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Public art

#MeToo Medusa sculpture to be installed across from New York courthouse where Harvey Weinstein stood trial

But some have questioned whether the statue truly embodies the feminist movement

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From a tribute to Breonna Taylor at Mitchell Innes & Nash to the Public Art Fund's portals placed through Central Park

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Public art

New public art project in London will show works by Ai Weiwei and Eddie Peake on Europe's largest billboard

The digital art platform CIRCA will commission a new artist every month to create a work that reflects on the year 2020

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Monuments

Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be memorialised with statue in Brooklyn

Governor Andrew Cuomo has suggested a site for the monument of the Supreme Court justice, overlooking the Statue of Liberty

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Canada

Mural memorialises Vancouver’s lost historic Black neighbourhood

Hogan’s Alley was once a thriving hub of Black Canadian culture, before it was demolished like so many communities in the name of urban renewal

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Public art

Central Park gets its first monument honouring women’s rights advocates on 100th anniversary of suffrage

Hillary Clinton attended the unveiling of the statue depicting Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth

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Public art

When a Gorilla sculpture lands in Hudson Yards, does anyone care?

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Monuments

The complicated history of the first monument to Sacajawea, funded by suffragists and designed by a woman

The Indigenous guide who helped the Lewis and Clark Expedition across America’s western territories was later celebrated by the women’s vote movement—but her story was never fully told

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Public art

As public art comes under increased scrutiny, New York's High Line asks the people to help pick its next installation

Around 80 artists—including Nick Cave, Mona Hatoum and Rafa Esparza have submitted proposals for the elevated park on Manhattan's West Side

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Public art

Public art initiative encourages New Yorkers to get outside as museums remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic

The campaign offers a digital map of public art works and exhibitions in the five boroughs

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Public art

While Burning Man is cancelled, festival art finds a home in Las Vegas

Art Island, a new outdoor project, plans to present—and sell—large-scale works more often found at desert events

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Exhibitions

As protestors call for justice in New York, Mel Edwards to install broken chains in City Hall Park

An outdoor exhibition of the sculptor’s work has been postponed to give space to the Black Lives Matters movement

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The Buck stopped here

New works by Thomas J. Price and Larry Achiampong on The Line extend the debate on public sculpture

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Museums & Heritage

San Francisco university in talks with US government about preserving New Deal-era murals slated for destruction

The General Services Administration considers paintings by Bernard Zakheim federal property on loan to the school, it says

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Diary of an art historian

'When the politics change, so must the statues'

History can teach us a lot about how to—and how not to—deal with problematic historic monuments

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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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Public art

Minneapolis arts groups tackle inequality in the local scene—and the industry at large

Controversy over a mural homage to George Floyd in the city has prompted conversations about opportunities and resources for Black artists and community organisations

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Obituaries

Remembering Christo: a master wrapper whose boundless tenacity and charm redefined how art transforms its surroundings

With his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, the artist was a dreamer who got to realise his monumental, but ephemeral, dreams, all of them self-funded

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Statues

UK's first statues of black Brits—sited at Brixton station—to be restored after 34 years

The overlooked works are modelled on local residents

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Controversies

With demolition of Oslo's Picasso-Nesjar murals imminent, Norwegian sculptor’s daughter speaks out

Carl Nesjar’s daughter talks about the Norwegian sculptor’s long collaboration with the Modern master and shares exclusive images of the pair

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Public sculpture

Essex’s unlikely sculpture town is set for a renaissance

Built in the wake of the Second World War, Harlow maintains a remarkable collection with pieces by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Rodin

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Keith Haring

Once hidden, Keith Haring’s Amsterdam mural is ready for restoration

Conservators will repair paint losses and weatherproof a work that the artist executed “in a sort of frenzy” in 1986

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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

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Sculpture

Windrush sculptures honouring UK's Caribbean immigrants to be unveiled in London

Leading black artists Thomas J. Price and Veronica Ryan's works in Hackney are due to be completed in 2021

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Monuments

Riga installs six-metre statue to honour medical workers

Sculpture by Latvian artist Aigars Bikse is in a prominent spot in front of the National Museum of Art

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What to do about problematic statues?

