Gallery—Gauguin details his tumultuous time with Van Gogh

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Auction in aid of pioneering Hospital Rooms charity goes live from London

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Down the rabbit hole—V&A brings Alice in Wonderland to life in virtual reality sneak preview

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Cattelan’s notorious banana finds a home at the Guggenheim

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Cartoon constellations and deserted deserts: hop on board Andy Holden's ghost train ride

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Van Gogh exhibitions return—exclusive news all the way up to 2024

From olive groves to peat moors: shows coming up in Dallas, Amsterdam, Detroit, Vienna, Assen, Columbus and Santa Barbara

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The Art Car Boot Fair goes online—with virtual studio visits and a surprise mother-daughter double act

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Insta’ gratification

Secret censorship: what is behind Instagram’s ‘shadowban’ and how can artists fix it?

Everything creatives need to know about the social media platform's so-called "shadowbanning", from how to spot it to how to stop it

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Grimes on Bruegel—arty celebrities discuss their favourite works for Google Arts & Culture

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Which is the only museum in the world actively buying up Van Goghs? It’s in the hometown of Hieronymus Bosch

The Noordbrabants Museum’s latest acquisition is Head of a Woman, bought privately for €1.6m through Christie’s

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An expert’s guide to Vincent van Gogh: five must-read books on the Dutch artist

All you ever needed to know about the artist, from the story of the ear incident to the definitive biography and best picture book—selected by Van Gogh specialist Martin Bailey

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Horniman Museum in London unveils nitrogen-absorbing sculpture for bees

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Don’t be square—buy a cubed creation by Rana Begum or Frank Bowling in Parkinson’s charity sale

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The art of the steal? Trump swipes $750,000 worth of art from the US Embassy in France—but none of it is the real deal

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Artist David Remfry paw-trays Susan Sarandon and Alan Cumming with their pooches

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Art for the People: how a Van Gogh masterpiece ended up in an English village hall

In 1935 Samuel Courtauld lent Peach Blossoms to bring major paintings to the countryside—an inspiration for today

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Book Club

Can’t make it to the Met? Dive into a new book for an unconventional look at the museum's collection

Publication aims to open up 6,000 years of art history using objects as a springboard—but is it worth the effort?

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Lights, camera, action: films exploring how Bauhaus went stateside and the dominance of Duchamp headline the TAN Russia Film Festival

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Letting the art, and the visitors, breathe: a Covid-conscious Met and MoMA return from lockdown

Anxiety gives way to enlightenment as museums spring back to life

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Don't call us, we'll call you: ex-Vodafone chief creates 'Faustian Odyssey'

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Public art

When a Gorilla sculpture lands in Hudson Yards, does anyone care?

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Hip hop hammer time—Biggie's crown goes on the block at Sotheby’s auction

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What has the National Portrait Gallery’s Nicholas Cullinan been reading this summer?

The museum director has been delving into artist biographies, swotting up on black British history and is hoping to finally begin a well-known novel trilogy

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Susan B. Anthony Museum turns down presidential pardon

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Life is Short, Dump Them—navigating 21st-century feminism with artist Florence Given

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Queer, Black, out of this world: Toyin Ojih Odutola's drawings flip power structures in Barbican show

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DIY art: South Korean boyband BTS contribute to 'do it (around the world)' online exhibition

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Cancelled artist or Karen call-out? TikTok video shows disgruntled woman smashing a Romero Britto sculpture

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Choco Pies for peace: artist Mina Cheon and Asia Society Triennial invite the public to share a virtual treat