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Gareth Harris

Chief contributing editor at The Art Newspaper

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Appointments & departures

Ralph Rugoff named artistic director of the 2019 Venice Biennale

Director of London’s Hayward Gallery will organise 58th International Art Exhibition

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Obituaries

Artist, activist and Andy Warhol muse John Giorno has died, aged 82

Tributes paid to key figure of US counterculture whose work was “groundbreaking for its time”

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Arts funding

Cash-strapped museums and libraries across England get £250m government funding boost

Lobby group warns of crumbling buildings and leaking roofs following “decades of underinvestment”

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Controversies

Aichi Triennale show embroiled in censorship row reopens—but only for visitors selected by lottery

Visitors had to sign a consent form promising not to post works on social media

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Studio Voltaire

Phyllida Barlow sculpture to pop up in partially ruined, gothic chapel in London cemetery

Studio Voltaire’s ambitious off-site programme also includes commissions by Monster Chetwynd and Dawn Mellor

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Private Museums

François Pinault's long-awaited Paris gallery will open next June

The refurbishment of the Bourse de Commerce space, designed by Tadao Ando, costs $170m

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Art education

Art school shake up: London's Courtauld Institute to offer Modern and contemporary African art degrees

New Tate curator calls the development "a bold decision" in a "burgeoning field"

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Redevelopment

Cultural figures rally to save Reading Prison—where Oscar Wilde was once incarcerated—as it goes up for sale

Locals hope to prevent historic site "being gutted and turned into luxury flats" as building is put on the market

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Desert X

Three board members resign as Desert X announces collaboration with Saudi Arabia, Los Angeles Times reports

Ed Ruscha, Yael Lipschutz and Tristan Milanovich have resigned over the decision to launch the sculpture biennial in Al-Ula next year

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Controversies

Candice Breitz pulls work from South African museum that is exhibiting convicted murderer's art

Curator at newly opened Javett Art Centre defends decision to show drawing by artist who killed a sex worker in Cape Town in 2013

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Frieze London 2019

Frieze returns to safe haven of painting amid threat of recession and political instability

Traditional medium is back in fashion amid looming Brexit

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Exhibitions

The Empire strikes back? Kara Walker's fountain makes a splash at Tate

US artist takes on British Empire’s legacy and the Transatlantic salve trade in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall

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Musée du Louvre

Louvre defends planned switch to timed-entry tickets after Mona Lisa 'pandemonium'

Reservations will become mandatory at the world's most visited museum by the end of the year

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Frieze London 2019

Art world faces up to the reality of climate crisis

Many dealers are beginning to look for local solutions to global climate emergency

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Frieze 2019

White Cube to open 'office and viewing rooms' in Paris

Launch is latest high-profile opening in the French capital pre-Brexit

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Openings

Centre Pompidou’s satellite space in Shanghai to open early November

New offshoot joins Málaga and Brussels in French museum’s burgeoning international network

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Tacita Dean

'Passionate European’ Tacita Dean unveils stormy new work for UK Government Art Collection

Artist’s Californian cloudscape, drawn in chalk, hangs in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Sponsorship

After backlash over homophobic sponsor, former BP chief steps in to fund Turner Prize

John Browne is among four new supporters of the award that launches in Margate

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Art market

'New' Artemisia Gentileschi to be auctioned in Paris

Painting of Lucretia has been in a private collection in Lyon for the past 40 years and is estimated to sell for over €600,000

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Exhibitions

Nate Lowman’s new works to focus on Las Vegas mass shooting

Series of paintings at David Zwirner London are based on crime scene images released by police

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Public art

Officials reject reports of permanent Prince Philip statue for London's Fourth Plinth

Mayor of London’s office says contemporary art series will continue with Heather Phillipson sculpture planned for 2020

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Exhibitions

Simon Starling tells the tale of a Turin car tycoon and his Old Master sliced in half

Exhibitions in Glasgow and Turin explore legacy of Fiat patriarch Gianni Agnelli

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Art theft

'I wish it was a prank': Maurizio Cattelan on the surreal theft of his golden toilet

Man arrested after 18-carat lavatory was forcibly removed from Blenheim Palace

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Musée du Louvre

Bad bedfellows? French politician blasts Louvre over partnership with Airbnb

Paris deputy mayor Ian Brossat says that teaming up with the online rental giant is “disastrous and shocking”

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Climate Change

Art world impact just 'a drop in the ocean': Istanbul biennial curator takes on climate crisis

Nicolas Bourriaud examines the Anthropocene in 16th edition of the exhibition and says the “real issue is mass tourism"

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Museums & Heritage

Reem Fadda takes the reins at Abu Dhabi cultural foundation—but where is the emirate's Guggenheim?

