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Willem de Kooning’s Woman-Ochre, missing for 30 years after a brazen heist in Arizona, returns to public view at the Getty Center this summer

The painting was sliced from its frame and torn from its backing in a daylight robbery at the University of Arizona Museum of Art on Thanksgiving Day in 1985

Daniel Cassadyabout 6 hours ago

Former Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez charged in connection with antiquities trafficking investigation

Martinez has been indicted for “complicity of gang fraud and laundering“ of objects purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Louvre Abu Dhabi

Vincent Noceabout 14 hours ago

Mexican government opens public consultation on controversial Maya Train

The announcement follows protests claiming the Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador has rushed the development of the touristic train connecting archaeological sites in the Yucatán

Wallace Ludelabout 11 hours ago

Can Ernie Barnes score again? A sale at Bonhams may hold the answer

After his record-shattering sale at Christies in May and the announcement of gallery representation, can Ernie Barnes hold on to the momentum?

Russia-Ukraine war

The latest news on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Georgian galleries unite for first Tbilisi Gallery Weekend in support of Ukraine

Commercial spaces will exhibit and sell works made by artists during Russia’s invasion

Aimee Dawson1 day ago

Ukrainian artists stage war crimes exhibition at Russia House in Davos for World Economic Forum

Show opens ahead of Ukrainian President Zelenksy's address at the global summit

Venice gets political: how the art world's biggest stage has become a focal point for Ukrainian protests

From demonstrations to a presidential address, the Biennale city continues to be a creative platform to criticise Russia's war

'Malevich is not Russian': activist group takes to Instagram to demand that Ukrainian heritage is recognised

Student-run Shadows Project aims to defend Ukraine’s cultural history and has in its sights Western institutions that identify Ukrainian art and artists as Russian

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?

Art market

UK to investigate Sotheby's owner Patrick Drahi's stake in telecommunications giant BT amid national security concerns

The French-Israeli billionaire is the majority shareholder in BT through his firm Altice

Kabir Jhalaabout 14 hours ago

NFTs are accelerating the pace of art crime—here's how digital sleuths are sharpening their tools to fight wrongdoers online

Lawmakers must now contend with a new era of discord channels, smart contracts and open-source intelligence to combat cyber criminals

Riah Pryorabout 14 hours ago

Sale of William Barak works breaches 'Aboriginal cultural lore', says Australian Wurundjeri elder

The Wurundjeri Corporation hopes to crowdfund $175,000 to secure the return of the pieces, which are being sold by the De Pury family at Sotheby’s New York

Tim Stone2 days ago

Art Basel remains optimistic about Hong Kong fair

In the wake of the latest Covid-19 outbreak, the postponed fair has enhanced last year’s hybrid model

NFTs ruled as digital assets after Singapore court freezes blockchain sale of Bored Ape

Collector has won a court injunction to stop the sale of an NFT that was used as collateral against a loan

Museums & Heritage

Medieval Welsh castle in world's first 'book town' saved from collapse

Hay Castle will open to the public for the first time following a £7m restoration project

Maev Kennedy1 day ago

The Met creates digital project tied to $70m upgrade of African, ancient American and Oceanic art galleries

The venture, made in collaboration with the World Monuments Fund and several African art and culture scholars, will examine historical sites in sub-Saharan Africa

Chinese Museum in Vancouver aims to rewrite Canada’s racist history

The museum will be built on the site of the Rennie Museum in Vancouver, which focuses on contemporary art

Britain's Royal Albert Memorial Museum returns artefacts to Siksika First Nation

Exeter museum has held various objects belonging to the 19th-century Blackfoot leader Chief Crowfoot since 1878

'A desecration': Australian Aboriginal elder fights plans for Indigenous art gallery in Outback, claiming it will disturb ancient spirits

Government plans to build $111m Alice Springs venue would violate numerous sacred sites, First Nations woman says

Exhibitions

Totally wired: Ruth Asawa's intricate sculptures come to Modern Art Oxford

The Japanese American artist’s first major exhibition in Europe will showcase her signature works in looped wire, as well as lesser-known paintings and drawings

Hannah McGivernabout 18 hours ago

Frida Kahlo’s medical records—obtained by her grand-niece—reveal decades of negotiating pain and painting

Exhibition of the Mexican artist’s documents tell of often fraught dealings with doctors and the support she received from friends

Glenn Kaino and Superblue find hope in the magic of nature

The immersive exhibition, Superblue's first in Los Angeles, lays at the intersection of social and environmental justice and the capacity for spectacle to inspire hope

Pop-up show of 'Soho scammer' Anna Sorokin's prison drawings takes over Manhattan hotel lobby

The one-night event during Frieze Week in New York also gave attendees the opportunity to buy prints of Sorokin's satiric prison sketches

Books

The enigma of Philip Guston: two books unpack artist's fascination with dualities

Coinciding with opening of controversially postponed Guston show, these publications are vital to grasping the artist's contribution to post-war American art

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Frieze Week in New York: mammoth auction sales and a shifting art fair landscape

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Ferdinand Marcos, the former president, and his wife Imelda owned one of Vincent’s peasant scenes. Did it end up in Japan?

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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

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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