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Exhibitions

The Big Review: Kaws at the Brooklyn Museum

He is a global brand, but can a museum show lend Brian Donnelly’s art any credibility?

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Alexander Calder’s early works at MoMA to Molly Greene’s psychedelic flowers at Kapp Kapp

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Art & Technology

A year of viewing art virtually: the best and worst AR and VR work created during the pandemic

Our expert panel of artists and storytellers review extended reality exhibitions and events

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Exhibitions

Calder-Picasso connections are thin in San Francisco show

The De Young’s current exhibition, comparing the work of the two Modern artists, is not a perfect coupling

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An exhibition at Pioneer Works captures the 'perverse seduction' of nuclear weapons

The artist Smriti Keshari and the writer Eric Schlosser have adapted their acclaimed 2016 film into a blackbox format for the Brooklyn venue

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Books

A Roman Raphael: how scholars view the Old Master at 500

A survey of books published on the artist's quincentenary shows that attention has shifted to his Roman period and tapestry designs

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Ann Craven at Karma to Madeline Hollander at the Whitney

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Allora and Calzadilla

Allora and Calzadilla create a 'haven' from the horrors of the past year at the Menil Collection

New works informed by the Houston museum founders' literature collection delve into the spiritual and social discomforts of our current time

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Biennials & festivals

Saudi Arabia pushes forward with plans for cultural 'renaissance' with vast light festival full of both local and big-name artists

Agencies seem to be betting that time and increased exposure to the kingdom will wear down Western qualms over its human rights record

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Julie Mehretu’s mid-career survey at the Whitney to the Frick Collection’s temporary encampment in the Breuer building

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The Insiders

Beauty in the Brutalist beast: a critic's view of the Frick Madison

While the stark presentation of the masterworks creates a revelatory clarity, the exhibition also has a domesticating effect on the Modernist architecture

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Art & Technology

Memories of Myst: Substrata, a new artist-run virtual exhibition, is like entering a magical afterlife

Our expert panel of artists and storytellers review extended reality exhibitions and events

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Niki de Saint Phalle’s first US retrospective at MoMA PS1 to El Museo Del Barrio’s sweeping survey of Latinx art

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Video, film & new media

Photographs taken by Nazi camp prisoners remind us of the horrors of the Holocaust in new documentary at Berlin Film Festival

The virtual programme also included features on Tsarist Russian fashion and robot love in the Pergamon Museum

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Abstract Expressionism

Jeanne Reynal, a woman Abstract Expressionist who ‘painted in stone’, gets overdue recognition

Her monochrome mosaics using cement, gemstones and sometimes teeth are now on view in New York

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Lorraine O’Grady’s first museum retrospective to Carol Bove’s Met façade commission

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The Big Review: Goya's Graphic Imagination at the Met

This urgent and timely show of the Spanish master's works on paper illuminates the artist’s dim view of humanity and his extraordinary imagination

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Guadalupe Maravilla at PPOW to David Goldblatt at Pace

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Video, film & new media

How To With John Wilson raises the video tutorial to poetic heights

The HBO “docu-comedy” series brings an absurdist view to everyday city life

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Books

The magical and divine in ancient stones revealed in a game-changing new book

A revolutionary study based on Enlightenment theories explains what coloured marbles meant, from Egypt to the 17th century

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Exhibitions

The Big Review—Working Together: the photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop

An important show reflects a New York collective’s chronicles of Black life amid pervasive discrimination in the 1960s and 1970s

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Design

A tribute to Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, the landscape architect who shaped Vancouver’s greenspaces

A joint retrospective organised by the West Vancouver Art Museum and Art Gallery of Alberta beautifully expresses the designer’s passion for nature and understanding of community needs

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Art & Technology

15 minutes of frame time: solve puzzles to bring a (virtual) Met masterpiece into your home

Our expert panel of artists and storytellers review extended reality exhibitions and events

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Art in film

Nuns and refugees feature in this year’s art films at a pared-down Sundance Festival

From Rebel Hearts, a documentary on Los Angeles artist and activist Sister Mary Corita, to Flee, and animated tale of a young gay man’s flight from Afghanistan

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Art & Technology

Unreal City, an AR art tour of London, is opened to the world—with some limitations

