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Renowned Palestinian artist Fathi Ghaben, unable to leave Gaza for medical treatment, dies aged 77

The artist, hailed as the "Van Gogh of Gaza", suffered from chest and lung issues that needed urgent care

Israel-Hamas war is front and centre at Art Dubai

The fair's Global South focus enables galleries to platform art about Palestine at a crucial moment

Kabir Jhala1 day ago

Uproar after series of high-profile sackings at Spanish museums

Regional governments accused of censorship and political interference after controversial axing of five museum directors in two months

Frieze Los Angeles 2024

The fifth edition of Frieze Los Angeles (29 February-3 March) brings the art world to America’s West Coast this week. Here we present our on-the-ground coverage from the fair, as well as the latest on exhibitions and other events taking place around the city

Five years on, Frieze Los Angeles has grown up without growing old

Long doubted, the fair proves it is here to stay with its latest edition

Tim Schneider2 March 2024

Bay Area galleries descend on Frieze Los Angeles

Representatives of Northern California’s tight-knit art community make the journey south

Carlie Porterfield2 March 2024

Winning by a whisker: the rodents of Sharif Farrag’s Rat Race face off at Frieze Los Angeles

Stuffed-animal bodies sporting ceramic heads, hubcaps and their own licence plates roam Frieze

Elena Goukassian2 March 2024

‘Largest Black public art project in the US’ to launch in Los Angeles this spring

Conceived as an outdoor museum, with murals and sculptures by artists both world-renowned and locally beloved, Destination Crenshaw aims to preserve a close-knit community

Scarlet Cheng1 March 2024

The Week in Art

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

How has Frieze Los Angeles impacted the city’s art scene?

Plus, Angelica Kauffman at London’s Royal Academy and Matthew Wong’s response to a lost Van Gogh

Art Dubai 2024

This year's Art Dubai fair runs 1-3 March

Dubai market shifts towards emerging homegrown artists

As the latest Art Dubai fair opens, the city's art scene is maturing, with international collectors and curators snapping up young Emirati artists

Emirati artists create public sculpture together after refusing to compete for the commission

Five artists collaborated on the sculpture, which has been unveiled outside Dubai's Etihad Museum

Are NFTs dead? Not at Art Dubai

The boom in digital art tokens may have turned to bust, but the Dubai fair is putting them front and centre as the NFT market in the city flourishes

Abdullah Al Saadi: 'Artists can't be alone. Friendship between artists is very important'

The conceptual artist talks about representing the United Arab Emirates at this year’s Venice Biennale with work documenting his travels

PST Art: Art & Science Collide

From September 2024, PST Art: Art & Science Collide will bring the two very different worlds together in dozens of exhibitions and events across Los Angeles and Southern California. We pick out the major themes, preview the must-see shows, and talk to the curators and artists

'The biggest arts project in the US': PST Art to bring dozens of exhibitions to Los Angeles and Southern California this September

The third PST Art, presented by the Getty, will be focused on the connections between art and science

In partnership withPST Art

Aiming for the stars: PST Art exhibitions will show what happens when scientists and artists mix

In the highly speculative and experimental fields of rocket science and astrophysics that ushered in the space age, artists and scientists ended up inspiring each other

In partnership withPST Art

Colour visions: PST Art shows how technology and art have shaped cinema

Several of the exhibitions in PST Art in Los Angeles this September will tell the history of the film industry while also looking to the future

In partnership withPST Art

Giving Los Angeles back its lungs: PST Art exhibitions will uncover the links between art, water and ecology

California’s water crisis is the backdrop to several hard-hitting shows, which will open across the state in September

In partnership withPST Art

‘The things we make are time machines’: Cannupa Hanska Luger on his PST Art exhibitions

In three exhibitions in Southern California this September the artist imagines future worlds for Indigenous peoples — and allows children to create their own world with Velcro

In partnership withPST Art

Art market

Third time may be the charm for India’s budding art trade

Although the sceptics say we have been here before, there are ample reasons to believe India's art economy has entered a new era

