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Virgin Mary and Christ diptych, stolen during Second World War, returned to Poland

The paintings, from the workshop of the Flemish master Dieric Bouts, were transferred from the Museo Provincial de Pontevedra in Spain to Gołuchów Castle

Princess Diana gown, Lebron James jersey and ornate Bronze Age disc lead Sotheby’s latest cross-category auction experiment

The auction house’s first “The One” sale in New York included a mix of ancient artefacts and modern memorabilia organised into thematic sections

Controversial UK politician slams Tate for hosting children's drag queen storytime session

Conservative Party peer Emma Nicholson has lambasted the London museum for "propaganda" in open letter

Art market

Swiss dealers and collectors make their mark at artgenève—with optimistic advice for Brexit Britain

Local galleries at the Geneva fair welcome strong showing from Swiss-French and German buyers

Princess Diana gown, Lebron James jersey and ornate Bronze Age disc lead Sotheby’s latest cross-category auction experiment

The auction house’s first “The One” sale in New York included a mix of ancient artefacts and modern memorabilia organised into thematic sections

Global demand for African art brings near-record year for South African auction house despite ‘much higher degrees of uncertainty’

Strauss & Co is launching a new sale format with the aim of fostering a more inclusive African art market

Restituted, record-setting Bronzino and gruesome Rubens lead Sotheby’s Old Masters sales in New York

The auction house’s four-part auction extravaganza was a decidedly mixed bag, bringing a total of $74.5m across 124 lots

The Week in Art

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

Yayoi Kusama and Louis Vuitton: the enduring allure of art and luxury

Plus, Michael Rakowitz's ambitious restitution plans and Rosy Martin's photographical iconostasis

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Museums & Heritage

'Where the swords met bone': Archaeological evidence found of Ancient Egyptian rebellion mentioned on the Rosetta Stone

Excavations at Tell Timai in northern Egypt has found remains from the failed Great Revolt against the Ptolemaic rulers

Detroit Institute of Arts ordered to keep Van Gogh painting as lawsuit over its ownership heads to appeals court

A judge had previously dismissed the lawsuit brought against the Michigan museum in a dispute over the canvas “The Novel Reader”

Egon Schiele painting to be restored with €25,000 grant from Tefaf art fair

Once owned by Jewish collectors in Vienna, the landscape was exported to the US on condition it was exhibited in the Austrian pavilion at the 1948 Venice Biennale

More than 500 museums launch art project to confront mass biodiversity loss across UK

"The Wild Escape" responds to new research from London's Natural History Museum, which finds the UK is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world

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.

Was Van Gogh's olive grove landscape another Nazi-era 'forced sale'?

We uncover the tangled tale of the painting controversially sold off by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1972 and now in an Athens museum

Exhibitions

Show of unseen Paul McCartney photographs—taken at the height of Beatlemania—will help relaunch London’s National Portrait Gallery

Refurbished museum has also announced shows of female photographers Yevonde, Francesca Woodman and Julia Margaret Cameron and will see the return of David Hockney

Venice Biennale 2024: all the national pavilions, artists and curators announced so far

The latest news of the key players taking part in the 60th International Art Exhibition

Cecco del Caravaggio—the mysterious student and lover of the Baroque master of shadow—takes centre stage in new show

The Fondazione Accademia Carrara in Bergamo is showing 19 of 25 known paintings by the student who modelled for Caravaggio

A twisted tale of sugar and slaves: Alberta Whittle uncovers awkward truths in UK show

The Barbados-born artist confronts the unpalatable past of Guy Ball, the great-grandfather of the Holburne Museum’s founder

Documentary about Nan Goldin and her opioid crisis activism earns Oscar nomination

Lauren Poitras's film, which follows Goldin's campaign against members of the Sackler family, has been nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category

Artist Ai Weiwei reads Dalai Lama's new letter to the world: 'The Art of Hope'

The video and message are part of the digital art platform Circa's new art commissions for public screens and billboards around the world

Can this ‘art world outsider’ draw in an art-curious YouTube crowd?

Hosted by a science writer and actor, the Getty’s "Becoming Artsy" video series ditches the traditional documentary delivery of art history in favour of emotion, drama and fun

Playing with history: how heritage and archaeology are transforming video games

Gaming offers educational and licensing opportunities for historic sites and cultural institutions

Books

The fine art of satire: an indispensable guide to the life and imagination of James Gillray

A monumental biography of the political caricaturist who is one of the greatest draughtsmen in the history of British art

Russia-Ukraine war

The latest news on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

'Scythian gold is at the heart of Russia’s identity war'

Art historian and curator Konstantin Akinsha asserts that Russian attempts to claim succession from the ancient Scythians date back to the 18th century

Ringleader of group who attempted to steal Banksy mural in Ukraine could face 12 years in prison

The suspect has not been identified by police, but is likely to be an environmental activist who told press that he intended to auction the work in support of the Ukrainian army

Russian culture minister and a billionaire arts patron are included in latest lists of sanctions from the West

Olga Lyubimova has been sanctioned by the European Union and Vladimir Potanin is on the US list

Obituaries

'A south London version of the fabled homunculus': Norman Rosenthal remembers the multi-talented artist Tom Phillips

In a six-decade career, the British artist also composed and performed music, published books and was an expert on African art

Remembering Vivienne Westwood, godmother of punk and designer to the art tribe, who has died aged 81

The outspoken and original couturier referenced historical costume along with portraiture and campaigned for free access to museums

Pope Benedict XVI, for eight years proprietor in trust of the Vatican's library and art collection, has died aged 95

The German-born conservative pontiff, a noted theological scholar, tried to accommodate contemporary art but became a subject of satire

Marilyn Stafford, a pioneer of street and fashion photography, has died, aged 97

Social observation was key to the work of the recently rediscovered protégée of Francesco Scavullo and Henri Cartier-Bresson

Green is the New Black

In this monthly column, our correspondent Louisa Buck looks at how the art industry is responding to our climate and ecological crisis

The Year Ahead: 2023

After three years of uncertainty, the outlook for the art world in 2023 seems bright—and The Art Newspaper is excited to bring you this guide to the year ahead, including the best exhibitions, fairs and biennials worldwide.

Book Club

A daring Sargent portrait and the millions that changed everything for Isabella Stewart Gardner

An extract from a biography of the US collector and museum founder looks at how her modest taste was transformed by her inheritance and why her husband was not pleased by a revealing painting

Art books coming soon in 2023: the pick of the crop

The Art Newspaper’s books editor Jacqueline Riding selects spring and summer publications to look out for, from the Surrealism of Leonora Carrington to 100 years of Black figuration

‘I never run out of ideas’: an interview with Yayoi Kusama and highlights from her new catalogue

The artist, who is now in her 90s and voluntarily living in a psychiatric hospital, has a major retrospective under way in Hong Kong

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An in-depth interview with the artist on her cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Gordon Matta-Clark to Leonardo da Vinci

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2022: The Year in Review

The Art Newspaper team looks back on the first "post-Covid" year, which was tumultuous in the art world—and beyond

Exhibitions in 2022: the best shows and major trends of the year

Big hitters were the subject of major shows, from Donatello in Florence to Faith Ringgold in New York and Alice Neel in Paris

The art market in 2022: art fair shake ups, single owner auctions and an NFT winter

Despite headline figures of record sales, is the art world's bull market coming to an end?

The Year in Art: We take a look at 2022’s biggest stories—and what they mean

Plus, our writers sit down to discuss their favourite works of the year

Hosted by Ben Luke. With guest speakers Louisa Buck, Kabir Jhala and Benjamin Sutton. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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