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Museums

Director of Stedelijk resigns 'in interests of museum'

Dutch press allege that Beatrix Ruf’s art advisory business conflicted with her role at top of prestigious institution

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Mosaic floor from Caligula’s ship returned to Italy

New York authorities tracked down the object, which was being used as a coffee table by a Manhattan couple, after a photograph appeared in a book on porphyry

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Performance art

Barbara Kruger to stage first live performance for New York’s Performa festival

The artist will take part in the work Untitled (The Drop) on three consecutive Thursdays in November

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Art market

Crozier Fine Arts adds West Coast storage facility

The acquisition of Fine Art Shipping in Los Angeles provides a gateway to California and Asia

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Censorship

Brazilian arts group calls out censorship by “arrogant fundamentalists” in open letter

More than 1,000 artists, curators and professionals have signed the protest document published by the pro-democracy collective Pela Democracia

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Auctions

Object lessons: a print by Edvard Munch, a Zsolnay charger and a poster for TFL by Jean Dupas

Our pick up highlights from upcoming auctions

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Exhibitions

Idris Khan recreates elements of Syria’s most brutal prison

New work is about how prisoners lost sensory perception and “eventually their minds”

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Conservation

UK’s Cultural Protection Fund makes headway in conflict zones

The £30m fund helps locals to safeguard and promote heritage at risk in 12 countries in the Middle East and Africa

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Art law

Norman Rockwell’s sons file temporary restraining order in Massachusetts court

Two works by their father are among 40 that were due to be sold by the Berkshire Museum

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Art market

Auctioneers look to fashion world to increase online sales

Houses beef up digital teams by hiring from the fashion industry in a bid for new revenue streams

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Prizes

Dig for victory: artist duo win Prix Marcel Duchamp with urban excavation-themed work

French-Lebanese couple among shortlist of artists who were all born outside France

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Art market

The irresistible rise of Light and Space

Once overlooked as regional artists, West Coast pioneers have emerged from the shadows since the first edition of Pacific Standard Time in 2011

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Exhibitions

Imperial War Museum explores artists’ responses to war and terror after 9/11

Show of more than 40 artists includes Jenny Holzer, Grayson Perry and Gerhard Richter

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From Soutine’s flushed-cheek portraits to Alex Katz’s 10ft-tall sculpture of his wife Ada 

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Henri Matisse

Victory for Matisse family in $4.5m cut-out battle with dealer

Paris art dealer Jérôme Le Blay ordered to hand over works to artist’s descendants

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Pacific Standard Time

Antena Los Ángeles: el motor secreto detrás del alcance bilingüe de Pacific Standard Time

El colectivo está ayudando a museos a acceder a una audiencia hispanohablante con servicios de traducción e interpretación—pero están marcando el límite con espacios de gentrificación

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Pacific Standard Time

Antena Los Ángeles: the secret engine behind Pacific Standard Time's bilingual outreach

The collective is helping art venues access a Spanish-speaking audience with translation services

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Three to see

Three to see: New York

Celebrate Halloween with ghosts, spirits and souls

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Looted art

Islamic State's looting of antiquities is rising but hard facts remain scarce

Experts question the reported size of illicit trade, particularly as the number of fake artefacts increases

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Art market

Fast sales at 44th edition of Fiac as galleries target European buyers

High-profile fair welcomes 41 “newcomers” and starry clientele including Brigitte Macron

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Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei stopped from boarding flight from New York to São Paulo

Chinese artist was en route to premiere of his documentary Human Flow when staff wrongly claimed his visa was invalid

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Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch to go on show at Oslo Airport this December

Munch Museum to exhibit one work by Norwegian artist in new international terminal every year

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Conservation

Never can say goodbye: how Degas struggled with the art of letting go

New research by the National Gallery of Art looks into the complex question of what constituted a finished work in the eyes of the artist

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Exhibitions

Camille Henrot speaks about her major new show at Palais de Tokyo

French artist has filled the 13,000 sq. m space in Paris with an exhibition based on the days of the week

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Museums

V&A Dundee takes shape as £80m ship-like building is unveiled

Architect Kengo Kuma says he hopes the Scottish museum will become a “living room” for city’s residents

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Art market

Fiac welcomes design back to the fold

Fair celebrates art-design crossovers in public installations

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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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Art market

Galerie Templon due to open a second Paris space in 2018

Decision to expand in French capital supported by healthy local market and change in political climate

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Museums

How Qatar sidestepped the UK export system again

V&A and National Trust hoped to buy Clive of India’s treasures

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Politics

LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner’s anti-Trump work adopted in Nantes

The protest work He Will Not Divide US has been moved four times after attacks by far-right extremists and vandals in the US and UK

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Protest

Performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky sets fire to a bank in Paris

Russian artist famous for nailing scrotum to Moscow’s Red Square invokes the “great French Revolution”

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Exhibitions

Joseph Kosuth bathes gallery in signature neon for first Australian survey

Exhibition brings high priest of conceptualism to Melbourne International Festival

