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Van Gogh's Sunflowers will leave London for over a year as Australian show is added to loan tour

Masterpiece from London's National Gallery is headed for Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia

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Trump awards National Medal of Arts for the first time since taking office

But not a single visual artist is on the list of honourees, which were reportedly chosen without regard to the nominating council's recommendations

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Restitution

Dr Oetker returns painting to heirs of Jewish tobacco dealer murdered by the Nazis

Leo Bendel was killed at Buchenwald three years after he sold the painting by Carl Spitzweg to fund his escape from Nazi Germany

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Art market

At $6.8m, Picasso hits the high mark at Toronto sale

Portrait of Dora Maar eclipses other auction offerings at Heffel

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Jockum Nordström's childlike collages to Leo Villareal's mesmerising light displays

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The Big Review: Leonardo at the Louvre

This once in a lifetime retrospective has a freshness and coherence which appeals to public and scholar alike

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Dora Maar and Jann Haworth: acclaim at last

We take a tour of the Dora Maar show at London's Tate Modern, where the artist is finally getting her due, and talk to US artist Jann Haworth about her retrospective at Pallant House Gallery. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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Hammer Time: Sotheby's picks up the pace during a sluggish art week with $270.7m contemporary art sale

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Hammer Time: records set but reserves remain low at Christie's post-war and contemporary art sale

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Hammer Time: consistency and caution are key at Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern evening sale

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Adventures with Van Gogh

How London’s Kew Gardens connects Van Gogh and Gauguin—and the monster flower that caught the latter's imagination

In Tahiti, years later, Gauguin recalled the Corpse Flower which stinks of rotting flesh

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Art market

'Challenging' art market hits Momart's revenue

Art logistics firm's results are down due to "Brexit related and global uncertainty", sharply reducing activity among commercial galleries and auction houses

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'We felt we had to make a choice and we chose scholarship': why Galerie St. Etienne went non-profit

Jane Kallir explains why, after 80 years as a commercial enterprise, the New York gallery has become a foundation

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Jonathan Trayte’s playful sculptural oasis unveiled in the City of London

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Randomness rules New York's $42m American art sales

Small works won out at Sotheby's and Christie's as top lots went for their low estimates or were withdrawn

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Photography show reveals the many artistic faces of John Malkovich

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

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Conservation & Preservation

Scientists uncover a secret to rock art’s durability

Ancient artisans in British Columbia heated ochre “gunk” to high temperatures to achieve a vivid and long-lasting red

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The Buck stopped here

House of Voltaire's naked Christmas tree brings new meaning to a 'festive bush'

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Former factory in Iraqi Kurdistan stirs hope for cultural tourism

From studio spaces to museums, a future complex holds the promise of galvanising artists

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Commercial galleries

Cheap rents and larger spaces: Barcelona suburb tries to entice dealers out of the city

Some galleries have moved to the industrial warehouse L’Hospitalet but others say it is too far out of the commercial centre

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UK politics

Jeremy Corbyn promises £1bn culture fund in Labour Party election manifesto

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats commit to stopping Brexit and protecting arts funding through the National Lottery

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The Buck stopped here

Nan Goldin brings her empathy and activism to London

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Repatriation

'A major step forward for Britain’s colonial museums': Manchester Museum returns objects to Indigenous Australians

Move might pave the way for repatriation of sacred artefacts from other UK institutions

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Permanent Documenta exhibition opens at Kassel’s Neue Galerie

The show includes insights into preparations by the Indonesian art cooperative Ruangrupa for the 2022 edition

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Marina Abramovic’s The Life to become first mixed reality work ever auctioned

Christie’s will sell the piece with a £600,000 price tag next October to coincide with artist’s Royal Academy retrospective

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Chloë Bass’s show at The Studio Museum in Harlem to Yasiin Bey’s multimedia exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum

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Sotheby’s to offer space snaps online

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Gordon Sondland: art collector, museum patron, European diplomat — and the man who might get Donald Trump impeached

The hotel magnate, who owns an estimated $25m art collection, testified today in Congress that there was a quid pro quo between Trump and the president of Ukraine over investigations involving his political rival

