Podcast

Podcast episode 28: the battle over Ethiopia's treasures

Martin Bailey speaks to Hailemichael Aberra Afework, Ethiopia’s ambassador to the UK, about the artefacts seized by the British army at Maqdala, go behind the scenes of the Sony World Photography Awards with judge Gareth Harris and ask Richard Parry about his plans for Glasgow International

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Linda on the loose

Artists bring a breath of the contemporary to the Getty Villa

Plato in LA: Contemporary Artists Visions is a group exhibition marking the precedent-shattering debut of contemporary art at the Getty Villa

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In the frame

Prince’s Paisley Park is looking for archivist, carnivores need not apply

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Law

Collector sues Jeff Koons and Gagosian Gallery over years-long delivery delays

Steven Tananbaum has paid $13m for three sculptures over a five-year period but still has not received any of the works

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Law

Legal battle over Modigliani painting rumbles on

A New York State judge’s decision keeps a claim on Seated Man with a Cane alive

Review
Books

Rodin revealed as daring experimenter in centenary book

More than just bronzes, this collection of essays captures 100 years of scholarship on the 19th century's most famous sculptor

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From the high emotions of Taryn Simon’s professional mourners to photography galore at Somerset House and the Hayward Gallery

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Art's Most Popular: exhibition and museum visitor figures 2017

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The world's most popular exhibition? Ancient sculptures in Tokyo versus Modern masters in Paris

Art's Most Popular

Ranked: the top ten most popular shows in their categories from around the world

Art's Most Popular

How museums can double their visitor numbers—featuring DJs at the Musée Guimet in Paris

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What is the most cultured city in the US?

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Commissions

Lift off: UK artist buries planes at three sites as part of growing global network

Roger Hiorns has placed decommissioned aircraft underground in the UK, Czech Republic and Holland—Nigeria could be next

Preview
Exhibitions

The many faces of Australia’s colonial legacy unveiled across two shows

National Gallery of Victoria’s mega-shows range from art by convicts to contemporary indigenous work

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Museums

Virginia University’s $41m kunsthalle aims to bridge town-gown divide

Richmond University's fine arts programmes are amongst highest-ranked in the US

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Restitution

Ethiopia toughens position on Maqdala treasures calling for full restitution

Ethiopian ambassador Hailemichael Afework Aberra told The Art Newspaper podcast his government wants the seized artefacts returned, not given back on long-term loan as proposed by the V&A

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Obituaries

Marcia Hafif, California artist who found her calling in Italy, has died, aged 89

Like many other female artists of her generation, the painter and performer was overlooked by most of the art world until recently

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Three to see

Three to see: New York

From a flooded Times Square to hopeful aliens

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Public art

Financial District’s Fearless Girl will move to a new home this year

The statue will be installed outside of the New York Stock Exchange building—and the Charging Bull may follow her

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Linda on the loose

Hockney’s sitters face their painted selves at Lacma

The real subject in the show, and the source of each portrait’s fascination, is the tension between self-image and outward appearance

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Art market

Object lessons: censored photographs by Dorothea Lange and more

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Thefts

Chinese antiquities stolen in raid on Bath museum

Haul includes precious gold and jade artefacts, which police say may have been stolen to order

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Acquisitions

Controversial 'hip-hop version' of the Virgin Mary given to MoMA

Chris Ofili's work—donated by hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen—was once at the centre of a New York culture war

Feminist art history

Women in the art world: our founding editor speaks on her experiences in the field

During International Women's History Month, Anna Somers Cocks takes part in Art Talks London

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Museums

Carsten Höller puts plant life to the test—with slides—at Palazzo Strozzi

The Belgian-born artist has devised experiment with Italian scientist Stefano Mancuso

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In the frame

Freud Museum goes DIY with masturbation show

Spunky works by artists including Chantal Faust, Antony Gormley and Annie Sprinkle

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Tate

The struggle behind Tate Modern's birth

Recently opened Tate archives reveal wrangling over division of British and international art in early 1990s

