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Mikhail Piotrovsky

'Putin's been my person since the 90s': ahead of Russia's parliamentary elections, Hermitage director Mikhail Piotrovsky talks politics

The outspoken museum chief is leading the St Petersburg ticket of United Russia, the pro-Putin ruling party, in national parliamentary elections this weekend

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US politics

Percent for art programme to expand into Los Angeles county’s unincorporated areas

A civic ordinance in effect from October sets aside 1% of building projects for arts and culture programmes

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Exhibitions

Picasso Blue Period blockbuster to finally open in Toronto early October

The show, delayed because of Covid, focuses on three works painted by the “insanely ambitious” artist during a low point in his early career

Preview
Exhibitions

Must-see institutional shows during Art Basel

From unseen drawings from Kara Walker's personal archives to a fresh take on Camille Pissarro as the leader of the Impressionists

The Week in Art

Should the art world boycott China over its treatment of Uyghur people?

Plus, Van Gogh’s final months and master printer Kenneth Tyler on Helen Frankenthaler

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Adam Pendelton's colossal recaps of the past year at MoMA, to Objects of Common Interest's minimalist designs at the Noguchi Museum

Interview
Art fairs

Real-life Art Basel prepares to return—and steps down from its ivory tower

Arranging the event amid a shifting pandemic has been fraught with risk—but it is a risk worth taking, says global director Marc Spiegler

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

Against all the odds, the UK’s museums are beacons of inspiration

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Art market

Choose your unicorn: why angel investors are ploughing millions into art startups

Statues

Destroying public symbols of the past will not lead to a juster society. We must keep our mistakes visible

Art market

Not all they seem: how galleries can spot fake ID documents

Afghanistan

Protocols are already available to help save Afghanistan’s cultural heritage

Art market

Overseas galleries and art advisors listen up: you are not immune to new money laundering laws at UK fairs this autumn

Heritage

With the Taliban’s take-over of Afghanistan, intangible cultural heritage is most at threat

Biennials & festivals

Helsinki’s inaugural biennial goes off with a bang on the former military island of Vallisaari

Arts funding

UK arts sector must learn to fight smart and dirty to get what it wants from the government

Deaccessioning

Amid financial adversity, can a museum association emerge as an innovative leader on deaccessioning?

Art market

Why the art market must stop trying to predict the unpredictable and enjoy a well deserved #hotgirlsummer

US politics

Under the Biden administration, can US cultural policy better reflect American values?

Architecture

Liverpool should not be punished for its modern vision

Venice

The IPCC’s predictions of sea-level rise are why Italy should beg Unesco to put Venice on its at risk list

Venice

Now is the time for Unesco to call Venice's authorities to order

Diary of an art historian

Visiting a historic house should be about more than just cream teas and crocuses—their full histories, however unsettling, should be told

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

A redesign of the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden prompts questions about artistic vision

Museums & Heritage

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s new Hirshhorn sculpture garden will create a more open and artistically inspired future for the museum

Museums & Heritage

We tackled Dutch slaving history—the Rijksmuseum's exhibition could serve as a model of its kind

Art market

Livestreamed or IRL, gallery weekends or satellite spaces—the art market faces a paradox of choice

Exhibitions

Why some people still care passionately whether St Jerome was Italian or Croatian (he was neither, actually)

Museums

One of us or one of them? A long view of the appointment of George Osborne as chair of the British Museum

Art Market Eye

Why the figures bandied about in the art market are subject to caution

Letters

Letters to the editor | Donna Stein’s book about the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is ‘misleading’ and has ‘inaccuracies’

Prizes

What's the point of art prizes?

Venice

The damnation of Venice: locals are being systematically driven out by officials who are selling off sites for tourism

Funding

Hackneyed old Hockney: Museums need to be courageous, even in survival mode

Diary of an art historian

The UK Ministry of Culture is where politicians' careers go to die—but Oliver Dowden has emerged victorious, thanks to the culture wars

Art market

Jobs for the boys…why I'm starting to feel old amid the new art world order

UK politics

Don’t trash talk museums at this perilous time: we must adapt—not throw away—our cultural heritage

Art market

Inflation is soaring in the US and UK—here's what it means for the art market

Art market

Will gallery weekends replace art fairs?

