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Philanthropy

Please send help: a letter to the Getty Trust

Our Los Angeles correspondent Jori Finkel asks the world's richest cultural organisation to support the city's struggling arts community during the coronavirus pandemic

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coronavirus

Here's how to apply for financial aid during the coronavirus pandemic if you're self-employed or a small business in the arts

We have gathered information about grants and loans around the world to help you get through the Covid-19 crisis

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Diary

MoMA and Louise Lawler launch #DrawingWithMoMA to stoke creativity in quarantine

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Art theft

Birthday heist: Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum on anniversary of artist's birth

The Singer Laren museum in the Netherlands is currently on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic

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Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin shares her lockdown life on Instagram

British artist says we need “all kinds of art in these scary times”

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Art market

New York galleries seek rent relief from state government in the wake of coronavirus shutdowns

Some dealers are "prepared for a rent strike" if Governor Cuomo does not address a new bill offering rent suspensions to small businesses before 1 April

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coronavirus

Versailles goes virtual as French government launches digital programme to help history students on lockdown

The palace’s online platform will offer virtual reality experiences and a Game of Thrones-themed quiz

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Tristram Hunt: 'When the lights come back on, our museums will need support'

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US artists need a federal bailout now

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The BBC fights back with 'Culture in Quarantine' against the UK government’s plan to destroy it

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Letter from Spain: Arco exhibition centre is now a coronavirus hospital

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coronavirus

Take a virtual tour of once-in-a-lifetime Raphael show in Rome that closed after four days due to coronavirus

Video is part of Italy's "Culture never stops!" initiative providing online access to cultural and heritage sites

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Museums & Heritage

Tristram Hunt: 'When the lights come back on, our museums will need support'

What coronavirus is really forcing us to address is the societal function and justification for public culture in the 21st century, says the Victoria and Albert Museum's director

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coronavirus

Post-pandemic, the art market might return to 'normal'—but do we want it to?

Many in the art world see the impact of coronavirus as a chance to slow down the frenetic pace of global activity and rethink the whole system

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Economics

US artists need a federal bailout now

Congress needs to protect this country’s creative workforce

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coronavirus

Arts organisations produce face masks and other medical equipment to help slow the spread of coronavirus

As museums donate protective supplies to medical centres during coronavirus crisis, grassroots efforts to make masks struggle to meet medical standards

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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

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coronavirus

Goodman Gallery is selling artist-designed blankets to raise funds for a Johannesburg clinic

Artists participating in the project include Broomberg & Chanarin, Nolan Oswald Dennis and Reza Farkhondeh

coronavirus

'You will defeat the virus!': Jeff Koons sends video message to Italy

In his contribution to Palazzo Strozzi's digital project In Touch, the artist says Italian museums will "give humankind a light" to help find its way after coronavirus

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coronavirus

The BBC fights back with 'Culture in Quarantine' against the UK government’s plan to destroy it

A leading Italian art critic says that it is dictators and populists who fear culture and that the BBC’s creativity will be vital to coronavirus Britain, now and in the aftermath

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Obituaries

Peregrine Pollen, who revitalised auction industry and laid the ground for the booming art market of the 21st century, has died, age 89

One of the most dynamic figures in the international expansion of Sotheby's in the 1960s and 1970s, descended from generations of collectors and men of action

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coronavirus

Letter from Spain: Arco exhibition centre is now a coronavirus hospital

The 'panorama is desolate' for the country's culture sector, says Manuel Fernández-Braso, president of the association of Madrid art galleries

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Saving the art world’s self-employed amidst the coronavirus crisis

We explore the devastating effects of the pandemic on art communities and discuss the different support packages in the UK, Germany and the US. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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Copyright

US copyright law comes under scrutiny as new legislation makes its way before Congress

A planned new mediation system, which aims to streamline copyright breach claims in the US, has loopholes that could deny artists justice, critics say

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Art's Most Popular 2020

As coronavirus shuts down the capital, our survey shows 2019 was the busiest year for London museums this century

Last year also saw record attendances at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Van Gogh’s trusty pipe: how the artist believed that smoking helped his art

Vincent lay in bed, puffing away and dreamily composing his pictures

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coronavirus

Turkish government slammed for crowds at heritage sites as ticket collector reportedly dies from coronavirus

Worker at Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace is believed to have contracted Covid-19, leading state to be criticised for not closing tourist attractions quick enough

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coronavirus

'The real ideological war has just begun and Covid-19 is only the starting point': Ai Weiwei on China's response to the outbreak

The Chinese artist and activist reflects on how authoritarian political systems have been able to tackle the crisis more effectively

