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Museums in the firing line as UK council funding crisis bites

Local authorities in England are taking drastic action, including scrapping all funding for museums, leading some experts to argue that new funding models are the only way to survive

Dale Berning Sawaabout 4 hours ago

Meeting of Canadian and Italian prime ministers at Art Gallery of Ontario cancelled due to protest

Pro-Palestine activists rallied outside the museum in protest of Justin Trudeau’s response to the Israel-Hamas war

Larry Humberabout 20 hours ago

Archaeologists in Peru identified one of the oldest megalithic structures in the Americas

The 4,750-year-old circular stone plaza has been under analysis since 2018

Garry Shawabout 19 hours ago

Happy 100th! The Morgan Library and Museum gets birthday gifts totalling $15m

The money will go towards the institution’s endowment and operational expenses

Elena Goukassianabout 15 hours ago

Net art pioneer Shu Lea Cheang wins $100,000 LG Guggenheim award

The Taiwan-born interdisciplinary artist’s work spans coding languages, hacking tactics, gaming engines and more

Benjamin Suttonabout 23 hours ago

Art market

Art Basel Hong Kong finally back to pre-pandemic size—what’s changed since 2019?

The city’s art ecosystem is rapidly expanding, but an economic slowdown across China and continued political interference from Beijing could mean stormy seas ahead

Kabir Jhalaabout 23 hours ago

Israel-Hamas war is front and centre at Art Dubai

The fair's Global South focus enables galleries to platform art about Palestine at a crucial moment

Third time may be the charm for India’s budding art trade

Although the sceptics say we have been here before, there are ample reasons to believe India's art economy has entered a new era

Ukrainian dealer gives the country’s emerging artists a foothold in Hollywood

Lia Snisarenko launched Art Axcess in her home last September to showcase contemporary art from Ukraine

Museums & Heritage

Jeffrey Gibson and Jennie C. Jones will transform the Metropolitan Museum's outdoor spaces in 2025

The artists' forthcoming façade and rooftop installations at the museum will explore the intersections of identity and art history

Torey Akersabout 18 hours ago

Archaeologists in Peru identified one of the oldest megalithic structures in the Americas

The 4,750-year-old circular stone plaza has been under analysis since 2018

Garry Shawabout 19 hours ago

Meeting of Canadian and Italian prime ministers at Art Gallery of Ontario cancelled due to protest

Pro-Palestine activists rallied outside the museum in protest of Justin Trudeau’s response to the Israel-Hamas war

Larry Humberabout 20 hours ago

Arts Council England rows back on 'reputational risk' guidelines

The public body “will not remove or refuse funding” over political work, it has confirmed following backlash

Gareth Harris1 day ago

Court ruling blow to heritage campaigners in to-and-fro battle over historic London department store

Judge reverses decision by secretary of state to save 1929 Marks & Spencer building in London’s Oxford Street, paving way for its demolition

Joe Ware1 day ago

Exhibitions

Dramatic turn: how the theatre was integral to Rembrandt’s art

A new exhibition in Amsterdam explores how the Old Master's paintings and drawings were inspired and informed by the art of acting

Senay Boztasabout 22 hours ago

Jeffrey Gibson and Jennie C. Jones will transform the Metropolitan Museum's outdoor spaces in 2025

The artists' forthcoming façade and rooftop installations at the museum will explore the intersections of identity and art history

Torey Akersabout 18 hours ago

Royal Academy of Arts’s forgotten founding member Angelica Kauffman gets solo show

The Swiss-born portraitist and history painter was celebrated in her lifetime but later fell into obscurity

Getty Center explores the bloodlines between old and new art

Show combines Medieval manuscripts with contemporary works that deploy blood as a symbol of the divine and the bodily

‘We are not letting the horror be forgotten’: artists mark second anniversary of Ukraine invasion

A new Kyiv museum bringing together tales of the warzone and a marathon immersive video screening in London are two major projects taking place this weekend to acknowledge the occasion

Praise Be—Damien Hirst is building a chapel in France

The holy installation at Château La Coste comprises a huge bronze hand pointing to the heavens

We could weep—Francesco Vezzoli to unveil teary masterpieces in Venice

Museo Correr will be filled with works embroidered by the Italian maverick

Obsessed with Taylor Swift or Tufting? London’s V&A museum wants you

Institution wants to sign up superfans in five trendy areas including Emojis, Crocs and Drag

Flash Art—Neo Naturist trio bare all at Tate Britain

Jennifer and Christine Binnie along with Wilma Johnson lectured in the nude then posed beside their 1980s pics in Women in Revolt!