Diary of an art historian

It took 300 years for the art world to recognise Artemisia Gentileschi—now NFTs are reinforcing the bias towards Western male artists

Salvator Mundi

Is Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci? Amid the current flurry of ill-informed controversies, let us turn to the science

Venice

Has Venice really banned cruise ships? It appears not

Art Market Eye

How a new digital art market could mimic the traditional one—including in bad ways

African art market

Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu’s greatest work is much loved by the art market—but it should mean more to art history too

M+

Why culture is key to Hong Kong’s future as a world city

Museums & Heritage

Why we are projecting First Nations art on the Sydney Opera House

Looted art

Is there loot lurking in your collection? Find out—before someone else does

Cuba

A feeble congress and the raising up of poetry in Cuba

Art market

In our current dystopian art market, the pervasive and persistent Damien Hirst may well have the last laugh

NFTs

NFTs and the 'Art' world: panic and possibility

Diary of an art historian

Boo to NFTs! Hang on, think of no customs fees

Art fairs

The world of art fairs is going to change for good—and only the better-funded fairs will survive

Art Market Eye

How the art market turned upside down—in one month

Museums

How museums can ethically invest their money

Art market

EU proposes tough new laws on antique ivory trade—despite lack of evidence it leads to modern-day poaching

Myanmar

Here is what you can do to help Myanmar's beleaguered artists

Art market

The art market is 'high risk' for money laundering, so ignore new regulations at your peril

Benin Bronzes

Britain stole the royal, sacred Benin Bronzes from Nigeria—so why is Germany leading their return?

NFTs

The looming legal and regulatory questions NFT collectors and sellers should prepare for

Art market

The 'Ledbury Titian' discovery begs the question: who should we trust when it comes to art attribution?

Museums & Heritage

Pandemic anniversary: the things museums should learn from our plague year

Comment

Freelance workers are the backbone of the art world—but how are they expected to survive on a pittance?

Art market

Six reasons why Gamestop couldn’t happen in the art market

Diary of an art historian

'Autism made me an art historian. But museums must do more to welcome disabled and neurodiverse communities'

United Kingdom

'Where is the champion within UK government for a vigorous, independent visual arts sector?'

NFTs

The NFT craze encapsulates the absurdity of the art world—and its obsession with authenticity

Art market

Risky business: how new US sanctions regulations will actually impact the art market

Diary of an art historian

Museums have hastily cut their staff to save money—what will happen when visitors return and they need them back?

Art market

Sotheby's brought to you by Bulgari—product placement at auction has arrived, with limitless potential

Arts funding

Arts researchers can help America overcome its toughest challenges

Botticelli

'Looking just gorgeous': Granddaughter of $80m Botticelli's former owner on living with the masterpiece

Art Market Eye

Can Paris snatch the art market crown from London?

Art market

Should post-Brexit UK get rid of the Artist’s Resale Right?

Monuments

Tearing down troubling statues is not lying about our history—it is removing impediments to truth

Museums

Could 2021 be the year of the African museum?

Art market

How will US money laundering crackdown actually impact the art market? A lawyer explains

Art market

A Covid-19 silver lining? Let’s not return to family-unfriendly art business as usual

Diary of an art historian

Auction houses have finally entered the Amazon age—and I’m addicted

Covid-19

As 2021 beckons.... I crave new art in the new year more than ever

Covid-19

'Museums had better not be planning for a return to the status quo'

The Year in Review 2020

Art could have dwindled into insignificance in the upheaval of this year—instead it endured

Art market

How art world leaders can embrace new money laundering regulations and create a 'think risk' culture

Museums & Heritage

California needs a plan to restart the arts

Art Market Eye

Asian art market flies in the face of coronavirus

Museums

Gabrielie Finaldi: 'What is the National Gallery if you can’t visit and you can’t see the pictures?'