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After years of debt and disaster, Puerto Rico’s Meca art fair offers economic boon

Opening this week in San Juan, the third edition of the event hopes to help the region on the road to recovery

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Anselm Kiefer on why size matters

On the podcast, we speak to the German artist about his new works inspired by String Theory, now on show at White Cube in London

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Books

Missing Leonardo link: writer discovers that Da Vinci's anatomy drawings were owned by Charles II

New book hopes research of papers belonging to the king's physician will lead to further "eureka" moments

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London exhibition examines 'tragic absurdity' at the Korean border

Group show at Korean Cultural Centre UK combines photography, installations and archival material to explore one of the world's most heavily militarised zones

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Collector and patron Kamiar Maleki appointed director of Volta and Pulse art fairs

The two events have recently come under the same ownership although there are no plans to merge them—yet

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Sponsorship

Protestors disrupt VIP preview of British Museum's Troy exhibition

Members of the climate activist group BP or not BP? blocked entry to the museum's show dressed as statues based on Greek mythology

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Tariffs

'A giant wall': art world feels the pinch of Trump’s 25% import duty on printed works

Collectors and artists are scrambling to find solutions to the US government’s penalty tariffs

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Art law

French court upholds suspended sentence for Picasso's former electrician

Pierre Le Guennec and his wife Danièle hoarded 271 works for 40 years

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China

German art worth €300m disappears in China, media reports

Collector Maria Chen-Tu says she had loaned works by Markus Lüpertz and Anselm Kiefer to a businessman to be shown in museums

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New York's autumn sales were subdued but not necessarily septic

Overall sales were down by around 30% but beyond the disappointing headline figures, women and minority artists shone

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Prizes

Shortlist for Hugo Boss Prize is announced

Whoever wins will receive $100,000, an exhibition at the Guggenheim, and a stamp of approval from one of the world's most prestigious awards

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Private Museums

The Marciano masquerade is exposed

The art foundation, which has closed its doors, was never more than the shell of a museum

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Linda on the loose

Get your rah-rahs out: Paul Pfeiffer marches to a political tune at the Apollo

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Art fairs

Still very much a local (af)fair: Art Düsseldorf's Asian promise is yet to come to fruition

Strong German collector base attracts European and US galleries but the the influx of international dealers and visitors is only a trickle

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Terra Foundation plans 2024 sequel to Art Design Chicago

Yearlong 2018 effort drew 2.5 million people and brought attention to overlooked artists

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Banksy

Banksy’s The Drinker withdrawn from Sotheby’s sale after rival artist claims ownership

Sculpture—estimated at £1m—was removed from the street by Andy Link in 2004 but later “liberated” from his East End garden

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Museums

German parliament approves institute for photographic legacy based in Dusseldorf

Government says institute is necessary to address “considerable backlog in securing the visual memory of our society”

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Censorship

Beijing officials deny permit for show of Chinese-American artist amid political tensions

Exhibition of Hung Liu at UCCA Center for Contemporary Art has been censored by the government at the last minute

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Troy meets world: London show reconciles myth and reality of ancient city

British Museum exhibition will display work inspired by epic stories alongside artefacts from 19th-century archaeological excavations

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Music

What Kanye West got wrong so far in his Nebuchadnezzar opera

The image used in Ye's tweet is actually thought to depict Darius the Great. But why celebrate Nebuchadnezzar anyway?

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Hong Kong

'The future of Hong Kong is already set': Ai Weiwei responds to escalating violence against democracy protesters

In Hong Kong, university campuses have become literal battlegrounds in the protracted clash between police and protesters over the region’s future

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Museums & Heritage

New Hampshire museum acquires a rare house by Frank Lloyd Wright

The 1957 home, the Currier Museum of Art's second Wright dwelling, is built in the “Usonian Automatic” style, with rectangular concrete blocks

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Restitution

France returns a historic sword to Senegal

The gesture is intended as a symbol of France’s commitment to repatriating African heritage

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Monnaie de Paris

Monnaie de Paris venue cancels its contemporary art programme

Show dedicated to Kiki Smith will be last exhibition at the historic Paris Mint due to low visitor numbers

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Banksy

Artist who ‘kidnapped’ Banksy's The Drinker claims ownership ahead of Sotheby's sale

Andy Link says sculpture for which he demanded £5,000 in ransom was later stolen from him. Banksy’s former dealer says otherwise

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Loans

Titian’s six epic mythological paintings to be reunited as Wallace Collection announces first ever loans

National Gallery in London will display the series next year and lend a Rubens work in return

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Politics

What is art for? Why, to help sell arms, silly!