Barbie star America Ferrera to portray late artist Ana Mendieta in TV series

Book adaptation will investigate further the Cuban-US artist's controversial death

Obituaries

Remembering Jacob Rothschild, banker, collector, philanthropist, and a towering figure in the British art world

A scion of the famous banking dynasty, he led the National Gallery, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Waddesdon Manor

Remembering Pope.L, the self-proclaimed 'friendliest Black artist in America'

His 50-year career was filled with transgressive performances, including the Times Square Crawls, which interrogated race and class

Günter Brus, central figure of Viennese Actionism, has died, aged 85

Brus was the last surviving founder of the movement, though he abandoned performance art after 1970

Carl Andre, giant of Minimalism who was tried for and acquitted of murder, has died, aged 88

Andre rose to prominence in the New York art world of the 1960s to become a totemic—and controversial—figure renowned for his material-driven sculptures

Giovanni Anselmo, pioneer of Arte Povera, has died, aged 89

Italian artist, who won Venice’s Golden Lion award in 1990, is subject of a Guggenheim Bilbao retrospective next year

Israel-Hamas war

Renowned Palestinian artist Fathi Ghaben, unable to leave Gaza for medical treatment, dies aged 77

The artist, hailed as the "Van Gogh of Gaza", suffered from chest and lung issues that needed urgent care

Dreams of rebuilding Gaza: five culture workers share their stories

The war in Gaza has resulted in catastrophic human losses. Behind the statistics lie the lives of individuals who have worked to preserve the exclave’s precious and often ignored heritage sites

Gaza City archives among heritage sites destroyed in Israel-Hamas war

Brief truce allowed International Council on Monuments and Sites and Palestinian antiquities ministry to investigate damage on the ground

German Academy of Arts criticises 'dangerous' violations of artistic freedom

The statement follows a number of exhibition cancellations because of curators’ or artists’ views on the Middle East conflict

New online magazine ‘celebrates and salutes’ Palestinian artists

Union Magazine, launched by the Berlin- and West Bank-based organisation Artists and Allies of Hebron, hopes to resist a polarised political climate

Technology

News, background and analysis on the latest tech developments—artificial intelligence tools; Web3, the blockchain, NFTs; virtual and augmented reality; social media platforms—and how they affect the art market, museums, artists and curators.

Harold Cohen's pioneering AI works provide essential context for conversations about generative art

The Whitney Museum of American Art is spotlighting the late art and technology innovator's prescient "AARON" series

Tate hits 12.5 million social media followers: what is behind its success?

Senior social media manager Nell Burnham reports that the @tate account, which serves both Tate Modern and Tate Britain, doubled its video views to 65 million in 2023

Technologyanalysis

Face time: how the art world is preparing to work with the Apple Vision Pro

The mixed reality headset offers astonishing visual quality. But, as it goes on sale at $3,500 a go, how will it enhance curators' dreams of giving global access to high-fidelity experiences of gallery and museum shows?

Tipping point: how new immersive institutions are changing the art world

Digital art venues are a global phenomenon, attracting massive audiences with radical new forms of immersive experiences. Are they a threat or an opportunity for traditional galleries and museums?

Going big: digital artists who show on a grand scale at immersive institutions

The rise of huge immersive venues, with giant, wraparound programmable LED screens, has provided a new canvas, and potential new audience, for digital artists. We look at four of the main players, from widely varied backgrounds

Adventures with Van Gogh

Adventures with Van Gogh is a weekly blog by Martin Bailey, our long-standing correspondent and expert on the artist. Published every Friday, his stories range from newsy items about this most intriguing artist to scholarly pieces based on his own meticulous investigations and discoveries.

Ten reasons why we love Van Gogh

It’s not only the art, but also his extraordinary life story

A brush with... podcast

A podcast that asks artists the questions you've always wanted to

A brush with… Nalini Malani

An in-depth interview with the artist on her cultural experiences and greatest influences, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to her time in 1970s Paris

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack

The Week in Art

A podcast bringing you the latest news from the art world, every week

How has Frieze Los Angeles impacted the city’s art scene?

Plus, Angelica Kauffman at London’s Royal Academy and Matthew Wong’s response to a lost Van Gogh

Book Club

Missing Mona Lisa: the story behind the 1911 theft of Leonardo’s masterpiece

The author of a new book tells us why it was stolen and how Picasso got embroiled in the scandal

Why Anthony van Dyck was summoned to paint a recently deceased noblewoman

This extract from a new book about works in the Dulwich Picture Gallery by Helen Hillyard and Jennifer Scott reveals the story behind the artist's 1663 portrait of Lady Digby

Helen Hillyard and Jennifer Scott. With an introduction by José da Silva

An expert's guide to Frans Hals: five must-read books on the Dutch Old Master

All you ever wanted to know about Hals, from an 18th-century biography to a 1994 novel of the artist's “lost diaries”—selected by the Rijksmuseum curator Friso Lammertse

Books

The presence of death: new book highlights the existential anxieties of William Gillies

A taster ahead of a later publication explores the Scottish painter’s focus on mental frailty, family and war

Opinion

The dawn of the entrepreneurial museum

With traditional philanthropic models on the wane, US institutions like the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Andy Warhol Museum are engaging in unconventional partnerships and launching spin-off businesses

Phillips auction gives James Rosenquist estate the best of both worlds

Pop artist’s paintings have seven-figure prices, but his prints are available for just a few hundred dollars at New York sale

'The art fair is a market, not a museum'

As this year's calendar gets under way—next stops, Delhi and Los Angeles—Chibundu Onuzo reflects on her experience at Frieze London to assess what these global events offer

How we should regulate AI is the trillion-dollar question

With cases of breaches to artists' copyright escalating, an international framework is vital