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Mexican government investigating collector who claims he burned a Frida Kahlo drawing for an NFT charity project

Collector Martin Mobarak purportedly set a 1944 Kahlo drawing on fire in a martini glass while a mariachi band burst into song during a ceremony at his Miami mansion

Claire Voonabout 4 hours ago

Artist smears blood and hair on Iranian embassy in protest at Mahsa Amini’s death

The Kurdish activist Zehra Doğan has been released after a brief detention by German authorities, but may still face charges

Gareth Harris1 day ago

Anti-colonial statue unveiled on London’s Fourth Plinth—while debate continues about giving it to the Queen

Samson Kambalu’s sculpture Antelope, depicting John Chilembwe who died fighting British rule, is due to remain in place until 2024

Lee Cheshireabout 11 hours ago

National Gallery takes a closer look at Lucian Freud with sweeping survey to mark centenary

Among a slew of shows celebrating 100 years since the artist’s birth, the National Gallery exhibition explores his enduring appeal as a new generation embrace figuration

Andrew Pulverabout 14 hours ago

Art market

Christie’s launching new platform that will allow for sales to exist fully on the blockchain

The inaugural sale on Christie's3.0 will consist of nine NFTs by the artist and activist Diana Sinclair

British art dealer Robert Newland pleads guilty to conspiring with Inigo Philbrick to defraud collectors and financiers

Newland was arrested in the UK in February and extradited to the United States in September, where he admitted his role in the $86m scheme for which Inigo Philbrick was sentenced to seven years in prison

Can Tribeca avoid repeating the boom-and-bust cycle of previous New York City gallery districts?

With galleries moving in in droves, Tribeca is supplanting Chelsea as the city’s art neighbourhood, but its success may push out the small and mid-size galleries that fostered its vitality

Phillips partners with Beijing auction house Yongle for series of joint sales

Joint venture announced amid declining sales figures at Chinese auction house

Museums & Heritage

Controversial $1.8bn redevelopment of Delhi’s parliament complex enters second phase

A number of the Indian capital's major cultural institutions, including the National Museum, will be rehoused

Kabir Jhalaabout 11 hours ago

Pakistan’s heritage has suffered the brutal effects of record monsoon rains—what happens now?

As Unesco pledges $350,000 to safeguard sites, questions are raised about the country’s long-term commitment to restoring and protecting key locations in the face of the climate crisis

Gareth Harris1 day ago

Belgian museum looks unchanged after €100m restoration—but an entirely new building has been inserted within

Home to works by Old Masters including Peter Paul Rubens and Jan van Eyck, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp reopens after 11-year makeover

Workers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are on strike 'until we get the contract we deserve'

After a one-day strike failed to move negotiations forward, unionised workers at the museum have begun an indefinite strike

Books

England’s late-Georgian churches—long dismissed as 'mere preaching boxes'—are reappraised in new book

Built for a booming population, their architecture has been unfairly maligned, argues this survey

Peter Howellabout 11 hours ago

Russia-Ukraine war

The latest news on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Former Dallas Contemporary director Peter Doroshenko to take the helm of New York’s Ukrainian Museum

Doroshenko, a Chicagoan of Ukrainian heritage, was the founding president of the PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv and was the commissioner of the country’s Venice Biennale pavilion three times

US non-profits have supported more than 130 Ukrainian artists impacted by Russia’s war with emergency and resiliency grants

PEN America’s Artists at Risk Connection, with funds from the Frankenthaler and Warhol foundations, has given more than $180,000 in grants to help affected artists with emergency needs and to keep practising

Ukrainian stone statues—likened to Easter Island's Moai—destroyed during Russian invasion

Dating from the ninth to the 13th century, the stelae were once considered sacred

First Cosmoscow fair since Russian invasion of Ukraine to open with no foreign galleries and internal complaints of censorship

“Understandably” no Ukrainian dealers applied to take part in the tenth anniversary edition of the Moscow fair

Exhibitions

National Gallery takes a closer look at Lucian Freud with sweeping survey to mark centenary

Among a slew of shows celebrating 100 years since the artist’s birth, the National Gallery exhibition explores his enduring appeal as a new generation embrace figuration

