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Architecture

Notre Dame is unstable: a strong wind could make the walls collapse, independent report says

The current approach to its restoration fails to take account of the interconnected structural “engineering” of Gothic architecture

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Venice Biennale 2019

National pride, national shame and the ‘post-national’: the question of identity at the Venice Biennale

National pavilions in Venice have long been criticised as anachronistic. But for nations newer to the event, such quibbling can seem like a luxury

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Art market

Spanish still-lifes test the staying power of a dealer's legacy at Christie's

Two works from the private collection of renowned New York dealer Herman Schickman, previously on long-term loan to the Met, hit the auction block today

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Frieze New York 2019

Battle of the art fairs: Frieze New York feels the pinch as Tefaf gains ground

After contending with flooding in 2017 and a heatwave last year, some major players are heading for the Armory instead

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From the archive

Church and State disagree over management of religious heritage in France

The country possesses more than 32,000 churches, 6,000 chapels and 87 cathedrals. Their dual administration has caused serious problems of management and conservation

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Museums & Heritage

Nineteenth-century realists pull in mega-crowds as Russian museum attendance peaks

Exhibitions in Russia of homegrown artists attract proportionally greater numbers than blockbusters in other countries

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Museums & Heritage

Topping a million visitors: how MCA Australia broadened the appeal of contemporary art

With more than a million people through the doors annually since 2015, the museum is a case study in how to expand audiences

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Musée du Louvre

Thirty years on, Louvre's pyramid scheme pays off

I.M. Pei’s controversial entrance symbolises the Parisian museum’s spectacular growth

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Egon Schiele

Buyer's guide to... Egon Schiele

While well known in the West, the work of this major figure of Austrian Expressionism is less recognised in Asia—until now

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Art's Most Popular: here are 2018's most visited shows and museums

Fashion continues upward trend in the US, shooting to the top of The Art Newspaper's chart, while the British Museum slips from the top spot in the UK

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Art market

From tribal art to Old Master paintings, taking the market's temperature at Tefaf Maastricht

As the Dutch fair opened its 32nd edition, we spoke to exhibitors across four sectors about the state of the market

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TEFAF Maastricht 2019

Tefaf Maastricht overhauls Modern art section in battle to stay on top in changing market

Loss of some regular exhibitors in favour of blue-chip contemporary art galleries is the latest in a string of changes to the venerable Dutch fair

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Venice Biennale 2019

Painting's death was fake news? Venice Biennale to address art in the post-truth era

Despite lacking a designated theme, the event will take the unusual step of being divided into two distinct exhibitions

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Auctions

Hockney double portrait sells for £37.7m, accounting for half of Christie’s contemporary sale in London

Overall results are down 42.7% on last year, but European buying remains strong despite Brexit

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Arco

Arco provides lifeline for South American dealers

Political turmoil and economic crisis keep collectors away from countries such as Venezuela, so galleries rely more on fairs

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Museums in the changing world order

Museums in the changing world order: a question of ethics

In the first part of a new series, Adrian Ellis looks at the increased public scrutiny of museum boards in the social media age

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Rembrandt

Trimmed, splashed and slashed: the anatomy of Rembrandt's The Night Watch

As the Rijksmuseum prepares to restore the Dutch master’s most-celebrated painting in full view of the public, we look at its chequered conservation history

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Art fairs

New report says South Asian gallery sales are on the rise but does that ring true at India Art Fair?

Speculative buying in the region has also increased, ArtTactic’s 2019 South Asian Art Market Report concludes

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Restitution

The repatriation debate intensifies as calls for post-colonial restitution grow—but is it legal?

Recommendations from Savoy-Sarr report into restitution by French museums may contravene the country’s laws

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Art market

Dealers turn to digital apps to help close sales

FaceTime and WeChat are shifting how collectors choose to buy

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Exhibitions

The year in exhibitions: world’s great collections reunited for once-in-a-lifetime shows

In 2018, curators turned into sleuths to track down works that belonged to some of history’s greatest—but often flawed—collectors

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The Year In Review

2018 in the market: the price is right for pale males

David Hockney was latest white male artist to set a record this year

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The Year In Review

2018 in contemporary art: the themes of Documenta 14 dominated much art over the past year

Contemporary artists are making art from adversity

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The Year In Review

2018 in museums: big ethics questions dominate the field

Museums are facing greater scrutiny over sponsorship and the artists they choose to display

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The Year In Review

The year in heritage: conservators become art

The conservation of masterpieces is happening in the full glare of the public

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The Year In Review

Market stunts predict the future… and evoke the past

The Leonardo and Banksy auction spectacles suggested a future in which marketing triumphs. But was it ever thus?

