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The Year Ahead 2021

The biggest art exhibitions opening around the world in 2021

The new year's must-see shows include Vermeer and Botticelli blockbusters; major Jasper Johns and Yayoi Kusama retrospectives; and sweeping surveys on Iran, slavery and queer art

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Pinault Collection

Bourse de Commerce: opening of Pinault's long-awaited Paris museum is—pandemic permitting—finally around the corner

Two decades since the billionaire started planning a home for his collection in the French capital, the spectacular space is due to open on 23 January

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Book Club

A selection of 2021 art publications—Musa Mayer on her father, Philip Guston; Jean Dubuffet in the spotlight

A monograph on Catherine Opie, an analysis of museums in the 21st century and an overview of Joseph Beuys also make the grade

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The Year Ahead 2021

Major museum openings and expansions in 2021

From the much-anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum to the Frick’s move to a Brutalist landmark, here are the building projects aiming to change cultural landscapes around the world

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The Year Ahead 2021

Art fairs in 2021—expect spring jitters, a summer crush and maybe even a return to some normality

After a year marked by cancellations, international fairs such as Art Basel, Frieze and Tefaf are vying for attention in an already crowded year

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The Year Ahead 2021

Our guide to the top biennials and triennials coming up in 2021

Previews of the 34th Bienal de São Paulo, Prospect.5 and the 11th Liverpool Biennial—plus, lots of dates for your diary

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Tracey Emin

The Big Review—Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul

The British artist rekindles her love affair with the work of her favourite artist at the Royal Academy—and it is Emin whose voice emerges strongest

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Exhibitions

Auckland Art Gallery’s biggest ever exhibition recounts 70 years of Maori art

Mega survey of more than 300 works forms “part of a bigger revisiting of Indigenous knowledge”

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The Year Ahead 2021

The Year Ahead 2021

The Art Newspaper's essential guide to the year’s biggest art world events

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Exhibitions

Can artists change the world? MoMA show explores political art from the early 20th-century

The works on paper from the Merrill C. Berman Collection include designs for Communist posters and salad oil advertisements

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Obituaries

Join us for a free memorial lecture in honour of the life and achievements of the late Getty curator Gillian Wilson

Presented by the Furniture History Society in association with the French Porcelain Society, the event will take place on 6 December on Zoom

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Buckingham Palace masterpieces hop next door for exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery

While the royal residence is under repair, some of the Royal Collection’s most famous paintings have been relocated and displayed in a more convenient setting

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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s political—with a small ‘p’—portraits finally go on show at Tate Britain

The British artist's largest exhibition to date will also be shown in Stockholm, Dusseldorf and Luxembourg

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Ulay’s legacy expands with his first major retrospective at the Stedelijk Museum

The largest ever show on the performance artist is complemented by an extensive online and videos of his time in Amsterdam

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Visitors can step into Van Gogh’s swirling landscapes at Florida’s Dalí Museum

An immersive exhibition of the artist’s most famous works, projected onto large-scale 360° screens, opens this weekend

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Garrett Bradley's America film installation goes on show at MoMA, exploring racism in black and white

The artist intersperses her work with footage from an unreleased 1914 film, believed to be the oldest surviving feature-length film with an all-Black cast

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When Boston fell head-over-heels in love with Monet

A new show at the Museum of Fine Arts recalls the time when the US city was first captivated by the French Impressionist

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Say my name, say my name: huge exhibition aims to put Australian women artists on the map

The show at Canberra's National Gallery of Australia spans the past 120 years and includes works by Nora Heysen, Tracey Moffatt and the Tjanpi Desert Weavers

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Private view

Our pick of must-see gallery shows opening around the world in November

From new works by the emerging artist Collins Obijiaku in Accra to a pre-election tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in Los Angeles

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Zanele Muholi's Tate Modern show gives a voice to queer South Africa

Photographer documents the violent reality of life for many of the country’s marginalised communities in a mid-career survey

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See 150 years of fashion in 60 minutes at the Met

The museum has drawn on the writings of Virginia Woolf, and the theories of Charles Baudelaire and Henri Bergson, to create a disruptive timeline of fashion

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Inaugural Asia Society Triennial to finally open with new programming following the pandemic and BLM protests

New triennial in New York aims to highlight the contribution of the fastest-growing demographic in the US, with exhibitions, events and a little inspiration from Yoko Ono

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From the streets to the studio: show explores how Basquiat, graffiti and hip-hop culture stormed the art world in the 1980s

Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston includes works by Rammellzee, Keith Haring, Kool Koor and Lady Pink

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election 2020

Bureaucratic but not boring: exhibition explores the visual history of US election ballots

With early voting already underway in the 2020 presidential election, a show at New York's Cooper Union reveals the "power of design in our civic process"

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Easy rider: when Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter went on tour

The artists' collaboration—first as teacher and student, then as a couple—is explored in a new exhibition at the Lenbachhaus in Munich

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Wangechi Mutu asks the Legion of Honor, 'Are you listening?'