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Commissions

New Armory installation invites you to just let go and dance

Artist Nick Cave will transform Park Avenue venue into a carnivalesque dance hall this summer

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Exhibitions

Huma Bhabha’s alien visitors land on the Met’s roof

The Pakistani-born, New York-based artist point toward a dream of peaceful communication

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Tate

Tate drops ticket prices for young people and seeks trustee to represent 16-25s

New appointee should be “a cultural entrepreneur and digital native”

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Art market

Date clash for Art Cologne and Art Brussels fairs

First-time exhibitors give Art Cologne a boost

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Conservation

One of Pope’s favourite paintings is looking refreshed after restoration

Icon’s first major intervention since 1931 brings back original colours

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Art market

Online art market could stagnate unless transparency is improved, study finds

Annual Hiscox report estimates online market rose 12% to $4.22bn in 2017, but growth is slowing as platforms struggle to build trust and loyalty

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Art market

How did they do that? Young gallery opens vast new Mayfair space

Despite soaring rents in the area, Unit London will open in former Citibank building on Hanover Square in June

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Tate Modern

Tate Modern hit with protests over cleaner dispute

There has been controversy at the gallery over the sponsor for the Picasso 1932 exhibition

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Art market

Art Brussels turns 50 and becomes second oldest contemporary fair in Europe

What's the key to its success?

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Art market

Private view: our pick of April gallery shows

New shows at commercial galleries, from emerging names to rediscovered talents

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In the frame

Brand Beckham gives Mayfair Art Weekend a boost

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Museums

Antiquity gets a fresh twist at revamped Getty Villa

New displays draw out connections between Graeco-Roman world and ancient Middle East

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Museums

Alabama memorial confronts America’s racist history

A site dedicated to the 4,400 victims of lynching and a museum about the country’s legacy of inequality opens

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Public art

Public sculpture will commemorate Chattanooga lynching victim 100 years on

Memorial part of push for new works that challenge history of white supremacy in the US

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Biennials & festivals

Artists take to the streets of Limerick in emotive abortion rights protest

Procession organised by Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment marks launch of Eva International biennial

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Museums

Photographer accused of sexual harassment closes show at ICA Boston

The institution initially planned to keep Nicholas Nixon's show open after allegations sparked calls for removal

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Exhibitions

Ukrainian artists tackle country’s political turmoil head on in Budapest show

Exhibition at Ludwig Museum aims to uncover work that remains "a blind-spot in the European cultural arena"

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Art market

Why Miart is starting to attract high-profile exhibitors

Galleries, benefitting from Milan's April buzz, are already reporting healthy sales

Podcast

Podcast episode 27: the enduring appeal of enigmatic Beuys. Plus, lost masterpieces reborn

We hear from Adam Lowe of Factum Arte about a new TV series in which seven lost paintings are recreated. And speak to Norman Rosenthal and Thaddaeus Ropac about the great German artist.

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Estates

Thaddaeus Ropac lands Joseph Beuys estate

Deal revealed as major show of German artist opens at gallerist's London space, which includes huge Stag Monuments installation

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Three to see

Three to see: London

Monet takes on the city at the National Gallery and it is the final week of the once-in-a-lifetime Charles I show at the Royal Academy

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Three to see

Three to see: New York

From a shameful period in US history to a bright new monument for the 21st century

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Museums

Chris Dercon steps down as director of the Volksbühne Theatre in Berlin

His appointment was met with criticism by culture professionals

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Art crime

FBI recovers Chagall work stolen nearly 30 years ago

The painting, taken from the Manhattan home of an elderly couple, had been stashed in a Maryland attic

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Art market

Photography auctions fail to catch fire in New York

Rarities attract multiple bidders, but a lack of competition for standard fare kept prices flat

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Obituaries

Turner Prize nominee Gillian Ayres dies, aged 88

Abstract artist and printmaker was made a Royal Academician in 1991, but she resigned temporarily in 1997

