Podcast

What will Biden-Harris do for the visual arts?

Plus, QAnon's origins in Italian conceptual art and Alphonse Mucha's Slav Epic

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Art market

Why Sotheby's $80m Botticelli continues to mystify experts

Star lot of upcoming New York Master Week sales is set to smash previous auction record for the Early Renaissance painter

Preview
Exhibitions

Fragile yet forceful glass works by Ai Weiwei, Fred Wilson, Fiona Banner and others travel from Venice to Florida

An exhibition of contemporary glass art opens at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

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The Buck stopped here

Artists crowdfund to save UK museums

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Museums & Heritage

A year after fire, Museum of Chinese in America launches digital platform with Google to celebrate its historical treasures

Viewers can track the recovery after the blaze and view hundreds of images of the New York museum’s artefacts

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Obituaries

Remembering Sam Herman, pioneering glass artist and teacher who also won recognition for his paintings and welded-steel sculptures

One of the first pupils of Harvey Littleton at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he brought the studio glass movement to Britain, and beyond, in the mid-1960s

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Is Van Gogh hiding at the back of this Toulouse-Lautrec drawing?

In this rare depiction of Vincent, now in a Hiroshima museum, he is observing a raucous cabaret in Paris

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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

Deaccessioning

‘Uniquely egregious’: The disturbing precedent of the Baltimore Museum of Art’s deaccessioning plan

Museums & Heritage

Visionary leaders, big business and the digital boom: 30 years that changed museums

Art market

Bubbles, sheikhs and the freeport frenzy: Georgina Adam reflects on 30 years of art market reporting

US politics

For the arts, there’s only one choice in this election

Museums & Heritage

The only way is ethics: US museums should not neglect provenance research in the funding crisis

Deaccessioning

Done right, selling museum pieces can work—but probably not with Michelangelos

Politics

Philip Guston drew Richard Nixon's face as a hairy scrotum and phallus—what would he make of President Trump?

Art market

Gatherings are taboo in the Covid-19 world, so where does that leave experiential art?

Labour

Art unions need to agitate beyond worker contracts

Venice

How to save Venice: a five-point plan by a leading citizen

Banksy

Banksy’s activism is his greatest work

China

'We cannot build a truly globalised art world without China'

Funding

'Be commercially minded or lose future funding': UK government's threat puts museums in peril

Cultural heritage

Why we should be concerned about President Erdogan turning museums into mosques

Artists

Remembering the beautiful melancholy of Matthew Wong

Diary of an art historian

National Trust restructuring plans are ‘one of the most damaging assaults on art historical expertise ever seen in the UK’

coronavirus

Business can and should help the arts through this crisis

Museums & Heritage

'Museums need to press the reset button and become more radical'

Monuments

The problem with Marc Quinn's Black Lives Matter sculpture

Diary of an art historian

'When the politics change, so must the statues'

Photography

Photographs are the monuments of our online visual culture

Museums & Heritage

'If a person of African descent wants a career in the arts—well, good luck'

Art market

Can the art market be an ally in the fight for racial equality?

Art market

We need to talk about guarantees. And art loans

Art market

No rest for the frazzled for many in the art world

Racial injustice

If we want more artists like Khadija Saye, we need to give young BAME people the help they need

Museums & Heritage

US needs monuments celebrating African American history, not Confederate statues

Podcast

Art and social media: do museums need memes?

Museums & Heritage

Institutions need to follow artists’ lead to make a material impact on the world

Art market

What’s the ideal post-pandemic art market? One that's no longer a Disneyland for the rich

coronavirus

Oxford Economics report: an emergency fund for the UK creative sector 'needs to come soon'

Funding

Museums will need ethical funders all the more after the coronavirus crisis

Art market

Who are the art market's virtual winners?

Diary of an art historian

Museums are about to reopen—but should they?

