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US politics

What will Joe Biden's culture policy look like?

The art world cheered at Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election. But, with a formidable to-do list—not least dealing with the coronavirus pandemic—where will the arts feature on his agenda?

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Revisiting the Thanksgiving myth: the Mayflower and the Wampanoag, 400 years on

Plus, artist Chantal Joffe on a poignant painting by Paula Modersohn-Becker

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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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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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US politics

Kara Walker kicks Donald Trump to the curb and more of the best Instagram art responding to the US election

From Jules de Balincourt's painting of Kamala Harris to Rania Matar's photograph of Boston celebrations, we look at artists' reactions to Joe Biden's win

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election 2020

Art world rejoices in Biden’s win of US presidency

Artists, collectors, policy makers and gallery owners share their reactions after the tightly fought election

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Design

Mississippi voters approve new state flag design, trading controversial Confederate symbol for magnolia flower

The replacement banner was approved by a 71% majority, and was created by a local graphic designer

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US election: How Trump’s presidency has affected the arts

Plus, artist Pedro Reyes on his New York project; cartoonist Martin Rowson on Hogarth

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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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election 2020

And now we wait? Seven works that perfectly depict the US election limbo

The Trump-Biden race is turning into a protracted nail-biter, so we’re finding some solace in art

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US politics

The 2020 US election: what it means for the arts

With US polls closing on Tuesday night, The Art Newspaper looks at the cultural issues at stake in this election

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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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Covid-19

Exclusive survey: how small US galleries are surviving the coronavirus crisis as Trump tables relief plans

With a second federal aid package stalled until after the election, our study reveals the financial straits some galleries are finding themselves in—and how they are responding

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election 2020

Living monuments of Trump’s failures arrive in Washington ahead of the election

The Trump Statue Initiative, a guerrilla troupe of performers, have satirized the darkest moments of the presidency

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US politics

Chicago students help Jenny Holzer get out the vote

Young citizens, many of them voting in their first presidential election, provide phrases to be shown on LED billboard trucks across the city

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US politics

Shepard Fairey—creator of famous Obama 'Hope' poster—makes new Time cover image ahead of US election

For first time in 100-year history, magazine replaces logo with the imperative to vote

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Law

Sackler family to pay $225m in civil settlement with US government

The deal with the Department of Justice, which also includes guilty pleas and a $8bn fine against Purdue Pharma, does not prevent future claims against family members or company executives

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coronavirus

New York lawmakers to discuss the economic impact of Covid-19 on cultural institutions

"The arts and cultural sector has been especially hard hit," says Senator José Serrano

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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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Mail art

Mark Mothersbaugh and Beatie Wolfe want your postcards for democracy

The artists have launched a mail art project to support USPS and mail-in voting efforts

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election 2020

Why vote? To protect those who cannot

The proverbial arc of history will not bend toward justice without our help

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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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Exhibitions

Trump descends into hell—the state of America as seen by artist Jim Shaw

New London show at Simon Lee Gallery also takes a swipe at art world excess

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US politics

Ahead of US elections, artist group highlights 'devastating impact' of Trump's travel ban three years on

The controversial executive order issued by the US president three years ago continues to affect artists from countries throughout the world

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Auctions

Judy Chicago's Birth Project series work will benefit Planned Parenthood as reproductive healthcare comes under renewed threat

With a high estimate of $350,000, the sale of "Trinity Birth Quilt" at Sotheby's Choice Works charity auction event could reset the artist's auction record

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election 2020

Anti-Trump artist billboards greet presidential candidates in Cleveland

Ahead of Tuesday’s debate, political action committee Artists United for Change rolled out a new campaign to #VoteThemOut aimed at five battleground states

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US politics

For the arts, there’s only one choice in this election

The Biden-Harris campaign has pledged funding and support for arts and culture as a key policy issue

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Politics

Philip Guston drew Richard Nixon's face as a hairy scrotum and phallus—what would he make of President Trump?

