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Helen Stoilas

Helen is Editor, Americas and has worked for The Art Newspaper since 2003. She regularly reports on political and social issues that affect artists and institutions.

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Museums

MoMA acquires historic Gordon Parks series The Atmosphere of Crime

The photographs will go on view in the New York museum's permanent collection galleries in May, along with a selection of works by other artists and a clip from the classic 1971 film Shaft

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Ready to see some art? The top exhibitions of the summer

Plus, the artist Hassan Hajjaj on a Dr Alimantado album cover

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Canada

Museums halt Jon Rafman shows after allegations are made online

Several women have accused the artist of misconduct, but Rafman disagrees with how their interactions have been represented

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Art law

New York developer who whitewashed 5Pointz graffiti—and owes artists $6.75m in damages—appeals to Supreme Court

Petition focuses on the phrasing of the Visual Artists Rights Act, which protects works of “recognized stature” without defining what that means

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Art market

David Castillo is moving his gallery to Miami Design District

The dealer plans to open his new space in the Melin Building in September

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Museums & Heritage

Some of Hagia Sophia’s mosaics will be covered during Muslim prayers

A spokesman for Turkish President Ergodan said curtains would hide depictions of the Virgin Mary and the archangel Gabriel when the site opens for worshippers on Friday

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Law

New York grand jury indicts Inigo Philbrick on federal fraud charges

The dealer was arrested by the FBI on the Pacific island Vanuatu last month and transferred into federal custody

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Photography

An adventure with photography: MoMA receives 300-work Gayle Greenhill Collection

The gift from the late patron’s husband will also help create a photography endowment fund through the sale of some works

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Museums & Heritage

Hagia Sophia will be mosque again, Turkish president Erdogan says

The controversial decision is likely to set off a storm among cultural heritage officials

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Public art

Murals that ‘whitewash’ American history come under fire

Monuments are not the only problematic depictions of the past

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Personal stories of coronavirus

‘It's the end of civilisation’: Alexis Rockman on his new watercolour series created during lockdown

The paintings depict animals shipwrecked by the networks of capitalism grinding ecosystems to a nub, the artist says

Video, film & new media

See Arthur Jafa’s new music video for Kanye West’s Wash Us In The Blood

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Obituaries

Milton Glaser, the man behind ‘I ♥ NY’ logo, has died, aged 91

The influential designer helped define the visual culture of the 1960s and 70s in America

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Public art

Suspected arson damages Andy Goldsworthy’s Spire in San Francisco’s Presidio park

The 100ft-tall sculpture is still standing after a major blaze, but crews will determine if it can remain in place

Personal stories of coronavirus

See how artists have been handling the pandemic in Hirshhorn Artist Diaries series

Howardena Pindell, Arlene Shechet, Eric Gottesman, and Marina Abramovic reflect on what it is like to work in isolation as part of a “living archive” of videos commissioned by the museum, and shared exclusively with The Art Newspaper

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Interview

The mechanics of sponsorship in 2020: an interview with Rena De Sisto, the head of Bank of America’s arts and culture programme

‘We help museums do what they do best’ says the executive who oversees the company’s support of international institutions

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Black Lives Matter

From artists and art organisations, reading lists to confront racism and injustice

We gather some creative educational resources for readers

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Obituaries

Christo, who wrapped the Reichstag and installed The Gates in Central Park, has died, aged 84

With his late wife and partner Jeanne-Claude, the artist created monumental interventions on architecture and landscape

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Second World War

The cultural consequences of the Second World War carry into today

From art restitutions to how museum adapted to wartime constraints, we continue to feel the fallout 75 years after the conflict’s end

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Video games

Game on: artists turn to the virtual world of video games during the pandemic

As lockdown continues, video games are proving to be ripe territory for artists and budding curators to experiment (and play)

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Archives

Market forces still at work: why we need to look to our past to understand our future

Our first collection of archival stories looks at the major financial shifts and trends that have impacted collectors and those in the trade since 1990—and continue to be relevant today

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Art's Most Popular 2020

Legoland vs the Louvre: how do museums stack up against other popular visitor attractions and public events?

