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Heritage

World Monuments Fund recognises sites threatened by conflict, climate change and natural disasters

Cultural locations in the Caribbean, the US Gulf coast and Mexico hit by recent hurricanes and earthquakes were a last minute addition to the list

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Politics

US to pull out of Unesco by 2018

The State Department says the decision was based on concerns over funding and anti-Israel bias in the cultural organisation

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Public art

Whitney makes the case for David Hammons’s ‘ghost monument’ on the Hudson River

The museum presented its proposal for the public work at a community board meeting Wednesday night—and early reactions were positive

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Architecture

Four things to see during the Chicago Architecture Biennial

From imaginative scale models to a pop-up ‘freak’ show, we pick the must see projects around the city

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Biennials & festivals

Rehab and reuse top of agenda at Chicago Architecture Biennial

The second edition promises visionary solutions and a few surprises

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Museums

Metropolitan Museum of Art finalises job description for director search

Search committee conducted "broad outreach" inside and outside the museum to define future leader’s desired traits

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Cultural exchange

MCA Chicago goes global

A new initiative aims to “embed within the DNA of the museum” a more international view of the art historical canon

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Museums

Florida museums assess damage and start repairs in Irma’s wake

The region’s arts institutions survived the storm largely intact, with some planning to reopen this week

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Museums

Miami museums hunker down ahead of Hurricane Irma

Florida declares a state of emergency and Miami Beach residents are urged to evacuate

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Land art

White House review could shrink protected land around Michael Heizer’s City

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s report on national monuments recommends reductions but no details revealed

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Politics

Charlottesville riot hastens removal of Confederate monuments throughout the US

City and state governments around the country are looking at what to do with the controversial statues

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De Kooning painting stolen from Arizona museum was hanging in New Mexico couple’s bedroom

A local newspaper has identified the owners of the estate where the missing painting was found

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Funding

NEH awards $39m in grants in last round of funding for 2017

The agency, which was targeted for elimination by the Trump administration, supports culture and history projects across the US

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The Met might return another ancient vase to Italy

A fourth-century BC terracotta krater was turned over to the DA’s office last week based on evidence it was looted

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Politics

Will the land surrounding Michael Heizer’s City stay protected?

US Interior Secretary hinted at downsizing after visiting two of Nevada’s national monuments, as part of review ordered by President Trump

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Museums

Berkshire Museum courts censure from museums groups with plan to sell 40 works

Among the objects to be auctioned for the endowment and refurbishment are two paintings by Norman Rockwell

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Images of melting glaciers head to backyard of Trump’s Florida home

Exhibition highlighting effects of climate change to open near Mar-a-Lago

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Artist interview

Wolfgang Tillmans: ‘It’s the great album tracks that didn’t become singles’

The artist reveals the ideas behind his solo show at the Fondation Beyeler—the Basel museum’s first photography exhibition

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Art Basel 2017

Art Basel: things that go clang!

Motorised sculpture comes in many guises

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Art Basel 2017

Why artists, even art fair-averse ones, are in Basel this week

Athens, Venice, ARoS, Kassel, Münster—and now in Art Basel

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Art Basel 2017

In pictures: the ideal home, at Design Miami/Basel

The fair has a domestic vibe this year, from Jean Prouvé's house for wartime refugees to Max Lamb's metal-sprayed polystyrene furniture

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Museums

Google partners with 180 institutions to launch art and fashion platform

We Wear Culture presents objects, exhibitions, videos and virtual tours of international collections

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When does a photograph lie? Taryn Simon's Innocents series looks at how images can be used to blur truth and fiction

The artist's images of the wrongfully committed go on show this month at the Guild Hall in New York

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Organisers of Ghost Ship artist space charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter

The two men were involved in creating unsafe conditions at the converted Oakland warehouse that caught fire last year, prosecutors say

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Conservation

Yale and MoMA team up to resurrect visionary light works

Thomas Wilfred’s 50-page manual came in handy

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Sam Durant’s controversial Scaffold to be dismantled and burned

The artist and museum have reached an agreement with Dakota after protests

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Museums

Walker Art Center postpones opening of sculpture park after Native American protests

Sam Durant’s Scaffold, which includes a recreation of a gallows used to hang 38 Dakota men in 1862, will probably be dismantled

