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Mexico

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Decoded Maya hieroglyphs reveal the name of powerful woman ruler: ‘Lady Yopaat’

After ten years of research, the city of Cobá is revealing its secrets to archaeologists

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Frida Kahlo

Spanish dealer claims to find long-lost Frida Kahlo painting

Missing for six decades, La Mesa Herida (The Wounded Table) may be in a London warehouse, but experts say the work is likely a fake

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Obituaries

Manuel Felguérez, Mexican abstract master, has died, aged 91

The artist broke with tradition in the post-war years and was an early pioneer of film and digital art,

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Museums

Critics demand explanation after quiet departures of Museo Jumex’s curator and director

Faults including a lack of transparency and a capricious programme have been cited following a change in management at the private museum

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Fakes & copies

'Stolen' ancient sculpture returned to Nigeria is 'the kind of fake you could buy on eBay', African art expert says

Countries' rush to restitute objects is part of the problem, says Belgian lawyer

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Native American

President Trump blows up Native American grave site for his border wall

“Sacrilegious” act on Unesco-recognised site in Arizona which contains remains of Indigenous peoples

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Obituaries

Francisco Toledo, renowned Mexican artist and activist, has died, aged 79

Known for powerful imagery rooted in his native Oaxaca, he was also a cultural benefactor

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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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New Museum

New cultural centre opens at Tlatelolco Square, Mexico City

And third Mexican collector loans his art to university

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Crime

Murdered muralist Héctor Domínguez honoured in Mexico

Suspicion aired that the 27-year-old artist may have been killed, along with his father and brother, because of his environmental activism

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Art theft

Votive paintings smuggled out of Mexico return to public view at Los Pinos presidential palace

The former government residence turned museum will host its first art exhibition

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Mexico

Art that breathes: Mexican murals aim to clean the air

The public art works are painted using Airlite which purifies polluted air in a process similar to photosynthesis

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Exhibitions

Ai Weiwei creates Lego portraits of missing Mexican students

The installation investigating their disappearance is part of the artist’s show at MUAC

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Exhibitions

Sunday in Chapultepec Park with Carsten Höller

The artist’s interactive exhibition at Mexico City’s Museo Tamayo encourages visitors to explore, take drugs and dream, but is it more than just another “art experience”?

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Linda on the loose

Grace Jones graces the stage for Aids charity at Mexico City home of Eugenio López

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Linda on the loose

Fraccionar, an idiosyncratic show in Mexico City, makes a match with the sublime Casa Luis Barragán

The curator Inti Guerrero has succeeded where others have fallen short

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Art market

Economic policies introduced by Mexico’s new president have yet to dent dealers' sales at Zona Maco

Works at mid-tier price points are moving quickly at the 16th edition of the Mexico City fair, according to exhibitors

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Exhibitions

Have Brooklyn and Boston bagged Frida Kahlo blockbusters?

Shows at the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston explore the Mexican artist’s love of fashion and “arte popular”

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Books

How the Mexican Stridentist movement tried to build a national identity following the Civil War

Art and social action after the Mexican Revolution

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Mexico

What happened to all the art in Mexico’s presidential palace?

A largely emptied Los Pinos opened to the public on 1 December, leaving many in the country wondering where the collection of paintings and decorative objects went

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Whitney staff members assail vice chairman’s business tie to tear gas attacks at US border

In a letter, they express ‘outrage’ over a connection to a military and law enforcement supplier

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Exhibitions

Mexican exhibitions of southern African art bring death to life

Shows in Oaxaca de Juárez forge cross-cultural connections

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Mexico

Mexico’s presidential palace could become one of the world’s largest museums

But some experts question whether another art space is necessary

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Disasters & destruction

New York cemetery opens its doors to art to honour dead migrants and victims of Hurricane Maria

Artist creates an altar incorporating objects from Puerto Rico and invites visitors to add their own