Ukrainian dealer gives the country’s emerging artists a foothold in Hollywood

Lia Snisarenko launched Art Axcess in her home last September to showcase contemporary art from Ukraine

Joan Snyder joins Thaddaeus Ropac for Europe and Asia representation

The 83-year-old American abstract painter has been working for six decades

Christie's Elton John evening sale proves Wednesday night is alright for buying

The auction nearly matched its $6.4m high estimate before fees, as art brought the money while luxury and memorabilia drove the bidding

Museums & Heritage

Turkey counts cost of earthquake repairs

A year after tremors devastated the south of the country, painstaking work begins to restore thousands of damaged monuments

Dozens of Los Angeles galleries will mount science-related shows for the Getty’s next PST Art programme

More than 40 galleries in the city will stage shows that resonate with PST Art’s focus on the intersections of art and science

Museum’s decision to remove artist’s monograph from its bookstore sparks questions about freedom of expression

Doug Argue’s exhibition at the Weisman Art Museum last year was not accompanied by the book that inspired it due to sensitivities Argue likened to “book banning”

Emirati artists create public sculpture together after refusing to compete for the commission

Five artists collaborated on the sculpture, which has been unveiled outside Dubai's Etihad Museum

Exhibitions

Royal Academy’s forgotten founding member Angelica Kauffman gets solo show

The Swiss-born portraitist and history painter was celebrated in her lifetime, but later fell into obscurity

Chloë Ashby1 day ago

Getty Center explores the bloodlines between old and new art

Show combines Medieval manuscripts with contemporary works that deploy blood as a symbol of the divine and the bodily

‘We are not letting the horror be forgotten’: artists mark second anniversary of Ukraine invasion

A new Kyiv museum bringing together tales of the warzone and a marathon immersive video screening in London are two major projects taking place this weekend to acknowledge the occasion

Forgotten photojournalist Bert Hardy revisited in new London show

Hardy’s work ranged from hard-hitting war photography to images of the British at play

Kindred spirits: Van Gogh and Matthew Wong come together in Amsterdam show

The exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum will highlight the shared aesthetics and sensibilities between the two artists—while also making clear what sets them apart

Obituaries

Remembering Jacob Rothschild, banker, collector, philanthropist, and a towering figure in the British art world

A scion of the famous banking dynasty, he led the National Gallery, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Waddesdon Manor

Remembering Pope.L, the self-proclaimed 'friendliest Black artist in America'

His 50-year career was filled with transgressive performances, including the Times Square Crawls, which interrogated race and class

Günter Brus, central figure of Viennese Actionism, has died, aged 85

Brus was the last surviving founder of the movement, though he abandoned performance art after 1970

Carl Andre, giant of Minimalism who was tried for and acquitted of murder, has died, aged 88

Andre rose to prominence in the New York art world of the 1960s to become a totemic—and controversial—figure renowned for his material-driven sculptures

Giovanni Anselmo, pioneer of Arte Povera, has died, aged 89

Italian artist, who won Venice’s Golden Lion award in 1990, is subject of a Guggenheim Bilbao retrospective next year

Technology

News, background and analysis on the latest tech developments—artificial intelligence tools; Web3, the blockchain, NFTs; virtual and augmented reality; social media platforms—and how they affect the art market, museums, artists and curators.

Harold Cohen's pioneering AI works provide essential context for conversations about generative art

The Whitney Museum of American Art is spotlighting the late art and technology innovator's prescient "AARON" series

Tate hits 12.5 million social media followers: what is behind its success?

Senior social media manager Nell Burnham reports that the @tate account, which serves both Tate Modern and Tate Britain, doubled its video views to 65 million in 2023

Technologyanalysis

Face time: how the art world is preparing to work with the Apple Vision Pro

The mixed reality headset offers astonishing visual quality. But, as it goes on sale at $3,500 a go, how will it enhance curators' dreams of giving global access to high-fidelity experiences of gallery and museum shows?

Tipping point: how new immersive institutions are changing the art world

Digital art venues are a global phenomenon, attracting massive audiences with radical new forms of immersive experiences. Are they a threat or an opportunity for traditional galleries and museums?