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coronavirus

Majority of Berlin artists worried they can't pay rent due to coronavirus, survey finds

German government has introduced emergency measures to support the creative industry

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Exhibitions

A dazzling web by Studio Drift serves as a metaphor for connection

While their set piece is stuck in New York, the Dutch artists upload their L’Orfeo opera to YouTube

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Photography

Photographers are capturing the stark mood of major cities amid the coronavirus pandemic

As many self-employed photographers face work losses due to Covid-19, others document the "seriousness of what is happening on a personal and community level"

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coronavirus

New York galleries turn on the cameras as they turn off the lights during coronavirus lockdown

As programming and expansion plans are halted, innovation kicks in with virtual performances and tours

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coronavirus

Masterpiece London cancels 2020 June edition as UK cracks down on coronavirus spread

The move follows news that Art Basel will postpone its 50th anniversary edition until September and New York's major auctions pivot to June

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coronavirus

Institutions stand to lose millions as spring fundraisers are cancelled and postponed

Due to losses caused by the coronavirus epidemic, the American Alliance of Museum estimates that one-third of the now shut museums will not be able to reopen without financial assistance from the government

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coronavirus

After much speculation, Art Basel postponed to September due to coronavirus

Swiss art fair is the latest of numerous fairs to be moved to the autumn, as the pandemic decimates the art world calendar

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Diary

The final push: campaign to save Derek Jarman's cottage in Dungeness is almost over the line

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coronavirus

Tefaf Maastricht comes under fire as Covid-19 cases surge among the fair's attendees

Infected participants criticise fair’s decision to open in March as virus was spreading

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Museums

Centre Pompidou was about to sign a deal for a satellite space in South Korea—before coronavirus struck

Curators at French museum plan to launch video game centred on contemporary art while its Shanghai satellite reopens to the public

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coronavirus

Letter from the editor

During the coronavirus crisis, we will continue to bring you breaking news, analysis and helpful resources from the art world

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coronavirus

Artists and galleries help raise coronavirus relief funds through print edition sales

Eric Fischl is supplying a limited edition print to benefit the closed New York Academy of Art while other sales are being donated to emergency funds and community organisations

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coronavirus

Yale MFA students demand tuition refund as classes move online

In a letter, students cite the shutdown of facilities due to coronavirus

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coronavirus

Museum layoffs begin in Los Angeles at MOCA and Hammer

The two institutions let go a combined 247 part-time employees whose jobs could not be performed remotely

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Restitution

'We want to be part of the solution': UK museum says it is open to discussing fate of Benin bronze after prince demands its return

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery wants to work in tandem with the Benin Dialogue Group, which is made up of institutions that hold the majority of the pieces

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Media

Are commercial galleries the next big content producers?

The top dealers are increasingly becoming audio and video makers and magazine publishers—is it all still about sales?

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coronavirus

Students slam Royal College of Art's decision to move degree show online because of coronavirus

Unlike other universities, the school has not postponed its courses during the crisis

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Obituaries

Maurice Berger, critic and curator, has died of complications from Covid-19, aged 63

The author and historian penned 11 books, curated a stream of shows and authored his Race Stories column in The New York Times beginning in 2012

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The Buck stopped here

#ArtistsSupportPledge: growing online marketplace to help artists generates £9m in one week

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coronavirus

A message from...Shirin Neshat: 'We will get through this'

The US-Iranian artist shares a hopeful image from her garden in Upstate New York

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Art schools

San Francisco Art Institute considers suspending classes after May graduation

Citing coronavirus tumult, the 149-year-old school says it has failed to find a partner to ensure its financial survival

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Thieves arrested for stealing stones from Notre Dame in Paris

Drunk perpetrators may have wanted to sell the items on the black market

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Obituaries

Albert Uderzo, the artist behind French cartoon icon Asterix, dies aged 92

"Asterix really showed me that history could be fun and daft,” says the Irish archaeologist Neil Jackman as tributes are paid to the artist

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Diary

Follow Peter Blake on his armchair Instagram travels to secret locations

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Art market

Smaller galleries frustrated by digital sales platforms as dealers move business online due to coronavirus lockdowns

Existing online marketplaces like Artsy attempted to raise membership rates as galleries were forced to indefinitely close due to Covid-19

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Obituaries

New York gallerist Paul Kasmin, who helped build the Chelsea gallery scene, has died, aged 60

The London-born dealer first visited the US with his father as a child, and went on to develop the careers of many artists

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Diary

A moment of zen: Rubin Museum's Tibetan Buddhist shrine room goes digital

The project is "an invitation to slow down and rediscover the nature of time"