They might not always draw the crowds that flock to malls and amusement parks, but museums are seen as valuable additions to communities—even by people who have never stepped foot in one

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coronavirus

Here's how to apply for financial aid during the coronavirus pandemic if you're self-employed or a small business in the arts

We have gathered information about grants and loans around the world to help you get through the Covid-19 crisis

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coronavirus

‘It’s almost like science fiction’: artists share their experiences with the coronavirus

We spoke with artists in the US and Europe about how Covid-19 has so far affected them and their work, from cancelled exhibitions to concerns about the future

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US politics

More than 2,000 artists and cultural figures sign letter endorsing Elizabeth Warren for US President

The Artists for Warren campaign launched on Super Tuesday, as many US voters head to the polls to choose the Democratic candidate

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Exhibitions

Neri Oxman harnesses the powers of 17,000 silkworms for New York show

The designer has employed natural processes and used materials from plants and shellfish for her exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art

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Museum of Modern Art New York

'Universally admired' arts patron Agnes Gund stars in new documentary at MoMA

The film, directed by her daughter Catherine, shows the roots of the collector's social activism

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Law

San Francisco artist sues Disney for copying her ‘tremendously cool’ painted van in Pixar film

Sweet Cecily Daniher rented her unicorn decorated vehicle to the studio for a party, only to find out its doppelganger will appear in the animated movie Onward

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Heritage

Trump retracts threats against Iranian culture sites saying: ‘I like to obey the law’

The US president’s reversal comes after widespread condemnation and defense officials’ assurances that military would abide by international law

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Museums & Heritage

Cultural heritage officials condemn Trump’s threats against Iranian sites

Meanwhile, an impromptu tribute to the country’s cultural heritage broke out on Twitter, as users posted images of their favourite places

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Art crime

Federal charges could lead to deeper scrutiny of Cambodian art in the US

Major museums hold works linked to prolific collector accused of smuggling and fraud

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The Year in Review 2019

King Tut’s golden year, Koons’s worst: the highs and lows of the art world in 2019

As Notre Dame burned, protestors called the shots and a gold toilet vanished, it was certainly a year to remember

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Museums & Heritage

KAWS joins board of American Folk Art Museum

The contemporary artist is among four new trustees elected

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Pérez to host Basquiat show during next Art Basel

Exhibition focuses on wider graffiti and hip-hop culture and includes video, music and fashion

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

From Miami to Margate: Ellen Harvey’s mural depicting a slice of South Florida travels abroad

The hand-painted designs for her permanent installation will be included in the artist’s solo show at Turner Contemporary next year

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Major Jon Rafman show planned for Hirshhorn Museum

And Mickalene Thomas goes Pop in NYC

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Turner Prize shocker: what next? Plus, Teresita Fernández in Miami

We talk to Louisa Buck about the decision to award the Turner Prize to all of the nominees. Plus, Miami-born artist Teresita Fernández tells us about her homecoming show at Pérez Art Museum Miami. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Teresita Fernández, an artist of place, brings her art home to Miami

The MacArthur award-winner revisits her early works with a large-scale survey in the city of her birth

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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

Auctions

Hammer Time: Sotheby's picks up the pace during a sluggish art week with $270.7m contemporary art sale

Record prices were set for Charles White, Brice Marden, and Wayne Thiebaud, while a Clyfford Still painting prompted a prolonged bidding war

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Exhibitions

Queen Nefertari’s tomb brought back from the dead in Kansas City

Although the “Sistine Chapel of Ancient Egypt” is more than 3,000 years old, a new show aims to enliven it with sculptures, sarcophagi and a little help from a video game

Auctions

Hammer Time: records set but reserves remain low at Christie's post-war and contemporary art sale

Ed Ruscha's visual pun Hurting the Word Radio #2 rose to $46m, a new world record for the artist, but most lots barely reached their estimate in a slow sales season

Auctions

Hammer Time: consistency and caution are key at Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern evening sale

The newly private auction house led the night's lots with its known money-maker Claude Monet, and set a world record for the Polish artist Tamara de Lempicka

Auctions

Hammer Time: Christie's Impressionist and Modern evening sale November 2019

In our new video series, deputy art market editor Margaret Carrigan recaps the highlights of New York's billion-dollar auction week

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Public art

New York will soon get its own shiny Anish Kapoor sculpture

The artist’s first permanent work of public art in the city will be installed at a Herzog & de Meuron-designed high-rise in Tribeca

Podcast

MoMA special: our verdict on the museum opening of the year

We speak to two of the museum's curators leading the expansion and our New York team sit down to discuss the highs and lows of the new space. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Obituaries

Modern art historian, US museum director and clergyman EA Carmean, Jr has died, age 74