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Exhibitions

Sculptor Jean Arp gets major show in UK after 55-year hiatus

Artist's ideas on "borderless space" particularly potent against the backdrop of Brexit

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Museums

Looted Benin bronzes to be lent back to Nigeria

Pledge by European museums to set up “permanent display” of rotating loans in Benin City could pave way for restitution

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Artists

Ai Weiwei calls out Trump’s divisiveness and ‘super rich people’ at Cooper Union talk

The artist discussed the impetus behind his New York City-wide public art project Good Fences Makes Good Neighbors

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Sculpture

Long-lost Rodin sculpture turns up in New Jersey town hall

The bust of Napoleon Bonaparte has been authenticated and is due to go on loan to the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Politics

Audrey Azoulay, former French culture minister, to be Unesco’s next director-general

In a surprise election, the dark-horse candidate won the vote of the culture agency’s executive board

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Museums

Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries reopen after $13.6m renovation

Asian art museums on National Mall get a physical and “mental” makeover

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Exhibitions

Tracey Emin’s bed joined by Turner’s turbulent seascapes in Margate

New show at Turner Contemporary brings together artists who both once lived in seaside town

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Biennials & festivals

The Russian Revolution and village life

International artists consider the impact of the Revolution on rural communities in country’s longest-running biennial

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Controversies

Censored 'sexual' sculpture finds new home at the Centre Pompidou

Domestikator piece was withdrawn by the Louvre from its surrounding gardens

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Art market

SJ Phillips: downsizing but “not closing down”

Long established London jewellers will hold sale at Sotheby’s following move to smaller premises, but director insists it is “business as usual”

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Biennials & festivals

Big names bring Moscow biennial back from the brink

Björk and Olafur Eliasson headline event that nearly didn’t happen

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Art market

Tracey Emin, Carl Freedman and Jonathan Viner establish Margate 'arts district'

The artist is setting up a sculpture studio, while the London dealers are opening second galleries in the same former printing warehouse

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From John Akomfrah’s video on the threat of climate change to Nick Goss’s paintings of a great flood via Katharina Grosse’s paint-splashed walls

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Museums

Guggenheim Bilbao covered in a spider’s web and much more for its 20th anniversary

Light show by 59 Productions charts the history of the Spanish museum

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Exhibitions

Richard Avedon and James Baldwin's book on American identity revisited

A New York gallery show and new publication draw fresh attention to little known collaboration between the fashion photographer and African-American writer

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Art market

Newhouse family hires Tobias Meyer to advise on Modern art collection’s future

The involvement of the former Sotheby’s auctioneer turned private dealer and advisor hints at bigger plans

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Three to see

Three to see: New York

From a union of three vastly different artists, to a look at Modern fashion

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Art market

Object lessons: unseen photographs of the Romanovs, an early Ken Price ceramic work, and Sadie Coles's own Neo Rauch painting

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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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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Museums

Leeds Art Gallery raises the roof for £4m revamp

New collection displays will fill room uncovered by construction workers

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Museums

Tate St Ives’s cliffside extension set to boost local economy by £10.5m a year

New 500 sq. m column-free gallery makes space for performance art

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Art crime

US returns 95 works from money laundering banker’s collection to Brazil

The works were smuggled out of the country by Edemar Cid Ferreira and have been gradually repossessed over the past decade

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Donations

Double Dutch: MFA Boston gets aligned gifts of 17th-century Netherlandish art, with work by Rubens, Rembrandt and van Dyck

The donation—the largest in the museum’s history—also include funds for a new study centre dedicated to the period

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Prizes

Three artists awarded $625,000 MacArthur “genius” grants

Dawoud Bey, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and Trevor Paglan recognised for “extraordinary originality”

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Obituaries

Bronx Museum launches director's fund in memory of Holly Block

During her decade-long tenure, she led a $25m capital campaign and quadrupled yearly visitors

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Exhibitions

Alfredo Jaar condemns “brutal” CIA torture chambers

Artist unveils his “black site” installation in Yorkshire as Guardian article reveals the suffering of prisoners shackled in dungeons in Afghanistan and Thailand

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Documenta 14

Kassel haggles over the price of Documenta 14's obelisk

Olu Oguibe has reportedly asked for €1m for his Monument to Strangers and Refugees

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Funding

New York Foundation for the Arts expands its mentoring programme for immigrant artists

With a grant from the Ford Foundation, the ten-year-old initiative will now help artists in Detroit, Newark, Oakland and San Antonio

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Art market

Mexico’s galleries pull together after earthquake

The city’s art dealers are sharing their spaces and helping rebuild the cultural economy

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Virtual Reality

Speaking with The Enemy: VR show at MIT brings people face-to-face with fighters

Visitors to war photojournalist Karim Ben Khelifa’s project experience the humanity in people on both sides of conflicts

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Auctions

Christie's to sell Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

The painting, presumed lost until 2005, is estimated at $100m

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Art market

Hauser & Wirth’s Bronze Age 'museum' to travel to Colchester

Fictional museum booth will be re-staged at Firstsite gallery after drawing crowds at Frieze, where the gift shop raised £10,000 for UK regional museums