Museums

Eight ways museums could make the most of the coronavirus crisis

colonialism

Edward Colston monument: 'UK must face the truth of what helped it become a mighty power'

Protest

Dread Scott: America God Damn

Black Lives Matter

The Art Newspaper's statement on the Black Lives Matter movement

Art market

What sort of art will we want after the pandemic ends?

Exhibitions

Must London always win? National Gallery of Scotland cancels Titian show for all the wrong reasons

racism

The US has a big racism problem and the art world is not helping

Museums & Heritage

After Covid-19, museums need to plan ‘must see’ exhibitions instead of blockbusters

coronavirus

Why I made a mountain of fortune cookies in my little London flat during lockdown—all in the name of art

Museums & Heritage

Our mission is to be Miami’s art museum—that’s why we spent $145,000 to buy works from local galleries

Sustainability

Art museums should use their endowments to help battle climate change

Deaccessioning

Why the Association of Art Museum Directors’s move on deaccessioning matters so much

Personal stories of coronavirus

After years of sanctions and political upheaval, the pandemic is a new hurdle for the fragile Iranian art scene

Art market

Auctions are like dating: you can do it online, but sparks only fly in the flesh

coronavirus

Britain's young artists had a hard time before the pandemic. What will happen to them now?

Art law

Selling art online? Here are the legal pitfalls to avoid

Diary of an art historian

'Being an art historian now is easier and more productive than it’s ever been'

coronavirus

When this is all over we must reimagine the infrastructure of the arts

Biennials & festivals

Why we cancelled the 2020 FotoFocus Biennial and dispersed its $800,000 budget as arts grants

Art Market Eye

Auctions: what will change, post-Covid-19?

Michael Craig Martin

'Politicians have failed us': Michael Craig-Martin's thoughts from isolation

New Deal

UK artists deserve a New Deal

Museums

Greetings from a museum leaving lockdown: lessons from Beijing's UCCA Center for Contemporary Art

Museums

Museums must adopt new models to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic

Art market

‘I’ve always been wary of big business’: Paula Cooper on weathering adversity and building better social systems

Museums & Heritage

Notes from the lockdown: Making a situated museum in Queens

A message from

A message from... Yayoi Kusama: 'Let us joyfully sing this song of a splendid future'

Personal stories of coronavirus

'We are all Surrealists now': how life with Leonora Carrington prepared me for coronavirus lockdown

Religious art

Pope Francis, his crucifix and the Virgin Mary: miraculous or merely traditional?

Art crime

Don't let your guard down: three things you can do now to protect your art during the pandemic

coronavirus

Mourning a ‘golden' exhibition season curtailed by coronavirus

Economics

Don’t forget to support our artists, the chroniclers of such crisis

News
Art market

Can Biden's inauguration galvanise the US art world into finally taking action against climate change?

As new US president plans to tackle global warming on "an epic scale", green initiatives such as Galleries Commit are gaining steam

News
Statues

City of London to remove statues of politicians with slavery links

The decision to take down historic William Beckford and John Cass sculptures could go against new UK government policy

News
Alphonse Mucha

Art Nouveau pioneer Alphonse Mucha’s Slav Epic finds a home at last—and it’s designed by Thomas Heatherwick

Monumental cycle of 20 paintings will be displayed in the Savarin development in central Prague

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Artists

Hundreds of artists’ studios in Moscow to be bulldozed amid government’s huge renovation plan

Evicted artists say authorities are leaving them out in the cold by failing to provide alternative workshops

News
Commercial galleries

Galleria Continua opens new Paris space with JR-curated show

Amid Covid-19 pandemic, Italian gallery hopes to "generate smiles" with second outpost in France

Feature
Book Club

Read what Jenny Saville, George Condo and Victoria Beckham have to say about their favourite Old Master paintings

Exclusive extracts from a new book bringing together texts by 61 cultural figures describing their preferred works in the Frick Collection

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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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A brush with... Roni Horn

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Brexit: how will it change the art market?