Humboldt Forum

'Humboldt Forum must have a clear policy that only objects of proper provenance can be used'

Art market

The art trade benefits from the UK's low import duty. What will happen to it after Brexit?

Art market

Provenance: the Trojan horse that can make or break a work of art

Museums

A new kind of museum is emerging—here's what the future holds

Art Market Eye

The turn of the screw: will tighter regulations impact the art market?

Art market

Pastures new: why some top gallery staff are moving on from longtime jobs

Cultural heritage

Finally, rebel experts come to the rescue of Unesco’s failing World Heritage programme

Diary of an art historian

People see only 'silver tits' and 'bouffant pubes' now—but I predict Mary Wollstonecraft sculpture will become widely admired

Heritage

Fifty years on, Unesco’s convention against illicit trafficking of cultural artefacts still shines bright

Diary of an art historian

Is the UK seeing the emergence of a ‘Godfather approach’ to arts funding?

Philip Guston

Philip Guston show: 2022 opening is welcome news but confusion still remains

Artists

A message of hope from David Hockney for Lockdown 2: 'Remember, they can't cancel the autumn either'

Saudi Arabia

Why culture is so important in the time of coronavirus

Artists

Portrait of Tracey: how Emin's cancer diagnosis hasn't stopped her from being an artistic dynamo

Art Market Eye

A flood of art? The market issues around museum deaccessioning

Sackler family

Nan Goldin: We must stop the Sacklers’ imminent Justice Department immunity deal

Closures

'Another yawning gap': radical London Print Studio closes its doors

coronavirus

Exhibitions need a perfect storm to succeed—but shows opening during Covid-19 are getting a disappointing drizzle

Deaccessioning

Baltimore Museum of Art curators respond to deaccessioning criticism

Heritage

Confronting the allure, and the dangers, of 'fake heritage'

election 2020

Why vote? To protect those who cannot

Diary of an art historian

I finally went to see some art—and caught Covid-19

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Art market

Genevan court dismisses Dimitry Rybolovev's case against art dealer Yves Bouvier—but feud between the two billionaires is not over yet

Russian art collector had sued for double dealing and will now appeal decision, while Bouvier plans to launch $1bn countersuit for damages—and write a tell-all book

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Museums & Heritage

A sneak peek at France's first cultural venue celebrating stained glass

The Cité du Vitrail will open in the medieval town of Troyes in spring 2022, but preview tours are running this weekend for the European Heritage Days

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Biennials & festivals

At the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the city becomes a community landscape

Projects and site-specific installations have been brought into six neigbourhoods, taking local needs into account

Blog
Adventures with Van Gogh

New Van Gogh discovery: first version of despairing man that was bought for £6—and then hidden away for more than a century

The artist titled the drawing "Worn out" in English because he wanted to work for a London publisher

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Art and health

Healing Arts programme comes to New York with a two-month schedule of events

Artist commissions, expert discussions and film premieres will take place in the city, starting and ending with a pair of symposia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Appointments

'Musée d’Orsay can no longer be a tourist factory': Christophe Leribault named new director of Paris museum

Leribault will oversee a major redevelopment of the Musée d’Orsay over the next decade

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Slavery: the groundbreaking Dutch exhibition confronting colonial history

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When makers take the mic: the rise of the artist-hosted podcast

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Guerrilla Girls: corrupt museum boards, the female nude and NFTs

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Classicist Mary Beard on the infamous Roman emperor Nero

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Viking-age treasure: new insights into life 1,000 years ago

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'Art is our spiritual oxygen': new shows to see in London and New York

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New York auctions: has the art market roared back to life?

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Climate disaster: photographer Richard Mosse on environmental crime in the Amazon

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Return to La La Land: art is back in California

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Kusama-rama: Yayoi exhibitions open in London, New York and Berlin

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Let loose after lockdown: London’s best gallery shows

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Can Netflix help solve the Isabella Stewart Gardner art heist?

