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Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter to donate works for a room devoted to his art in new Berlin museum

Announcement comes after the German artist turned down proposals for his own museum in Cologne

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Biennials & festivals

Scattered over 12 islands, Japan’s Setouchi Triennale offers poignant reflections of local life by the sea

Triennial features more than 200 sculptures and installations scattered across a dozen islands in the region

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Venice

Don’t believe what you read in the papers: Venice won't lose its cruise ships any time soon

A lack of a long-term plan combined with the economic benefits brought by the luxury liners means a cruise ship ban will take long to implement

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Museums

What exactly is a museum? Icom comes to blows over new definition

As 50-year-old statement is overhauled, feuds over new description could "seriously weaken" the International Council of Museums

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Kashmir

Kashmir lockdown traps artists headed for Kochi residency

Two students from the University of Kashmir are unable to leave the state following government imposed restrictions on movement and communication

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Museums & Heritage

Liverpool World Museum used facial recognition technology on visitors to Terracotta Warriors show

Privacy group condemns move but the museum says people were made aware of the surveillance measures

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Smuggling

Stolen artefacts from 'prolific art smuggler' returned to India

Objects are reportedly linked to antiquities dealer Subhash Kapoor who is facing criminal charges in the US

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Top of the Pods: Leonardo—the Salvator Mundi saga

We revisit interviews about the headline-making auction of the famous painting, its origins and its present whereabouts

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Museums & Heritage

Survivors and victims’ families oppose plans for a $40m museum at site of Pulse shooting

The group says fundraising efforts to turn the Orlando nightclub into a tourist destination would be better spent on survivors’ care

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Conservation & Preservation

New York Public Library shores up its marble lions

Two-month conservation effort for the sculptures follows a public appeal to donors

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Istanbul Biennial

Istanbul Biennial shifts to waterside warehouse after asbestos scare

New Antrepo 5 venue announced after curator says visitors could have been at risk

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Conservation

Isenheim altarpiece restorers invite visitors in

Laser imaging comes to aid of restoration of 16th-century paintings and sculptures

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Ai Weiwei

Puccini gets political: Ai Weiwei to direct opera in Rome about Hong Kong crisis

The Chinese artist will also design the sets and costumes for the production at the Teatro dell'Opera next year

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Art heaven or hell? Museum’s epic £15m tunnel brings to life Dante’s Divine Comedy

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How Dada inspired William Kentridge’s The Head and the Load

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Damien Hirst

Exclusive: Damien Hirst channels Jackson Pollock for latest works

Art market

Inside the Chinese art market: The Art Newspaper meets Kejia Wu

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Artists

Robert Indiana’s caretaker allowed him ‘to live in squalor and filth’ despite artist having $13m in the bank

Jamie Thomas is accused of stealing more than $1m and 100 works of art from the late artist in new court filing

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Medieval art

Glam rock: alabaster was not medieval England's 'poor man's marble' new book finds

Used in high status projects and throughout the continent, Kim Woods's detailed study challenges misconceptions of the carving rock's status

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Conservation & Preservation

San Francisco school board votes to preserve but conceal a controversial mural

Its 4-3 decision reverses an earlier vote to paint over a 1930s work that some parents and board members found racist and damaging to students

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Construction on Notre Dame pushed back to 19 August as steps taken to decontaminate site from lead

Construction had been expected to start a week earlier, but new safety measures for the protection of workers are still being tested

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Art market

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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Leonardo da Vinci

'Immersive experience' at London's National Gallery to reveal secrets of Leonardo’s Virgin of the Rocks

X-rays showing artist's original composition reveal that angel and Infant Christ were positioned higher up

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Hong Kong

As crisis deepens, activists stage pro-democracy exhibition in Hong Kong

Show at WMA Space tells the “story of HongKongers” through protest ephemera

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Books

A clever book for clever people: Marina Warner's sensitive artist essays dimmed by too many words

The brilliance of the scholar's examination of artists such as Paula Rego and Sigmar Polke is evident despite name dropping and verbose language

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Public art

Vancouver mural memorialises First Nations’ aide to stranded Indian immigrants

The work was unveiled as the name of a Conservative politician behind the Komagata Maru incident was removed from the federal building on which it is painted

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Historians bake sourdough bread with yeast that could date to ancient Egypt

