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Nancy Kenney

Nancy Kenney is Senior Editor at The Art Newspaper

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Museums & Heritage

Opening new galleries and showcasing its sphinx, Penn Museum rebrands its image

Museum at the University of Pennsylvania will open 10,000 sq. ft of reimagined spaces

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Acquisitions

Whitney Museum acquires 88 works by biennial artists

The works, by 40 artists, are among 250 that have entered the collection since the spring

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Acquisitions

Jayne Wrightsman leaves over 375 works of art and $80m to the Met

From European paintings to the decorative arts, the patron and her oil tycoon husband, who both served as trustees for decades, gave the New York museum more than 1,275 works in all

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Tutmania returns. Plus, Duchamp in the US

We review Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at London's Saatchi Gallery and talk about the Modern master Marcel Duchamp at the Hirshhorn Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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Digitisation

Google and Lin-Manuel Miranda team up on a project to share Puerto Rican art online

Digitisation effort draws on works from four institutions in a push for cultural preservation

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Alexandre Singh's dark thriller at Metro Pictures to entrancing etchings at the Met, the best shows to see this Halloween weekend

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Conservation & Preservation

After a discovery, Rothko Chapel moves to shore up its walls

Lack of steel reinforcement results in a plan to insert rebar, delaying the reopening of the Modernist sanctuary

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Conservation & Preservation

In a conservation triumph, a 15th-century tapestry highlights the age of chivalry

“It’s the most spectacular representation of a tournament of that time,” a Met curator says

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Exhibitions

Celebrating a French artist who captured a young America

New-York Historical Society profiles the intrepid Baroness Hyde de Neuville

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Conservation & Preservation

Citing daunting threats, World Monuments Fund lists 25 endangered sites

Bears Ears in the US, a Peruvian valley near Machu Picchu and Notre Dame in Paris join the 2020 roster

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Getty Center

Wildfire spread close to the Getty Center, but an official says the art is ‘just fine’

The campus in the Santa Monica Mountains was designed to resist fire, with a powerful irrigation system, million-gallon water tank and air conditioning that pushes smoke out instead of letting it in

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Artists

San Diego artist wins top prize in US portrait competition with immigration-themed animation

Washington's National Portrait Gallery will display finalists’ work in a contest that helped to vault the reputation of Amy Sherald

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Exhibitions

How a method of armour decorating in 16th-century Germany spawned a new printmaking technique

Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art charts the evolution of etching through Renaissance artists such as Albrecht Dürer and Lucas van Leyden

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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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Acquisitions

New York's Morgan Library receives ‘transformational’ trove of manuscripts and bindings

Bequest comes from New York collector Jayne Wrightsman, who amassed an 18th-century library to complement her celebrated French furnishings

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Openings

Ruby City: collector Linda Pace's dream museum becomes reality in Texas

Wizard of Oz vision inspires new $15m contemporary art centre in San Antonio designed by David Adjaye

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Conservation

Expert finds lost dress of Queen Elizabeth I in English village church

Rare 16th-century fabric to go on show at Hampton Court Palace after three-year study

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Exhibitions

A New York salute to Rube Goldberg and his outlandish contraptions

Queens Museum celebrates a cartoonist who seems more relevant than ever

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Exhibitions

MoMA will celebrate reopening with six site-specific works in its public spaces

Installations range from Haim Steinbach’s phrases and slogans to Yoko Ono’s blue sky

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Unions

New Museum and union reach agreement on a contract

After a strike threat, a marathon bargaining session results in an average pay increase of 8% for full-time employees

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Conservation & Preservation

Grant will help restore two long-lost frescoes in San Francisco

The project contrasts with a decision to cover up a controversial 1930s school mural in the same city

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Unions

New Museum employees vote to strike if no agreement is reached with management

Saying the two sides are sharply at odds, workers vote 69 to 3 in favour of a strike should progress prove elusive

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Special: is art education in crisis? Featuring Bob and Roberta Smith