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Has the drop in visitors changed museums forever?

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Benin bronzes: looted treasures will return to Nigeria at last

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The results are in: the real impact of Covid-19 on the art market

The Week in Art

UK culture war: how should museums confront colonialism?

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Old Masters meet Brutalism: inside Frick Madison in New York

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WTF are NFTs? Why crypto is dominating the art market

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'Black grief and white grievance' at New York’s New Museum

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Stonehenge: could a road tunnel ruin the ancient site?

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The fight against Putin: artists on the frontline

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New normal for Old Masters: Botticelli's record online sale and new AI research on Leonardo's Salvator Mundi

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What will Biden-Harris do for the visual arts?

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The white supremacist art at the heart of the US Capitol

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2020: the year in review

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Brexit: how will it change the art market?

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Contemporary public art: who is it for?

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Is the future of museums in Africa?

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Revisiting the Thanksgiving myth: the Mayflower and the Wampanoag, 400 years on

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Where art fairs still happen: the Shanghai buzz

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US election: How Trump’s presidency has affected the arts

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Has coronavirus helped unmask the real prices of art?

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The great museum sell-off: should public collections deaccession to survive Covid-19?

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What does the Philip Guston delay tell us about museums and race?

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Frieze: the show goes on. Plus, Theaster Gates

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Artemisia and Frida: great art, turbulent lives

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Sell the Michelangelo or lose 150 staff? The Royal Academy of Arts’s Covid-19 conundrum

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This is America: Grayson Perry on race and class

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Berlin: still a magnet for artists?

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Cancelled: should good artists pay for bad behaviour?

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Virginia Commonwealth University launches programme dedicated to the art of podcasting

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Ready to see some art? The top exhibitions of the summer

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What will culture be like in the next decade?

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Staff cuts: are museums protecting their workers?

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Hong Kong: has the new law 'destroyed' the art scene?

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The destruction of Australia’s ancient Aboriginal heritage

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Art and social media: do museums need memes?

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What to do about problematic statues?

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How to visit a gallery during a pandemic

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Let’s talk about race: museums and the battle against white privilege

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Houston, do we have a problem? The verdict on early museum openings in Texas

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Raphael: as great as Leonardo and Michelangelo?

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Is the future of the art market online?

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Exclusive: Marina Abramovic on performance art post-pandemic

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Can new tech recreate the hand of an Old Master?

Henri Matisse

Sophie Matisse retraces her great-grandfather's footsteps for emotional BBC film

Podcast

The end of the blockbuster? Museums in a post-pandemic world

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Donald Judd 101: the great artist in depth

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Art theft: are museums safe under lockdown?

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Can the art market weather the coronavirus storm?

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Saving the art world’s self-employed amidst the coronavirus crisis

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Coronavirus: dispatches from Italy and China

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Fill your ears with art: the top culture podcasts to listen to during the coronavirus lockdown

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Titian’s poesie: an in-depth tour of 'the most beautiful pictures in the world'

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Remembering Ulay. Plus, how coronavirus cancelled Art Basel in Hong Kong

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Surrealism: what was Britain's role?

Artists

Shirin Neshat on why Frida Kahlo is one of her favourite artists

Podcast

Who owns the Parthenon Marbles?

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Does Los Angeles want a big art fair?