October saw full deployment of culture in Russian and French political and commercial diplomacy with Saudi Arabia

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Public art

A stampede of one: plans to move lower Manhattan’s Charging Bull sculpture raises furore

The artist and city officials are at odds over the famous work’s removal from the heavily trafficked site it has occupied for 30 years

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Prizes

Stephanie Comilang claims Canada’s Sobey Art Award

The Toronto- and Berlin-based artist expressed relief after winning C$100,000 contemporary art prize: "I don’t have to worry financially now"

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Sackler family

Nan Goldin brings first PAIN protest to the UK, storming the Victoria and Albert Museum

Demonstrators demand that V&A director Tristram Hunt drops Sackler name

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberté’s immersive, multi-media art pyramid will not come to Miami

PY1's laser and acrobatics filled show promised to be a trip "through space and time" but was a box office disappointment during its premiere in Montreal this summer

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

The French general’s advice to Notre Dame's chief architect: ‘Just shut up!’

A public spat between officials erupted this week in Paris over the reconstruction of the fire-ravaged cathedral and whether its historic spire should be restored as it was or a new spire built in its place

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Exhibitions

Alfredo Jaar revisits Rwandan genocide 25 years after the atrocity

The Chilean artist’s harrowing project goes on show in the UK for the first time

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In the frame

Still a Sensation? Norman Rosenthal co-organises show of new Brit art in Venice

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Sculpture

Antony Gormley in talks with French government over sculpture project in Brittany

Brexit is a disaster for the UK, says the sculptor as he unveils his Field for the British Isles installation at Firstsite gallery in Colchester

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Roy Oxlade's energetic canvases to Nan Goldin's first UK show in almost two decades

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Where is the portrait of Dr Gachet?

 The mysterious disappearance of Van Gogh's most expensive painting

Frankfurt's Städel Museum put a detective journalist on the case

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Climate Change

Three ways museums can face up to the climate crisis

No issue is more relevant—and relevance is the cultural sector’s current leitmotif

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Attribution

Thanks to a doodle, experts now say unattributed painting is by Botticelli

The Madonna and Child at National Museum Cardiff was believed to be a copy

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Restitution

George Soros's Open Society Foundations pledges $15m to help Africa recover looted heritage

Paid over four years, it will support efforts made by museums, grassroots-organisations and governments

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Museums

German parliament approves extra costs for Berlin Museum of the 20th Century

The €364m budget is “a real pain threshold,” culture minister says

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

We talk to German artist Anselm Kiefer about his new works inspired by String Theory and ask expert Scott Reyburn why the art market is treading water. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Rachel Feinstein’s first survey at The Jewish Museum to a superlative collection of drawings and prints at the Met

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Hammer Time: Sotheby's picks up the pace during a sluggish art week with $270.7m contemporary art sale

Record prices were set for Charles White, Brice Marden, and Wayne Thiebaud, while a Clyfford Still painting prompted a prolonged bidding war

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Carved from a youth centre's walls, Keith Haring mural sells at Bonhams New York for $3.86m

The Grace House Mural becomes the first and only such site-specific work by the artist to be sold at auction

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Museums & Heritage

The Huntington Library acquires two collections of US slavery and abolition records

The historic documents highlight the complexities of documenting America’s "peculiar institution"

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Commercial galleries

Helen Molesworth to collaborate with Jack Shainman on summer programming

The curator is organising “Feedback” for the gallery’s Upstate New York satellite space, marking her first major curatorial project since leaving LA’s Moca

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The Buck stopped here

'Welcome to the shitshow': Jeremy Deller's new film delves into the dark underbelly of Brexit

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Diary

Taking the piss? London gallery attendees asked to take pregnancy tests for private view performance piece