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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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Pablo Picasso

Caught smuggling Picasso on his yacht, Spanish billionaire collector gets €52m fine and 18 months in prison

Jaime Botin, of the Santander dynasty, did not have a permit to export the painting

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Saudi Arabia

Desert X AlUla—the inaugural sculpture biennial in a historic Saudi Arabian valley—announces participants

Wael Shawky, Superflex and eL Seed are among the artists who will base works on the ancient history of the region

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Crime

Released but still under investigation: Russian couple embroiled in fraud scandal

Igor and Olga Toporovsky linked to controversial show of Russian avant-garde works in Ghent

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Exhibitions

Cecily Brown will fill grand birthplace of Winston Churchill with images of broken Britain

UK artist says exhibition at Blenheim Palace is a timely opportunity to examine the country's current tumult

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Frieze

Frieze shake-up: former media boss chosen as company's first CEO

Changes are afoot with both the fairs and the magazine as majority shareholder Endeavor make plans for the future

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Venice Biennale

Cecilia Alemani appointed artistic director of the 2021 Venice Biennale

The High Line and Art Basel Cities curator is the first Italian woman to hold the position

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Art education

'Taking us back to the dark ages': UK-Europe exchange programme Erasmus hangs in the balance

Art history academics speak out as impending Brexit deadline threatens European partnership

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Instagram

What if 19th-century artists had used Instagram? asks Musée d’Orsay's new artist-in-residence

French illustrator and painter Jean-Philippe Delhomme will post a new image on Paris museum's Instagram account every week for a year

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Disasters & destruction

National Gallery of Australia closes due to bushfire smoke around Canberra

Director says that decision was taken to protect public and works

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Preview

Matisse birth anniversary marked by blockbuster show at the Centre Pompidou

Rarely seen works show how the modern master combined text and image

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Controversies

Russian collecting couple arrested in Belgium

Igor and Olga Toporovsky linked to controversial show of Russian avant-garde works in Ghent

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The Year Ahead 2020

New museums and major expansions opening in 2020

From Tutankhamun's new king-sized home in Cairo to Munch's sleek space in Oslo, here is our pick of the big openings this year

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Vandalism

Picasso painting of Dora Maar vandalised at Tate Modern

Conservation team assesses the defaced work; man is charged with criminal damage

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The Year Ahead 2020

Art on a Finnish island and Manifesta in Marseille: our guide to the brightest biennials and festivals in 2020

Prospect.5 commemorates the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and its all change as Liverpool Biennial gets a new director

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Public art

Image mocking Australian Prime Minister's Hawaiian holiday raises A$50,000 for fire service

Scott Marsh’s mural on a wall in Sydney was painted over

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Awards

UK New Year’s Honours 2020: awards for ceramicist Magdalene Odundo and artist David Shrigley

Turner prize winner Steve McQueen made a knight; museum chief Tim Marlow and curator Ann Gallagher also recognised

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Exhibitions

Radical performance artist Ulay gets a solo show at Stedelijk Museum

In the years before and after his collaboration with Marina Abramović, he created important works, curators say

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Artists

Oh no he isn't—artist turns into "panto" horse to highlight absurdity of UK political situation

Roland Carline has modified his exhibition at the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art

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Export policies

UK buyer sought for £8m Gainsborough masterpiece barred from export

Pastoral landscape sold at Sotheby’s was once owned by Royal Holloway college

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Appointments

Olympic games supremo Martin Green to lead 2022 post-Brexit UK festival

Conservative government wants £120m event to “celebrate all four nations’ offer to the world”

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Banksy

Banksy buyer seeks new location for Season’s Greetings mural

Talks with local officials in Port Talbot about a new urban art centre have stalled

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Queer art

Queer icon Tom of Finland's homoerotic drawings come to London

Late Finnish artist's first major UK show will include unseen works from the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Elizabeth Peyton's historically contextualised portraits to a jarring installation on queer existence

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Sixteen works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude donated to Pérez Art Museum Miami by artist’s lawyer

The donation, worth $3m, makes the museum's Christo collection the fourth largest in the US