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Tschabalala Self and radical figurative painting

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The story of a fake Gauguin at the Getty

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2020: art market issues and big shows

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Myanmar

Myanmar’s artists face growing hardship as Covid returns and military tightens grip

As junta strengthens hold over country, the economy crumbles and a brutal new wave of the virus takes its toll, the artistic community is in crisis

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Art market

Ethiopian gallery Addis Fine Art to open space in London

One of the few Black-owned galleries in London, the space will open with a show of Nirit Takele in October as the gallery takes part in Frieze London for the first time

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Heritage

Unesco report reveals extent of Russian threat to Crimean heritage

Since the annexation in 2014, Russia has been persecuting the Tatar population and appropriating monuments

News
Artists

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara named an ‘icon’ of 2021 by Time magazine

The Cuban artist and activist is joined on the publication’s list of 100 Most Influential People by Barbara Kruger and Mark Bradford

News
Appointments

Nadine Dorries named UK culture secretary

The right-wing politician, who appeared on the TV programme I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, replaces Oliver Dowden

News
Superflex

Superflex to send climate-conscious message during 76th United Nations General Assembly in New York

The Danish art collective will show one work on the façade of the international agency's Manhattan headquarters next week

Analysis
Art market

Despite legal crackdowns, unpaid internships are still rife in the art world

Historically marginalised groups are being kept out of an industry that expects people to work for free in order to get a foot in the door

Interview
Prizes

'India is an example of fascism unchecked': Jameel Prize-nominated activist Sofia Karim on her samosa packets of solidarity

The London-based artist's Turbine Bagh project shines light on human rights abuses across South Asia

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An in-depth interview on the artist's big influences, from Francisco de Goya to Mary Shelley

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Restitution

Looted African works that France has promised to return to Benin will be shown in Paris museum for one last time

The exhibition Benin: the Restitution of 26 Works from the Royal Treasures of Abomey at Musée du quai Branly–Jacques Chirac will be on view for five days in October

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Art market

The rise of Paris: Larry Gagosian opens third gallery in the French capital

US dealer launches new space with giant Alexander Calder sculpture in the Place Vendôme

Interview
Art market

New Miart director Nicola Ricciardi on rebuilding an art fair from scratch as the pandemic rumbles on

Ricciardi was previously artistic director of Turin's OGR art centre which was used as a hospital for Covid-19 patients last year

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NFTs

Dread Scott's NFT 'White Male For Sale', a critique on slavery, to be auctioned off at Christie’s Post-War to Present sale

The work features a 1:10 loop of a business-class white man standing on an auction block

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Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold to get her first New York retrospective at the New Museum in 2022

The exhibition will span six decades and explore Ringgold as both an artist and political activist

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Prizes

James Turrell and Sebastião Salgado among international recipients of £400,000 Japanese art prize

Japan Art Association drew up the all-male winners list for award dubbed ‘Nobel Prize for the Arts’

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The Buck stopped here

Pop goes pastoral: Sarah Lucas and friends take over rural theatre with multilayered group show of female imagery

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Prizes

Sculptor Nairy Baghramian awarded 2022 Nasher Prize

The $100,000 award for sculpture recognises the Berlin-based artist's evocative explorations of the body through sculpture

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Book Club

In Pictures | Behind the scenes of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work wrapping the Arc de Triomphe

A new book looks at the detailed preparations and 60 years of planning behind the work being unveiled in Paris

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Climate Change

'Now is the time': UK artists and galleries unite for climate campaign to mark COP26 conference

Conservation charity WWF and curatorial collective Artwise call on art world to raise funds and awareness for climate action

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Art market

‘Opera is boring’: Marina Abramovic’s cinematic ode to soprano Maria Callas opens in London

Belgrade-born performance artist discusses recasting opera for a younger generation, how the diva label is “dubious” and why sex is better post-menopause

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Exhibitions

From art that's barely there to Alicja Kwade’s heart: what to see at Berlin Art Week

The German capital is awash with exhibitions, performances and events after a quieter edition last year

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Artist interview

Ibrahim Mahama: ‘I use crisis and failure as the primary material in my work’

On the eve of a new London show, the Ghanaian artist discusses how he is turning a disused food silo in his homeland into a cultural centre

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Museums & Heritage

Timothée Chalamet kicks off the Met Gala with a flag-inspired collaboration with street artist JR

The actor debuted a new performance and installation in the Breuer building, before protestors crashed the party at the Costume Institute’s annual celebrity fundraiser

