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Southern Brazil’s museums and historical sites threatened by torrential rains and flooding

In the past month, record rainfall has wreaked havoc on the state of Rio Grande do Sul

Gabriella Angeletiabout 5 hours ago

World’s first queer art biennial launching in Detroit

Local non-profit Mighty Real/Queer Detroit has turned a citywide endeavour into the world’s first queer art biennial

Osman Can Yerebakanabout 6 hours ago

Frida Kahlo museum clarifies that Madonna did not visit and try on the artist's clothes

Madonna may have tried on Kahlo's clothes during a previous visit to her family home

Torey Akersabout 6 hours ago

Art Basel changes name of Paris fair ahead of expanded third edition

The event formerly known as Paris+ par Art Basel will move to the Grand Palais this year

Kabir Jhalaabout 13 hours ago

‘We’ve got our man’ says British Museum chair as BBC programme digs deep into thefts

George Osborne’s comments were made on Thief at the British Museum, which has been released both as a one-off television show and a radio series

Martin Baileyabout 15 hours ago

Art market

Hackers claim responsibility for Christie's cyberattack and threaten to release client data

The group RansomHub say they are behind the attack that took down the auction house's website earlier this month

Kabir Jhalaabout 16 hours ago

The Gray Market: Why Sotheby’s $700m art-backed debt security is an acid test for the trade’s intentions

The large-scale investment vehicle raises major questions about who gets to decide where, how and to whom art circulates

Bonhams executive Alex Fortescue has died aged 55

His death was confirmed by Epiris, the private equity firm that owns the auction house

Nine-year-old’s exhibition opens at Christie’s

The show by the aspiring artist is supported by the auction house and the charity Art of Wishes

African art market confronts economic turbulence on the continent

Despite currency collapse of Nigeria's naira and a weakened South African rand, the category performed better than the overall market

Museums & Heritage

UK's Imperial War Museum plans to break with two unions

MPs have joined a campaign to stop the museums group from derecognising two of its three unions

Joe Wareabout 18 hours ago

Getting plastered: major conservation work begins on an extraordinary ceiling in Cornwall

Visitors have the unique chance to see the barrel-vaulted ceiling of the Long Gallery at Lanhydrock up close thanks to a scaffolding platform

Maev Kennedyabout 16 hours ago

New encyclopaedia makes Africa’s distant past relevant to today and tomorrow

Project aims to help seasoned researchers unlearn biases and the next generation of archaeologists to find inspiration

How radical transparency saved a US museum

Kate Casprowiak Scher, the Bellevue Arts Museum’s new permanent director, explains that candour about the institution’s finances helped bring the kunsthalle in suburban Seattle back from the brink

Officials in New York return antiquities worth $14m to Pakistan

Some of the 133 objects being repatriated are associated with the antiquities smugglers Subhash Kapoor and Richard Beale

Exhibitions

Alvaro Barrington: the artist bringing carnival and the Caribbean to Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries

With his new London commission, the Venezuela-born painter is exploring the UK’s impact around the globe with a sweeping installation partly inspired by his grandmother’s plastic sofa coverings

Louisa Buckabout 18 hours ago

The Big Review: 'Mary Cassatt at Work' at the Philadelphia Museum of Art ★★★★★

This survey frames Cassatt—once dismissed as a lightweight painter of pretty portraits—as a skilful examiner of private realms

Luc Tuymans creates a series of ephemeral murals within the Louvre

The Belgian artist’s four large wall paintings reference a lost 1990 work of his called 'The Orphan', and will remain in place for a year

Smoke, fire and livid sunsets: exhibition to show how Turner traced beginnings of climate breakdown

Works on view at the artist’s house in London will reveal the way he captured the early impact of the industrial revolution on the British landscape

America as you've never seen it before: the Dutch settlement of New York from the Native American perspective

An exhibition at the Amsterdam Museum in the Netherlands marks 400 years since the colonisation of the city at the mouth of the Hudson River

Artists celebrate Taylor Swift in Liverpool’s Taylor Town

Art path around the city features 11 art installations representing the singer's albums

(Another) royal portrait unveiled—Kate Middleton cover image goes viral

Polarising Tatler cover image of the Princess of Wales was created by Hannah Uzor

Julian Assange miniature goes on show (unofficially) at the V&A

Hand-painted portraits of the WikiLeaks founder and his wife Stella were smuggled into a display case at the London museum in April

Artists embrace Studio Voltaire’s big birthday (whisper it—30)

The not-for-profit art space in south London has been pivotal for artists such as Phyllida Barlow and Charlotte Prodger

Opinion

The Tudor blockbuster: why Holbein still mesmerises 500 years on

"There is evidently something about Holbein that resonates strongly with modern audiences"

From Titian to Alex Katz, artists and poets have long enjoyed a symbiosis

Katz’s fruitful relationships with John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara among others are a reminder that art and poetry thrive in proximity

'Why British museums must start charging entrance fees'

Low pay for museum workers, decreased local authority spending and a theft scandal have highlighted that "it’s time for some difficult choices," says the writer and broadcaster Ben Lewis

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.

