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Siena's Baptismal font—decorated with Donatello reliefs—unveiled after three-year restoration

The Renaissance marble structure, which is still used to baptise newborns, has been returned to its original splendour—thanks to porcupine quills and 3-D printers

J.S. Marcusabout 8 hours ago

Ex-Uffizi chief Eike Schmidt loses bid to become Mayor of Florence

Sara Funaro, a local councillor with the centre-left Democratic Party, reportedly took more than 60% of the vote

Gareth Harrisabout 7 hours ago

Right-wing director of Warsaw contemporary art centre ousted by culture minister

Piotr Bernatowicz was selected by Poland's former Law and Justice government

Dorian Batyckaabout 8 hours ago

Non! Artist Shepard Fairey criticises France’s far-right party president for featuring his work in campaign films

The artist’s image of Marianne, a symbol of the French Republic, was featured in two videos posted by the National Rally’s Jordan Bardella

Gareth Harrisabout 8 hours ago

‘God Save the Team’: artist Corbin Shaw seeks to reframe divisive Saint George flag through message of unity

As England’s football team prepares to play its final group game at the Euro 2024 championships, the Sheffield-born artist has added words to the emblem that he hopes will remind people to protect players from racist abuse

Matthew Holmanabout 8 hours ago

Museums & Heritage

Caravaggio the cultural diplomat: Belfast hosts double loan from London and Dublin

The lending of ‘The Supper at Emmaus’ by the National Gallery, under the National Treasures scheme, and ‘The Taking of Christ’, by the National Gallery of Ireland and Jesuit Fathers, is hailed as “north-south-east-west” moment

Louis Jebb1 day ago

Welcome to the slow museum, where less is more

In an effort to deepen existing programming and community engagement, some institutions are choosing to stage fewer exhibitions

Rubens sketch illegally sold in aftermath of Second World War returned to museum in Germany

The oil sketch “Saint Gregory of Nazianzus” (1621) is one of five works by the Old Master that were unlawfully taken from the Friedenstein Foundation, with two still missing

Hili Perlson1 day ago

‘I am pro Crocs’—British Museum director Nicholas Cullinan reveals all in quick-fire Instagram interview

Social media film puts new chief on the spot, highlighting his favourite object and guilty pleasure

Legal challenge to preserve Toronto's Ontario Place rejected as mega-spa project moves forward

In addition, it was discovered that the provincial government agreed to pay almost C$1m to make its controversial case for moving the Ontario Science Centre, which closed permanently Friday due to structural decay

Art market

Mitchell-Innes & Nash will close Chelsea gallery and shift business model

The longtime New York dealers will transition to a “project-based advisory” programme

Carlie Porterfieldabout 21 hours ago

Comic Art Festival offers alternative to trade fair model

Pricier to attend than prestigious fairs such as Art Basel, and with a cap on visitor numbers, the event at Lake Como in Italy highlights a lucrative market niche

How the photography trade is lifting as the medium’s stigma fades

Sales volumes have hit a record high, with art at lower price levels particularly popular

‘Whatever the It factor is, she seems to have it’: behind the surging popularity of Francesca Mollett’s mysterious paintings

The 32-year-old London-based artist says she is still working it all out while collectors rush in

From one hand to another: painting reworked by Rubens to be sold at Sotheby’s

Conservation has revealed the extensive changes Rubens made to a work originally by Herri Met de Bles

Exhibitions

Oyster sculptures and whale songs: exhibition on Governors Island explores the role of extraction in climate change

Jenny Kendler’s multidisciplinary project seeks kinship between humans and other animals

Annabel Keenanabout 22 hours ago

Caravaggio the cultural diplomat: Belfast hosts double loan from London and Dublin

The lending of ‘The Supper at Emmaus’ by the National Gallery, under the National Treasures scheme, and ‘The Taking of Christ’, by the National Gallery of Ireland and Jesuit Fathers, is hailed as “north-south-east-west” moment

