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The Buck stopped here

Your correspondent goes Inside Pussy Riot—and gets a wake up call

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Law

Conservative leaders oppose court order to remove cross from Pope John Paul II sculpture in France

Poland’s prime minister has offered to save the work from censorship and the “dictates of political correctness”

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Philanthropy

Agnes Gund’s Art for Justice Fund awards $22m in grants to activist groups and social programmes

As well as backing arts-focused initiatives, the money will help support organisations working to make changes in government policy

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

Swiss journalists reporting on opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi detained for two days

The pair were blindfolded then interrogated for up to 10 hours by authorities over their coverage of migrant workers

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War

Letter from Yemen: artist speaks out about his country’s 'forgotten war'

Ahmed Jahaf describes what it is like to live through catastrophic conflict

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Podcast

Abu Dhabi Focus podcast, episode two: How Saudi artists are driving political change

As Abu Dhabi Art fair opens, we speak to the Saudi artists Manal Al Dowayan and Ahmed Mater. Plus: Iraq's Dia Azzawi on creating the Arab world's Guernica

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Cultural policy

Russia and Israel sign historic deal to share digitised Gunzburg Collection

Ownership of vast library of Hebrew manuscripts and books has long been contested

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Public art

‘The newly empty plinths are all potential Fourth Plinths’

The artist Hew Locke says a creative response to memorials dedicated to slave owners and empire builders can reveal hidden histories

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Museums

Activists deface American Museum of Natural History’s Theodore Roosevelt monument

The group says it splashed red paint on the statue as “an act of applied art criticism”

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In the frame

Pussy Riot takes Trump Tower

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Politics

Erdogan responds to detention of leading cultural activist Osman Kavala

Chairman of the Anadolu Kültür centre, who is outspoken critic of Turkish president, was detained at Istanbul airport

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Protest

Artists in Qatar take stand against blockade with super-sized graffiti

Qatar Museums has called for more anti-embargo art on “bridges, tunnels and walls” across the country

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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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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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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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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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In the frame

Donald Trump's 'Renoir' raises questions

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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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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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Media & broadcast

Ai Weiwei’s documentary debut Human Flow is more of a journey than a j’accuse

The feature-length film is now open in New York and Los Angeles

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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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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

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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Politics

The sculptures that unite America

As the debate rages about divisive Confederate monuments, five leading US scholars and curators pick the nation’s greatest memorial sculptures

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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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Politics

Berlin’s Volksbühne returns to business as usual after occupation ends with a whimper

Police oversaw end of protest as new director Chris Dercon said he could not find “common path” with occupiers

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Politics

Saudi artists speak out over new law giving women the right to drive

While some hail the reform as progressive, others question it as a PR stunt

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In the frame

JR's border baby

The French street artist teams up with a very very young collaborator—one-year-old David

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Politics

Female artists get the word out on political action with Times Square project

Artists Carrie Mae Weems and Wangechi Mutu have created new works for the show

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Public art

Artist brings 50 US flags from 50 states to New York

For his travelling project, Mel Ziegler exchanged old flags—from private homeowners, a National Guard office and even a casino—for new ones

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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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Museums

India's new Partition Museum opens near Pakistani border

Crowdsourced collection of survivors’ artefacts includes identity cards, steamer trunks and clothing carried by refugees

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Charlottesville protestor thought to have targeted LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner work with anti-Semitic comments

The man was photographed attending torch-lit white nationalist rally in Virginia

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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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Exhibitions

Parviz Tanavoli's Lions of Iran exhibition gets green light after Hassan Rouhani’s victory

Almost 1,000 guests attended the opening night to support the show, organised by Iran's leading artist 

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Politics

Blockade of Qatar threatens cultural institutions

Moving works of art difficult and museum building projects may suffer

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Agnes Gund urges collectors to sell their art to fight for justice

The philanthropist used her profits from the sale of a Roy Lichtenstein painting to create a criminal justice fund, in partnership with the Ford Foundation

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Politics

Cornelia Parker wants children to tweet Trump about climate change

Artists, designers, technocrats and fellow starchitects gather to launch Norman Foster’s foundation in Madrid

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Exhibitions

The art Donald Trump saw during his state visit to Saudi Arabia

Exhibitions organised especially for the US President include works by Ahmed Mater, Maha Malluh and Abdullah Al-Othman

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Artists give warm welcome to new French culture minister

Appointment of indie publisher Françoise Nyssen enthuses French cultural world

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Politics

Conservatives will deliver 'best Brexit deal for the arts', says digital minister

Matt Hancock pours scorn on Labour’s £1bn culture pledge and promises a review of UK export regulations

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Politics

One year after her release from prison, Iranian artist says she will not stop making political work

The activist Atena Farghadani, who was given a 12-year sentence for her satirical cartoons, reveals the harrowing details of her incarceration

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Labour Party promises £1bn extra in culture funding over five years

Published ahead of the general election in June, the UK opposition party’s manifesto includes strong support for the arts

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Banksy paints first Brexit mural in Dover

Street work showing man chipping away at star on EU flag has already been defaced

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Politics

French art world breathes sigh of relief as Macron wins presidency

Arts professionals hope that victory speech in front of the Louvre is a sign that the young president will bring new life to the culture sector

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Russian performance artist granted political asylum in France

Pyotr Pavlensky and his partner Oksana Shalygina fled after charges of sexual assault were brought against them in Russia