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David Goldblatt brings ex-offender portrait series to British jails

The South African photographer also gets career survey at Centre Pompidou, Paris

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Museums

Take a peek inside The Shed, New York’s new arts and culture space due to open in 2019

The multidisciplinary organisation at the centre of the massive Hudson Yards redevelopment project has received a $75m gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies

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White House curator William Allman to retire after 40 years of service

In charge of preserving the art and furnishings of the presidential residence, he also worked with Laura Bush and Michelle Obama to redecorate historic rooms

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Museums

Japan Society celebrates 110th anniversary with major Hiroshi Sugimoto show

The Japanese photographer and architect has also been commissioned to beautify the museum

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Art fairs

Don’t just stand there, take part

Artists at Frieze New York tackle issues of mortality, agency and trust—and their works require fairgoers to join in

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Art fairs

Flooding causes road closure on Randall’s Island

Frieze New York had to stop transporting new visitors before closing because of traffic congestion

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Fairs

Tefaf New York Spring: Colour blocking at the Armory

Dickinson gallery's stand celebrates 100 years of De Stijl

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Works not to miss at Frieze New York

From Cornelia Parker's ode to Jimi Hendrix to Donald Judd's minimalist furniture

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Museums

Naked man in a box who crashed the Met gala is arrested

The Russian performance artist targets high-profile art events in his Foundling series

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NEA and other culture agencies spared the axe

Bipartisan spending Congressional bill even gives a small boost to their budgets

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Fairs

Kaari Upson: unfinished artist

Upson, whose first solo show in New York has just opened at the New Museum, tells us about the constantly evolving nature of her work

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Bipartisan politicians rally to save US cultural funding

Criticism of President Trump’s proposed cuts creates united front of Democrats and Republicans

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What does Trump's plan to abolish estate tax mean for collectors?

The plan could be a mixed bag for both wealthy market players and cultural charities

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Politics

Art collector Steven Cohen gave $1m to Trump inauguration

Other high-net-worth donors include Sheldon Adelson, Steven Wynn, and Henry Kravitz

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House Republicans join fight to save NEA

Bipartisan letter to budget committee urges an increase in funding

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Exhibitions

Bruce Nauman's sound piece returns to Tate Modern's Turbine Hall

Veteran conceptual artist will also be subject of Artist Rooms show in Tate’s Switch House extension

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What does it take to lead the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

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Controversy over Emmett Till painting at Whitney Biennial goes beyond art world

Open letter calling for work by Dana Schutz to be “destroyed” has even been discussed on US talk show

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Artist interview

Theaster Gates raises the roof in Hong Kong

For his White Cube show, the US artist has elevated labour to an art form

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Collectors

David Rockefeller, banker, philanthropist and lifetime MoMA patron, dies at age 101

The former chairman’s ties to the institution reach back to his mother Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, who helped found the museum

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Trump wants to axe NEA and other culture agencies

The president’s first federal budget proposal would also eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

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In the frame

Bill Viola photobombs in pioneer performance

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Bill Viola reimagines the Renaissance with a retrospective in Florence

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Art fairs

Female artists make their presence felt at ADAA Art Show

Art Dealers Association of America's fair kicks off Armory week with a feminine touch

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Auctions

Bacon triptych, once owned by Roald Dahl, to lead Christie’s New York sales in May

The auction house is also selling works by Picasso, Ernst and Lichtenstein to benefit Cleveland Clinic

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Read the letter sent by 24 senators asking President Trump to keep funding the NEA and NEH

The bipartisan group outlines the importance of the culture agencies and how they improve American’s lives

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Politics

What defunding the NEA would mean for US museums

The country's cultural institutions speak out about the importance of the National Endowment for the Arts, as President Trump's office drafts a new budget

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Obituaries

Arte Povera artist Jannis Kounellis has died, aged 80

The sculptor was known for his use of lowly materials like coal, jute bags and piles of stones

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How the estate of Thailand’s missing ‘Silk King’ was among the winners of Reagan’s 1986 Tax Reform Act

The sweeping legislation cleared a hefty tax bill for the heirs of American businessman Jim Thompson, whose home and collection in Bangkok was turned into a public museum

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Trump’s promise of Reagan-style tax reforms causes alarm

1986 tax package put the squeeze on donations