Louis Jebb1 day ago

‘Absolutely unacceptable’: centre-right politicians in Germany call for boycott of family-themed art show

Members of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany party released a statement criticising the exhibition for its explicit imagery, but others have positioned the intervention as an attempt to impede artistic freedom

Géricault show in Paris sparks authentication controversy

Experts have criticised the exhibition at the Musée de La Vie Romantique for presenting works as autograph with little evidence

Joel Meyerowitz revisits his 1960s voyage of discovery

The pioneering American street photographer returns to Málaga with a major show exploring the influence of his early work in the Spanish city

Opinion

Welcome to the slow museum, where less is more

In an effort to deepen existing programming and community engagement, some institutions are choosing to stage fewer exhibitions

Victory without damage: ‘Just Stop Oil’s climate activism is one of the most successful disobedience campaigns ever’

The climate catastrophe has been brought to the forefront of the public mind without causing serious harm to the targeted works, says John Paul Stonard

Now is the time to give artists a thriving wage

Paying artists properly enables them not only to meet their needs equitably but also to flourish, fostering future savings and investments within their communities

Jeffreen M. Hayes

How artists are uniting to defeat Donald Trump at the polls

The Artists For Democracy 2024 project is working with world-renowned artists including Shepard Fairey and Carrie Mae Weems to mobilise voters

The Tudor blockbuster: why Holbein still mesmerises 500 years on

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

The Week in Art

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

The Week in Art podcast | Just Stop Oil’s latest protests, Tavares Strachan, Louise Bourgeois at the Galleria Borghese

Is the climate activist group’s campaign proving a success? Plus, Bahamian-born, US-based Strachan on his new Hayward show and a close look at a hanging bronze by Bourgeois

Korean Artists Today 2024

In partnership with Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism & Korea Arts Management Service, The Art Newspaper introduces a selection of Korean artists who represent the most exciting work coming from the country’s art scene. Korean Artists Today is a long-term project organised by the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS), that will see a cohort of artists chosen each year for their potential to make it on the global stage.

Where next for Korea’s booming art scene?

In partnership withMinistry of Culture, Sports and Tourism & Korea Arts Management Service

Jesse Chun: "Language is an incredibly intricate and powerful thing"

In partnership withMinistry of Culture, Sports and Tourism & Korea Arts Management Service

Sojung Jun: "I find it intriguing to deal with history or time"

In partnership withMinistry of Culture, Sports and Tourism & Korea Arts Management Service

Eusung Lee: "The allure of sculpture lies in the embodiment of presence"

In partnership withMinistry of Culture, Sports and Tourism & Korea Arts Management Service

Minouk Lim: "I focus on the ritualistic aspect of making"

In partnership withMinistry of Culture, Sports and Tourism & Korea Arts Management Service

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.

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Podcast | A brush with… Igshaan Adams

An in-depth interview with the artist on his cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Louise Bourgeois’s art to the love poems of Rumi

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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.

Digital artanalysis

As winner of renamed ABS Digital Art Prize is announced, have we reached a turning point for conversations around NFTs and culture?

Geneva-based RVig, who was awarded the prize for a piece inspired by Baudelaire, is hoping for a more nuanced understanding of what NFTs bring to the art world

Louis Jebb1 day ago
Crime news

US authorities charge three UK nationals in Evolved Apes NFT fraud scheme

The charges, brought by the office of the Attorney for the Southern District of New York, signal a commitment to pursuing wide-ranging cryptocurrency cases

Two (or more) into one: Urs Fischer invites owners of his digital sculptures to have them remade into a new work

The maverick artist is working with 1OF1, collectors of high-level digital art, to offer owners of his "CHAOS" video sculpture series the chance to have them "fused" into new animations

AI on AI: Alex Israel uses artificial intelligence to re-engage with memory

The Los Angeles-based artist is presenting his "REMEMBR" installation, which riffs visually, musically and emotionally on users’ smartphone camera rolls, in London

The art world’s AI dilemma: how can artists and museums thrive when big tech controls the monetising of artificial intelligence?