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Art fairs

Outsider Art Fair postones first Basel edition

Director Andrew Edlin says the fair is still a modest operation

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Exhibitions

How Delacroix went from lycée dropout to establishment favourite

Exhibition at the Musée du Louvre is first major survey of the painter’s work in more than 50 years

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Art market

Bronze looted from Summer Palace sells for £410,000 despite protest from China

Chinese authorities tried to stop the UK auction of the Tiger Ying vessel, which was taken by a British soldier in 1860

Interview
Musée du Louvre

Louvre’s director: we are active in 75 countries

Jean-Luc Martinez says the museum’s international projects have skyrocketed over the past five years

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Acquisitions

George Lucas gives Rockwell fans new hope with acquisition of Shuffleton’s Barbershop

The work will first goes on loan in Massachusetts and possibly elsewhere

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Linda on the loose

Jumex Museum show looks at the fall of the Utopian ideal in Latin America

Mexico City museum is becoming a private institution that actually serves the public interest

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Art fairs

Also Known As Africa fair extends its purview to 'global south'

Third edition to highlight spiritual, cultural and commercial links between the continent and parallel regions

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Exhibitions

The art of cross-dressing: under-the-radar artists surface in Venice exhibition

Works by Marcel Bascoulard and Urs Lüthi explore ideas around gender and identity

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Museums

Germany to pilot free-entry museums at Humboldt Forum

New coalition government waives charges for permanent collections in Berlin complex for first three years—but critics warn of consequences

Comment
Diary of an art historian

Are Old Masters old fashioned?

How to bring new audiences to older art displays

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Art market

Gallery's new exhibition model takes over collectors' homes

Instead of exhibiting at Art Cologne, the Basel gallery von Bartha will host a show in Mike Meiré's apartment in the city

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Museums

Max Hollein is the next director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

The current director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has both the experience needed to lead the encyclopaedic museum and “real integrity”, says the Met’s president Dan Weiss

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Collectors

Art collector who perished in Trump Tower blaze remembered as 'expert' in Pop art

Todd Brassner was close with and owned works by Andy Warhol, who made him a portrait

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Museums

Smithsonian to open first base outside US at former Olympic site in London

US Institution will collaborate with Victoria and Albert Museum at its new outpost in East London

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Politics

Special counsel investigates Victor Pinchuk’s $150,000 gift to Trump Foundation

The payment came early on in the US presidential campaign in exchange for a 20-minute video appearance

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Art market

As Brazil turns a corner, will local market follow?

São Paulo galleries have survived the country’s crises with a mix of adaptation and collaboration

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Sexual harassment

Tracey Emin reveals she was sexually assaulted by high-profile female artist

UK artist describes attack as her new anti-Brexit neon work is unveiled in London

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Documenta

Documenta appoints musical producer as interim manager amid budget debacle

Wolfgang Orthmayr to replace Annette Kulenkampff, who left before her contract ended

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Art market

Sotheby's backs Indian art market by launching sales in Mumbai

Announcement comes days after auction house reinstates buyer's premium in online sales

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International trade

UK art imports slump as Brexit looms

Falling pound may account for 21% drop in 2017, but exports to China have risen by 350%

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Art market

New York's Postmasters gallery, in survival move, solicits pledges via Patreon

"We need more support than I can generate via sales alone", says founder

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Art market

Object lessons: an Egyptian beauty by Mahmoud Saïd, and the key that unlocked the Glasgow School of Art

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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In the frame

Should UK foreign aid benefit cultural projects overseas? George Osborne squares up to Tristram Hunt

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In the frame

Postcards from the edge: prisoners and high-profile artists exhibit at Sotheby’s

Analysis
Art market

Art Paris at 20 years struggles to connect with an international audience

With an emphasis on the French scene, the fair walks a fine line between boosterism and parochialism

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Art market

Dallas Art Fair marries the regional and global

This year marks the tenth edition of the fair

Preview
Exhibitions

Mel Chin ‘floods’ Times Square for New York show

Interventions are being co-ordinated across the city as part of the Queens Museum’s exhibition

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Art market

Francis Bacon's $30m portrait of George Dyer shown in London for first time in 40 years