Plus, Hew Locke on Agostino Brunias's Dancing Scene in the West Indies. Produced in association with Christie's

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Public art

Hank Willis Thomas covers US Justice Department with thousands of words from inmates

Launched last night, the guerilla intervention is the latest public work in Washington, DC to address structural racism—but can art effect change?

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Saudi Arabia

Are Saudi Arabia's big culture plans turning to dust?

As oil prices slump and the pandemic continues to spread, the kingdom's ambitious initiatives are being scaled back

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Diary

A patchwork of personal messages responding to Covid-19 could be displayed across the National Mall in Washington, DC

The crowd-sourced project by Patrick Shearn and his collective Poetic Kinetics will gather thousands of messages for an aerial project

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Public art

'Victimised and rejected': new work explores the history of artists working in New York and the need for public art

Julia Weist's project embedded in the New York public records reveals the uneven relationship between the city and its creatives

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Public art

Sculpture confronting Germany's colonial past installed at Berlin’s long-awaited Humboldt Forum

Kang Sunkoo’s bronze Statue of Limitations shows a black flag at half-mast

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Diary

It's lit: Tavares Strachan delivers a mountain message of social activism amid social distancing

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Controversies

'Intrusive addition': Antony Gormley’s memorial to mathematician Alan Turing draws fire

Some critics support the proposed sculpture for Cambridge University while others question the competition process

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Public art

Art world figures protest plan to dismantle sculptural installation in Washington, DC

Arrangement of boulders around reflecting pool on National Geographic Society campus is cited as a landscape art masterpiece

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Museums & Heritage

Tristram Hunt: 'When the lights come back on, our museums will need support'

What coronavirus is really forcing us to address is the societal function and justification for public culture in the 21st century, says the Victoria and Albert Museum's director

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Fourth Plinth

Latest Fourth Plinth sculpture—a giant swirl of whipped cream topped with a drone and fly—delayed by coronavirus

Heather Phillipson’s subversive work was to replace Michael Rakowitz’s recreation of a protective deity destroyed by Islamic State

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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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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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Public art

Carousel in Frankfurt to recall the Kindertransport that saved thousands of children from the Nazis

Yael Bartana's public sculpture commemorates those who were shipped out before the Second World War

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Public art

As debate rages around controversial US monuments, New York park invites artists to make their own

The year-long programme Monuments Now at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens aims to evaluate ideas around public art

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Public art

'We must stop memorialising such a dark part of our history': official stance on Confederate monuments is shifting

Memorials honouring controversial generals continue to stir debate in many Southern states, but lawmakers are finding creative ways to deal with them

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Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley's monumental work in New York looks for human connection during 'an absolute fucking disaster'

The project in Brooklyn Bridge Park is a commission of BTS Connect, an international public arts initiative funded by the Korean boyband

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Public art

Living refugees of civil war honoured in New York public art project by Krzysztof Wodiczko

The artist hopes to transform an existing monument with contemporary experiences so there will be “no more need for new war memorials”

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Contemporary art

Rodney Graham’s Spinning Chandelier creates a ‘class-warfare’ debate in Vancouver

Installation in gentrified area is criticised as artists are priced out of the city's housing market

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Public art

Image mocking Australian Prime Minister's Hawaiian holiday raises A$50,000 for fire service

Scott Marsh’s mural on a wall in Sydney was painted over

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Public art

William Kentridge’s existential imagery takes over Times Square

The artist sees his midnight billboard installation as “a bit of brain surgery” in “the deep soul of late capitalism”

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Public art

Andy Goldsworthy’s Walking Wall unites and delights in Kansas City

The artist’s fragmented installation for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has completed its trek through time and space