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Law

Supreme Court rules film-maker cannot sue North Carolina for copyright infringement

Opinion finds Congress overstepped its authority with 1990 federal statute, but allowed for a new law to "stop states from behaving as copyright pirates"

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Disasters & destruction

Zagreb Cathedral’s spire damaged in major earthquake

City is "fighting two enemies" as it continues to deal with the spread of coronavirus

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coronavirus

UK government 'failing' to support its freelancers, leading arts body says

Finance minister Rishi Sunak has attracted criticism for his emergency bailout plan over claims that it discriminates against gig workers

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coronavirus

Letter from Italy: the churches—open, but without services—are the only place to see art

The Art Newspaper's founder-editor Anna Somers Cocks on the impact of Covid-19 on Turin, where she is in lockdown

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coronavirus

There are more than 200 works for you to explore in this online Frida Kahlo exhibition

Google Arts & Culture is working with 33 museums to host this epic show of the Mexican artist

Marina Abramovic

'Italy, I love you': Marina Abramovic releases moving video message during the coronavirus crisis

Performance artist says we "must learn a lesson" from the disaster of the pandemic in her contribution to Palazzo Strozzi's new digital project

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coronavirus

Coronavirus: Manifesta 13 in Marseille on hold and Sydney Biennale goes virtual with Google Arts & Culture

Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art has also been postponed

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Fourth Plinth

Latest Fourth Plinth sculpture—a giant swirl of whipped cream topped with a drone and fly—delayed by coronavirus

Heather Phillipson’s subversive work was to replace Michael Rakowitz’s recreation of a protective deity destroyed by Islamic State

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The Insiders

The Great Disruptors: two museum shows look back at 1970s New York

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Art market

From hot new thing to 'cryptowinter' chill: sizing up fractional ownership of art

Companies are offering shares in works by artists from Monet to Warhol through crypto tokens, but the jury is out as to the benefits for investors

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Video, film & new media

Criminally artful heist films to take your mind off the coronavirus this weekend

Heat up some popcorn and find a welcome distraction with some decidedly non-pandemic viewing

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Books

Of fossils, prisms and volcanoes: the scientific and imaginative investigations of the polymath Goethe

This extensive volume explores the relationship between the German writer's visual imagination and his fascination with natural science

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coronavirus

'I'm gearing up for a conversation with my landlord': Small US galleries prepare for the first wave of coronavirus losses

Considering staff furloughs and calling for state and city governments to expand small business grants, dealers are bracing themselves for significant financial downturn amid Covid-19

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coronavirus

Donors set up $75m fund to help cultural groups and other non-profits in New York City

Fund will disburse grants and loans to small and midsize organisations impacted by coronavirus

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Coronavirus resources

Artful resources to keep kids entertained and educated at home

Organisations and museums offer plenty of online art projects for parents

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Van Gogh’s theory on Degas’s success with female nudes

A three-volume set of The Letters of Edgar Degas—including ten with references to the Van Gogh brothers—is due to be published in April

Analysis
Art market

Muted sales in Art Basel’s online viewing rooms as art market turns to technological solutions amid coronavirus crisis

Dealers say expectations were low but are grateful to be in touch with the art community

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Restitution

New guidelines for UK museums will kickstart nation's long-overdue restitution debate

Arts Council England will release a document that addresses the ethical and practical issues around restituting cultural objects, planned for autumn 2020

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coronavirus

With the coronavirus shutdown, smaller heritage sites such as the Mary Rose face a fight for survival

The charity that runs the historic battleship needs help from the government and the public, says its chief executive Helen Bonser-Wilton

Podcast

Coronavirus: dispatches from Italy and China

We speak to our journalists Anna Somers Cocks and Lisa Movius about their experiences of lockdown. Plus, we begin a new feature—Lonely Works—where we look at individual works of art that are now hanging unseen in galleries. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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Art market

Latest art fair to succumb to coronavirus: Tefaf New York Spring postponed to autumn, swallowing up sister fair

Event has now moved to the dates normally occupied by Tefaf New York Fall, which has been scrapped as a result but will return in 2021, organisers say

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coronavirus

‘It’s almost like science fiction’: artists share their experiences with the coronavirus

We spoke with artists in the US and Europe about how Covid-19 has so far affected them and their work, from cancelled exhibitions to concerns about the future

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Art schools

‘Social Distance Gallery’ gives MFA and BFA candidates a chance to exhibit their work

Instagram offers an outlet for students whose hopes were dashed by cancelled thesis exhibitions

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The Buck stopped here

Gavin Turk provides some toilet humour as shit hits the fan