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Video, film & new media

Gael García Bernal’s new film Museo turns Mexico’s biggest art heist into a madcap caper

The Spanish-launguage movie follows two middle-class flunkies who somehow pulled off one the largest antiquities thefts in modern-day history

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Art fairs

Zona Maco sister fairs return one year on from Mexico earthquake

Events dedicated to photographs, antiques, crafts and curiosities offer niche disciplines for collectors

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Public art

Deported veterans ‘distress’ flag mural on US-Mexico border under review

US Customs and Border Protection is considering whether to remove or preserve the painting, which some have complained is disrespectful

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Street art

Mexico City street artists celebrate the lives of women

A project has enlivened a drab area with 300 portraits

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Conservation & Preservation

World Monuments Fund gives $1m for post-quake restoration of Mexican archaeological site

Monte Albán, the ancient capital of the Zapotec people, was damaged by earthquakes in 2017

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Research

New hope for lost Frida Kahlo painting

Expert says new evidence could reveal location of Mexican artist’s biggest work, which “disappeared into thin air”

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Exhibitions

Cross-border collaboration brings Mexican miracles to the Met

Works in new show range from altarpieces to holy effigies believed to perform miracles

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Linda on the loose

Jumex Museum show looks at the fall of the Utopian ideal in Latin America

Mexico City museum is becoming a private institution that actually serves the public interest

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Exhibitions

Face to face with a Mesoamerican metropolis—in Los Angeles

Largest city of the ancient Americas brought back to life in show of Mexican treasures at Lacma

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Art fairs

Mexico City’s Material fair draws praise—and exhibitors from Zona Maco

As the main fair has become more blue-chip, the younger event has focused on fresh talent and a connection to the local scene

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Exhibitions

Sean Scully brings sculptures and paintings to Mexico City's Barrágan landmark

Irish artist will show works in the horse stalls at Cuadra San Cristóbal

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Frida Kahlo

How Frida Kahlo found her Mexican identity in Detroit

Though she distinctly disliked the experience, the Detroit Institute of Arts shows how it shaped her iconic imagery

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Interviews

Interview with dealer Santo Micali on finding new markets for pre-Columbian art

Argentina, Mexico and Brazil could be the future for a field struggling with limited supply

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Art fairs

Fair report: Local galleries fare well at Zona Maco, Mexico City

International collectors and curators were out in force for the eighth edition of the Latin American art fair

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Mexico

Murdered Mexican women remembered in portrait show

Artists such as Tracey Emin, Paula Rego and Maggi Hambling have produced campaigning images

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Artist interview

Interview with Gabriel Orozco on his upcoming travelling retrospective: A global artist with global concerns

The artist states his work is about “space and time, action and philosophy”

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Mexico

Leading collector plans contemporary art space in Mexico City

The museum will be drawn from the Jumex Foundation's 2,000 works

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New Museum

Mexico’s two biggest collectors join forces to form new cultural compound in Mexico city

Eugenio Lopez Alonso’s Jumex Collection is to open a building near Carlos Slim Helú’s new Soumaya Museum

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Art fairs

Mexico's MACO remains a modest fair but draws major dealers

Exhibitor numbers are up 50%, with a few big names such as Hauser & Wirth

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Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst conquers Mexico: the biggest collectors in the country are lining up to buy new work by the British artist

Other pieces, including a new version of the shark in a tank, have sold to Korea and the US

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Artist interview

Interview with artist James Metcalf: Metal mettle

The adventurer, war hero, metalworker, sculptor, and political activist talks about Paris in the 1950s and his work in Mexico

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Exhibitions

Last chance to see Manuel Alvarez Bravo at MoMA

This monumental retrospective of the Mexican photographer's unique images is not to be missed

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Colonial art

“Converging Cultures: art & identity in Spanish America”: a much anticipated exhibition

Four years late, the major show of Spanish colonial art and culture reveals the viceroyalties of New Spain and Peru produced during Spanish dominion