The artist will show new and recent works that play with San Francisco museum’s Neoclassical architecture and Western roots

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‘We wanted to have sex all the time’: first major survey of Sunil Gupta—photographer of gay Indian life—opens in London

The Photographers' Gallery retrospective explores five decades of the long-overlooked artist's career—from cruising on street corners to Aids activism

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Emperors, enamel and Easter eggs: how Fabergé and Russian workshops made some of the most desirable objects on earth

Exhibition of around 400 objects at the Moscow Kremlin Museums marks the centenary of the famed jeweller's death

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Art market

Analogue to digital: Photo London goes online as director slams UK government's communications with arts organisations

Covid-19 messaging is “inconsistent, contradictory, all over the place” says Michael Benson, who has had to cancel physical fair twice

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Frieze London 2020

Your guide to London's Frieze Week 2020

Including: the seven best shows • align your chakras, Frieze Week is getting spiritual • the challenges of making sculpture during a pandemic and more

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Under the influence: three artists on how Bruce Nauman continues to be an inspiration

As a retrospective opens at Tate Modern, we speak to Rashid Johnson, Jacolby Satterwhite and Adham Faramawy about the enduring appeal of the 78-year-old artist's work

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Private view

Private view: must see gallery shows opening in October

From Theaster Gates's black bricks at Gagosian to Gillian Wearing's contemplative lockdown self-portraits at Maureen Paley

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What can we learn from the Salem Witch Trials?

A historical exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum traces the political and religious forces that led to the executions of innocent people

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‘If they don’t have a story behind them, what’s the use?’ Elijah Pierce's woodcarvings portray America in the 20th century

Images of the Kennedys, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Watergate scandal go on show at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia

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Biennials & festivals

Rosewater soda and a coronavirus memorial: what to see at the Brent Biennial

From Dawn Mellor's George Michael mural to Rasheed Araeen's anarchic library installation

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Japan's leading photography festival comes to Kyoto this weekend

The eighth edition of Kyotographie will include exhibitions in venues ranging from traditional wooden townhouses to shopping arcades

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Nalini Malani

'The past is being weaponised': Nalini Malani's anti-fascist animations come to the Whitechapel Gallery

Eighty-eight of the artist’s iPad drawings will be projected across the gallery's walls for her first UK solo show

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Incarceration is part of the American experience for many—its art is explored in a major new show at MoMA PS1

Exhibition in New York will include works made by those who are part of—or who have ties to—the largest prison population in the world

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Contemporary art

Artist transforms Gilded Age pool house into an atmospheric soundscape

To evoke a watershed moment in society, Jorge Otero-Pailos has filled an abandoned natatorium with sounds recorded from bodies of water in New York State

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Reap what we sow: Trevor Paglen’s new flower works take an allegorical view of AI

Created during quarantine, the artist’s Bloom series is about the fragility of life, and how computer systems interpret the complexity of humanity

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Los Angeles

For no eyes only: Mark Bradford’s quarantine paintings push the bounds of virtual art viewing

For his first online exhibition, the artist hangs paintings made during lockdown in isolation in an empty space atop Hauser & Wirth’s LA gallery

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Sanford Biggers show will highlight the unlikely role played by quilts in helping slaves flee to free states

Retrospective at the Bronx Museum in New York will also include the artist's mandala pieces

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Art historian Aby Warburg’s groundbreaking image atlas reunited in Berlin after nearly a century

The Bilderatlas Mnemosyne—once derided by Ernst Gombrich—will appear in its fullest form since Warburg's final presentation

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Commercial galleries

Private view: must-see gallery shows opening in September

From Danh Vo in London to Linda Stark in Los Angeles

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Condoms, clean needles and comedy take to the walls in HIV-Aids poster show

As the world grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic, public campaigns around another virus are explored in an exhibition at the Folkwang Museum in Essen

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Book Club

New Getty publication brings together life-affirming DIY masterpieces made during lockdown

Participants worldwide re-created famous works by Vermeer, Munch and Klimt—using everyday household items

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Exhibitions

Star curators take on Henri Cartier-Bresson in Venice

Wim Wenders and Annie Leibovitz among those showing their unique interpretations of the French photographer’s own master collection at the Palazzo Grassi

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Impressionism and contemporary art meet for festival in northern France

Around 50 contemporary artists will feature in Normandie Impressionniste, shedding new light on one of art history’s major movements

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Spring into summer: see the major shows almost scuppered by lockdown