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A brush with... Christina Quarles

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Contemporary public art: who is it for?

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A brush with... Ragnar Kjartansson

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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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A brush with... Rashid Johnson

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A brush with... Chantal Joffe

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A brush with... Jenny Saville

Media & broadcast

Virginia Commonwealth University launches programme dedicated to the art of podcasting

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Sign up for our free online event | The Art Newspaper Live: Art in Your Ears

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A brush with... Michael Armitage

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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?

Podcast

Staff cuts: are museums protecting their workers?

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

Podcast

The destruction of Australia’s ancient Aboriginal heritage

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Art and social media: do museums need memes?

Podcast

What to do about problematic statues?

Podcast

How to visit a gallery during a pandemic

Podcast

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

Podcast

Raphael: as great as Leonardo and Michelangelo?

Podcast

Is the future of the art market online?

Podcast

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?

Podcast

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

Podcast

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?

Podcast

Does Los Angeles want a big art fair?

Podcast

Tschabalala Self and radical figurative painting

Podcast

The story of a fake Gauguin at the Getty

Podcast

2020: art market issues and big shows

Podcast

2019: the year in review

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Bananaman: who is Maurizio Cattelan? Plus, art and comedy

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Turner Prize shocker: what next? Plus, Teresita Fernández in Miami

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Troy: the show and the problem with BP sponsorship

Music

John Lennon wanted Hitler on cover of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album

Podcast

Dora Maar and Jann Haworth: acclaim at last

Podcast

Anselm Kiefer on why size matters

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Anselm Kiefer interview. Plus, New York auction 'gigaweek'

Podcast

Tutmania returns. Plus, Duchamp in the US

Media

From 'piecemealing' medievalist to TV darling: how Janina Ramirez is championing slow media about culture

Podcast

Gunpowder, treason and plot: how artists have captured fireworks throughout history

Podcast

Special: Fireworks! Picturing pyrotechnics with professor Simon Werrett

Podcast

Dread Scott’s slave revolt reenactment. Plus, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

Podcast

Leonardo at the Louvre: the spectacular show and the Salvator Mundi no-show

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MoMA special: our verdict on the museum opening of the year

Podcast

Agnes Denes: environmental art pioneer. Plus, Rembrandt-Velázquez and De Hooch

Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford addresses modern-day xenophobia through Greek mythology and a Motown classic

Podcast

Frieze week: Ai Weiwei, Mark Bradford, Peter Doig, Melanie Gerlis, Hettie Judah

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Special: is art education in crisis? Featuring Bob and Roberta Smith

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Museum ethics. Plus, the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Podcast

Tate's William Blake blockbuster. Plus, Pace and the New York gallery boom

Podcast

Tim Spall on playing L.S. Lowry. Plus, an exclusive interview with Chris Ofili and Jasmine Thomas-Girvan

L.S. Lowry

Podcast sneak peek: how actor Timothy Spall captured the essence of Britain's beloved L.S. Lowry

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Top of the Pods: David Hockney and other modern British mavericks

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Top of the Pods: The best of the Venice Biennale

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Top of the Pods: Leonardo—the Salvator Mundi saga

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

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In memoriam: Karsten Schubert in conversation with Michael Landy

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Top of the Pods: the world of Warhol, as told by Jeremy Deller and Donna De Salvo

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Top of the Pods: experts on Van Gogh in the asylum and his early life

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Ibrahim Mahama's ghosts of Ghana. Plus, China's epic Picasso show

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Vermeer's hidden cupid, the Prado's Dutch-Spanish show, plus Helen Cammock

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David Smith in Yorkshire. Plus, the works that inspired leading artists

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Art Basel and William Kentridge

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

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Painting, identity and injustice: Howardena Pindell and Oscar Murillo

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Albers and Morandi at David Zwirner to Amir H. Fallah at Denny Dimin