As art schools start their new term in the UK, this week’s episode is an education special. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From the Met Breuer’s Vija Celmins retrospective to Kehinde Wiley’s first public sculpture

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Looted art

Looted coffin acquired by Metropolitan Museum is headed back to Egypt

US and Egyptian officials presided over handover at a repatriation ceremony in New York

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Conservation & Preservation

Poignant online videos showcase 20 sites from Alabama’s civil rights era

World Monuments Fund joins partners in launching an oral history project

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Park Service report warns that Trump's border fence could harm archaeological sites

Experts worry that artefacts would be in peril if a 30-ft-high steel barrier is built

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Conservation & Preservation

Getty plans sweeping $100m initiative to promote the world’s cultural heritage

Projects will range from exhibitions about the classical world to conservation and excavations and a book about “heritage and mass atrocities”

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Conservation & Preservation

Probing nine paintings, conservators in Amsterdam unlock Chagall’s secrets

Research project at the Stedelijk Museum sheds light on some of the artist’s techniques

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Laser scan may one day aid Notre Dame’s restorers

A 2010-12 effort to map every inch of the cathedral could help the post-fire reconstruction

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Exhibitions

Drawing, singing, sleeping, eating, changing costumes: Nikhil Chopra’s nine-day campout at the Met

Moving from gallery to gallery like a nomadic traveller, the performance artist-in-residence will morph into a series of personae

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Exhibitions

Columbia University exhibition retells the story of America by foregrounding 'black genius'

Featuring archival documents, vintage images and contemporary art, 20 and Odd aims to correct a narrative about a nation's power and identity

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Law

‘Completely unacceptable’: Nan Goldin attacks proposed settlement in opioid crisis

Artist says the reported deal is a cynical attempt to avoid significant restitution

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Protests

Artist Nan Goldin and other activists arrested during opioid protest at New York governor’s office

Campaigners known for museum protests accuse Andrew Cuomo of not doing enough to halt drug deaths

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Law

Sacklers in talks over multibillion-dollar settlement of opioid crisis lawsuits

Proposed settlement calls for family's company Purdue Pharma to file for bankruptcy and become a public trust distributing profits

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Exhibitions

From lantern slides to racist caricatures, the Walker showcases Theaster Gates the collector

Chicago artist strives for a poetic “resurrection” of African American stories in a solo show in Minneapolis

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Exhibitions

A Frank Lloyd Wright synagogue transformed

An immersive installation will fuse music, tapestries, video and orchids

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Conservation & Preservation

New York Public Library shores up its marble lions

Two-month conservation effort for the sculptures follows a public appeal to donors

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Conservation & Preservation

San Francisco school board votes to preserve but conceal a controversial mural

Its 4-3 decision reverses an earlier vote to paint over a 1930s work that some parents and board members found racist and damaging to students

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Exhibitions

In highly personal portraits, an artist speaks up for his native Baltimore

Painted before Donald Trump disparaged the city, Derrick Adams's new works celebrate family life there

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US politics

African American leaders object to erasure of controversial school mural in San Francisco

Local figures defend portrayal of the nation’s blemished early history

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Interviews

In the rescued Johnson archive, poignant images from black American history

How four institutions swooped in to acquire four million images

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Museums

Baltimore Museum of Art dedicates a year of exhibitions to women

From Georgia O’Keeffe to Mickalene Thomas, museum will aim to address diversity gaps

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Museums & Heritage

For its centennial, Oriental Institute weds ancient artefacts with contemporary art

Three artists enter a dialogue with Middle Eastern antiquities at the University of Chicago

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Museums

Baltimore Museum of Art to create a Matisse study centre

Museum will draw on its 1,200 works by the artist to help further scholarship

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Art market

New York thrift store find turns out to be valuable Schiele drawing

Work found at a Habitat for Humanity shop is estimated to be worth as much as $200,000