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Poland

Lublin governor files defamation suit against art historian sparking free speech fears in Poland

Case against Tomasz Kitliński follows row over installation that marked pogrom sites in the city

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

First section of Miami’s $100m Underline public art park to open in summer 2020

The ten-mile project will transform a track of land under the Miami Metrorail into a public recreation area

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Public Art Fund

Public Art Fund adds four new members to its board, including Ai Weiwei

Ellen Celli, Andrea Krantz, and Ruthard C. Murphy also join the nonprofit to help bring more free arts programming to New York City

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Public art

A stampede of one: plans to move lower Manhattan’s Charging Bull sculpture raises furore

The artist and city officials are at odds over the famous work’s removal from the heavily trafficked site it has occupied for 30 years

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Sculpture

Antony Gormley in talks with French government over sculpture project in Brittany

Brexit is a disaster for the UK, says the sculptor as he unveils his Field for the British Isles installation at Firstsite gallery in Colchester

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Public art

Maya Lin’s Eclipsed Time clock removed from New York transit hub after 25 years

The artist’s long-neglected sculpture has been removed as Penn Station undergoes renovations

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Public art

Boston’s Brutalist government center building scheduled for destruction—without a plan to save its treasured mural

Preservationists are mourning the imminent loss as art historians plea for the safety of an important Constantino Nivola painting

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Climate Change

Street artist paints ginormous portrait of eco warrior Greta Thunberg in San Francisco

Cobre defends use of spray paint in creating eight-storey mural, saying his materials are environmentally friendly

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Exhibitions

‘Public art is propaganda, frankly’: Hank Willis Thomas discusses gun violence and the urgent need for alternative memorials

A host of the artist’s exhibitions and public projects open in various locations across the US open this year

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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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Cultural policy

New York City’s cultural affairs commissioner, Tom Finkelpearl, resigns

A specific reason was not given for his unexpected exit after five years in the post

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San Francisco

Postcommodity plays the soundtrack of destruction in San Francisco

The city’s Millennium Tower is sinking, so the arts collective created an ASMR record from data recording the skyscraper’s plunge to be played until the building is fixed or torn down

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Public art

New York opens applications for two new monuments honouring black history

The city forges ahead with its campaign to build new memorials, as public officials face pressure to reform selections process

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Bernar Venet

In Pictures: the making of Europe’s largest public sculpture

Bernar Venet’s vast steel arc has been installed on a Belgian motorway

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Public art

Street artists create memorial mural in Argentina for victim of New York terror attack

The architect Hernán Ferruchi was visiting the city with friends when he was hit by a truck while cycling on 31 October 2017

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Public art

San Francisco selected an artist to create a monument to Maya Angelou—then rejected her

Two weeks after winning a competition from more than 100 submissions, Lava Thomas’s commission offer was rescinded and the city said they would restart the process anew

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Museums & Heritage

ICA Boston’s Watershed to reopen in May with massive ‘underwater’ installation by Firelai Báez

The Dominican-born New York-based artist will create her largest project yet at the seasonal space on Boston Harbor

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LGBTQ

Designs for the National Pulse Memorial & Museum are unveiled amid debate

While early reactions have been mostly positive, a group of activists and victims’ families would rather see a support centre on the site

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Cultural policy

World Cities Culture Forum and Bloomberg Philanthropies announce the second Leadership Exchange Programme

International leaders are invited to apply to the initiative which aims to advance cultural projects and explore the ways art can improve the quality of life for urban residents

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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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The Buck stopped here

Rozzers and Rastas: Denzil Forrester unveils Brixton underground station commission

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Austrian politics

Austrian election campaign turns forest art stadium into political battleground

Unveiled earlier this month, Klaus Littmann's tree installation is Austria's biggest ever public work of art

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David Hammons

Whitney Museum breaks ground on public installation by David Hammons

The museum celebrated the project, due to be completed in 2020, with a NYPD fireboat performance and specially commissioned jazz composition

