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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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Restitution

National Gallery of Australia to return 13 stolen objects to India that it bought from disgraced art dealer Subhash Kapoor

"The decision to return the works is the culmination of years of research and due diligence," the Canberra museum says

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Contemporary art

Christian Boltanski made a work that live-streamed his Paris studio. What will happen to it now that he has died?

After a boozy dinner in Paris, the French conceptual artist proposed the work to David Walsh, the founder of Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art—and it has been running for over a decade

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Art market

US collectors aim to give Indigenous Australian curators 'a seat at the table' with fundraising sale of $1.5m Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarri painting

L. John and Barbara Wilkerson are selling Two Men Dreaming at Kuluntjarranya via Melbourne gallery to fund new arts leadership education programme in the US

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Acquisitions

Acquisitions round-up: George Lucas's LA museum acquires monumental mural archive, and Getty purchases Artemisia Gentileschi's Lucretia

Our pick of the latest gifts and purchases to enter international museum collections

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Museums

Sydney floods reignite Powerhouse museum controversy as Parramatta River bursts its banks

Waters "would not have come within four metres of the entrance" of the future site, president says

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National Gallery of Victoria

That's my grandad! Descendant of sheep shearer depicted in one of Australia's best-loved paintings sees work for first time while it visits rural Victoria

To celebrate the 130th anniversary of Tom Roberts’ 1890 painting Shearing the Rams, the National Gallery of Victoria sends work to Wangaratta Art Gallery, close to where the painting was conceived

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Museums & Heritage

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

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

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Openings

Boola Bardip: Perth’s revamped Western Australian Museum opens with new name and focus on Aboriginal heritage

The museum worked with around 60 Aboriginal language groups across the vast state to bring their perspectives into every gallery

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Exhibitions

Say my name, say my name: huge exhibition aims to put Australian women artists on the map

The show at Canberra's National Gallery of Australia spans the past 120 years and includes works by Nora Heysen, Tracey Moffatt and the Tjanpi Desert Weavers

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Art schools

Sydney bucks trend for marginalisation of drawing at art schools with new National Centre for Drawing

Opening on 4 November, the centre, which is part of the city's National Art School, is modelled on the the Drawing Centre in New York and London’s Drawing Room

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Art market

How a £3m Soulages almost sank off the coast of Tasmania

The MV Merino had gone aground on its way to Hobart for an exhibition of Modern French art in 1953

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Australia

‘Broken’ heritage laws: Australia launches investigation after 46,000-year-old Aboriginal rock art is obliterated

Parliamentary enquiry will examine how mining giant Rio Tinto obtained legal right to destroy ancient Juukan Gorge site

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coronavirus

Sydney arts centre goes into voluntary administration after cancelling six months of events due to Covid-19

Sydney Opera House may step in to take over Carriageworks, which hosts the art fair Sydney Contemporary and exhibitions

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Biennials & festivals

Sydney Biennale puts climate emergency and Indigenous struggle front and centre

Show’s 22nd edition aims to be as much a conversation as an exhibition, with hundreds of public events including bushwalks with aboriginal elders and campfire talks

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Australia

Officials turn down plans to transform Sydney's Cockatoo Island into an art-filled tourist attraction

Private consortium offered $80m to turn former industrial area into Australia’s answer to Naoshima art island in Japan

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Exhibitions

Revellers and rivals: Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat reunited for major show

First museum survey exploring both artists together to open at the National Gallery of Victoria

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Australia

Can Australia support two new Aboriginal art museums?

Proposals for Alice Springs and Adelaide have political support but concerns have been raised over competing projects and lack of Indigenous involvement

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Commercial galleries

Australia's only gallery dedicated to female artists to open in Melbourne

Founder of Finkelstein Gallery aims to counter the low representation of women in the Australian art world

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Art market

Australia has underrated Sidney Nolan, expert says, as artist's widow's estate comes up for sale

Mark Fraser makes the remarks as a group of works by the Australian artist is about to be offered at Bonhams in Sydney with a combined estimate of AUS$1.3m-$1.8m

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Sydney Biennale

Indigenous and First Nation artists to take centre stage at next Biennale of Sydney

Artistic director Brook Andrew aims to counter the dominance of Northern American and European narratives

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Exhibitions

Ben Quilty: an artist on the frontline

As the Australian artist's major retrospective opens in Adelaide, we speak to him about his time as a war artist in Afghanistan and his campaign against the death penalty

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Biennials & festivals

Queensland museum will receive major boost from ninth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

Acquisitions include woven clothing mats from the Marshall Islands and reflections on the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror

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Art market

Bark painting comes out of the woodwork at Sydney Contemporary

Work by the indigenous artist John Mawurndjul sold for $140,000 at the fair, where organisers estimate AUD$21m of sales were made

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Exhibitions

Tate's Ophelia heads down under for blockbuster Pre-Raphaelite show in Canberra

Australia deepen ties with the London museum as trove of masterpieces travels to the National Gallery of Australia for first time

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China

Uranium glass chandeliers banned from Shanghai exhibition

Chinese authorities did not explain why Ken and Julia Yonetani’s four works will not be part of Powerlong Art Museum group show

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Exhibitions

Australian artists and inmates collaborate to make videos about the reality of life behind bars

Works are on show as part of Dark Mofo, a festival organised by the Museum of Old and New Art just north of Hobart

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Biennials & festivals

Sydney biennial appoints its first indigenous Australian artistic director

Artist Brook Andrew’s work deals with notions of history, identity and race

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Photography

Bill Henson unveils new works in Melbourne

Show will be first commercial viewing of controversial photographer’s latest works

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Exhibitions

The many faces of Australia’s colonial legacy unveiled across two shows

National Gallery of Victoria’s mega-shows range from art by convicts to contemporary indigenous work

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Biennials & festivals

Ai Weiwei makes triumphant return to Sydney to open biennial

Giant refugee lifeboat one of two works by Chinese dissident artist in the Biennale of Sydney

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Biennials & festivals

Top Australian donors pull funding from Venice Biennale

Funders are furious about plans to exclude them from selecting the artist to represent the country

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Shepard Fairey talks street art in Sydney—and reveals which word he would have put on a Hillary poster

The US artist was in Australia to create his largest-ever mural, a 44-metre-tall message of “peace and harmony”

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No costumes needed for Xavier Le Roy’s new work

Arts patron John Kaldor helps bring six-hour performance to Sydney

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Biennials & festivals

Sydney Biennale takes on race issues with tent embassy

Richard Bell’s homage to the 1972 Aboriginal protest site will host speakers from black activist groups

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Obituaries

Betty Churcher: educator and director of the National Gallery of Australia

“I was determined that Australians would get to see the very best… these wonderful Caravaggios and Correggios and Titians and Tintorettos”

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Focus

Following the warp and weft of time: Tapestries in all their glory at the Met

Tapestry is as alluring a medium to today’s artists as Renaissance ones

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Forgeries

Australian forgeries to be destroyed

Fakes were purported to be by Charles Blackman and Robert Dickerson

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Valencia

Museo Valenciano de la Ilustración director steps down

Follows censorship controversy

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War & Conflict

Shaun Gladwell on life in Afghanistan

The Australian artist’s three-week sojourn with troops will form basis of new work

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Shaun Gladwell sets off for Afghanistan as Australia’s official war artist

He is creating video and photographic works to document the conflict

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Authentication

Gallery raid sparks panic over supposed fakes of late artist d’Arcy Doyle

Artist’s widow in marathon authentication exercise