From Titian's masterpieces and a major Raphael survey, to the final stop of the Soul of a Nation tour

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London Art Week

From a £16m Rembrandt to a £3,000 dolphin, London Art Week for every (ok, some) budgets

Highlights from the online version of the “pre-contemporary art” event for galleries and auction houses which launches today and runs until 10 July

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Exhibitions

Derek Jarman's love of gardening is subject of new London show

Exhibition at the Garden Museum focuses on the late artist and film-maker's time at Prospect Cottage in Dungeness

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Pre-Raphaelite muses resurrected in Rhode Island cemetery

The artist Piotr Uklanski raises the spirits of the real-life women behind tragic paintings, such as Elizabeth Siddall, Annie Miller, Emma Jones and Jane Morris, at Belmont Chapel in Newport

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Art and social media: do museums need memes?

Plus, artist Rita Keegan on her postponed show and Julia Peyton-Jones on Leonardo. Produced in association with Christie's

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Commercial galleries

Private view: must-see gallery shows opening around the world as lockdowns lift

From Michael Wolf's lush images of Hong Kong to the minimalist works of Alice Tippit in Chicago

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Exhibitions

Riga’s Riboca biennial defies Covid-19 by transforming into an arthouse feature film

Unfinished exhibition space will be used as a set, while the public programme moves online

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An eerie pre-pandemic vision of the future emerges in Beijing

UCCA's Meditations in an Emergency exhibition was hastily put together after the coronavirus lockdown through plans into disarray

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Three to see

Three shows to see online this weekend

From a collaborative series between the New Museum and Rhizome to Modern Art Oxford's virtual tours

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Art market

Whisky drinking, dog walking and gardening: art dealers' plans for the alternative Frieze New York

With the "real-life" fair cancelled due to coronavirus, exhibitors give their thoughts on the event's first online viewing room experience

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Private view

Available online or by appointment: the best new commercial exhibitions to check out during lockdown

From a virtual tour of William N. Copley's Surrealist-inspired paintings to Joshua Citarella's exploration of young political online spaces

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Biennials & festivals

Sydney Biennale puts climate emergency and Indigenous struggle front and centre

Show’s 22nd edition aims to be as much a conversation as an exhibition, with hundreds of public events including bushwalks with aboriginal elders and campfire talks

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Cecil Beaton’s golden age celebrity snaps go on show in London

The exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery unites 150 images, including rarely exhibited photographs of his sisters Nancy and Baba

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Public art

Maya Lin will plant a ‘ghost forest’ in New York

A series of spectral trees will populate Madison Square Park this summer in the artist's latest project addressing climate change

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Exhibitions

São Paulo show to explore how samba transformed the work of Hélio Oiticica

Exhibition at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand will kick off a year of shows celebrating the influence of dance on artists

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Rare Andy Warhol drag queen portraits go on show in Tate Modern exhibition

Near-forgotten series of striking portraits are part of a 100-strong show of works opening at the London museum this week

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Titian

Titian’s ‘remarkable’ poesie paintings reunited for first time in 440 years

The masterpieces produced for Philip II will go on show at London's National Gallery before touring to Edinburgh, Madrid and Boston

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No stone unturned: an exhibition explores Cézanne’s fascination with rocks

Princeton show charts the artist’s enduring pursuit of geological compositions

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Prado show lifts the lid on the cases built to protect a French prince's treasures

The Madrid exhibition will feature 101 cases made from materials such as carved wood and velvet

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Art fairs

Independent New York offers fair fatigue antidote

The fair's first New York event since closing its Brussels edition sees strong transatlantic ties and museum crossover

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Largest ever number of Raphaels gathered for ‘mega-exhibition’ in Rome

Survey at the Scuderie del Quirinale is jointly organised by the Uffizi in Florence and will focus on the Renaissance master's crucial Roman period

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Topless Beethoven to take centre stage in Leipzig survey of Symbolist artist Max Klinger

Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts hopes to raise awareness of the German sculptor whose work was dismissed by critics as "craft"

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Museums & Heritage

In the Met’s British galleries, a tale of artisans spurred by entrepreneurial forces

Installation weaves a 400-year narrative with global and sometimes dark threads

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Commercial galleries

Private view: must-see gallery shows opening this March

From Kevin Jerome Everson's videos of working-class displacement to Donna Huanca's wet slit—the best new commercial exhibitions this month

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'Strikingly experimental': major Donald Judd survey to open this week in New York

The exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, including 70 works made between 1960 and 1992, will trace the artist's development by focusing on key turning points in his career

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Women Artists

Museum devoted to Palestinian art to celebrate international women's day with exhibition

The show features more than 200 works by women artists such as Samia Halaby and Laila Shawa