He was the National Gallery of Art’s founding curator of 20th-century art and led the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

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Obituaries

Deborah Marrow, the Getty’s longest-serving leader, has died, aged 70

Starting in 1983 as publications coordinator, she spent most of her three decades at the Getty overseeing its grant-making programme

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Museums & Heritage

Rubin Museum restructures, reducing staff, hours and programmes, for ‘long-term sustainability’

The changes also include plans for immersive installations and artist residencies

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Conservation

Josef Albers's Manhattan returns to its rightful place in the MetLife building

The colossal mural, recently recreated, has returned to its home near Grand Central Station

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Art & Design 2019

The year ahead in design: all the key dates you need

The biggest biennials, fairs and exhibitions over the next 12 months

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From the Rubin Museum's meditation on “power” to the Costume Institute's celebration of camp

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Museums & Heritage

Survivors and victims’ families oppose plans for a $40m museum at site of Pulse shooting

The group says fundraising efforts to turn the Orlando nightclub into a tourist destination would be better spent on survivors’ care

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Obituaries

Nancy Reddin Kienholz, artist and partner of Ed Kienholz, dies age 75

The pair created provocative installations about American society, race and sex

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Law

Street artist sues Ellen DeGeneres and Walmart for copyright infringement

Julian Rivera says his heart-shaped “love” design was copied on a popular line of clothing without his permission

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Public art

David Hammons’s public sculpture on the Hudson River will now be beachfront property

Gansevoort Peninsula, the site of Day’s End, will also include a 5.65-acre park, wetlands and kayak launch

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Performance art

Volunteers wanted to crawl with performance artist Pope.L

The artist is staging a massive inclusive crawl in New York this September

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Looted art

US authorities file criminal charges against antiquities dealer Subhash Kapoor and seven others

The government’s complaint outlines a massive alleged smuggling ring involving other dealers, art restorers and associates who helped create false provenances for looted objects

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Climate Change

United Nations sounds the alarm on species loss—and artists respond

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg's work in Cooper Hewitt's Design Triennial resurrects world's last male northern white rhino

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Obituaries

The Modernist architect I.M. Pei has died, aged 102

The Chinese-American designer created some of the world’s most striking museum projects, including the Louvre’s glass pyramid entrance and the National Gallery of Art’s East Building

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Diary

Camping out for Camp

We caught up with the crowds waiting to spot celebs—particularly Harry Styles—on the red carpet of tonight’s annual Met Gala

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Costume Institute

Bold, ironic and camp: Met show explores exuberant expression in fashion

Costume Institute's new exhibition Camp: Notes on Fashion examines camp from the 17th century onwards

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Nearly €1bn raised for Notre-Dame over two days

Several charitable and crowdfunding campaigns launched since the fire

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Art crime

Artist recreates exiled dictator's treasure trove in 3D—but what happened to the originals?

Pio Abad and Frances Wadsworth Jones's replicas of jewels smuggled into Hawaii by Imelda Marcos are displayed at the Honolulu Biennial alongside the social services they could have paid for

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Sponsorship

Why is the British Museum still accepting tobacco sponsorship?

London institution has acquired 600 objects thanks to funding from Japan Tobacco International, makers of Benson & Hedges, Winston, Camel and Silk Cut

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Art's Most Popular 2019

How global art can provide a kick-start to local economies

Special exhibitions mean big money—not only for the museums that hold them but for local businesses as well

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Heavenly figures: how two Met shows topped The Art Newspaper’s attendance survey

The New York museum's Heavenly Bodies exhibition came first even though curator “never set out to create a hit”

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Economics

Trump wants to axe the NEA. Yes, again.

The administration points to private fundraising like crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter as a better way to support the arts

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Censorship

Protests against Cuba’s censorship law continue as Havana Bienal opening nears

A new report by the non-profit organisation Pen America calls for the repeal of Decree 349 while Cuban artists ask for solidarity from biennial participants

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Exhibitions

Storm King to stage major survey of Mark Dion’s environmental installations

The 500-acre sculpture park and museum in upstate New York is a fitting venue for the artist’s ecologically minded work

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Biennials & festivals

Honolulu Biennial focuses on indigenous artists and local issues

The second edition of the biennial takes a proudly Pacific-centred view

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Collecting

Collector's Eye: an interview with Cheech Marin

The actor and comedian tells us what he's bought and why he loves it