The loaf, made with yeast extracted from an artefact at the MFA Boston, could provide valuable insight into ancient civilisations

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Museums

London mayor Sadiq Khan supports proposal for new slavery museum in the capital

Liverpool slavery museum keen to collaborate on project highlighting UK’s involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade

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Books

The scientific brotherhood: Pre-Raphaelite art put under the microscope

The Victorian artist group explored the connections between art and scientific observation to enhance art’s moral purpose

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Art market

For African artists, it pays to be female

Four women top the auction market for African art as collectors look to 'fill gaps in the market'

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Performa

Performa 19 to explore the influence of the Bauhaus School on live performance

The biennial includes around 20 new commissions by artists such as Kia LaBeija and Ed Atkins

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Discrimination

Wheelchair user blasts Olafur Eliasson show at Tate Modern over rampless work

After consulting with the Danish-Icelandic artist and technicians, Tate says installation “cannot be made safely accessible for wheelchair users”

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Hastings Contemporary

Victor Willing's life, work and tumultuous relationship with Paula Rego explored in first UK retrospective

New documentary by Willing’s son will also form part of Hastings Contemporary's reassessment of the forgotten artist

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Museums

UK national museums lent almost half a million objects around the world last year

Most were scientific materials, but 69,000 went to cultural venues

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Books

New catalogue presents virtuosity of Neo-Classicist goldsmith Luigi Valadier

Alvar González-Palacios’s book on the Italian decorator is a peak in his distinguished career

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Exhibitions

In highly personal portraits, an artist speaks up for his native Baltimore

Painted before Donald Trump disparaged the city, Derrick Adams's new works celebrate family life there

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Obituaries

Greek sculptor Panayiotis Vassilakis, known as Takis, has died at 93

The self-taught artist explored magnetic field energy in his kinetic works, admired by Duchamp and the American Beat poets

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Obituaries

Nancy Reddin Kienholz, artist and partner of Ed Kienholz, dies age 75

The pair created provocative installations about American society, race and sex

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Activism

Mural in Santa Fe underscores violence against Indigenous women

The work holds weight in New Mexico, which has the highest rate of violent crimes against Native American women in the US

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Hong Kong

Ai Weiwei sends research team to Hong Kong as demonstrations continue

Speaking to the BBC, Chinese dissident artist says West is unlikely to interfere and he has 'no trust in Britain at all'

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The Buck stopped here

Ceramicist Magdalene Odundo shines in solo Sainsbury Centre show

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Rachid Koraichi

Algerian artist Rachid Koraichi builds cemetery for drowned migrants

Though the site is due to open next spring, Koraichi has already had to bury 56 anonymous bodies to relieve overcrowding in existing local cemeteries

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Top of the Pods: video artists in the spotlight

We bring together discussions with three masters of video art: Ragnar Kjartansson, John Akomfrah and Chris Marclay

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Lawyers for teenager accused of throwing boy from tenth-floor of Tate Modern seek psychiatric reports

Defendant remains in custody until trial in February

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In the frame

In homage: Kara Walker’s silhouette of Toni Morrison for The New Yorker

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From the relationship between humans and nature at the Cooper Hewitt to love and unity at the Ford Foundation

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Exhibitions

Tracey Emin and Edvard Munch joint show on its way to London’s Royal Academy of Arts

Exhibition first opens at Norway’s new Munch Museum, where Emin’s giant bronze The Mother will be permanently installed outside

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Restitution

Growing pressure on the British Museum as Jamaica is latest government seeking return of objects

Spokeswoman for the London museum says it has not been officially approached by the country over the return of the two objects made by the Taíno people in its collection

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Diary of an art historian

Did the buyer of the Salvator Mundi get played—or did we?

What better way to boost its star power than by making it "disappear" for a few months?