Our expert panel of artists and storytellers review extended reality exhibitions and events

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Art market

'Renegade' Outsider Art Fair opens in multi-venue format in New York

Exhibitions are taking place across several galleries, although some workshops that support artists with disabilities have been unable to take part due to challenges of pandemic

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Gordon Parks at Jack Shainman to Shaun Leonardo at the Bronx Museum

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Art & Technology

Disembodied Behaviors: an ultra-real virtual art show that sears the mind-haze of 2020's unending March back to a state of clarity

An expert view brought to you by our XR Panel of artists and storytellers who create in virtual reality and augmented reality

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Media & broadcast

'My Rembrandt' documentary lets you look into the privileged club of Old Master owners

From kissing a portrait of a woman on the lips, to tricking a co-buyer out of a bargain, acquiring a rare work by the Dutch painter does not always bring out the best in people

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Books

Master of the putti: instructive book explores Albrecht Dürer's obsession with the little cherubs

Survey including 91 illustrations shows how the artist used the winged gods prolifically in his work

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Fernand Khnopff and the art of introspection—exhaustive book offers last word on Belgian Symbolist

The outcome of decades of research, this meticulously produced volume gives insight into artist's full oeuvre

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Attribution of a Venus discovered in a French scrapyard is highly contested—this book defends the ascription

This weighty tome looks at the life and work of the Italian sculptor Giambologna but focuses on the contested bronze

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Three to see

Three winter art walks you can enjoy in England this weekend

From Henry Moore's sculpture garden to five miles of towering works along London's first public art walk

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Eugene Von Bruenchenhein’s rapturous paintings to Brassaï’s Parisian underground

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Art & Technology

A reference point for the art world: the Sol LeWitt estate, Lindsay Aveilhé and Microsoft deliver a richly immersive, interactive app

An expert view brought to you by our XR Panel of artists and storytellers who create in virtual reality and augmented reality

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Books

Two books have different takes on the question: just what is Islamic Art?

One title, based on a recent exhibition, and another with an academic bent present divergent interpretations, from the context of workmanship and religion

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Artemisia Gentileschi at the National Gallery to a transgressive show on Tantra

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The Year in Review 2020

No shows: the biggest cancelled exhibitions of 2020

From the saga over a controversially delayed Philip Guston show to an under appreciated female Old Master whose big moment never came

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The Year in Review 2020

The best and worst art world moments in 2020

It was tempting to simply put “everything and everyone” in the bad-year column. But even this most challenging of years was not entirely terrible

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Caroline Coon's hermaphroditic footballers to Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's enigmatic portraits

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Books

Biography of Lucian Freud is heavy on incident, light on insight

The last instalment of this two-part examination of the artist’s life fails to satisfy but supplies valuable first-hand records

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Books

Three books about Lucian Freud's life and work offer insights that do not always paint a pretty picture

Eccentricity and singled-mindedness were part of the great painter's character, but he had many unappealing traits

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Exhibitions

The Big Review: Howardena Pindell at The Shed in New York

This survey of the 77-year-old artist's work lulls the viewer with colourful abstraction before tackling its real subject: racial violence

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Three to see

Three online shows to see this weekend

From a sweeping survey of Kandinsky to a provocative show on the present day experience of Native American communities

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Books

From picture frames to cloakrooms: what makes a successful museum

A new book by the designer Dinah Casson takes readers behind the scenes

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Virtual and augmented reality

A top-tier way to explore art in the era of social distancing: Eazel, a platform for virtual galleries, presents White Cube Hong Kong's project 'Encounter'

An expert view brought to you by our XR Panel of artists and storytellers who create in virtual reality and augmented reality

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Three outdoor shows to see in London this weekend

From Chila Kumari Singh Burman's eye-popping Tate Winter Commission to Lucy McKenzie's tube station takeover

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Exhibitions

A stitch worth 1,000 words: how America’s First Ladies used their wardrobes to make a statement

The National Portrait Gallery has organised a historic show on the women in the White House

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Films

Letting it all burn: David Wojnarowicz documentary presents the artist through his words and works

A new film on the provocative artist, who died of Aids in 1992 at the age of 37, tells his story through his paintings, photographs, audio and videos

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Three online shows to see this weekend