The physiognomy of deviousness, greed, ruthless opportunism, risible self-importance and gobsmacking albeit garden variety stupidity provides artists of Guston’s bent and calibre with a virtually bottomless well of imagery

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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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Photography

Photographers fear steep costs and little payment for covering protests

A lack of protections for—and an increase in domestic dangers to—photojournalists is becoming increasingly visible amid the pandemic and political rallies

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election 2020

Wake up call: artist Hank Willis Thomas wants to spur voter turnout with the Wide Awakes group

Based on the 1860 Wide Awake movement that mobilised against slavery and helped elect Lincoln, the new network of artists and creatives has launched Kickstarter's largest collaboration to date

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Exhibitions

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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Labour

It is not just artists who are starving: how the US can rebuild its creative industry post-Covid

A proposal issued to both presidential campaigns by Americans for the Arts outlines a national strategy to put creative workers back to work

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Money laundering

Will US Congress finally pass anti-money laundering legislation?

A recent Senate report found that secretive art market enables sanctions circumvention

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Monuments

As monuments to Christopher Columbus come down across the US, Italian-Americans campaign to protect a symbol of 'culture heritage'

Some Italian-Americans, including the New York governor Andrew Cuomo, say statues of Columbus symbolise the history of Italians in the US

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Books

Former US president George W. Bush unveils portraits of immigrants in new book

But blowback has been swift against the hobbyist painter, whose immigration policies while in office included the creation of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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Art market

Senate investigation finds art market secrecy allowed Russian billionaire brothers, friends of Putin, to evade government sanctions

A detailed report calls the trade “the largest, legal unregulated industry in the United States” and recommends increased transparency and government oversight

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Exhibitions

'Get rid of prisons': artist Stanley Whitney speaks out against US judicial system in online show

Initiative highlights disproportionate number of African Americans incarcerated in the US

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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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Education

International art students may be forced to leave the US under Trump's new ICE policy on remote learning

Harvard and MIT filed lawsuits against the US government while the president of CalArts calls the move an act of "political theatre" amid the pandemic

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Protest art

Artists call out the injustices immigrants suffer in the US ahead of Independence Day

A collaborative sky writing project featuring contributions from Patrisse Cullors, Dread Scott and Hank Willis Thomas will mark 80 sites used to limit immigrants

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LGBTQ

Art can help the public engage in personal advocacy: Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign

The nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organisation recently unveiled a mural by Hank Willis Thomas on its Washington, DC headquarters stating Black Trans Lives Matter

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Confederate monuments

The war over racist monuments is escalating throughout the US

The disposal of Confederate monuments will not erase America’s history, but some say removing them from public view is crucial to moving forward

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US politics

Art history fact check: Trump can’t tell the difference between Teddy Roosevelt and an anonymous Remington cowboy

In a defence of racist statues as educational opportunities, the US president misidentifies a famous bronze as a portrait of a president in a Fox News interview

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Monuments

Controversial Roosevelt statue will be removed from entrance to New York’s American Museum of Natural History

The former president’s great-grandson supports the removal of “relics of another age”

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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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Coronavirus resources

Could a Nixon-era employment scheme get artists back to work?

The Comprehensive Employment and Training Act provided a lifeline for thousands of artists during the 1970s economic crisis

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US politics

New artist resale rights contract in the US has a charitable twist

Kadist in San Francisco and Paris is promoting a new agreement that artists can use to make sure profits made from their works go to a cause

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Confederate monuments

Virginia vows to remove monument to Confederate general Robert E. Lee amid ongoing anti-racism protests

Governor says that the state will "no longer preach a false version of history" as calls for racial justice echo across the nation

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Protests

Monuments across the US are toppled, damaged as protests over George Floyd's death continue

Lawmakers mobilise the National Guard to quell destruction while demonstrators deface Confederate memorials and public works emblematic of white supremacy

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Nazi loot

US government recommends that the Supreme Court hear German museums’ appeal on Guelph Treasure claim

The solicitor general’s recent filing suggests the Nazis’ looting of Jewish collections in Germany was a domestic rather than international crime

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racism

The US has a big racism problem and the art world is not helping

A looted Kaws sculpture and museums' silence reveal a predatory not progressive industry as protests flare following the killing of George Floyd

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Heritage

Steve Bannon wins first major battle for medieval monastery

Italy retaliates with criminal prosecution of right-wing religious group funded by US President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist

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US politics

Mayors of major US cities urge Congress to provide additional support for the arts and culture sector

Spearheaded by the San Francisco Arts Alliance, more than 20 mayors have signed a letter requesting additional aid in its next relief package

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US politics

The unsung agency working to maintain museum and library access in the US

The leader of the Institute of Museum and Library Services tells us what his organisation is doing to help spaces reopen

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US politics

The NEA hopes to keep arts jobs alive in the US—with limited federal relief funds

Up to 30% of arts spaces may close permanently, and agency chief fears rural areas in the US will be the hardest hit

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coronavirus

Cultural figures discuss ‘Art in the Time of Coronavirus’

The UN-sponsored event led by Christopher Bailey, the WHO’s lead on art and health, included art critic Jerry Saltz, Brooklyn Museum director Anne Pasternak, and artist Mona Chalabi

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Economics

US coronavirus legislation could do more for the arts, Boston museums say

The coalition is asking for $6bn in federal aid, and to permanently expand the charitable giving deduction to encourage US taxpayers to donate to non-profits

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Labour

New York art-handling company lays off pro-union workers, while others are paid to stay home during coronavirus pandemic

Teamsters union has filed charges against the company with the National Labor Relations Board claiming the cuts are retaliation against efforts to organise

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coronavirus

Coronavirus complicates US Census—and the arts funding tied to it

Art + Action has launched a multi-pronged initiative to reach Bay Area residents in hard-to-count communities, and galvanise the art world to get behind the national headcount

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Economics

US artists need a federal bailout now

Congress needs to protect this country’s creative workforce

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coronavirus

US dealers rush to leave Maastricht as Trump’s European travel ban causes confusion

Aiming to stop the spread of coronavirus, the suspension begins at midnight on Friday and is expected to last 30 days

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US politics

More than 2,000 artists and cultural figures sign letter endorsing Elizabeth Warren for US President

The Artists for Warren campaign launched on Super Tuesday, as many US voters head to the polls to choose the Democratic candidate

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Exhibitions

Somali artists put their art on the map in Minnesota

Rochester Art Center engages with Soomaal House of Art at a time of rising anti-immigrant rhetoric

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US politics

Artist Whitney Bedford is drawing a portrait of Elizabeth Warren every day until she is elected president

The Los Angeles painter started the project shortly after the Democratic primaries began

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Book Shorts

Twentieth-century American hopes and dreams are shown in black and white in this book of prints

Volume shows how the political and social aspirations of the Progressive Movement inspired American artists

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Italy

Steve Bannon wins again in battle against Italian ministry of culture

President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist wants to set up a nationalist bootcamp in an Italian monastery

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US politics

Hundreds of artists endorse Bernie Sanders for US President

In an open letter, figures including Nicole Eisenmann, Hito Steyerl, and Kara Walker have voiced their support for the left-wing candidate

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US politics

'An impeachment tomb stone': Jenny Holzer creates work to mark President Donald Trump's trial

The skateboards are produced in a limited marble edition of 25 and a wood edition of 500

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Iran

'The normalisation of cultural warfare cannot go unanswered'

Tristram Hunt, the director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, calls on the international community to condemn President Trump's threat to target Iran's cultural sites

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Heritage

If the US destroys Iranian cultural sites, President Trump will be criminally liable by international law

The US is signatory to The Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, which forbids any act of hostility to cultural property

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Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon’s nationalists can stay in medieval monastery (for now)

In the first round of a lengthy legal battle, an Italian court has ruled in favour of a right-wing Catholic organisation which the Ministry of Culture is trying to oust from a historic abbey

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The Year in Review 2019

From a Paris inferno to the Leonardo tussle: the art world's top stories of 2019

We look back at the major events that made the headlines this year

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Feminism

Women artists fight for reproductive rights with US election fundraising show

"I want to normalise abortion as a life-saving medical procedure, mentally and physically," says Marilyn Minter

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Climate Change

Climate emergency in Miami: large-scale protest march planned during Art Basel fair

With Miami Beach predicted to be 30% underwater by 2045, the convention centre where the fair currently takes place could soon become an island

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Museums

Michael Rakowitz wants to pause his video work at MoMA PS1 as a protest against museum's ties to 'toxic philanthropy'