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Art market

Two shareholders seek to block Sotheby’s purchase by BidFair

Lawsuits argue that information filed to the SEC is inadequate

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Museums

With Jean Pigozzi's contemporary African art donation, MoMA to become a 'leader' in the field

The museum says the gift will play an important role in the reconfiguration of its permanent collection

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Law

Collector says he was duped into selling Brancusi sculpture

He seeks $200m in damages from lawyer who he says "hoodwinked" him

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Conservation

A Wall Street lobby restored to its former glory

A vast Art Deco mosaic celebrates the artistry of its overlooked creator

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Top of the Pods: the world of Warhol, as told by Jeremy Deller and Donna De Salvo

With the Pop artist's blockbuster retrospective currently on show at SFMoMA, we delve into the life and legacy of the ever-popular painter with artist Jeremy Deller and curator Donna De Salvo. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Antiquities & Archaeology

A Getty lifeline for classical mosaics in the Middle East and North Africa

As the Getty winds down its decade-long Mosaikon project, it leaves behind a legacy of expertise in a region threatened by looting and political unrest

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Conservation & Preservation

Microsoft aims to harness AI for heritage projects

From languages to historic artefacts, the company will use technology to preserve and celebrate traditional cultures

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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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Conservation & Preservation

Going undercover: Scotland's leaky Mackintosh treasure shielded by 197-tonne chainmail box

Hill House in Helensburgh has been covered to protect it from the rain while National Trust makes conservation plans

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Building projects

New Museum unveils Rem Koolhaas design for addition

Building to rise next door that will double the museum’s exhibition space

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Appointments & departures

MoMA PS1 hires former Garage Museum curator as its director

Kate Fowle, known as a champion of artists and curatorial innovation, succeeds Klaus Biesenbach

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Conservation & Preservation

Getty shores up Peruvian church in an earthquake zone

The preservation project could serve as a prototype for saving other earthen buildings

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Conservation & Preservation

Conservators restore Africa’s first animated film in colour

Nigerien pioneer Moustapha Alassane’s stop-motion work Samba the Great is being screened in Bologna

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Hito Steyerl's Park Avenue Armory takeover to Simone Leigh's commanding Plinth commission

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Museums & Heritage

Donna De Salvo steps down as Whitney senior curator

After organising popular shows like a Warhol retrospective, she resigns to “pursue other interests’’

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Economics

Sizing up salaries in the visual arts world

A US survey compares compensation for employees by age, job type and education level

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Exhibitions

Can art bring the walls down? Washington DC show explores the migrant experience

Exhibition at the Phillips Collection is curated by Massimiliano Gioni and will include works by Arshile Gorky, Mona Hatoum and Vija Celmins

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Obituaries

Robert Therrien, whose outsize art teetered between fantasy and reality, has died at 71

The artist delved into quotidian objects like a 10-foot-high kitchen table

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Artists

Artist to install earthwork calling attention to immigration and human trafficking

Trail of red sand will be visible to travellers in flight and on the ground in Seattle

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Law

Artist's copyright infringement suit heads to US Supreme Court

North Carolina used film director’s images without obtaining his permission or compensating him

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Conservation & Preservation

Conservation project channels thinking of Angkor’s original builders

World Monuments Fund completes restoration of the eastern half of Phnom Bakheng temple

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Heritage

Gaudi’s Sagrada Família secures building permit—137 years later

A deal between the city and the church foundation aims to complete construction work on the architect’s quixotic final project

Podcast

The rise of the mega-dealers, plus artists take over the Guggenheim

Michael Shnayerson talks to us about his new book Boom and Nancy Spector and Paul Chan take us through the Guggenheim's Artistic Licence show

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Manga and Camp: the art of going over the top

We talk about Manga, the subject of the British Museum's huge new show, and we explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition Camp: Notes on Fashion. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Law

US Supreme Court declines to hear appeal on Nazi-looted art

Norton Simon Museum can keep two Lucas Cranach masterpieces