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Artists withdraw from Toronto photography festival due to its ties to Israeli weapons manufacturer

The Contact Photography Festival’s main sponsor, Scotiabank, has a large stake in Elbit Systems, which makes armoured vehicles, drones and other weapons

Collectors stampeding to Lucy Bull's 'visionary' abstractions

The young Los Angeles-based painter is riding the ups and downs of her spectacular market breakout

Taylor Dafoe1 day ago

East Coast art college strikes deal for West Coast campus facilities

In response to financial pressures, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a graduate-only art school, is partnering with the big-name California Institute of the Arts 3,000 miles away

Daniel Grant1 day ago

African art market confronts economic turbulence on the continent

Despite currency collapse of Nigeria's Naira and a weakened South African rand, the category performed better than the overall market

Australia's richest woman Gina Rinehart at centre of portrait controversy

Mining magnate asked National Gallery of Australia to remove depiction by Aboriginal artist Vincent Namatjira

Gareth Harris1 day ago

The Week in Art

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

The Week in Art podcast | Tate’s historic women artists show, Dia at 50, Martin Wong’s record-breaking painting

Exploring Now You See Us, which celebrates the output of Vanessa Bell, Mary Beale and many more, plus conversations about Dia’s legacy and the ’visual linguist‘ Wong

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Art market

Photo London has mass appeal—can it be equally thought-provoking?

The UK's premier photography fair is still finding its identity, with strong curated sections and projects presented amid more vacuous work

Sotheby's makes $198.1m in consistently strong Modern evening sale in New York

The results were led by Monet's 'Meules à Giverny' and Leonora Carrington's record-breaking 'Les Distractions de Dagobert'

Christie's makes $94.6m in New York contemporary sales despite cyberattack and star lot's withdrawal

Major results for Félix González-Torres and Jean-Michel Basquiat lifted the De la Cruz collection and 21st-century double-header

Phillips's evening auction in New York notches $72.3m, buoyed by two fresh Basquiat paintings

The sale's hammer total fell short of its estimate, but also represented an increase of 24% over the equivalent auction in 2023

Sotheby's $227.9m double-header marks tentative start to New York spring auctions

Strong sell-through rate and multiple artist records offset soft demand for top lots

Museums & Heritage

The US sculpture park communicating difficult truths amid a cultural backlash

In a time of increased lawsuits over diversity initiatives, a civil rights organisation aims to make the history and legacy of slavery in the US undeniable through art and first-person narratives

Australia's richest woman Gina Rinehart at centre of portrait controversy

Mining magnate asked National Gallery of Australia to remove depiction by Aboriginal artist Vincent Namatjira

Gareth Harris1 day ago

National Endowment for the Arts awards more than $110m in grants to US organisations

Visual-art projects receiving support include a new Agnes Denes work in California, a Duane Linklater commission in New York and a public collaboration to help heal Indigenous generational trauma in Alaska

Chile returns 400-million-year-old fossils to Morocco

The 117 artefacts had been smuggled into South America within the past several years

Polish museum receives anonymous package containing lost 17th-century tiles

The tiles decorated the bathing pavilion of Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw before they disappeared during the Second World War

Exhibitions

Smoke, fire and livid sunsets: exhibition to show how Turner traced beginnings of climate breakdown

Works on view at the artist’s house in London will reveal the way he captured the early impact of the industrial revolution on the British landscape

America as you've never seen it before: the Dutch settlement of New York from the Native American perspective

An exhibition at the Amsterdam Museum in the Netherlands marks 400 years since the colonisation of the city at the mouth of the Hudson River

Picasso, Giacometti and Bruce Nauman, three artists who ‘redefined sculpture’, to be shown together for first time in London

Exhibition at Gagosian aims to show the “correspondence or unity of material among the three of them,” says its curator

Wouldn't it be nice to see The Beach Boys: new show goes behind the scenes of seminal 1960s band

Exhibition at Iconic Images Gallery includes rarely seen works by top photographers from the period, as well as childhood pictures

Courtauld show to make Monet’s 1905 London ‘dream’ exhibition a reality

Three weeks before a planned London gallery show of his paintings of Waterloo Bridge, Charing Cross Bridge and the Houses of Parliament, the “perfectionist” Impressionist pulled out, dissatisfied with the state of his canvases

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.

How Van Gogh’s ‘Bedroom’ paved the way to Modern art

Tate’s show on Expressionism reminds us that Vincent was “the father of us all”

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Opinion

From Titian to Alex Katz, artists and poets have long enjoyed a symbiosis

Katz’s fruitful relationships with John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara among others are a reminder that art and poetry thrive in proximity

'Why British museums must start charging entrance fees'

Low pay for museum workers, decreased local authority spending and a theft scandal have highlighted that "it’s time for some difficult choices," says the writer and broadcaster Ben Lewis

'UK school art curriculum should reflect diversity efforts in our institutions'

Research by the Runnymede Trust found that only 2.3% of artists named in GCSE Art papers over the last five years were Black or Asian

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

Green is the New Black

In this monthly column, our correspondent Louisa Buck looks at how the art industry is responding to our climate and ecological crisis

New UN partnership signed in Venice places visual arts sector at heart of climate battle

The initiative has made the recently formed Art Charter for Climate Action (ACCA) an official pillar of a UN alliance striving to enact environmental action across the world

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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.