From a documentary on pioneering queer artist David Wojnarowicz to a survey of Barbara Kruger's pertinent Question installations

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Books

Divine People: first biography of Ambrose McEvoy reveals how portrait artist became a darling of London and New York society a century ago

The typescript of Eric Chilston's book, based on primary sources and eye-witness accounts, was rediscovered in 2018 after being thought lost for nearly 40 years

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Video art

As Trump baselessly cries voter fraud, one artist surveys the rise of conspiracy theories in US politics

Cassandra Zampini's short film Media Warfare compresses four years of fake news into a harrowing 25-minute survey of America's shattered psyche

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From a portal to the Utah monolith at David Zwirner to Vivian Springford’s meditative paintings at Almine Rech

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Three outdoor exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From empathetic documentary photography in King's Cross to Cauleen Smith's Covid Diary broadcast at Piccadilly Circus Lights

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Exhibitions

The fraught history of voting transparency in the US, explored

A show at the Corning Museum reveals how corruption and intimidation have historically suppressed the votes of non-white, non-male demographics as US presidential election results remain in flux

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Turner’s take on the speed and horrors of the modern world to Ann Veronica Janssen’s playful, light-bending sculptures

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Abigail DeVille's freedom torch at Madison Square Park to new marble sculptures by Sanford Biggers at Marianne Boesky

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Art & Technology

Black Lives Matter murals: Can truly public art exist on private platforms policed by private algorithms?

An expert view brought to you by our XR Panel of artists and storytellers who create in virtual reality and augmented reality

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Exhibitions

The Big Review: Artemisia at the National Gallery in London

The artist’s first major UK exhibition uses dramatic spaces and biographical detail to bring her career into closer focus

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From a chilling show on Arctic culture to Polly Morgan's gorgeously repellent serpentine sculptures

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From UOVO Prize winner John Edmonds at the Brooklyn Museum to Michelangelo Pistoletto at Lévy Gorvy

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Books

Charting a Life: MacDonald Gill, who designed the inscriptions that form an egalitarian monument to the British and Commonwealth fallen of two world wars

The first biography of ‘Max’ Gill reveals the versatile talent of an artist who was a master of lettering and murals and a standout mapmaker-artist

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Residencies

New York artists find second chance in Governors Island residency programme showcase

The free residencies were part a multi-organisation initiative to replace the annual artist-run Portal art fair and other cultural programming cancelled due to Covid-19

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Liu Xiaodong's portraits of wealthy Chinese immigrants to the Royal Academy's delayed Summer show

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Howardena Pindell's first video work in 25 years at The Shed to a cyclical series of Salome-inspired sculptures by Luke Ivy Price at Ki Smith Gallery

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Exhibitions

The Big Review: Félix Fénéon at the Museum of Modern Art

A collaboration between New York and Paris explores the dealer who championed both Neo-Impressionism and home-grown terrorism

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Books

From how insurance pay outs work to when to get your art appraised: a must have how-to book for collectors

This updated art market manual by Mary Rozell merits a place on any bookshelf

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Art & Technology

Physically sanitised, spiritually liberating: Gazelli Art House’s Enter Through The Headset

A special guest panel offers our first review of an in real life (IRL) virtual reality exhibition, held, with extensive hygiene measures, at a London gallery

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the National Gallery's long-awaited Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition to Damien Hirst's career-spanning show at his own Newport Street Gallery

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Trenton Doyle Hancock's face-off with Klansmen at James Cohan to Feliciano Centurión's textile paintings at Americas Society

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Exhibitions

Sue Coe takes on Donald Trump in final Galerie St Etienne show

The artist’s grotesque and violent images of the US president fit in with her works of political and social protest, made since the 1970s

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election 2020

Denver exhibition considers the art of the Trump years

The Museum of Contemporary Art show aims to “take stock of the work that has come out of this difficult period”, says curator

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in Berlin this weekend

From Olafur Eliasson's perception-altering lights to Émilie Pitoiset's surveillance capitalism dance marathon

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From a performance critiquing surveillance by Krzysztof Wodiczko on Governor's Island to a monumental mural by Jackson Pollock at the newly reopened Guggenheim