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Joe Biden

The art in Biden’s Oval Office reflects hope for a less divided America

The office includes an ode to Roosevelt and a sculpture by the Indigenous artist Allan Houser

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Memes

The Art Newspaper joins in the Bernie Sanders meme mania

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Art market

Déjà vu: Art Basel postponed from June to September—again

Swiss fair was also delayed from June to September in 2020, before being cancelled altogether due to coronavirus

Blog
Diary

Viral inauguration meme brings together Marina Abramovic and Bernie Sanders—plus those mittens

Comment
Monuments

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

The UK communities secretary Robert Jenrick's plans to prevent the removal of controversial monuments reveals his inability to view the past as shifting and complex

News
Art market

Social media replaces fairs as the third most successful sales channel for galleries in 2020, study reveals

Websites have replaced walk-ins as the second best way to sell art, but staying in top position is outreach to existing clients, according to Artsy Gallery Insights 2021 Report

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Inauguration

At US Capitol, a new president and vice president greet 1859 painting with a rainbow theme

Painting by Black artist was chosen under Jill Biden’s guidance for a gift-giving ceremony

Blog
Diary

Shattered glass: women artists celebrate historic inauguration of US Vice President Kamala Harris

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Literature

With powerful poem, Amanda Gorman sets the tone for Biden’s presidency

The 22-year-old Los Angeles poet was the youngest ever to deliver a recitation on Inauguration Day. Listen to and read her words here

News
Acquisitions

Trove of Surrealist publications and paintings donated to Dutch museum

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen's gift from collectors Laurens Vancrevel and Frida de Jong “opens up new horizons on surrealist activities”, says expert

News
Art market

New York art dealer Helly Nahmad pardoned by Trump

Hours before leaving office, former US president granted a pardon to Nahmad, who pleaded guilty to a federal gambling charge in 2014 and owned an entire floor of Trump Tower

US politics

In pictures: Donald Trump’s presidency as the art world saw it

As Trump leaves office, we look back at the legacy of his four years leading the US and how artists captured it

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A brush with... Tal R

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from W. G. Sebald to Georges Rouault

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China

'A win for internationalism': what a Biden presidency will mean for the Chinese art world

Donald Trump's trade war and 'cold war mentality' led to uncertainty and a fractured relationship

Blog
The Buck stopped here

Patti Smith marks US inauguration day with rendition of her song The People Have the Power—watch it here

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Public art

Seesaw installation at US-Mexico border wins Design of the Year award

The joyful project became a counterpoint to the division and violence sown by the Trump administration

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US politics

US Capitol riot: Pennsylvania artist charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct

Federal authorities have ordered Andrew Wrigley to turn over his passport and avoid travel to Washington, DC after posting selfies from the insurrection

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Art market

UK Supreme Court judgment on pandemic insurance payouts 'not a blank cheque' for art organisations

Some insurers using "aggressive tactics" to reduce barrage of claims following rejection of appeal on clarification of business interruption cover

News
coronavirus

Museums around the world step up to be transformed into vaccination centres

London's Science Museum and a West Midlands museum where Peaky Blinders was filmed are just some of the venues doubling up as Covid-19 vaccine hubs

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Salvator Mundi

Police discovers stolen Salvator Mundi in Naples apartment

The copy of Leonardo's $450m painting was taken from the Museum of San Domenico Maggiore last year

Feature
Contemporary art

QAnon: the Italian artists who may have inspired America's most dangerous conspiracy theory

An anonymous left-wing art group known in the 1990s as Luther Blissett are wondering what they have unwittingly helped create

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Public art

Biden inauguration is largely virtual—but some live art is planned

A public art installation of 200,000 flags opens on the National Mall, as coronavirus and heightened security forces most events online

News
Vancouver

Douglas Coupland brings his prophetic slogans to Vancouver's billboards

Slogans for the 21st Century are on view in the city's new Arbutus Greenway

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Awards

Singer RM from Korean boyband BTS named 'art sponsor of the year'

