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Unlike paintings and sculptures, site-specific art lacks protection under US law

Recent disputes over the dismantling, relocation or recontextualizing of site-specific works have underlined the limited protections for such art

Daniel Grantabout 13 hours ago

UC Berkeley returns Wiyot human remains and burial objects

The university still holds one of the largest collections of Indigenous human remains and sacred objects in the US

Gabriella Angeletiabout 13 hours ago

Want to look like Mona Lisa? A new website turns your selfies into Leonardo da Vinci-style portraits

The Da Vinci Face platform uses using artificial intelligence and sophisticated algorithms to transform you into an Old Master

Gareth Harrisabout 20 hours ago

The US and Nigeria sign cultural property agreement

The five-year memorandum of understanding comes at a moment when Nigeria is taking increasingly proactive measures to secure its patrimony and recover artefacts that were looted and stolen

Riah Pryorabout 13 hours ago

Step back inside Notre Dame: immersive VR exhibition recreates Paris cathedral prior to 2019 fire

Eternal Notre Dame will raise funds towards the €1bn restoration of the fire-ravaged cathedral

Kabir Jhalaabout 17 hours ago

Art market

Art Basel forced to postpone Hong Kong fair until May due to rising Covid cases

Originally planned for March, it will now take place less than three weeks before the Swiss fair's flagship event in Basel

Kabir Jhalaabout 20 hours ago

Late Botticelli painting sputters at Sotheby’s Old Masters auction in New York, selling for $45.4m

The star lot of the sale, a rediscovered and austere portrait of Christ, hammered just below its estimate

Judd Tully1 day ago

Edel Assanti launches new London gallery in former Fitzrovia haberdashery

Gallery co-founders Jeremy Epstein and Charlie Fellowes discuss renovating the Grade II-listed Arts and Crafts building which opens this week with a show of new work by Noémie Goudal

Anna Brady2 days ago

War of the fairs: Art Basel owner kicks Fiac out of Grand Palais in Paris

The French cultural body RMN put Fiac's October slot up for tender last year—now the Swiss firm MCH will launch a contemporary art fair, paying €10.6m for a seven-year contract

Museums & Heritage

Berlin museum that championed forgotten women artists for almost 40 years closes due to lack of funds

The Verborgene Museum held exhibitions for more than 150 artists including Jewish painter Lotte Laserstein

Catherine Hickleyabout 22 hours ago

A Mexican millionaire is building a museum to house his art collection, and using public funds to do it

Mauricio Fernández Garza first proposed the structure, which is a replica of his mansion in San Pedro Garza García, near Monterrey, when he was mayor of the well-heeled town

German museums may have thousands of looted relics from China’s Imperial Palace, research group believes

Collaborative research by major German institutions may expose huge amounts of Chinese objects taken during Boxer Rebellion

Ye Charlotte Ming

UK’s first LGBTQ museum to open in London this spring

Queer Britain charity pledges new institution will be free of charge

The XR Panel

What exactly is extended reality (XR) and how is it being used in art? We bring together an international group of experts in the field to review and make sense of the cutting-edge, digital work that artists, museums, galleries and app-makers are creating across the spectrum of XR—from augmented to virtual reality.

What is the metaverse and why does it matter to the art world? Experts weigh in and predict its future impact

A dream or a marketing campaign? All hype or all-important? The Art Newspaper’s XR panel looks at the ways the metaverse has become a part of the field

Exhibitions

Venice Biennale 2022: all the national pavilions, artists and curators

The latest details about the key participants of the 59th International Art Exhibition

A surreal encounter between Salvador Dalí and Sigmund Freud is the topic of a new Viennese show

The Lower Belvedere exhibition will explore how the Spanish artist's work was influenced by the inventor of psychoanalysis

Martin Bailey2 days ago

Two exhibitions spotlight Muriel Gardiner Buttinger, Alice Neel’s benefactor of 20 years

Buttinger, a psychoanalyst who also helped hundreds of Jews and anti-fascists flee Nazi Austria in the 1930s, sat for one of Neel’s inimitable portrait paintings in 1966

The splendour of the Palace of Versailles springs up in the Middle East

Objects recalling palace life in its pre-revolutionary pomp go on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

Exhibition explores the many faces of Elizabeth I and her fellow Tudors

The show of portraits at the Holburne Museum in Bath charts the reign of the Tudor monarchs and their subjects

The Week in Art

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

Bacon and beasts: an in-depth look at the visceral new show at London’s Royal Academy of Arts

Plus, Botticelli in New York and gender in Asian art in San Francisco

Hosted by Ben Luke and Aimee Dawson. With guest speaker Georgina Adam. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Henrietta Bentallabout 20 hours ago
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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.

London's Van Gogh self-portraits show is coming—here are my six favourite paintings

The Courtauld exhibition will be the first ever with works from Vincent’s full career, opening on 3 February

a blog by Martin Baileyabout 20 hours ago

Books

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

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A brush with... Kehinde Wiley

An in-depth interview on the artist's influences and cultural experiences, from Richard Dyer to John Singer Sargent

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A closer Luke

Ben Luke, our Review editor and podcast host, weighs in on the pressing issues facing the UK art world and beyond

In this age of social fracture and political upheaval, Raphael’s sublime harmony is an underrated quality

Presenting beauty without the schmaltz is a challenge worth undertaking, as the delayed Raphael show at London's National Gallery will demonstrate

Ben Luke2 days ago