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Art fairs

Arco Madrid reforms selection process following criticism of lack of transparency

The 39th edition, opening tomorrow, has exhibitors from across Latin America, including Peru, Cuba, Chile and Colombia

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Diane Arbus

Capitalising on its acquisition, Art Gallery of Ontario unfurls a Diane Arbus retrospective

Exhibition is the first that Canada has devoted to the photographer in almost three decades

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Artists explore the dark side of AI in Silicon Valley's backyard

The exhibition of 13 artists, at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, will include works about automation and machine bias

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Works by Cézanne, Matisse and Van Gogh from private Swiss collection head to Vienna's Albertina

The Hahnloser Collection paintings are being lent to the Austrian museum while the Winterthur villa where they usually reside undergoes renovations

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'Cities are not that great': Rem Koolhaas on the appeal of the countryside

Guggenheim exhibition explores the theme of nonurban areas in its first show that has nothing to do with art or architecture

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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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Léon Spilliaert’s doom and gloom to light up the Royal Academy of Arts

The first major UK show will include 80 works by the little-known Belgian artist who has always "escaped easy categorisation"

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Linder's provocative cut-outs come to Kettle's Yard

For her retrospective, the artist has made a series of interventions in the Cambridge museum including creating special staff uniforms and a café menu

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From trans to the Taliban: Barbican to explore the many sides of masculinity

Sweeping photography show will shine a light on the fluid and plural nature of what it means to be a man

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Driehaus Museum

Chicago’s Driehaus Museum has announced the second installment of its contemporary art initiative

Nate Young and Mika Horibuchi will create site-specific works that respond to architecture and history of the Nickerson Mansion

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Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Embracing the visual overload: Los Angeles show celebrates the Pattern and Decoration movement

Museum of Contemporary art exhibition goes beyond the anti-Minimalist tagline

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Exhibitions

Old Masters, new tricks: Chatsworth House drawings are off to Sheffield

Almost 60 works by artists including Rembrandt, Annibale Carracci and Sebastiano del Piombo will go on show at the Millennium Gallery

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Beyond the wall: a golden period of exchange between Mexican and US artists is revisited in new show

Whitney Museum exhibition will explore the enduring influence of artists such as David Alfaro Siqueiros on US counterparts including Jackson Pollock and Philip Guston

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Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Paul McCarthy's Hammer Museum retrospective reveals lines of continuity

Los Angeles exhibition reveals how drawings have shaped the multi-media artist’s work over 56 years

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Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Ten must-see shows during Frieze Los Angeles

From Paul McCarthy's monkey self-portrait to a New York apartment made of polyester, our picks of the city's top exhibitions

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Exhibitions

America's Deep South heads to the UK’s south coast for remarkable exhibition

Around 20 artists from the US will show at Margate's Turner Contemporary, some for the first time in a UK institution

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Art market

Private view: must-see gallery shows opening in February

Huma Bhaba's humanoid sculptures and Hairy Who member Gladys Nilsson—the best new commercial exhibitions this month

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Tate Britain presents the lesser-known British Baroque stars

The first exhibition to explore the style associated with mainland Europe will aim to show that it did exist in the UK—even if most painters were foreign

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Exhibition celebrates a spirited collective of African-American photographers

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts chronicles achievements and inner debates of the Kamoinge Workshop

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Frieze Los Angeles

Frieze Los Angeles exhibitors challenge rules preventing them from showing at other fairs

Galleries lament terms that mean they cannot participate in multiple fairs, even when they have different styles and audiences

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Survey show reframes novelist Wright Morris as pioneering Depression-era photographer

Amsterdam's Fotografiemuseum exhibition aims to show how the writer's images of dust bowl America are as compelling as those of his more famous peers

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Angelica Kauffman, who was lauded in her lifetime but later largely ignored by art historians, gets new show

Travelling Kunstpalast exhibition will feature the only known ceiling paintings created by a woman in the 18th century

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Rare loans bolster biggest ever Jan van Eyck show

Visitors will be able to get up close to Ghent Altarpiece panels and compare the Flemish artist to his Italian peers at Museum of Fine Arts show in Ghent

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Paris exhibition shines light on Brazilian photographer Claudia Andujar and the plight of indigenous peoples

As the Yanomani way of life is threatened once again, we hear from the photographer ahead of a major show at the Fondation Cartier

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Convention-defying legacy of playwright Alfred Jarry goes on show at New York's Morgan Library

The 300-work exhibition showcases Jarry’s experimentation with book and magazine design, including his rough woodcuts and collages

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Naum Gabo’s ‘art for the modern world’ returns to Cornwall for first major exhibition in 30 years

Sculptures and drawings by the Russian Constructivist who “lived his life out of a suitcase” to go on show at Tate St Ives—close to where he once lived.