"It's censorship", the artist says of curators' denials to suspend work that is part of show on the artistic legacy of the Gulf War

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Politics

Culture ministry failed to vet right-wing religious group close to Steve Bannon

Decision to lease Italian medieval monastery to an organisation affiliated with President Trump’s former chief strategist is blamed on staff shortages

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Museums & Heritage

Los Angeles's Marciano Art Foundation lays off staff trying to unionise

The private museum cited low attendance records over the past few weeks in a short letter to nearly six dozen workers who recently announced they voted to join a union

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US politics

Museums must engage more with Indigenous peoples

There is a direct connection between how predominantly white curators have categorised Indigenous peoples as part of “natural history” and how we are misrepresented in contemporary art spaces

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Exhibitions

Women artists take over museum schedules in 2020 to coincide with US presidential election

Coalition of curators organise events and exhibitions of art by women at 50 museums

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Performance art

Artist reimagines Louisiana slave uprising with a different outcome

Hundreds to take part in re-enactment of America’s largest slave rebellion, ending with a victorious celebration in New Orleans

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Dread Scott’s slave revolt reenactment. Plus, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

The US artist on his two-day performance in Louisiana and the role of women in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Produced in association with Bonhams

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US politics

Goethe-Institut Los Angeles examines architecture and design amid housing crisis

A symposium bringing together architects and scholars from around the world takes place as homelessness surges in the state of California

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Shirin Neshat

‘This US government looks more like Iran's every day’: Shirin Neshat talks about the power of political satire ahead of LA show

The Iranian artist's major exhibition opens at the Broad museum features new work addressing discrimination in Trump's America

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US politics

Experts fear California's gig economy law may hit culture workers

Independent curators and handlers could be affected but no major changes predicted in museum recruitment practices

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Art market

US-China trade war expands to books and maps as increased tariffs hit art imports

Trump's newly increased tariff of 15% on Chinese goods now applies to the antiquarian trade, further affecting dealers and auction houses

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UK politics

Too much politics? UK Green party MP and anti-Brexit campaigner Caroline Lucas turns curator

High-profile UK politician will organise a show of works at Towner Art Gallery that focus on the environment

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Restitution

Trump opens door to restitution claims on art seized by Cuba

While the president is the first to allow Title III of Helms-Burton Act to be used, some whose collections were taken doubt it will have an impact

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Museums & Heritage

Philanthropy, but at what price? US museums wake up to public's ethical concerns

Daniel Weiss, Adam Weinberg and other museum leaders speak out following the fallout from the resignation of the Whitney’s vice chairman and the ongoing Sackler affair

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US-China trade war

Trump delays tariffs on Chinese goods until December—but not for art and antiquities

New 10% tax will come into force on 1 September and apply to all works originating from China, regardless of where they are imported from

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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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US politics

Anti-Trump seesaw by architect duo unites children on US-Mexico border

“Actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side,” say project founders

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In the frame

The ‘most petty piece of art’ or an apt satire of the US presidency?

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Censorship

New US visa policy could stifle outspoken artists on social media

Several high-profile artists including Ai Weiwei have spoken out against the policy

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US politics

Russian artist denied US visa over ‘planted’ drugs

Artem Loskutov’s application was rejected on the same day that journalist and supporter Ivan Golunov was arrested

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US politics

Abortion will happen—whatever the law says

The artist Paula Rego on why her abortion works are the best thing she's ever done

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Book Shorts

Book on artists’ opposition to the Vietnam War

Part of the 1960s US anti-war movement, artists then had nothing like the impact they have today

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Adrian Ghenie

Painting is more important than politics: Adrian Ghenie on his Trump-inspired portraits in Venice

Romanian artist, whose show is open at the Palazzo Cini during the Biennale, compares his art market ascendancy to working in porn

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Italy

Battle over Bannon’s nationalist bootcamp in Italian monastery

Protests against the right-wing group’s takeover of a 13th-century cloister are growing

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Shutdown

Counting the cost of the longest government shutdown in US history

The shutdown dealt a blow to federally-funded museums, with disappointed visitors, furloughed staff, disrupted exhibitions and lost revenue that “can never be regained”