Painting of artist’s lover and muse comes to auction for the first time at Christie’s New York in May

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Venice Biennale

Cathy Wilkes—known for her unsettling sculptural installations—to represent UK at 2019 Venice Biennale

The artist was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2008 and has just closed her first major retrospective at MoMA PS1

Comment
Leaders

What we can learn from Saudi art

Suddenly, a lot of money is flowing through the kingdom for the promotion of contemporary art and culture

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Cultural policy

France to help build a 'new Petra' in Saudi Arabia with estimated $20bn development deal

The country is due to sign a massive contract with the kingdom to turn Mada’in Saleh and the Al-Ula region into a cultural tourism destination

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Art market

Christie's Paris to auction scientist Ilya Prigogine's collection of pre-Columbian artefacts

The ritual objects include Mezcala and Chontal sculpture, plus Olmec stone celts

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Conservation

Billionaire François Pinault gives €3m for refurbishment of Victor Hugo’s Guernsey home

Hauteville House revamp includes overhaul of furniture and facades overseen by the Les Misérables creator

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Art market

Meca fair will return to Puerto Rico for a second edition in November

The only fair dedicated to Caribbean art hopes to be an engine for the island's recovery, bringing in locals and visitors

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Art market

London dealer ordered to return Egon Schiele works worth $5m to heirs of Holocaust victims

Heirs's attorney describes ruling as step closer to recovering "largest mass-theft in history," but Richard Nagy plans to appeal

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Ethiopia calls on British Museum to return Maqdala treasures on loan like the V&A

Ambassador made request at display opening in South Kensington

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Three to see

Three to see: London

The Brazilian Modernists who helped with the war effort, and the last chance to see Winnie-the-Pooh

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Contemporary art

Kehinde Wiley—the artist behind Obama's presidential portrait—signs with Hollywood talent agency

Brillstein Entertainment Partners will licence the US artist's paintings and "identify directing opportunities"

Podcast

Podcast episode 26: Wrap star Christo and the most popular shows of 2017

We speak to the Bulgarian-born artist about his grand project for the Serpentine, and look at our annual survey of visitor figures

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Three to see

Three to see: New York

Shows to honour the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr on the 50th anniversary of his assassination

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Museums

Activist group calls out Brooklyn Museum’s appointment of white African art curator

The museum has not yet responded to criticism about the “dismal rates of representation” of people of colour among its senior staff

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Museums

Supreme Court Justice greenlights Berkshire Museum’s art sale

The institution can now go ahead with plans to auction works from its collection to raise up to $55m for a renovation

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Museums

Bridging the divide: Terra Foundation and Art Bridges fund collaborative programming between major art institutions and smaller, regional venues

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Detroit Institute of Arts are the first institutions awarded grants in a $15m pilot programme

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Art market

Six picks from Aipad's Photography Show

Photos spanning two centuries on offer at New York fair, which hopes to top last year's record attendance

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Art fairs

Artists to plant protest flags and stage processions at Frieze New York

Visitors to the fair will see banners by Adam Pendelton, Hank Willis Thomas, Lara Schnitger and Renée Green among others as part of the Live programme curated by Adrienne Edwards

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Biennials & festivals

Sharjah builds profile as destination emirate with launch of 2019 architecture triennial

Region urgently needs a platform for architecture and urbanism, organisers say

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Art market

Confessions of a cruise-ship auction addict

Facing class actions, cruise ships have either abolished auctions or told auctioneers to tone down their acts

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Art market

Gender pay gap: top UK auction houses pay women between 22% and 37% less than men

Discrepancy comes under scrutiny as more than 10,000 companies submit figures to the Government Equalities Office

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Appointments

Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez’s contract extended for three more years

Paris museum chief must focus on partnerships with Asia and sustained attendance, culture minister says

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Museums

Fourth time's a charm: Frick Collection announces new renovation and expansion plans

The Selldorf Architects-designed project spares the institution’s much loved 70th Street garden and opens up the building’s second storey