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Macklowe trove becomes most valuable collection ever sold at auction after second Sotheby's sale tallies $246.1m

Combined with the $676.1m take from the first sale in November 2021, the 65 works from the Macklowe collection brought in a staggering $922.2m

Benjamin Suttonabout 17 hours ago

In one of UK’s largest art commissioning programmes, 22 artists receive £2.5m to explore the impact of war

Michael Rakowitz and Heather Phillipson among those selected to create new works through Imperial War Museums' 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund

Gareth Harrisabout 9 hours ago

Against all odds, Hong Kong’s gallery scene is on the up

Amid a crackdown on dissent, and the havoc wreaked by the pandemic, Hong Kong’s galleries have not just survived but thrived, with several new openings

Reena Deviabout 11 hours ago

Russia-Ukraine war

The latest news on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

A Russian collective brings artists from Ukraine and Russia to a residency in New York

The Russian artist Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov and Ukrainian artist Pavlo Grazhdanskij are currently residents at ISCP in Brooklyn thanks to sponsorship from the collective AES+F

What will happen to sanctioned Russian oligarch’s Fabergé treasure, now V&A's show has closed?

The return of the Easter Egg on loan to the UK from Viktor Vekselberg’s Panamanian company could well now be complicated

Pussy Riot's Masha Alekhina flees Russia disguised as a food courier (aided by Ragnar Kjartansson)

Alekhina has been arrested six times in the past year for protesting against Putin and the Kremlin

Alexey Beliayev-Guintovt—a Putin supporter who is one of Russia's best-known artists—discusses why he is happy his country's art market is in ruins

The artist, who has widely been accused of being a fascist, believes that Russia's invasion of Ukraine will free the country from "a Nazi dictatorship”

Art market

Nefarious art world players: after Russian freeze out, will Saudi Arabia or China be next?

For decades Russian billionaires were feted for their free spending on the arts. Now, they are officially personae non gratae. But what of the other individuals and regimes with dubious reputations?

David Zwirner doubles down on competition with auction houses, launching online consignments portal

The new initiative marks an expansion of the gallery’s secondary market business

‘Oh f***! Anybody can do art’: pop star Robbie Williams shows new paintings at Sotheby’s

Auction house is banking on musician’s Black and White Paintings co-created with Ed Godrich

Christie’s evening sales total $831.3m, with Texan poker player’s surprise bidding spree upstaging blue-chip successes

On a night when many works outpaced expectations in Christie's New York saleroom, Ernie Barnes’s “The Sugar Shack” sold for more than 76 times its high estimate

Women are on top at London's Eye of the Collector fair

Almost half the works on show at the boutique event are by female artists—and lower price points are attracting buyers

Museums & Heritage

Gilane Tawadros appointed director of the Whitechapel Gallery in London

The head of artist copyright society Dacs will replace Iwona Blazwick, who served as head of the East London institution for 20 years

Gareth Harris1 day ago

In new Senegal museum, Albers Foundation will exhibit repatriated African objects and expand legacy of Bauhaus

Bët-bi, planned for 2025, will be designed by architect Mariam Issoufou Kamara

Tim Stone1 day ago

Rejuvenated Musée de Cluny presents a history of the Middle Ages in 1,600 objects

After a seven-year refurbishment, the Paris museum is fully wheelchair-accessible and ready to welcome back visitors on a journey from the first to the 15th century

Iron Age rock art depicting ancient Gods discovered beneath Turkish home

The ancient inscriptions were in a hidden tunnel complex found by looters before archaeologists carried out a rescue mission

Time is up on relaxed rules for US museums wanting to sell their works—did this brief shift have any lasting impact?

As stringent restrictions on art sales return after a pandemic reprieve, American institutions seem more polarised than ever

Exhibitions

Six must-see shows during Frieze New York

From Genesis P-Orridge at Pioneer Works to Louise Bourgeois at the Met, our pick of the best exhibitions in the city this week

Deana Lawson wins the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2022

The US photographer has been awarded the £30,000 prize for her “sheer inventiveness and complexity of her approach to image making”

Glyn Philpot's sensitive portraits of Black models bring renewed interest in the artist who fell out of fashion

An exhibition at Pallant House Gallery explores the artist's life and the change of style that contributed to him being out of favour

Archaeologist, adventurer and spinner of tales: the life of Heinrich Schliemann is reassessed in Berlin show

Famed for his discovery of Troy, an exhibition at the James-Simon-Galerie and Neues Museum unpicks fact from fiction

Philippines election: artist explores Marcos family’s ill-gotten art and jewels as son Ferdinand Jr leads presidential polls

As the country elects new leader, Pio Abad tells us about the Marcoses’ misinformation and cynical use of mythology, which is the focus of his new show

Book Club

What is the life of a muse like? Not as amusing as you may think

The subjects of great works of art have not always led the romanticised life we imagine, as examples from a new book show

An expert's guide to Louise Bourgeois: five must-read books on the French-American artist

All you ever wanted to know about Bourgeois, from the artist in her own words to an illustrated book for children—selected by the Hayward Gallery’s Ralph Rugoff and Katie Guggenheim

Five of the best recently published art-inspired novels

Our pick of new fiction with an art theme, from seasoned writers to exciting newcomers

In Pictures | Ukraine before the 2022 Russian invasion, from holidaymakers in Odesa to the frontlines of Mariupol

Mark Neville’s new photobook—of images taken over the past six years—is a call to action that has been sent to hundreds of politicians and other influential people around the world

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Books

Skulls and sequins: book celebrates the art of the Haitian streets 

Recently published catalogue of a touring show from 2018 shows the work of artists who draw inspiration from the urban landscape of the Caribbean nation

David D'Arcyabout 11 hours ago

Our guide to the Venice Biennale

The stuff of dreams: Cecilia Alemani delivers a perfectly judged Biennale

The Milk of Dreams is a "show of ripples and resonances, one that honours its artists"

Venice Biennale 2022: the must-see collateral exhibitions around the city

Writhing bodies in a deconsecrated church, BDE at the Ducale and an entirely improvised pavilion—what to see beyond the Arsenale and Giardini

Venice Biennale 2022: the must-see pavilions in the Arsenale

From a Gauguin impersonation to fire raining from the sky, here are the best exhibitions in the city's former shipyards

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