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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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Politics

French cultural groups organise anti-Le Pen rally

Organisers fear the presidential candidate's policies would curtail artistic freedom

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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

What French presidential candidates Macron and Le Pen have in store for the arts

Both politicians have pitched new cultural, artistic and heritage measures

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Exhibitions

Fake news! Photographers’ project explores the media in the post-truth era

Fake Newsroom reimagines the 1980s Newsroom project by Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel

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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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Exhibitions

Artist who shot Beyoncé’s maternity photographs takes on Trump in London show

Awol Erizku's exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts tackles “racism and bigotry” in the US

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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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Museums

Director of Poland’s Second World War Museum dismissed

Move comes after court ruling allows right-wing government to create new Gdansk institution

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Politics

What happens when the identity politics of the Left meet up with the racial isolation of the Right

The controversy over Dana Schutz's Open Casket is like a scene depicted in another of her paintings: a fight in an elevator with worn cables

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Politics

A 'heartbreaking' day: Anish Kapoor on Theresa May invoking Article 50

British-Indian artist is among raft of leading cultural figures who oppose Brexit

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Politics

Performance artists living in exile in the UK might be forced to return to Poland

The pair say a nearly decade-old legal dispute against them in Poland is politically motivated

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Economics

What does the election mean for France’s art market?

The country’s presidential election on 7 May could strengthen or derail the trade, with the emergence of far-right contender Marine Le Pen a particular cause for concern

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Museums

Liberty, fraternity, Fossil Free: activists protest oil giant Total’s sponsorship at Louvre

In the first climate change performance inside the Paris museum, protesters shed black clothes to create a mock oil spill

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Politics

Mexican-Canadian artist caught up in political maelstrom over Trump Tower commission

Miriam Aroeste says she was surprised to have her art mixed up with the US President’s politics

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Exhibitions

Turkish art show granted ‘asylum’ in Germany

Exhibition goes on show in Stuttgart after being cancelled in Istanbul in 2016

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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

Row erupts as East London gallery accused of showing ‘alt-right’ and ‘racist’ art

LD50 defends programme as promoting the “free exploration of ideas” while campaigners call for its closure

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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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Art heavyweights back new campaign targeting rise of right-wing populism

Tacita Dean, Ed Ruscha and Frances Morris sign-up in support of the Hands off our Revolution movement

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Museums

A week without immigrant art: college museum responds to Trump’s travel ban

Over the Presidents’ Day break, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Massachusetts will remove or obscure work by artists, or donated by collectors, who are immigrants

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Exhibitions

‘Illegal’ immigrant artists take their protest fashions to the streets

New York's White Box gallery is organising a runway performance to highlight the precarious conditions of undocumented migrants

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Exhibitions

Kiev exhibition that questioned the results of Maidan revolution vandalised

Video shows attackers beating a gallery guard and tearing posters, and walls spray-painted with graffiti stating Mouthpiece of Moscow and Glory to Ukraine

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Artists, curators and gallerists sign letter calling for repeal of Trump’s immigration order

“The ban affects all of us” say signatories from across the art world

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Exhibitions

We the People: Nari Ward to re-create monumental work in New York

Visitors can donate their own shoelaces during the live installation this month at the New-York Historical Society

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Museums

Hermitage storage centre searched by FSB agents

Director plays down concerns over surprise investigation, but some see it as a warning against opposition

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Museums

MoMA responds to Trump’s immigration ban through its collection

The museum installs works by artists from Muslim nations in its permanent galleries

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Exhibitions

Art world reels from Trump’s immigration ban

New policies on course to undermine exhibitions and exchange programmes

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Christo cancels Over the River project in protest against Trump

After 20 years of planning and spending $15m of his own money, the artist says he has no interest in finishing the project under the current government

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Politics

St Isaac's Cathedral dispute triggers political row

Russian MP lauds Orthodox Church control of St Petersburg cathedral with anti-Semitic speech

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Politics

Signs of the times: museums and libraries preserve placards from the Women’s Marches

Archives in the US and the UK are collecting the wittiest and sharpest signs from the protests over the election of US president Trump

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Politics

Korean government apologises for culture blacklist

Around 10,000 cultural figures thought to be critical of country’s president deprived of government support

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'My America': Whitney Museum of American art explores identity on inauguration day

Come along on a tour of the exhibition Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection

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Museums

Trump’s inauguration: museums lay on alternative events

Many US museums are open free to the public on 20 January as divisive president-elect takes Oath of Office<br>

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Russian protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky seeks political asylum in France

The artist and his family fled the country after the opening of an investigation against him for sexual assault

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Exhibitions

American embassy hosts Syrian painting show in London

The outgoing US ambassador Matthew Barzun stresses the importance of the art in a time of “destruction”

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Politics

Tania Bruguera detained in Cuba again

Artist and activist was in her home country to deliver aid

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Economics

Stake in $14.7m De Kooning painting among Steven Mnuchin’s assets

Trump’s nominee for treasury secretary listed the work as part of a dynasty trust, federal ethics filings reveal

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Politics

Strikes, closures and public gatherings: the art world gears up for Trump’s inauguration

More than 80 leading artists and critics have called for museums and galleries to close on 20 January

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Politics

US-Russia museum loans could resume as deadlock ends

Hermitage director, who has known president-elect Trump "a long time", hopes exhibitions can go ahead with US anti-seizure guarantee