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'A logistical nightmare': how deteriorating India-Pakistan relations affect the South Asian art trade

From smuggled paintings to cancelled visas, the heads of the subcontinent's fairs, biennials and galleries weigh in on the ramifications of the contested border

Kabir Jhala1 day ago
Canadanews

Canada moves toward adopting artist's resale rights law

The move would be especially significant for First Nations artists, who make up an enormous share of Canada’s art market but rarely earn more than subsistence income from sales

US museums and Indigenous tribes receive $2m grant to boost repatriation efforts

The National Park Service has awarded grants totaling $2.1m to 20 museums and nine tribes

Preservationists urge restrictions on oil and gas exploitation near archaeological sites, parks and monuments in US Southwest

A new report highlights the risks posed by resource extraction near sites that are of sacred to Indigenous groups and have enormous archaeological significance

Claire Voon1 day ago

Hauser & Wirth couple buy up Groucho private club in London—complete with 150-strong art collection

Works by Peter Blake, Gavin Turk and Tracey Emin are dotted around the Dean Street premises

Gareth Harris1 day ago

India and Pakistan at 75

As India and Pakistan celebrate 75 years of independence, we look at how artists and cultural institutions are commemorating the act of partition that brought them into being—and how it continues to affect the art world today.

India and Pakistan turn 75: exhibitions on independence and partition to see around the world

From Kolkata to Chicago, here are 11 shows that deal with the many histories of nationhood and freedom in the subcontinent

Kabir Jhala1 day ago

Gandhi's handwritten notes to Lord Mountbatten on the eve of India's partition go on show

Group exhibition at John Hansard Gallery in Southampton is curated by the Mumbai artist Jitish Kallat and includes works by Kader Attia and Zarina

Kabir Jhala1 day ago

Delhi's delayed Partition Museum set to open this winter

It will be India's second institution dedicated to the mass displacement of 1947

Kabir Jhala1 day ago

Art market

Frieze rocks: Artist Nikita Gale to create electric guitar installation for BMW commission

Los Angeles-based artist will investigate the “history and politics of sound” at London fair in October

Chasing a booming East Asian art market, shipping company Crozier expands in Hong Kong

Organisation's chief still sees Hong Kong as "primary gateway to region" despite Beijing crackdown causing jitters for businesses

Influencers and antiques? How a new generation is transforming the market

In a post-Covid world, tech-savvy collectors continue to disrupt the old model of in-person trading

Russia-Ukraine war

The latest news on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

'Mum, I don't want war': Children's drawings from Ukraine displayed alongside those from Poland in 1946

On view in 16 cities Polish cities, the exhibition shows the "shocking" similarity between the contemporary and historical pictures

Manifesta director says the biennial should be held in Ukraine: here are five reasons why it is a good idea

The 2028 edition of the nomadic European exhibition would strengthen the country's cultural scene

Art in the shadow of war: curating a show at Latvia's Mark Rothko Art Centre

Signs of the Russia-Ukraine conflict are everywhere in Latvia—and there's a growing number of culturally disenfranchised citizens, too

The plight of women artists impacted by the Russian invasion explored in New York exhibition

The show at Fridman Gallery features the work of artists who have faced emotional and logistical difficulties due to war

Hauser & Wirth couple buy up Groucho private club in London—complete with 150-strong art collection

Works by Peter Blake, Gavin Turk and Tracey Emin are dotted around the Dean Street premises

Gareth Harris1 day ago

Museums & Heritage

Arrest warrant issued for dealer who sold ‘hundreds’ of looted Middle East antiquities—some of which ended up in the Met

Georges Lotfi has been accused of handling the types of materials he helped the police recover and repatriate for years

England’s Coronation tapestries: the right royal story behind the lavish, 500-year-old textiles

Could the historic pieces make an appearance at Westminster Abbey when Prince Charles succeeds the Queen?

New interactive encyclopaedia traces history of Palestinian art and culture

Digital project from the Institute for Palestine Studies in Beirut explores how the Palestinian people have used art to express their social and political history

Exhibitions

Six must-see exhibitions on view in the Hamptons

As the Art Market Hamptons fair returns to Water Mill, these are the must-see shows on the east end of Long Island

Overlooked for decades, the spiritual and surreal paintings of Audra Skuodas make a star turn in Cleveland’s Front triennial

A prolific artist who died in 2019 after spending most of her life in Ohio, Skuodas produced an enigmatic oeuvre spanning many decades, styles and media

Exhibition traces the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad in unprecedented detail

Show about the Hijrah—Muhammad's journey from Mecca to Medina—at Saudi Arabia’s Ithra Museum will go on a five-year world tour

Dead pigs, guts and crucifixion: an intense encounter with Nitsch's epic performance about creation

This version of the late artist's 6-Day Play is a "toned down" iteration of the 1998 original—but it felt primal, real and morbidly beautiful

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Book Club

The best art books for summer 2022—as recommended by artists, curators, museum directors and dealers

From artist biographies and essay collections to a dystopian novel, surf culture and a rock’n’roll autobiography

Compiled by José da Silva and Gareth Harris

Who is Octavia Butler and why is the art world obsessed with her writing?

The late author’s sci-fi stories have inspired artists such as Alberta Whittle, Candice Breitz, Toyin Ojih Odutola and Precious Okoyomon

Books

Stolen by the Nazis and a talking point in Cold War Poland: the strange journey of Leonardo da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine

Eden Collinsworth tells a breathless, flowery tale of the celebrated Cecilia Gallerani portrait

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.

London's 'spectacular' 2024 Van Gogh show will focus on the artist’s greatest period—we delve into the details

“Van Gogh: Poets and Lovers” at the National Gallery will be presented in themes, tracing the story of his stay in Provence

A blog by Martin Bailey

The Week in Art

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

Summer of Seoul: why the South Korean capital is a new art world hub

Plus, the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize winner: a basket made with horsehair

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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