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Peru

Peru’s heritage gets a new $125m home

Museo Nacional del Perú (Muna) boasts a collection of nearly 50,000 Pre- Columbian objects, including repatriated artefacts

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Appointments

Emma Lavigne named chief executive officer of the Pinault Collection

Former head of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris replaces Jean-Jacques Aillagon

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Art market

'A collector in dealer's clothes': Sotheby's to sell the collection of Richard L. Feigen

The sale of the New York dealer, who died earlier this year and was once a vocal critic of auction houses, will feature works from the 14th to 20th centuries

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Funding

British Council—the UK's international organisation for cultural relations—winds down in 20 countries

Covid impact on commercial income has led to cost cutting, organisation says

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NFTs

‘We have no doubt NFTs are art’: after selling tokenised Leonardo, Hermitage plans exhibition of born-digital works

Russian museum will look beyond the market hype to address deeper questions about "the specific possibilities of this medium", says contemporary art curator Dimitri Ozerkov

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Books

Squatters, desert cults and climate protestors: new book surveys the architecture of anarchist settlements

From geodesic domes in South Colorado to the Calais Jungle in Europe, this provocative work studies 60 structures that were built according to values of autonomy, voluntary association, mutual aid and self-organisation

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Exhibitions

Rediscovering the East London Group: the part-time, working-class artists who depicted the capital between the wars

A new show in Southend-on-Sea aims to shine a light on the realist painters who fell into obscurity as tastes changed after the Second World War

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Art education

After UK government slashes arts education funding it is now offering £10m extra cash—for a lucky few institutions

A select group of 16 specialist colleges, including the Royal College of Art and the Courtauld Institute of Art, have been given a lifeline

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Media & broadcast

Hello Kitty, meet Louis Wain: a new film portrays the eccentric life of a cat painter

Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the ill-fated Victorian illustrator who can be thanked—or blamed—for the rise of the feline in popular culture

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Museums & Heritage

Rembrandt blockbuster draws 42,000 visitors to National Gallery of Canada

The response in Ottawa “shows people crave experiencing visual arts in person”, director Sasha Suda says

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Biennials & festivals

Prospect New Orleans to stagger openings and delay gala after Hurricane Ida

The event, launched in response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, has been impacted by another major climate disaster

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Exhibitions

Emerging art exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Rose Nestler's bizarre barre class to fireworks and goldfish cast in resin at Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix

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Art fairs

'Exactly what we needed': Armory Show returns to New York in a new, modern location

Despite travel bans and complications, many galleries from oversees had a presence, giving the first major US fair since the pandemic a truly international tone

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Appointments

Klaus Biesenbach named director of Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie

Hamburger Bahnhof contemporary museum is to be led by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath

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Diary

Is it by the master? Audience delivers verdict on Salvator Mundi at 'The Lost Leonardo' UK premiere

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Art market

The future’s bright: Millennials help art market stage post-pandemic recovery

Art Basel-UBS report reveals that employment has stabilised and gallery sales are up 10% in first half of 2021

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Prizes

Sung Tieu's film on sonic warfare, nausea and the legacy of the Cold War wins 2021 Frieze Artist Award

The Berlin-based artist will have a solo booth with Emalin at the London fair

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Art market

Christie's to sell €5m Chardin painting for the first time in nearly 200 years

Descendants of François Marcille will sell 27 paintings and drawings from his collection in Paris this November, including Woman Drawing Water from a Water Urn

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The state of painting now

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Thefts

French decorative art stolen from 17-century country home in Sussex—for second time

Police appealing for information after five items, including a pair of Sèvres vases and a clock with a bronze figure of Apollo, were taken from Uppark on the South Downs

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Where was Van Gogh originally buried? We still don’t know

In an extraordinary scene, reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Vincent’s skull was held aloft and moved in 1905

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Restitution

Maqdala treasures looted by British troops returned to Ethiopia in 'largest single restitution'

