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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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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

Podcast

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

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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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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

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James Turrell’s PS1 installation off view due to encroaching development

A temporary scaffolding from a nearby high rise has interrupted the view in the much loved skyspace work

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US politics

NEA, Smithsonian museums and National Gallery of Art to reopen

A temporary budget deal ended the US government shutdown on Friday, allowing state-funded arts organisations to get back to work

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Sculpture

US government shutdown shuts down Trevor Paglen's space sculpture

The closure of the Federal Communications Commission has delayed the deployment of the work

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The Year Ahead 2019

Which exhibitions will be the blockbusters of 2019?

Major Leonardo and Rembrandt anniversaries mean a wealth of shows focusing on the Old Masters, but Tintoretto, the Bauhaus or Bill Viola could be dark horses

In association withQatar Museums

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2018

Bill Fontana: Miami sound machine

The artist and composer’s new South Florida-specific installation is an evocative experience

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Art fairs

Behind the scenes: Diary of an art handler

Having to cope with everything from curious koi to melting Vaseline, an art handler’s working days are certainly never dull

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You have to renovate to accumulate: three South Florida museums expand in very different ways

The Norton Museum of Art, the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College show that museum expansions can take different sizes and forms

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2018

Tania Bruguera and fellow artists released from Cuban jail

Cuba's culture ministry waters down Decree 349, a new controversial censorship law

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2018

From the archive: headlines from our 15 years (so far) at Art Basel in Miami Beach

We look back at our very first set of daily papers in 2004

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Exhibitions

Top shows to see in Miami this week

From a tribute to the feminist stalwart Judy Chicago at the ICA to a reunion of the AfriCOBRA artist at MoCA

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Museums & Heritage

Mass Moca adds another decade to its long-running Sol LeWitt show

The museum celebrates the tenth anniversary of the installation, which is still "full of surprises"

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Three to see

Three shows to see in New York this weekend

Celebrate Halloween with Frankenstein, Harry Potter and scary conspiracies

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Art fairs

Art Basel to bring Abraham Cruzvillegas’ acrobatic Autorreconstrucción to Miami Beach

While the Public and Film sectors are not taking place this year, the large-scale performance and installation work will be shown free to the public in the convention centre's new 60,000 sq ft Grand Ballroom

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Prizes

The 2018 biennial Hugo Boss Prize goes to Simone Leigh

The artist’s work draws upon the visual culture of the black diaspora, ideas of beauty, ethnographic research and feminist discourse

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Saudi Arabia

Columbia University cancels talk with Saudi artist Ahmed Mater amid scrutiny over the kingdom’s cultural funding

The Metropolitan and the Brooklyn museums have also decided not to use money from the Crown Prince’s arts organisation for related events

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Economics

What comes after the bailout for Greece’s art world?

As the country’s economy moves towards recovery, we asked art figures to reflect on the crisis and look towards the future

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Met plans to leave Breuer building, making way for the Frick

The Brutalist structure will house Frick’s historic collection during expansion of its 70th Street home

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From righteous indignation to interactive play

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Artists

Is this the future of catalogues raisonnés?

A new online database of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings offers a template for a more up-to-date—and richer—resource

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Politics

Why arts journalism matters: because art matters

Even in arts journalism, one can see the effects of President Trump's inflammatory rhetoric against the press

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Lucas Cranach the Elder

Goudstikker heir files petition for rare rehearing of Cranach claim

Marei von Saher asks an appeals court in California to reconsider her case against the Norton Simon Museum

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New York to LA: Klaus Biesenbach to take over MoCA

The board of the West Coast “artists’ museum” welcomes the MoMA PS1 director with open arms

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Politics

US dealers move against Trump’s proposed 10% tariff on Chinese art and antiques

Public hearings on the government’s plans are due to be held in Washington, DC in August

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Exhibitions

A match made in heaven: Bill Viola to be shown alongside Michelangelo at the Royal Academy

The exhibition will examine themes of spirituality and mortality in both artists’ work

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Law

Dalí foundation sues California museum for use of artist’s name and image

Monterey’s Dalí17, which displays the 500-work private collection of the Ukrainian-born real estate developer Dimitry Piterman, features the Surrealist’s face—complete with upturned moustache—on its logo

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Politics

Spotlight on the harrowing image that shamed Trump

A photograph of a frightened child at the Mexican border shows the enduring power of images to effect political change

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Philanthropy

Art for Justice Fund gives out $10m in new grants—including to art projects

The second round of funding will support works themed around incarceration by Xaviera Simmons, Hank Willis Thomas and Titus Kaphar, and a planned installation on the High Line

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Public art

Public review open for David Hammons’s Day’s End proposal

The “ghost monument” in Hudson River Park would be paid for and maintained by the Whitney Museum

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Law

Anish Kapoor sues NRA for copyright infringement

An image of his Chicago sculpture Cloud Gate was used in a video by the gun lobby that the artist says “seeks to whip up fear and hate”

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Artist interview

Trevor Paglen lets you view the world as the machines see it

Ahead of his retrospective at Washington, DC's Smithsonian American Art Museum, the artist discusses his interest in the social and political implications of technologies, including mass surveillance systems and artificial intelligence

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USA

Shooting at New Jersey arts festival injures 22 people

The incident has been attributed to gang violence and one suspect was believed to have been killed by police

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Art Basel 2018

Theaster Gates: ‘There’s no better Madonna than my mother’

Artist sets up printing press in Basel to explore ‘Black Madonna’ theme