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In the frame

“We’re just so crazy in love with her”: Smithsonian acquires Vogue cover image of Beyoncé

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Media & broadcast

Into the cluttered maze of a packrat photographer

“Jay Myself” captures an artist and collector in his overflowing six-storey home

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Obituaries

Kamal Boullata—Palestinian master of abstract art and Arabic calligraphy—dies, aged 77

Jerusalem-born artist who lived 50 years in exile was a pioneer of the hurufiyya movement and one of the first to write about Palestine's art history

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Looting

Over 18,000 cultural goods seized and 59 arrested in trafficking sting

Multi-national operation organised by Europol involved police forces from 29 countries

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Books

Fit for a king: book lays out the vast scale of the Orléans collection

The second Duke of Orléans’ assembly of his famous art collection may have been a covert preparation for seizing the throne of France

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Censorship

Artists wade into row over Japanese triennial dedicated to freedom of speech

More than 70 participants including Candice Breitz and Tania Bruguera have signed a statement demanding reopening of Aichi Triennale's exhibition

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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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Diary

Mega collectors raise $2.3m at Aspen Art Museum's annual ArtCrush benefit

But politics and philanthropy are the hot topics of conversation below the surface

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Art the Arms Fair

Trigger warning: Guerrilla Girls among artists protesting against London arms fair with parallel show

Art the Arms Fair's inaugural 2017 exhibition saw a work by Banksy sell for £205,000 to benefit anti-war campaigns

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Art market

Fourth Sotheby’s shareholder files lawsuit in bid to block $3.7bn sale to Patrick Drahi

Auction house says such litigation is “routine in the US”, with deal expected to be completed by the end of the year

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Censorship

Long-running Facebook battle over censored Courbet painting gets happy ending

Social media giant pays out after closing French teacher's account for posting photo of the Origin of the World

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Exhibitions

Unfinished quarters of a Bavarian palace create a striking backdrop for contemporary art

Imaginatively curated, the fourth edition of the Königsklasse exhibition is as monumental as the Herrenchiemsee Palace in which it is installed

News

Teenager charged with attempted murder after six-year-old boy is ‘thrown’ from tenth floor of Tate Modern

Metropolitan Police are exploring mental health as a line of inquiry

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Ancient Egypt

Golden touch up: King Tutankhamun's coffin undergoes first ever restoration at new Grand Egyptian Museum

Famous Ancient Egyptian artefact transferred from Luxor tomb to Cairo for delicate conservation work ahead of museum opening

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Photography

Huge photos of school children to appear on London billboards as part of Steve McQueen’s Tate initiative

The outdoor exhibition across the capital is a forerunner to the filmmaker’s Year Three Project at Tate Britain

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Outer Space

Work by an African artist to be launched into space to highlight effects of global warming

Piece will be fixed onto nose of an Ariane 5 launcher that will be collecting data on climate change's impact on Africa

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In the frame

Blow-up Tina Turner comes to Margate in time for the Turner Prize

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Bauhaus

Art Institute of Chicago show traces the Bauhaus’s legacy in 20th-century textile art

The weaving workshop was “an incubator of aesthetic and pedagogical talent”

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In the frame

Turrell's Skyspace at MoMA PS1 is back on view

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JMW Turner

Export bar placed on Turner's masterpiece The Dark Rigi

The watercolour painting, considered one of the artist's finest works, was sold to a private collector in 2006

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In the frame

Has Garage Cat been abducted by aliens? Moscow museum's feline friend is missing

Analysis
Cathedral of Notre Dame

New law regarding Notre Dame says restoration must preserve its 'historic, artistic and architectural interest'

But attempts in the senate to ensure it will look as before the fire were dropped from the final version

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong's cultural workers defy government pressure to hit streets in protest

Several thousand civil servants, including many from state-backed arts institutions, come out in support of ongoing pro-democracy protests

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Museu Coleção Berardo

Berardo museum stays open in Lisbon despite uncertainty over future of ‘Portuguese Saatchi’s’ collection

Portuguese government has stepped in and seized art assets following protracted legal battle, press reports say

Podcast

Top of the Pods: Artemisia Gentileschi and the forgotten female Old Masters

We look back at the women who were written out of art history with National Gallery curator Letizia Treves, Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum director Jordana Pomeroy and artist Helen Cammock

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Interviews

In the rescued Johnson archive, poignant images from black American history

How four institutions swooped in to acquire four million images

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Restoration

Delicate seven-year restoration of altarpiece finally completed at London's National Gallery

The 16th-century work The Virgin and Child with Saints is now back on show in the museum

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Freeports

Freeport debate rages on after UK government commits to establishing ten vast storage facilities

Labour MP Owen Smith calls the tax-free zones “self-storage for art thieves”