At the ceremony in London, the Ethiopian ambassador renewed calls for museums to return Maqdala objects

News
Prizes

Winner of 25th Deutsche Börse prize announced

Chinese artist Cao Fei's Serpentine exhibition Blueprints recognised as prophesying the effects of the pandemic

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Book Club

‘Caravaggio was a major-league asshole’: the long tradition of scandal in art

According to Noah Charney’s new book, infamy in the art world—be it contrived drama to drum up publicity or genuine artistic rivalry—is as old as art itself

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Art market

Sotheby's wins 'dogfight' to sell $600m art collection of Harry and Linda Macklowe

Auction house will sell the 65 works, including $70m works by Rothko and Giacometti, in two standalone sales in November and next May

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Art market

Photo London returns as 'an act of resistance'

Diverse interpretations of portraiture and themes of isolation and containment loom large at first physical photography fair since the onset of the pandemic

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Johannes Vermeer

First Cupid, now a wine glass? More revelations emerge from restored Vermeer painting in Dresden

Major restoration on Girl reading a Letter at an Open Window shows a large studded goblet later covered by a green curtain

Analysis
Art market

Eye of the Collector tries out new fair format in a neo-Gothic setting

The no-stands format of the London event in Two Temple Place is a refreshing change, although some visitors found the lack of labels confusing

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Extract | How the colours in ancient Pompeian frescoes ‘spoke’ to Mark Rothko

A new book by the art historian Ben Street attempts to demystify how we look at art and argues for reacting instinctively to what we see

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Art market

Jeff Koons reveals he is making NFTs, details plans for his Pace Gallery shows and remembers his hotel rendezvous with Salvador Dalí

The Balloon Dog sculptor spoke to The Art Newspaper as he announced a new art collaboration with BMW

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Museums

Brussels doctors prescribe museum visits to treat Covid-19 stress

Research “has proven that art can be beneficial for health, both mental and physical,” the city’s head of culture tells a Belgian newspaper

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Book Club

September’s book bag: US land protests, English country houses and a feminist history of photography

Our roundup of the latest art publications

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The Armory Show 2021

When the present does not add up, artists look to the future

Artists' forward-looking visions are at the centre of this year’s Armory Focus section, as well as several exhibitions and projects in New York in the coming year

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September 11

'A thunderstorm of ash and cloud': Artists remember 11 September

On the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, artists reflect on how the event has impacted their work

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Contemporary art

San Francisco will greet a new Institute of Contemporary Art

Nascent museum proclaims a commitment to economic justice and expansion of the art canon

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Art market

Stargazer idol will not be returned to Turkey, New York federal judge rules

The court found there is not enough evidence that the work was taken out of the country after 1906

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Confederate monuments

Robert E. Lee monument removed in Richmond, Virginia

The equestrian statue of the Confederate general has been heavily vandalised since the eruption of Black Lives Matter protests last summer

Review
São Paulo Bienal

São Paulo Bienal echoes the political polarisation in Brazil

The 34th edition of the second longest-running international exhibition reflects on past and present political and social tensions

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Book Club

An expert’s guide to Titian: five must-read books on the Venetian Old Master

All you ever wanted to know about Titian, from a biography fit for a king to an overlooked lecture essay from 1990—selected by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum curator Nathaniel Silver

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Books

Five new books on female artists that you should read now

Jacqueline Riding—The Art Newspaper's new Books commissioning editor—gives us her top tips, from important catalogues on artists like Paula Rego to a series of children's books for young art lovers

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Venice

Billionaire collector Nicolas Berggruen turns Venetian palace into cultural thinktank

The Berggruen Institute also announced that philosopher Peter Singer was the recipient of its annual $1m prize

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Art market

From a Roly-Poly chair to a 15th-century illuminated manuscript made for the King of France: five highlights from Tefaf Online

Our pick of items that are for sale via the fair's online platform, which replaces the IRL fair which had been scheduled to run this week in Maastricht

