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Dutch government agrees to buy Rembrandt painting for €175m—despite connections to tax havens

The Standard Bearer has been purchased from the Rothschild family via a trust located in the Cook Islands

Lee Cheshireabout 2 hours ago

Oh shit: Russian artist faces criminal charges for 'playful snow poop installation' in St Petersburg park

Ivan Volkov's work in Marsovo Pole is thought to be a comment on poor street maintenance in the Russian city

Sophia Kishkovskyabout 6 hours ago

In US Supreme Court hearing over Nazi-looted Pissarro, justices question Spanish museum’s position

The latest chapter in the 20-year dispute over a painting currently in the collection of a Madrid museum suggests the case may head back to a California appeals court

Martha Lufkinabout 16 hours ago
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Is Instagram censorship changing art itself?

The platform’s control over what counts as art is effectively changing the way it is made, shown and seen

Emma Shapiroabout 9 hours ago

Art market

Hectic June awaits: Tefaf Maastricht announces new fair dates (right after Art Basel)

The Dutch art and antiques fair was forced to postpone its March event due to continuing Covid-19 restrictions, but will now run from 25 to 30 June

Anna Brady1 day ago

1-54 cancels 2022 edition of Marrakech fair due to global surge of Omicron variant

The fair, which focuses on African contemporary art, will be replaced by a smaller event in Paris

Lee Cheshire1 day ago

Banksy mural 'gifted' to East Anglia town has been sold to private buyer after being removed by the owners

The mural was one of ten works peppered across English seaside towns and could have been street artist's way of raising the area’s profile

Daniel Cassady2 days ago

As the direct-to-consumer model for selling art gains ground, where does it leave traditional dealers?

As peer-to-peer trading disrupts the market, bricks-and-mortar galleries must reconsider what they offer collectors

Sotheby’s reportedly selects Goldman Sachs Group and Morgan Stanley to pursue IPO at around $5bn

The auction house, which had been publicly traded for decades before being bought by Patrick Drahi for $3.7bn in 2019, could return to public trading later this year

Museums & Heritage

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts settles dispute with its former director

Nathalie Bondil, who was fired in 2019, was seeking $1.5m in moral and punitive damages from the museum’s board

Vincent Noceabout 24 hours ago

Clare Lilley is named Yorkshire Sculpture Park's director—only the second in its 45-year history

Curator is overseeing a major Robert Indiana show due to launch this spring

Gareth Harrisabout 5 hours ago

For the first time ever, a Korean museum is selling off 'national treasures' at auction

Two bronze Buddha statues are likely to make records for cultural artefacts at auction in Korea

Kabir Jhala1 day ago

Tate Liverpool plans £25m gallery overhaul—with help from UK government’s ‘level up’ fund

The £10m public grant is part of a new initiative aimed at equalising quality of living between the north and south

How US museums are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, from coast to coast

The 27th anniversary of the federal holiday honouring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is being celebrated nationwide through a dynamic series of online and in-person events

Exhibitions

Liz Larner’s Corner Basher channels the helpless and hopeful rage of our day

The artist’s 1988 kinetic, participatory sculpture—which is included in a new survey show at SculptureCenter in New York—is temperamentally attuned to the prevailing moods of 2022

Jori Finkelabout 21 hours ago

Haroon Mirza: ‘The question I’m asking is, what kind of species are we?’

As he opens a show in New York and looks forward to his participation in the Lille3000 festival, the artist-composer discusses his interest in energy and power in their many forms

The Big Review: 'Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist' at the National Gallery in London

Does a show focusing on the German artist’s European trips illuminate his genius?

Books

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.

New York’s Metropolitan Museum buys four extremely rare Van Gogh prints

Vincent wanted to sell the set for under a dollar as “art for the people”—the museum will have paid several million

a blog by Martin Bailey

Book Club

Extract | What should we do about paintings with racist titles?

In a new book of cultural essays, the Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan ponders whether we should change offensive names given to art—and what that might say about us

An expert’s guide to Georgia O’Keeffe: five must-read books on the American painter

All you ever wanted to know about O’Keeffe, including a comprehensive biography, the artist’s “perfect” novice recipe book, and her letters to photographer Alfred Stieglitz—selected by the curator Theodora Vischer

Extract | Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing and painting tips

The Old Master’s advice is among the fascinating facts and illuminating anecdotes gathered in a new compendium called Artifacts

The Year Ahead

The most exciting exhibitions around the world in 2022

We take a look at the must-see exhibitions in 2022, including the return of the Venice Biennale and Documenta, blockbuster shows of Donatello and Cézanne, and a sculpture festival for the Qatar World Cup

The top art fairs for 2022

Despite the ongoing restrictions due to the pandemic, many art fairs hope to go ahead this year. Here's our pick of the key ones to visit

Making a fresh start: new museum openings for 2022

While the pandemic may have forced museums around the world into an involuntary temporary slumber, builders have been busy. Here are the most exciting new and expanded museums opening in 2022

Museums plan for a busy year despite Covid-19 uncertainty

Will 2022 see a return to normal for exhibition schedules? Or will surging cases mean plans have to be torn up again? We asked museum directors and head curators how confident they are for the year ahead

Get ready for the new world order: art market experts make their predictions for 2022

US dominance, industry collaborations and increased concern about climate change are all on art market experts’ minds—and, of course, NFTs

The Week in Art

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