Historic culture centre in UAE re-opens after 10 years with survey of trailblazing woman artist Najat Makki

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Biennials & festivals

‘Post-industrial’ Biennale de Lyon to examine shifting social and economic experience of the region

As the largest edition of the biennial expands into an abandoned factory, we also roundup new festivals sprouting up around the world

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Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley criticises huge carbon footprint of the art world—but admits he is part of the problem

British sculptor says there is no doubt that art fairs are "a profligate use of resources”

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Art crime

Art Recovery International calls on Icom to step in and investigate 'stolen' Reynolds painting on show in Japan

The portrait was allegedly stolen from the home of a menswear magnate in 1984

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National Gallery

Filmmaker Rosalind Nashashibi is National Gallery's latest artist in residence

Initiative is part of London gallery’s developing Modern and contemporary art programme

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Istanbul Biennial

Monster Chetwynd’s monstrous children’s playground to open in Istanbul

Sculptural project, part of the 16th biennial, looks to the mythical creature Medusa

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Exhibitions

Dior show smashes total attendance record at the V&A—but Alexander McQueen exhibition had more daily visitors

Exhibition of the late French designer had 594,000 visitors overall but was on for seven months

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Censorship

Instagram censorship U-turn? Female nude posted by Palazzo Strozzi finally given greenlight

Museum officials say that the 1910 image by Russian artist Natalia Goncharova, on show at Tate Modern, was initially censored by the social media giant

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UK politics

Too much politics? UK Green party MP and anti-Brexit campaigner Caroline Lucas turns curator

High-profile UK politician will organise a show of works at Towner Art Gallery that focus on the environment

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Art fairs

What am I actually buying? Performance art-only fair in Brussels faces challenge of materiality

A Performance Affair introduces new protocol to specify what is on offer and its secondary market development

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Loans

Greece in talks with Louvre to borrow Parthenon frieze as part of 'temporary exchange'

Move reignites debate over British Museum’s position on sculptures brought to Britain by Lord Elgin

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Iran

British Council condemns Iran court upholding ten-year sentence for UK-based curator

Aras Amiri loses final appeal over spying charges

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Controversies

Eleven artists withdraw or modify their works at Aichi Triennale in ongoing censorship row

Cuban activist Tania Bruguera closes down her exhibit while other artists reconfigure works to reflect the controversy

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Biennials & festivals

Inaugural Rabat Biennale to be made up (mainly) of female artists

Curator Abdelkader Damani explains the reasons behind launching Moroccan show in already saturated biennial landscape

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Museums & Heritage

Liverpool World Museum used facial recognition technology on visitors to Terracotta Warriors show

Privacy group condemns move but the museum says people were made aware of the surveillance measures

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Istanbul Biennial

Istanbul Biennial shifts to waterside warehouse after asbestos scare

New Antrepo 5 venue announced after curator says visitors could have been at risk

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Ai Weiwei

Puccini gets political: Ai Weiwei to direct opera in Rome about Hong Kong crisis

The Chinese artist will also design the sets and costumes for the production at the Teatro dell'Opera next year

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Hong Kong

As crisis deepens, activists stage pro-democracy exhibition in Hong Kong

Show at WMA Space tells the “story of HongKongers” through protest ephemera

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Museums

London mayor Sadiq Khan supports proposal for new slavery museum in the capital

Liverpool slavery museum keen to collaborate on project highlighting UK’s involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade

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Hastings Contemporary

Victor Willing's life, work and tumultuous relationship with Paula Rego explored in first UK retrospective

New documentary by Willing’s son will also form part of Hastings Contemporary's reassessment of the forgotten artist

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Restitution

Growing pressure on the British Museum as Jamaica is latest government seeking return of objects

Spokeswoman for the London museum says it has not been officially approached by the country over the return of the two objects made by the Taíno people in its collection

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Censorship

Artists wade into row over Japanese triennial dedicated to freedom of speech

More than 70 participants including Candice Breitz and Tania Bruguera have signed a statement demanding reopening of Aichi Triennale's exhibition