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Museums & Heritage

Italy evicts Steve Bannon’s right-wing group from medieval monastery

Move follows long-running dispute with the Italian ministry of culture over the 13th-century Certosa di Trisulti

Interview
The Armory Show 2021

Michelle Stuart: Beyond the Earth

She was one of the first artists to use the land in her work, and now an Armory exhibition showcases the full range of her career

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Public art

Art on the move: Kasmin brings kinetic artist George Rickey’s monumental sculptures to Manhattan

Rickey’s moving sculptures will be on view along the Park Avenue Mall and the gallery’s rooftop garden

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Disasters & destruction

Ancient Chinese sites hit by flash floods this summer

Deadly rains in central Henan province threatened key Unesco World Heritage sites and hundreds of national relics. Experts warn the disaster may be a taste of future trouble

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UK politics

UK’s controversial new police bill poses major threat to the art world

Proposed legislation aimed at cracking down on unruly protests may criminalise protest art

Comment
Art market

Choose your unicorn: why angel investors are ploughing millions into art startups

Tech-led art businesses are starting to attract venture capitalist funding, with the NFT platform MakersPlace recently gaining $30m investment

Analysis
Art fairs

Armory week marks a return to normal—but not business as usual

As the art world judders back into action, dealers are taking stock of lessons learned, with many prioritising “doing more by doing less”

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Art market

Art Basel promises to pay quarantine hotel bills and launches $1.6m 'solidarity fund' for galleries who fail to make sales

As exhibitors threaten to pull out of the fair in the face of travel uncertainty, another letter offering "extraordinary" one-off concessions to dealers is sent

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Statues

Bank of England removes ten slave trader works

But contentious statues of politicians involved in slave trade still remain in city's Guildhall building

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Statues

Destroying public symbols of the past will not lead to a juster society. We must keep our mistakes visible

Our monuments should be radically relabelled or repurposed to better represent who we are today, says former British Museum director Neil MacGregor

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Art market

Object lessons: from an Inuit child's parka made of seal guts to a golden shawl spun from spider silk

Our pick of the highlights from this month's fairs and auctions

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Art market

Secrets and lies: the role of restorers in art crime

Regulation of the conservation profession may be a start, but can it quash the “ego” that often motivates restorers-turned-forgers?

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Exhibitions

Recently restored Cupid joins nine Vermeer masterpieces for blockbuster show

Dresden exhibition will include Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window along with key international loans and works by other Dutch Golden Age artists

Review
The Armory Show 2021

The top five museum shows to see during Armory Week

From Dior at the Brooklyn Museum to Shigeko Kubota at MoMA

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Prizes

Winners of the Russian Art Focus Prize announced at Viennacontemporary

The British journalist Theo Merz won “best publication” and writing collective Agitatsia won “best research paper”

Blog
Insta’ gratification

Instagram’s new sensitive content controls: what they could mean for the art world

The photo-sharing app has introduced new opt-out filters that censor the images they see—but most people don't even know they exist

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Museums & Heritage

Arts & Crafts Movement gets a dedicated museum in St Petersburg, Florida

The new institution has been founded by the private collector and businessman and Rudy Ciccarello

Blog
The Buck stopped here

Immersive sound work by arts charity Artichoke captures the mundane and magnificent noises of a Brighton basketball court

Review
Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Adham Faramawy's contemplative film on the migration of plants to Abbas Akhavan's ancient Syrian colonnades

Review
Books

Book on Luisa Roldán shines new light on the 17th-century Spanish sculptor—but why does it lead on her marriage, not her masterpieces?

Volume is the debut instalment of a new series, Illuminating Women Artists, responding to the interest in those “who had nearly been lost to history”

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The Insiders

Fertile artistry in England’s green and pleasant lands

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Exhibitions

The Big Review: Terrible Beauty: Elephant—Human—Ivory at Humboldt Forum

The first exhibition at the controversial new museum complex in Berlin unflinchingly confronts a controversial subject