The Bangtan Boys musician was recognised for donating $90,400 to the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul last September

Interview
A brush with

Beryl Cook, queer history and Dolly Parton: gallery director Joe Scotland on his cultural influences

The head of non-profit space Studio Voltaire in London tells us about his favourite books, television shows and artists

News
Acquisitions

'Consigned to history': Trump Baby blimp donated to Museum of London collection

Creators of inflatable effigy hope work serves as a "reminder of the fight against the politics of hate" that took place during Trump's presidency

News
Public art

UK government announces new laws to protect controversial historic monuments from 'woke worthies and baying mobs'

Proposed plans have been criticised as distraction tactics from the state's "lethally failed response to the pandemic and the consequences of a disastrous Brexit"

News
Social media

Art history with a side of mayonnaise: Uffizi Galleries launches new Facebook cooking show

Weekly video series “Uffizi da mangiare” invites Florentine chefs to present recipes inspired by the Italian museum's collection

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Diary

Awash with art—Cristina Iglesias fills island lighthouse with bronze geological formations

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Appointments

Orange County Museum of Art names Heidi Zuckerman as director

Former leader of Aspen Art Museum says she was beguiled by the California institution’s history and new building by Morphosis

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Exhibitions

On eve of US inauguration, a chance to visit the president's office

Oval Office replica is a popular element of New-York Historical Society exhibition about the presidency

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Heritage

From mummies to mosques—new Google Arts & Culture initiative brings Egypt’s archaeological treasures to the masses

New online platform aims to turn traditionally scholarly subject into something "easily digestible and fun to explore"

Review
Art & Technology

Disembodied Behaviors: an ultra-real virtual art show that sears the mind-haze of 2020's unending March back to a state of clarity

An expert view brought to you by our XR Panel of artists and storytellers who create in virtual reality and augmented reality

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coronavirus

Culture injection: Coronavirus vaccination centres in Germany are giving patients a dose of art

As exhibitions are cancelled due to the pandemic, local artists are finding creative ways to show their art—and distract patients

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US politics

‘The house needs a cleaning’: Women artists gather to show the path forward on inauguration day

Inspired by the historic election of Kamala Harris as America’s first woman vice president, artists collaborate on a new online work presented by Creative Time

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Auctions

Rejected Tintin cover design sets record for comic book art with €3.2m auction price

Sale of controversial 1936 painting criticised by organisation behind artist Hergé’s estate

Blog
Adventures with Van Gogh

A lost Van Gogh self-portrait had the most extraordinary frame that included his much-loved sunflowers—here it is reconstructed

The painting—which went missing in a German salt mine during the war—was given a gilded frame with swirling lines

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Artists

‘Britain’s most important political artist’ Peter Kennard joins London gallery

Richard Saltoun exhibition will include artist’s earliest works incorporating newspaper images

Podcast

The white supremacist art at the heart of the US Capitol

Plus, a $2.2m Batman comic and the artists inspired by political theorist Hannah Arendt

Blog
The Buck stopped here

Future Fossil: the concrete cast of a suburban house that will sprout into a glorious garden

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Churches

Pew! Sussex church may scrap plans to remove historic seating

Moves by parishes to replace pews with chairs for “flexibility” anger traditionalists

News
Art market

Holy hammer! Near mint copy of Batman #1 sells for record $2.2m at Heritage Auctions

The rare 1940 issue, which marks the first appearance of the Joker and Catwoman, is the second most expensive comic book ever sold

News
Appointments

Guggenheim appoints Naomi Beckwith as deputy director and senior curator

Appointment of MCA, Chicago curator is seen as a step toward more inclusiveness after accusations of institutional racism

News
Museums & Heritage

Smithsonian downsizes $2bn expansion of its south campus in Washington

The institution unveils planned changes to its historic Castle and Arts and Industries Building