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Museums

Ullens Center for Contemporary Art sold to Chinese investors

Leading Beijing museum had been on the market since June 2016

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Exhibitions

Show by late curator Martin Roth goes ahead in Qatar despite Gulf blockade

German design survey has opened alongside Deutsche Bank collection exhibition in beleaguered state

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Art market

Record breaking Chinese brush washer points to demand for Song ceramics in Hong Kong

At HK$294.3m, the Ru ware piece set a record for a Chinese ceramic at Sotheby's during Hong Kong's busy autumn auction and fair series

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Museums

Beirut’s Museum of Memory opens first exhibition—minus a director or board of governors

Against a backdrop of political wrangling, Zena el Khalil’s show focuses on the missing of Lebanon’s civil war

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Museums

V&A director calls for Exhibition Road to be fully pedestrianised after 11 injured in accident

Tristram Hunt had already voiced concerns before Saturday’s incident

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Biennials & festivals

Locals fight to retain Eisenman fountain following Sculpture Projects Münster

Residents are working with artist to create a more durable version of the vandalised work

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Museums

MoMA expansion is boon for Paris and Melbourne

Major loans from New York will be shown in both cities while the US institution adds one-third more exhibition space in Manhattan

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Art market

Christie’s ends London contemporary auctions on a high note—despite Bacon flop

Market’s appetite shows no signs of flagging for fresh works that are correctly priced

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Frieze 2017

Frieze news in briefs

Ian Cheng gets Serpentine show, Jasper Johns's potter and the most Insta friendly art at the fair

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Frieze 2017

Frieze diary: Alex Katz's kicks, tales of the Unexpected, plus more London gossip

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Frieze 2017

Frieze artists keep it surreal

Works channel a Surrealist sense of the uncanny in turbulent times

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Frieze 2017

Frieze draws up plan to protect art world from Brexit

Director Victoria Siddall has aired her concerns about the impact on galleries that are based in the UK or exhibit at fairs

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Exhibitions

Massive Van Gogh show opens in Italy

Exhibition including 124 works is largest in Europe and America in almost 30 years

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Building projects

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park launches $115m expansion

The successful $115m capital campaign for the Tod Williams and Billie Tsien-designed project includes funds for future acquisitions

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Art market

UK could completely ban ivory trade by 2018

The government has launched an immediately consultation period with the aim of protecting African elephants

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Art market

Subdued Sotheby’s sale, despite record for Josef Albers

Contemporary auction followed a lacklustre Italian sale, prompting calls for the latter to be shelved

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Three to see

Three to see: Los Angeles

Lygia Clark’s spray gun painting is complemented by a survey of radical Latin American female artists

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Three to see

Three to see: London

The unlikely friendship of Dalí and Duchamp is explored at the RA, while Superflex turn Tate Modern into a playground

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Art market

Artists cut out the middleman at the Accessible Art Fair

The 11th edition of the Brussels event is a part of a growing trend for fairs where artists exhibit their own work

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Frieze 2017

Strong early sales at Frieze pierce the Brexit gloom

Dealers feel little impact as female artists prove popular and US collectors return

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Frieze 2017

Marina Abramovic abandons plans for New York institute

Performance artist unable to raise $31m required for Koolhaas design

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Frieze 2017

Frieze diary: Dan Colen's striptease, personal shopping with Miranda July, plus more London gossip

Our diarists fill you in on what everyone is talking about this week

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Frieze 2017

Peter Blake bags a pair of Steinbergs at Frieze Masters

Artist adores the work of the New Yorker cartoonist

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Frieze 2017

Marrakech Biennale cancelled due to lack of funds

Seventh edition had been scheduled for February 2018

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Frieze 2017

The best things in life are free—and now you can find them at Frieze

Peter Blake complementary tote bags flew off Waddington Custot's shelves

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Frieze 2017

De Chirico enjoys a metaphysical moment in London

Artist’s profile is raised at Frieze Masters and in two exhibitions

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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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Openings

Princeton University celebrates new Lewis Center for the Arts

College’s first purpose-built arts facility was a decade in the making

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Frieze 2017

Artists step up to the plate in statues debate

Colonial monuments and the US flag are subverted at Frieze London

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Frieze 2017

Five under £5,000 at Frieze

There are bargains at the fair—if you know where to look

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Frieze 2017

Early sales at Frieze London

Collectors flocked to Lehmann Maupin's and Jack Shainman's stands

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Frieze 2017

Tate goes for gender (e)quality in Frieze shopping spree

Frieze Tate Fund picks four works from fair

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Frieze 2017

Art world raises money for Grenfell

Sotheby's auction will include work donated by leading artists

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Frieze 2017

From Siberia with love

The mysterious Scythians—tattoos and all—are brought to life in show at the British Museum

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Frieze 2017

Frieze diary: Marvin Gaye Chetwynd saved by masking tape, the secret life of Peter Blake, plus more London gossip

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Frieze 2017

Join the orgy at Frieze Masters

Richard Artschwager's Triptych IV, Fucking Painting has a double meaning