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Public art

Officials reject reports of permanent Prince Philip statue for London's Fourth Plinth

Mayor of London’s office says contemporary art series will continue with Heather Phillipson sculpture planned for 2020

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Germany

Berlin celebrates fall of the wall with art installations, projections and an app

A week-long festival for the 30th anniversary includes a banner of messages floating near the Brandenburg Gate

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UK politics

Boris Johnson’s Olympic mega-sculpture is £13m in debt

Visitors decline steeply at ArcelorMittal Orbit by Anish Kapoor in east London

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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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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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Public art

Vancouver mural memorialises First Nations’ aide to stranded Indian immigrants

The work was unveiled as the name of a Conservative politician behind the Komagata Maru incident was removed from the federal building on which it is painted

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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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Diary

A reflective journey: Doug Aitken’s hot-air balloon touches down in the Berkshires

The final stop of the artist’s unpredictable tour across Massachusetts included a few final tethered flights and a live concert at a historic home

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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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Bernar Venet

Europe's largest public sculpture to be unveiled on Belgian motorway in October

The 60m roadside steel sculpture by French artist Bernar Venet was rejected by the French government 35 years ago

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Public art

Building on a steady foundation, New York land art site looks to the future

With a new executive director, Harvey Fite's Opus 40 near Saugerties aims to expand its programming

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Leo Villareal

It’s lit: Leo Villareal illuminates four London bridges for world’s longest work of art

Cannon, Millennium, Southwark and London bridges have been fitted with LED lighting as part of a £45m public art project

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Public art

Storm King installs sky-high sculpture by Mark di Suvero

The work—the tallest of the artist’s career—has travelled from France to upstate New York

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Public art

Fluxus in the air: Doug Aitken's hot air balloon sails above Massachusetts

The project aims to evoke the mythology of the American road trip

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Public art

A new series of waterfront commissions boosts Southeast England's artistic renaissance

Site-specific works by artists such as Michael Rakowitz and Holly Hendry are planned as part of the Creative Coast initiative led by Turner Contemporary and Visit Kent

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Venice

Red Regatta: public art sets sail across Venice lagoon

Artist Melissa McGill teams up with Venetian sailors to celebrate maritime tradition in face of mass tourism and climate change

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Conservation & Preservation

Ugo Rondinone’s day-glo desert installation Seven Magic Mountains gets a fresh coat of paint

The popular public art work has been restored with the aim of keeping it Instagram-ready through 2021 or longer

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Public art

‘Do your worst, Boston’: Nicole Eisenman’s fountain—vandalised in Germany—gets permanent US home

New version of sculpture that was first shown at Skulptur Projekte Münster in 2017 is the artist’s first permanent public work

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Banksy

Port Talbot Banksy piece moves from garage site to town centre

Proposed urban art museum in South Wales will also include works by Kaws and Blek le Rat

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Biennials & festivals

No theme, no private funding and it lasts five years: inaugural Oslo Biennial opens in Norway

The event aims to boost the Nordic city's public arts programme

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Controversies

Artist defends controversial mural of New Zealand prime minister embracing Muslim woman

Loretta Lizzio's memorial image of Jacinda Ardern unveiled in Melbourne divides public opinion

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Harold Ancart's handball court to Hank Willis Thomas's Afro pick

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Public art

Wishful thinking: LA’s latest pop-up art project is both highly memorable and totally Instagrammable

Artist collective The Art Department spent a year gathering heaps of dandelion fuzz for their immersive "wish factory"

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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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Frieze New York 2019

Harold Ancart on the art of handball

The Belgian artist's Brooklyn project is all play —and lots of work

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Public art

Touch the sky: Doug Aitken’s hot air balloon work to lift off in Massachusetts

The multi-media artist is taking to the clouds with a new roaming project starting in Martha’s Vineyard