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Controversies

Artist defends anti-racism football campaign that uses images of monkeys

Italian football league—which commissioned the paintings made by Simone Fugazzotto—have now apologised saying they are "inappropriate"

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Museums

Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery to transform nightclub into new art venue

Karla Black survey will fill both spaces, including former fruit and veg warehouse next door

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UK politics

Artists react angrily to Tory landslide result in UK general election

Issues raised include environmental crisis and future of the Labour party

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Discoveries

Stolen 'Klimt' found hidden in a wall will take a month to authenticate, officials say

Gardener discovered the painting behind a metal plate on an exterior wall at Italy's Ricci Oddi gallery

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Appointments

Rebecca Salter elected president of London’s Royal Academy—the first woman in its 251-year history

The printmaker replaces Christopher Le Brun who stepped down after eight years in the post

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Appointments & departures

Frieze LA director Bettina Korek appointed chief executive of Serpentine Galleries

Los Angeles art veteran takes the reins at the London institution in its 50th anniversary year

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Acquisitions

Permanent a-peel: $120,000 banana will enter museum collection

Miami collectors William and Beatrice Cox will donate the fruit piece to an unnamed institution

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Get your shine on at Art Basel in Miami Beach

There is plenty to keep magpie collectors happy at the fair

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Ebony G. Patterson gets the citizens of Miami Beach’s vote

City council selects work through new Legacy Purchase programme

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Mira Lehr: Still playing with fire

The artist made waves in the 60s by championing women artists; at 85, she is still shaking things up with her use of gunpowder in her work. By Gareth Harris

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Censorship

Censored queer photographs get second chance at Miami's Nada fair

City officials cancelled a planned display by Pacifico Silano in Bal Harbour last year

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Norton Museum in West Palm Beach announces shortlist for photography prize

The nominees for the $20,000 award will all be included in a show at the recently expanded institution in February

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Awards

Hepworth Wakefield to stage 'long overdue' survey of Hannah Starkey with £100,000 Freelands Award

Show comes "at an exciting moment" as the photographer is reassessing her art in light of recent political events, museum's director says

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

New art space in Basel will offer free shows

The opening exhibition of the Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger, during next year's Art Basel fair, will focus on Caribbean artists

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Maurizio Cattelan presents first new work for a fair in 15 years—and it is a banana priced at $120,000

The piece of fruit taped to a wall at Art Basel in Miami Beach "offers insight into how we assign worth", Perrotin gallery says

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Discoveries

Conservator discovers secret scrawls hidden beneath Derek Jarman painting

Pleasures of Italy canvas on show at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin throws light on late activist’s lovers and interests

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Art theft

Rembrandt paintings targeted by thieves at Dulwich Picture Gallery belonged to Louvre and National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

Attempted robbery was thwarted by police

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Art market

Perrotin moves Hong Kong gallery to Kowloon—but it has nothing to do with the protests

The gallery will relocate to a new cultural and residential district developed by billionaire collector Adrian Cheng

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Exhibitions

In Miami for Art Basel? Eight shows to see outside the fair

From a travelling Stonewall survey to Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña's first major museum retrospective

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Courtauld Institute of Art

Courtauld lecturers take eight-day strike action over pay inequality and the ‘strain’ of working conditions

Striking staff say funding is channelled towards art institute’s multi-million pound redevelopment project

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UK politics

Arts commentators question Conservative Party's controversial £120m ‘festival of Brexit’

Will artists and institutions participate in “national celebration” planned for 2022?

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Italian politics

Italian politician Matteo Salvini blasts sculpture showing him shooting refugees

Piece by Salvatore Scuotto instigates violence and should be removed, he says

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Repatriation

'A major step forward for Britain’s colonial museums': Manchester Museum returns objects to Indigenous Australians

Move might pave the way for repatriation of sacred artefacts from other UK institutions

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Sponsorship

Protestors disrupt VIP preview of British Museum's Troy exhibition

Members of the climate activist group BP or not BP? blocked entry to the museum's show dressed as statues based on Greek mythology

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Monnaie de Paris

Monnaie de Paris venue cancels its contemporary art programme

Show dedicated to Kiki Smith will be last exhibition at the historic Paris Mint due to low visitor numbers