The presence of AI in every aspect of life has been a fact for the past 20 months. With the publication of the Stanford AI Index, two areas have come into focus. For museums, how to work with industry giants, without having their offering "distanced" by the summarising power of AI. For artists, how to thrive where sources of production are being monetised in Silicon Valley

Book Club

What it's like modelling naked for Lucian Freud when he's your father

Rose Boyt’s memoir explores the highs, lows and contradictions of sitting for the artist

Tears, tantrums and Turner Prize titbits: Lynn Barber on the messy art of interviewing artists

In her latest book, the veteran UK journalist recalls her many encounters with artists such as Salvador Dalí, Howard Hodgkin and the Chapman brothers

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

All you ever wanted to know about Michelangelo, from a “masterly” catalogue of drawings to a collection of letters covering art, deliveries and the artist’s favourite wine—selected by the curator Grant Lewis

Books

Teju Cole's enigmatic new photobook is both peaceful and disturbing

The Nigerian American writer and photographer’s intriguing new book comprises a series of indeterminate images absent of human life, interspersed with enigmatic short stories that raise many unanswered questions

Understanding John James Audubon’s avian genius

Two contrasting studies shine a light on America’s most celebrated ornithological artist

Surrealist pioneer Eileen Agar's remarkable life

A new edition of her 1980s autobiography brings this vivacious and well-connected artist back to life

Exploring the rise and fall of British architectural sculpture

A timely study examines the unique confluence of artists and architects in British buildings from the 1850s to the 1950s

A history of the time that artists (very briefly) ruled Russia

The dramatic twists and turns of the leading figures of the avant-garde during the Russian Revolution

Obituaries

Leading New York gallerist Barbara Gladstone has died, aged 89

The dealer, who died in Paris “after a brief illness”, represented many of the most ambitious contemporary artists of the past half-century

Remembering Frank Stella, one of the leading abstract artists of his generation

The American artist married complex with simple, from Minimalist canvases to “maximalist” sculptures

Remembering Paul Auster, the ground-breaking novelist who fused art and literature

The New Yorker's collaboration with the artist Sophie Calle was just one way in which art was interlaced with his life and work

Remembering Faith Ringgold, one of the great story-tellers of American art

New York artist was acclaimed for the power of her paintings and quilts telling the civil rights story

Remembering Richard Serra, the American sculptor whose monumental works conjure a sense of wonder in the world

"The acerbic and sometimes misanthropic troublemaker who was such a generous champion of younger artists and critics"

‘I am pro Crocs’—British Museum director Nicholas Cullinan reveals all in quick-fire Instagram interview

Social media film puts new chief on the spot, highlighting his favourite object and guilty pleasure

Tracey Emin, who made that bed, is made a dame

Other recipients in King Charles III’s birthday honours include the philanthropist Hannah Rothschild and sculptor Andrew Logan

The art of presenting—TV anchor David Dimbleby turns his hand to curating

Broadcaster and his daughter select works by artists such as Barbara Hepworth and Elisabeth Frink

Mother of art patron Dasha Zhukova becomes the fifth Mrs Rupert Murdoch

Elena Zhukova, a former molecular biologist, married the billionaire media mogul on 1 June

Sotheby's Sealed

Sotheby’s auction house has announced the expansion of its innovative, online only, private selling format "Sealed" to now include fine art

Sotheby's launches first fine art Sealed auction without reserve

Yayoi Kusama's "Phantom Polka Dots of Fate, Ordained by Heaven, Were the Greatest Gift Ever for Me" to be sold by Sealed Auctions and on view in Sotheby’s New Bond Street Galleries. Success of Sealed Auctions has led to an expansion into fine art

By Max Moore. SVP, Head of Sealed Sales, Global Fine Art
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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