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Art & Tech 2020

Kiki Smith, I am a Wanderer is a satisfying digital show organised without a tech team or an app

An expert view brought to you by our XR Panel of artists and storytellers who create in virtual reality and augmented reality

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Books

Bryan Robertson: an engrossing book on a brilliant—but forgotten—maverick curator

This is the first publication about the man who put London's Whitechapel Gallery on the international map, but never gained the recognition he deserved

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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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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From transgressive Tantra at the British Museum to a series of artistic interventions in Brent's libraries

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Exhibitions

Virtual photography show reveals modern Lebanon's many layers of tragedy

Lebanon Then and Now: Photography from 2006 to 2020 hosted by Washington, DC's Middle East Institute is both timely and prescient

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Exhibitions

The Big Review: Gauguin and the Impressionists at the Royal Academy of Arts

The London exhibition has many highlights, but viewing this long-planned show is unlike anyone could have envisaged before the coronavirus pandemic

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Jadé Fadojutimi's purposeful paintings at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery to Trevor Paglen's floral AI animations at Pace

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Brian Clarke's light-filled stained glass at the Museum of Arts and Design to Dan Herschlein's dark horror movie tropes at JTT gallery

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Art & Technology

Cammie Staros evokes environmentally apocalyptic scenarios on the Lux Art Institute app

An expert view brought to you by our XR Panel of artists and storytellers

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Danh Vo's millennia-spanning pastoral show at White Cube to Abbas Zahedi's rosewater sprinkler system at South London Gallery

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Betye Saar's travel sketchbooks at the Morgan Library and Museum to Rivane Neuenschwander's tapestries at Tanya Bonakdar gallery

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Books

New biography highlights how Philip Guston risked his art-world standing and livelihood

The book by Robert Storr delves into the American painter's dealings with Klansmen and how he wanted “to make paintings you couldn’t count money in front of”

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Raisa Kabir's transcontinental textiles to Toyin Ojih Odutola's epic cycle of queer, Black drawings

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Art & Technology

Zemí Cohoba Stand: an AR experience with exceptional 3D modelling from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

An expert view brought to you by our XR Panel of artists and storytellers who create in virtual reality and augmented reality

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From the Whitney's prelude to David Hammons's Day's End to Sharona Franklin's decomposing work at King's Leap

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Three exhibitions to see in New York, London and online this weekend

From Jacob Lawrence's Struggle series at the Met to Edmund de Waal's library of exiled authors at the British Museum

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Media & broadcast

Hannah Gadsby: taking down art history's misogyny through comedy

From the High Renaissance to Picasso’s questionable moral compass, the Tasmanian comedian is bringing an exploration of art's patriarchy to a new audience

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Books

Image and impotency: book reveals the palaces and pictures of some particularly hapless Habsburgs

The Mexican Emperor Maximilian, Crown Prince Rudolf and Archduke Franz Ferdinand all came to sad ends, but amassed vast estates and works of art

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London, New York and online this weekend

From Public Gallery's Spitalfields debut to Keegan Monaghan at James Fuentes

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Books

Biography of the artist John Nash—victim of the Younger Brother Syndrome—redresses the balance

Book shows that John Nash was a remarkable artist overshadowed by his elder sibling, Paul

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London, New York and online this weekend

From Nicolaes Maes at London's National Gallery to a meditative installation at Rockaway Beach in New York

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Art & Technology

Vortic Collect: a promising virtual reality tool for galleries and a welcome getaway for art collectors

An expert view brought to you by our XR Panel of artists and storytellers who create in virtual reality and augmented reality

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Books

New Orientalists: a thoughtful book on the rise and decline of Western artists in the Middle East

There is plenty to enjoy in this account of a group of travelling painters who were not only accomplished but also determined, brave and hardy

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Exhibitions

The Big Review: Raphael at the Scuderie del Quirinale

The stimulating show in Rome tells the life story of one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance—but in reverse

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Art & Technology

Untitled, Art Online fair and Artland: vast data collecting capabilities and some great art

An expert view brought to you by our XR Panel of artists and storytellers who create in virtual reality and augmented reality

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York, London and online this weekend

From photographs of a pandemic-and-protest changed New York at the Museum of the City of New York to reflections on domesticity at Soft Opening's new London space