News
US Capitol riot

‘Shameful vandalism and desecration’ : Met leaders condemn right-wing crowd's assault on US Capitol

Museum joins other institutions in assailing protestors' rampage and hate-inspiring imagery as a threat to democracy and equality

News
Coronavirus resources

Governors propose ambitious plans to bring the arts back to California and New York

Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo have announced plans to support art institutions and artists hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic

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Law

Art lawyer Frank Lord opens private practice in New York

As well as working on high profile restitution cases, the former Herrick Feinstein partner has a PhD in art history

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Archaeology

Archaeologists have discovered world's oldest animal cave painting

The warty pig painting was found in a cave in Indonesia and is thought to be at least 45,500 years old

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Artists

Darya Apakhonchich is first artist labelled 'foreign agent' by new repressive law in Russia

Individuals who receive funding from abroad are subject to strict audits since 30 December

News
Catalogue raisonné

First online Max Beckmann catalogue raisonné to go live tomorrow as artist's work enters public domain

Hamburg’s Kunsthalle to publish photographs of 843 paintings for free research tool

News
Pablo Picasso

Saga of Picasso murals ripped from Oslo building continues as heirs head to court

Family of artist Carl Nesjar—who collaborated on the works with Picasso—say they have a copyright claim and should help decide where the pieces are relocated

News
Brazil

Brazilian sculptor João Turin memorialised with sculpture park in Paraná

The site will “encourage sustainable development that values the fauna and flora of the Brazilian environment—the themes to which Turin dedicated his life”, says collector and businessman Samuel Lago

News
Deaccessioning

The fate of the San Francisco Art Institute’s historic Diego Rivera mural hangs in limbo

The proposed sale of the work has raised outcry from artists and city leaders, who have taken action to protect it

Review
Media & broadcast

'My Rembrandt' documentary lets you look into the privileged club of Old Master owners

From kissing a portrait of a woman on the lips, to tricking a co-buyer out of a bargain, acquiring a rare work by the Dutch painter does not always bring out the best in people

News
Restitution

Spitzweg drawing from Gurlitt hoard returned to Jewish publisher’s heirs

The musical scene was seized by the Gestapo in 1939 from Henri Hinrichsen, who died at Auschwitz

News
Documenta

Documenta 15 postponement increasingly likely, general director says

Travel restrictions could derail preparations, making 2022 date impossible, Sabine Schormann says

Podcast

A brush with... Tracey Rose

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from Duchamp to Deep House

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Exhibitions

Kara Walker's secret archive to go on show at Kunstmuseum Basel this summer

Around 600 unseen drawings, collages, studies and writings will flood the museum's ground-floor galleries, providing a window into the American artist's work

News
National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery of Canada adds community and HR leaders to management team

Angela Cassie and Tania Lafrenière join the institution as part of its first strategic plan

News
Design

Heatherwick’s Vessel closed to the public after third suicide in less than a year

The community board has asked the developer to raise the height of platform barriers to prevent further deaths

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Art fairs

Expo Chicago art fair is postponed again, until at least July

Online edition will open in April, however, as planners prepare for an in-person version, perhaps even later in September or next year

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Controversies

Kamel Mennour gallery's representation of Claude Lévêque suspended after allegations of abuse of minors

According to French media reports, a police investigation has been launched into violations dating back to the 1970s

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Prizes

Lithium mining and a Donald Judd horror film: nominees for Prix Marcel Duchamp—France's most prestigious contemporary art award—announced

The four artists will have their work exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris for the prize, worth €35,000

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Carmen Herrera

Carmen Herrera commissioned to create a colossal mural as part of $35m Blanton Museum redesign

The 105-year-old artist says she has long admired the museum's focus on Latin American art

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George Floyd

Giant painting of George Floyd murder displayed on Los Angeles billboard after being cancelled in Minneapolis

Advertising firms in Minneapolis—where Floyd was killed by police—refused to show the work saying it was too violent, but advocacy group says it will try again