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Censorship

Long-running Facebook battle over censored Courbet painting gets happy ending

Social media giant pays out after closing French teacher's account for posting photo of the Origin of the World

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Photography

Huge photos of school children to appear on London billboards as part of Steve McQueen’s Tate initiative

The outdoor exhibition across the capital is a forerunner to the filmmaker’s Year Three Project at Tate Britain

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Museu Coleção Berardo

Berardo museum stays open in Lisbon despite uncertainty over future of ‘Portuguese Saatchi’s’ collection

Portuguese government has stepped in and seized art assets following protracted legal battle, press reports say

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Freeports

Freeport debate rages on after UK government commits to establishing ten vast storage facilities

Labour MP Owen Smith calls the tax-free zones “self-storage for art thieves”

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Obituaries

Dealer Karsten Schubert—champion of YBAs including Rachel Whiteread and Gary Hume—has died, aged 57

The German-born gallerist and publisher was a key figure in the London art world for more than 30 years

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US politics

Anti-Trump seesaw by architect duo unites children on US-Mexico border

“Actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side,” say project founders

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Obituaries

Carlos Cruz-Diez, kinetic art trailblazer who was obsessed with colour, dies aged 95

Venezuelan artist was an important figure in the history of abstraction

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Three to see

Three to see: Edinburgh Art Festival

Trisha Brown, Samson Young and James Richards are among the highlights of this year's cultural offering in the Scottish capital

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Politics

What next? Nicky Morgan appointed UK's new culture secretary

Remain campaigner has said that schoolchildren who focus on arts and humanities are limiting their career choices

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Bernar Venet

Europe's largest public sculpture to be unveiled on Belgian motorway in October

The 60m roadside steel sculpture by French artist Bernar Venet was rejected by the French government 35 years ago

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Politics

Artists fearful about the future under new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

No deal prospect and track record as London Mayor scrutinised

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Appointments & departures

Emma Lavigne lined up as new president of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris

Director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz would be first woman to hold the position

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A to mount major Iran exhibition in face of US sanctions

Museum’s director Tristram Hunt says securing loans and sponsorship is “more of a challenge” as tension grows between Trump and Tehran

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Exhibitions

Olafur Eliasson: the art world is 'trying to find its feet' on climate change

Artist's Tate Modern retrospective features works drawn largely from European collections in an effort to reduce carbon footprint

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British Museum

British Museum director endorses controversial sponsor BP as part of future vision

Oil company will support one exhibition at the museum next year, but not a show dedicated to the people of the Arctic

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Censorship

Tania Bruguera fights censorship by launching investigative journalism project in Cuba

The artist and activist, whose School of Integration runs at Manchester International Festival, will organise workshops and awards for new writers

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From a travelling survey show on Stonewall to bronze sculptures of everyday objects

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Exhibitions

Wong Ping tells us about his explicit animations and how his working process is like a stand-up comedian’s

The Hong Kong artist brings his explicit retro-pop videos to London's Camden Arts Centre and Mayfair

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UK politics

Boris Johnson wants to create six freeports and tax-free zones around the UK

Vast storage facilities for high-value items such as art and cars have stoked controversy

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Musée du Louvre

Nan Goldin’s activist group storms the Musée du Louvre

Pain protestors demand that museum officials rename 12 rooms named after the Sackler family

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Biennials & festivals

From plastic waste to indigenous heritage, old and new biennials tap into contemporary concerns and issues

Toronto gets a new waterfront biennial while Istanbul stays fresh by shifting to dramatic new locations

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Conservation & Preservation

Aliph global protection fund announces 14 projects across multiple war zones

The Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan, Syria’s Raqqa Museum and Mosul libraries all safeguarded

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Amy Sherald

Amy Sherald, Michelle Obama's portraitist, unveils massive mural in Philadelphia

The six-storey 2,400 sq ft painting depicts an empowered black teenager

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Art Night

Art Night works will live on after pop-up London debut this weekend

Oscar Murillo works bound for Bristol, Zadie Xa’s performance piece tours to Glasgow and Azerbaijan

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Prizes

Franco-British charity Fluxus Art Projects flies flag for joint culture projects pre Brexit

Artists Lubaina Himid and Tarek Atoui receive funding awards

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Conservation & Preservation

British Library shares conservation experts with Palestinian Museum

New partnership will preserve the Birzeit museum’s most ‘at-risk’ objects on paper