Going big: digital artists who show on a grand scale at immersive institutions

The rise of huge immersive venues, with giant, wraparound programmable LED screens, has provided a new canvas, and potential new audience, for digital artists. We look at four of the main players, from widely varied backgrounds

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.

Ten reasons why we love Van Gogh

It’s not only the art, but also his extraordinary life story

Martin Bailey1 day ago

Book Club

Missing Mona Lisa: the story behind the 1911 theft of Leonardo’s masterpiece

The author of a new book tells us why it was stolen and how Picasso got embroiled in the scandal

Why Anthony van Dyck was summoned to paint a recently deceased noblewoman

This extract from a new book about works in the Dulwich Picture Gallery by Helen Hillyard and Jennifer Scott reveals the story behind the artist's 1663 portrait of Lady Digby

Helen Hillyard and Jennifer Scott. With an introduction by José da Silva

An expert's guide to Frans Hals: five must-read books on the Dutch Old Master

All you ever wanted to know about Hals, from an 18th-century biography to a 1994 novel of the artist's “lost diaries”—selected by the Rijksmuseum curator Friso Lammertse

Obsessed with Taylor Swift or Tufting? London’s V&A museum wants you

Institution wants to sign up superfans in five trendy areas including Emojis, Crocs and Drag

Flash Art—Neo Naturist trio bare all at Tate Britain

Jennifer and Christine Binnie along with Wilma Johnson lectured in the nude then posed beside their 1980s pics in Women in Revolt!

Barbie star America Ferrera to portray late artist Ana Mendieta in TV series

Book adaptation will investigate further the Cuban-US artist's controversial death

Flavin Judd discusses famous childhood neighbours in Doha tell-all talk

Conversation with Michael Govan throws light on what motivated Donald Judd and Dan Flavin

Minimalist logs work pops up on Welsh beach

Rosemarie Castoro’s Trap A Zoid arrangement was last seen in New York in the 1970s

Books

The presence of death: new book highlights the existential anxieties of William Gillies

A taster ahead of a later publication explores the Scottish painter’s focus on mental frailty, family and war

A brush with... podcast

A podcast that asks artists the questions you've always wanted to

A brush with… Nalini Malani

An in-depth interview with the artist on her cultural experiences and greatest influences, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to her time in 1970s Paris

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack

Opinion

The dawn of the entrepreneurial museum

With traditional philanthropic models on the wane, US institutions like the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Andy Warhol Museum are engaging in unconventional partnerships and launching spin-off businesses

Phillips auction gives James Rosenquist estate the best of both worlds

Pop artist’s paintings have seven-figure prices, but his prints are available for just a few hundred dollars at New York sale

'The art fair is a market, not a museum'

As this year's calendar gets under way—next stops, Delhi and Los Angeles—Chibundu Onuzo reflects on her experience at Frieze London to assess what these global events offer

How we should regulate AI is the trillion-dollar question

With cases of breaches to artists' copyright escalating, an international framework is vital

Israel-Hamas war

Dreams of rebuilding Gaza: five culture workers share their stories

The war in Gaza has resulted in catastrophic human losses. Behind the statistics lie the lives of individuals who have worked to preserve the exclave’s precious and often ignored heritage sites

Gaza City archives among heritage sites destroyed in Israel-Hamas war

Brief truce allowed International Council on Monuments and Sites and Palestinian antiquities ministry to investigate damage on the ground

German Academy of Arts criticises 'dangerous' violations of artistic freedom

The statement follows a number of exhibition cancellations because of curators’ or artists’ views on the Middle East conflict

New online magazine ‘celebrates and salutes’ Palestinian artists

Union Magazine, launched by the Berlin- and West Bank-based organisation Artists and Allies of Hebron, hopes to resist a polarised political climate

Ancient Saint Hilarion Monastery in the Gaza Strip gains enhanced protection from Unesco

The archaelogical site, which dates back to the fourth century, has reportedly sustained damage during the ongoing Israel-Hamas war