Technologyfeature

In Tokyo, teamLab's giant new immersive space opens glittering portals of the imagination

The light-filled, interactive, spaces at teamLab Borderless offer “full-body joy” to the author's school-age children—as well as some cool selfies

Aleksandra Artamonovskaja is appointed head of arts for TriliTech, the entrepreneurship team supporting Tezos blockchain

Artamonovskaja, a leading consultant and moderator in the Web3 world, will oversee development of opportunities for artists across the Tezos ecosystem

Technologyfeature

On process: Refik Anadol seeks to demystify AI art by showing how it is put together

The media artist's "Echoes of the Earth: Living Archive" at Serpentine Galleries, London, goes for radical clarity on its raw data sources and the make-up of Anadol's artificial intelligence Large Nature Model

Robert Alice breaks new ground with auction of generative art NFTs on Christie's 3.0

Auction house sees maturing of market since the heady days of 2021 as works by the digital art pioneer are sold in combination with launch of their catalogue raisonné-like historical survey "On NFTs"

Technologyanalysis

Quantum leap: how a decade of NFTs has changed digital art

Two books take a look at the past and future of the non-fungible token. Once seen as the creature of market hype, the NFT now promises the first shared technical standard for the digital art world

Book Club

A move to London, the famous logo and liquid lunches: a short history of Thames & Hudson

As it marks its 75th anniversary, we hear how the “amazing melting pot” of Vienna shaped the publisher’s identity and what’s in store for the future

An expert's guide to colour: five must-read books on all things chromatic

All you ever wanted to know about the topic, from our difficult relationship with colour to a remarkable monochrome children’s book—selected by the colour historian Alexandra Loske

The art critic Robert Storr on the slow road to social and racial justice

A new series of books titled Focal Points launches with three volumes of essays and articles by the former curator

Books

‘Shamefully duped’: friend of convicted art fraudster Inigo Philbrick spills the beans in new memoir

In the warts-and all publication, Orlando Whitfield discusses his 15-year friendship with Philbrick while offering insights into the world of art dealing

From pews to power stations: a history of interwar British architecture that some feared might not be published

Gavin Stamp’s final book offers a fitting memorial to the architectural historian and Private Eye columnist

Ghosts of America’s ‘Street of Dreams’: a comprehensive book brings the history of New York’s Fifth Avenue to life

Established in the early 1800s, the street was once home to the city’s grandest houses, but many were soon replaced by towering apartment buildings, shops and hotels. A comprehensive book brings this history to life

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.

How drinking too much coffee fuelled Van Gogh’s work

A highly personal still-life painting featuring a pot, milk jug and cups offers an insight into daily life in the Yellow House

The Week in Art

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

The Week in Art podcast | The Mona Lisa’s endless, and problematic, allure; Judy Chicago; and New Objectivity

We speak to the Leonardo da Vinci scholar, Martin Kemp, about the famous painting's potential move and the latest research on its background, to the US artist about her show at Serpentine North and to the director of the Leopold Museum in Vienna about Christian Schad’s 'Self-Portrait with Model' (1927)

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A brush with... Kapwani Kiwanga

An in-depth interview with the artist on her cultural experiences and greatest influences, from residencies in Paris to the jazz legend Sun Ra

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National Gallery, London: 200th anniversary

The museum has launched a year of celebrations, loans and public events to mark 200 years since the opening of the gallery on 10 May 1824. The collection, now covering international art from the 13th to 19th centuries, has evolved so that, for breadth and quality, it is arguably unmatched by any other single museum in the world.

The National Gallery, London, celebrates its bicentenary with a full-colour Big Birthday Weekend

Music, poetry, and Renaissance selfies are on the menu and—for two nights only—the Trafalgar Square frontage will be lit up with a dazzling, projection-mapped show on the museum's 200-year history

Gabriele Finaldi welcomes a ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity to rethink London’s National Gallery

As the London museum celebrates its 200th birthday, its director speaks to The Art Newspaper about plans to reopen the Sainsbury Wing in May 2025, rehang the collection and consider work on a further extension

Revealed: London's National Gallery will stage a Van Gogh blockbuster as part of its 2024 bicentenary celebrations

Star loans include The Bedroom, Garden of the Asylum and—of course—the exhibition will show the museum's own Sunflowers

Obituaries

Dinh Q. Lê, master of multimedia art and mentor to fellow artists across southeast Asia, has died, aged 56

Vietnamese-American artist, best known for his distinctive photo-weaving works, made powerful statements in photography, video, sculpture and installation that challenged politics, history and memory

Richard Serra, creator of audacious steel sculptures, has died aged 85

The American sculptor received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale

Antoine Predock, architect of distinctive museums in the US and Canada, has died, aged 87

His Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Tang Teaching Museum and Tacoma Art Museum were typical of an approach that melded modernism and post-modernism into a characteristically unpredictable aesthetic

Lucas Samaras, tirelessly adventurous New York artist, has died, aged 87

The Greek American artist was always willing to try new forms and materials, working across sculpture, photography, performance, installation and more

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, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Waddesdon Manor