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In Tokyo, teamLab's giant new immersive space opens glittering portals of the imagination

The light-filled, interactive, spaces at teamLab Borderless offer “full-body joy” to the author's school-age children—as well as some cool selfies

Aleksandra Artamonovskaja is appointed head of arts for TriliTech, the entrepreneurship team supporting Tezos blockchain

Artamonovskaja, a leading consultant and moderator in the Web3 world, will oversee development of opportunities for artists across the Tezos ecosystem

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On process: Refik Anadol seeks to demystify AI art by showing how it is put together

The media artist's "Echoes of the Earth: Living Archive" at Serpentine Galleries, London, goes for radical clarity on its raw data sources and the make-up of Anadol's artificial intelligence Large Nature Model

Robert Alice breaks new ground with auction of generative art NFTs on Christie's 3.0

Auction house sees maturing of market since the heady days of 2021 as works by the digital art pioneer are sold in combination with launch of their catalogue raisonné-like historical survey "On NFTs"

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Quantum leap: how a decade of NFTs has changed digital art

Two books take a look at the past and future of the non-fungible token. Once seen as the creature of market hype, the NFT now promises the first shared technical standard for the digital art world

Book Club

A move to London, the famous logo and liquid lunches: a short history of Thames & Hudson

As it marks its 75th anniversary, we hear how the “amazing melting pot” of Vienna shaped the publisher’s identity and what’s in store for the future

An expert's guide to colour: five must-read books on all things chromatic

All you ever wanted to know about the topic, from our difficult relationship with colour to a remarkable monochrome children’s book—selected by the colour historian Alexandra Loske

The art critic Robert Storr on the slow road to social and racial justice

A new series of books titled Focal Points launches with three volumes of essays and articles by the former curator

Books

‘Shamefully duped’: friend of convicted art fraudster Inigo Philbrick spills the beans in new memoir

In the warts-and all publication, Orlando Whitfield discusses his 15-year friendship with Philbrick while offering insights into the world of art dealing

From pews to power stations: a history of interwar British architecture that some feared might not be published

Gavin Stamp’s final book offers a fitting memorial to the architectural historian and Private Eye columnist

Ghosts of America’s ‘Street of Dreams’: a comprehensive book brings the history of New York’s Fifth Avenue to life

Established in the early 1800s, the street was once home to the city’s grandest houses, but many were soon replaced by towering apartment buildings, shops and hotels. A comprehensive book brings this history to life

A royal in red—King Charles III portrait unveiled

The work by Jonathan Yeo shows Charles wearing the uniform of the Welsh Guards

Sit on a sponsor? Maybe after visiting a sweeping show of British still lifes

A sofa company is supporting a new exhibition of Modern and contemporary still lifes at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, southern England

Jane Fonda and Larry Gagosian work it for the planet

The Oscar-winning actress and the art dealer have teamed up to support California's fight against oil drilling

Seeing the light: Caravaggio steals the Netflix show Ripley

The Baroque bad boy plays a leading role in a new adaptation of The Talented Mr Ripley

Proud mum Madonna drops in on son Rocco’s Miami show

His "Pack a Punch" paintings are inspired by Thai boxers

Venice Biennale 2024

Pro-Palestine protests continue at Venice Biennale

One protester was held by police while a "Freedom Boat" attracted hundreds of visitors

Venice Biennale 2024 review | Intimacy and violence: 'Foreigners Everywhere' explodes the Biennale model

Adriano Pedrosa's international exhibition combines the old and new to undermine Western narratives, but still creates a compelling survey of global contemporary art, in which Queer art stands out

Venice Biennale 2024: our pick of collateral shows

Alongside the main event, there's a plethora of exhibitions vying for visitors' attention. We've selected some of our favourites, ranging from Shahzia Sikander fairytale gothic palace to Andrzej Wróblewski's poignant depictions of war

The legacy and mystery of the display of Native American art at the 1932 Venice Biennale

Remarkably little is known about the selection, reception and whereabouts of the Native art shown in the US pavilion at the 18th Biennale

Venice Biennale 2024: the worst art on show in the city

There's a lot to see during this year's edition of the city-wide event, so we've rounded up a few things you might want to skip

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An in-depth interview with the artist on her cultural experiences and greatest influences, from residencies in Paris to the jazz legend Sun Ra

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Obituaries

Dinh Q. Lê, master of multimedia art and mentor to fellow artists across southeast Asia, has died, aged 56

Vietnamese-American artist, best known for his distinctive photo-weaving works, made powerful statements in photography, video, sculpture and installation that challenged politics, history and memory

Richard Serra, creator of audacious steel sculptures, has died aged 85

The American sculptor received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale

Antoine Predock, architect of distinctive museums in the US and Canada, has died, aged 87

His Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Tang Teaching Museum and Tacoma Art Museum were typical of an approach that melded modernism and post-modernism into a characteristically unpredictable aesthetic

Lucas Samaras, tirelessly adventurous New York artist, has died, aged 87

The Greek American artist was always willing to try new forms and materials, working across sculpture, photography, performance, installation and more

Remembering Jacob Rothschild, banker, collector, philanthropist, and a towering figure in the British art world

A scion of the famous banking dynasty, he led the National Gallery, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Waddesdon Manor