Andrew Pulverabout 14 hours ago

The Carnegie International takes on the era of US superpower

Works in the 58th Carnegie International range from an exploration of America’s geopolitical influence to a tree that owns the plot of land it occupies in Pittsburgh

'Germany has cancelled us': As embattled Documenta 15 closes, its curators ruangrupa reflect on the exhibition—and what they would have done differently

This edition of the Kassel quinquennial was engulfed by a row over antisemitism and racism that has drawn comment from Germany's senior politicians

Meet the painters of Pompeii: new exhibition brings fresh insights to the Roman frescoes

Bologna show looks beyond the paintings, preserved by the ash of Mount Vesuvius, to explore Roman society

French-Algerian artist Zineb Sedira on the politics of the sea and why she felt at home moving to Brixton in the 1980s

The artist, who is representing France at this year’s Venice Biennale, speaks ahead of her forthcoming exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion

The Week in Art

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

Why is art at the heart of Italy’s far-right political party?

Plus, Carnegie International, the US's longest-running contemporary art exhibition, and a mystifying egg sculpture

Hosted by Ben Luke. With guest speaker James Imam. Produced by David. Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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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.

What were the first 12 Van Gogh paintings ever sold?

And who were the brave collectors, way ahead of their time?

a blog by Martin Bailey

Playing with history: how heritage and archaeology are transforming video games

Gaming offers educational and licensing opportunities for historic sites and cultural institutions

Multiple William Kentridges dramatise the philosophy of art-making in new television series

Three parts of the nine-part work premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this month

‘Are you going to be a witness or are you going to be a bystander?’ A new true-crime podcast examines Ana Mendieta’s shocking death

The podcast’s host, curator Helen Molesworth, discusses Mendieta’s work, life and death—and what at times resembles an art-world cover-up

'Dalíland' offers a by-the-numbers biopic no one needed or will remember

The film, starring Ben Kingsley as the late Surrealist artist, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this month

Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

We look back at the life of the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II: the personification of a nation’s heritage, a virtuoso of disciplined ceremonial, the subject of artists, and the head of one of the world’s greatest art collections

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II, the British sovereign who perfected the fine art of monarchy

Over seven decades, the monarch used ceremonial, media and heritage to project soft power around the globe

With royal approval: UK's arts organisation chiefs on how they have benefitted from the Queen’s patronage

Support from the Queen has been crucial to the functioning of a number of Britain's arts institutions

Why Queen Elizabeth II was one of the greatest performance artists of all time

The British sovereign made herself globally visible, using personal presence, coded symbolism, and the power of broadcasting, to uphold a constitutional monarchy in an era of unparalleled social change

Book Club

Tate collection's dalliance with the occult is explored in new book

A new publication picks out art, artefacts and ephemera from the institution's collection that deal with occult themes, many of which have never been seen publicly. Here, the book’s author selects some of the highlights

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

A brush with... podcast

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

A brush with... William Kentridge

An in-depth interview with the artist on his cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Manet to Shostakovich

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentallabout 11 hours ago
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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

Brazilian Bicentennial

As Brazil celebrates 200 years of independence, we survey the past two centuries of Brazilian art, the museums and artists that have shaped its legacy and the political forces influencing its future.

After a devastating fire in 2018, the National Museum of Brazil unveils the first stage of its restoration project

As the first stage of the museum’s restoration project is unveiled, coinciding with the Brazilian bicentennial of independence, its director calls for more government investment

Brazilian Modernism has been defined by—and, sometimes, against—the country's national identity

As Brazil celebrates its bicentennial this week, we survey the movements that have defined the country's art scene over the past 200 years

Domestic and global forces have made Brazilian galleries and artists rising powers in the art market

After decades in a semi-insular domestic art market, Brazil's artists and dealers are at the forefront of things

Brazilian arts sector condemns federal culture management amid fears of military dictatorship revival

As the October presidential election looms, the Bolsonaro administration is being scrutinised for its poor support of the cultural sector, while opponent Lula promises reform

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

'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

Controversial $1.8bn redevelopment of Delhi’s parliament complex enters second phase

A number of the Indian capital's major cultural institutions, including the National Museum, will be rehoused

Kabir Jhalaabout 11 hours 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