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Paris

Champs Élysées—one of Paris’s most polluted roads—to be transformed into ‘extraordinary garden’

The major avenue will undergo a €250m makeover to restore its former splendour, following the 2024 Summer Olympics

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Celebrities

Cate Blanchett is building her own art gallery at her English country home

Old outbuildings on the actor's estate will be knocked down to make way for the studio—and provisions will be made for the protected bats that live there

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Diary

The Met invites you to play a game, and then ‘borrow’ a work of art

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Desert X

Desert X postpones opening amid Covid-19 surge in California

The outdoor festival, due to take over Coachella Valley in February, will now wait until lockdown restrictions are lifted

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Museums & Heritage

Hirshhorn Museum is under pressure to reconsider redesign of its sculpture garden

Critics and city planners question changes to a historic reflecting pool and addition of stacked stone walls in a Modernist environment, while the artist Hiroshi Sugimoto defends his designs but says he is open to negotiating

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Art market

Art shippers face ‘teething problems’ transporting works to Europe after Brexit

Some air freight crates are being broken open by customs officials in EU, but UK lockdown is posing greater problems, members of the trade say

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Chora Museum

Has Turkey halted plans to turn Chora museum into a mosque?

Experts ponder the significance of the sudden scrapping of Islamic prayers by Turkish authorities at Istanbul’s historic landmark

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Racism in the art world

Meet the experts who root out racism and exclusion in the arts

Racial equity consultants are helping to roll out strategies and training for museum staff and executives

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Palmyra

New hope that ancient Palmyra will be rebuilt after Isis damage

Deal between the Syrian government and Russian masonry body builds on country’s research into state of archaeological site

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Protests

US Capitol’s works of art survive amid right-wing rampage in Washington

The authorities say that cleaning and conservation will be needed, however, after art was damaged by tear gas, pepper spray and fire extinguishers

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Commissions

This Victorian house in London hides remarkable Islamic interiors—now it is getting its first contemporary work

Leighton House Museum—which was once the home and studio of artist Lord Leighton—is undergoing restoration and will reopen in 2021

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Collectors

Moderna vaccine billionaire Timothy Springer explains his love for Chinese scholar rocks

Gongshi—whose unusual forms are created by years of river erosion—have long been highly prized in Asia. Now they are garnering admirers in the West

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Museums

Opening of Pinault's Bourse de Commerce postponed as French museums told to remain closed

Scheduled to reopen this week, cultural institutions must keep their doors shut after an increase in Covid-19 cases

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Pablo Picasso

This Picasso photo puzzle has stumped experts. Can you help solve it?

The identity of those posing with the master remains a mystery a century after the picture was taken

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Conservation & Preservation

From lockdowns to looting: how Covid-19 has taken a toll on world's threatened heritage sites

Sites of major importance—many in regions already ravaged by conflict—are contending with security problems and funding shortfalls

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Musée du Louvre

The Musée du Louvre—the world’s most popular art museum—saw 72% drop in visitors last year

Despite kicking off 2020 with a record-breaking Leonardo exhibition, like many museums around the world, the Parisian institution was adversely affected by coronavirus lockdowns

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Exhibitions

Death row inmate designs garden installation by instructing university students through letters

Timothy Young, currently incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison, is a key contributor to the University-led art project, Barring Freedom, that aims to put the US criminal justice system in the dock

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Conservation & Preservation

Volunteers plan to return ‘Albert Hall of the North’ to its glory days

After years of neglect, ornate Victorian auditorium in northern seaside town of Morecambe is being saved

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Museums

Could 2021 be the year of the African museum?

While the West continues to grapple with its colonial past, institutions from Togo to Cairo are creating more expansive models to celebrate art

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Treats for Van Gogh fans in 2021: exhibitions, museum openings and books

We look ahead at the events to enjoy this year—assuming coronavirus doesn't scupper them