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Loans

Titian’s six epic mythological paintings to be reunited as Wallace Collection announces first ever loans

National Gallery in London will display the series next year and lend a Rubens work in return

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Sackler family

Nan Goldin brings first PAIN protest to the UK, storming the Victoria and Albert Museum

Demonstrators demand that V&A director Tristram Hunt drops Sackler name

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Sculpture

Antony Gormley in talks with French government over sculpture project in Brittany

Brexit is a disaster for the UK, says the sculptor as he unveils his Field for the British Isles installation at Firstsite gallery in Colchester

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Roy Oxlade's energetic canvases to Nan Goldin's first UK show in almost two decades

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Crime

Attempted robbery of Rembrandt paintings at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Theft of two paintings was thwarted thanks to gallery's security staff and systems

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Art market

UK buyer bags Artemisia Gentileschi painting for a record €4.8m in Paris

Work depicting Roman heroine Lucretia was in a private collection for 40 years

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Prizes

MoMA director Glenn Lowry edges out Nan Goldin to top Art Review's Power 100 list

Banksy makes his debut at number 14 while dealer David Zwirner drops from first place to fifth

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Museums

Chiara Parisi lined up as new director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz

The Rome-born curator will oversee the gallery’s tenth anniversary programme and events

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Museums

National Galleries of Scotland to no longer host BP Portrait Award

Museums officials say that the association with the oil company is at odds with a "responsibility to do all we can to address the climate emergency"

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Climate Change

Street artist paints ginormous portrait of eco warrior Greta Thunberg in San Francisco

Cobre defends use of spray paint in creating eight-storey mural, saying his materials are environmentally friendly

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Museums

'We are the opposite of Starbucks': Pompidou chief on the challenges of setting up a Shanghai satellite

The French museum's president on censorship threats and settling the costs of the new project

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China

Museum dedicated to Picasso and Giacometti to launch in Beijing

Paris-based institutions Musée National Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti will open space in 798 district next June

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Photography

JR launches open call on Instagram for his new free photography course

French artist says he will invite Naomi Campbell to school in Paris to help him teach 12 budding photographers

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Tutankhamun

Archaeologist Zahi Hawass creates Tutankhamun opera to mark opening of Grand Egyptian Museum

Outspoken former minister also wants to stage the show in Valley of the Kings in 2022

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Lucian Freud's stunning self-portraits at the Royal Academy of Arts to King Tut's treasures at the Saatchi Gallery

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Prizes

Doris Salcedo wins world’s largest contemporary art prize of $1m

Nomura Art Award enables Colombian artist to create Acts of Mourning works in remote regions

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Museums

A US-China-Arab partnership: Lacma, Yuz Museum and Qatar Museums team up on exhibition projects

The Los Angeles and Shanghai institutions say their joint foundation is still in progress

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Grand Palais

Paris to build temporary venue near Eiffel Tower to host Grand Palais's shows when it closes in 2021

Culture chief Chris Dercon says the new space will hold events during the museum's three-year refurbishment, including a collaboration with Unesco

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Parasol Unit

Parasol Unit to close east London gallery

From next spring the foundation will hold exhibitions "in whatever part of the world I feel the dialogue is needed”, says founder Ziba Ardalan

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Contemporary art

Ragnar Kjartansson re-creates US soap opera for vast GES-2 culture complex opening in Moscow

GES-2 complex is located in a former power plant, built in 1907, located near the Kremlin

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Bridget Riley's trippy canvases to Eduardo Paolozzi's war-wearied sculptures

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Art market

Billionaires battle it out over the Lalannes at Sotheby’s in Paris

Jose Mugrabi and Antoine Arnault among collectors bidding at "white glove" sale of works by François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne

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Bernar Venet

In pictures: the making of Europe’s largest public sculpture

Bernar Venet’s vast steel arc has been installed on a Belgian motorway

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Museums & Heritage

As Brexit looms, new gallery on England's south coast promises to be 'outward facing'

Brighton CCA, run by the University of Brighton, launches with exhibitions on German artist Franz Erhard Walther and south London collective Dog Kennel Hill Project