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The Year In Review

Vik Muniz: My advice to fellow artists in the face of grim political times

Brazil’s cultural sector must respond to hard-right politics by reconnecting with the wider community

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The Year In Review

From counting muddles to collective cuddles: the art world's highs and lows of 2018

The people, places and things that had a year to remember—or to forget

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Art law

Rule of law: Legal tips for art lovers

From new exhibitor regulations at Art Basel in Miami Beach to questions over insurance and taxes

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Market

In debt we trust: the rise of art-secured lending

The rapid growth in the number of loan providers, from private banks to specialist lenders, could transform the art market’s relationship with the financial markets

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Turner Prize

'I wouldn’t be here were it not for public funding': Turner Prize-winner Charlotte Prodger makes case for state support for the arts

Glasgow-based artist won the coveted award for her intimate videos filmed entirely on an iPhone

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Auctions

The highs and lows of New York ‘gigaweek’

Hockney made the headlines, but other artists made waves—or flopped—at November’s auctions

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Art market

Downright quirky appetite for American masters at Sotheby's

A monumental painting of the American West by Emanuel Leutze breaks records while works by Rockwell and Hopper flop

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Art market

Performance art finds its voice at Independent Brussels

Contemporary fair has reinvented itself after scaling back and moving to a November slot, although it has lost some big name exhibitors

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Art market

Paris versus Shanghai: photo fairs old and new compared

Despite censorship, China’s appetite for photography is growing but Paris Photo remains pre-eminent

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Art market

Witchy works cast a spell at Turin's Artissima art fair

Feminine power and the occult permeate the Italian event and the city beyond

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Art market

Will the market for AI art take off?

With no auction precedent and little primary market data, Christie's sale of a work made by an algorithm tests demand

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Digital art

Who needs artists? Rise in works made by AI raises real questions for the art market

A new portrait produced by an algorithm, expected to sell for around $10,000 at Christie’s, prompts new debates over authorship

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Fiac

Art world figures at Fiac reveal the main challenges they face today

From fair fatigue to unearthing new talent, gallerists and collectors at the Paris event share their concerns

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Art market

Is Hong Kong 'the problem solver for the global art industry'? Fine Art Asia's director thinks so

Andy Hei says tax advantages and broad Asian clientele help keep city's edge of Mainland China—but he is not deterred from holding Beijing fair this month

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Art market

Fair’s fair? The murky world of stand costs

Research by The Art Newspaper uncovers wide disparity in both fee structures and transparency

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Expo Chicago

Expo Chicago grows but local dealers drop out

While international exhibitor numbers are up again, the Midwest collectors base proves elusive

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Art fairs

The disputes that blight the French antiques market

Do falling exhibitor and visitor numbers at La Biennale Paris signal the beginning of the end for this once world-class art fair?

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Art market

Rolling with the punches: how the art market bounced back

In 2008, Damien Hirst sold £111m of art as Lehman Brothers collapsed, triggering a financial crisis. A decade on, what has changed?

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Lucas Cranach the Elder

Timeline: the legal battle over Cranach’s Adam and Eve

The events that led up to the US court's ruling in favour of the Norton Simon Museum after it was sued by the heir of Dutch dealer Jacques Goudstikker over ownership of the diptych

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Artists

From the archive: Why the art world is crazy about Cranach

New technology is shedding light on an Old Master as the prolific, multi-talented artist enjoys a renaissance

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Art market

More than just a pretty face: furrowed brows win at Christie's patchy Old Master sale, but £6.7m sculpture tops paintings

Tacca's Hercules is star of the bronzes, while Carracci's military portrait and Rembrandt's print find favour where Rubens's daughter flounders in £31.1m sale

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Art market

Guarantees, the Beckham effect and warts-and-all portraits: Sotheby's pulls off a consistent Old Master sale

No big hitters, but overall quality and new buyers from Asia and Latin America buoyed £42.6m auction, with £5.3m record for Canova set in day sale

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Funding

Lauded, but not loaded: being shortlisted for a major prize does not solve a museum's money worries

Being part of the Museum of the Year brings kudos and a big PR boost, but some finalists have still found the financial going tough

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018

What swung it? Former Museum of the Year judges reveal the qualities that led to the winners

All museums and galleries do important work—so what makes a truly visionary organisation?

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Museums

When less is a great deal more: in praise of the small museum

Sarah Crompton, a former Museum of the Year judge, recalls her voyage of discovery across the UK

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Museums

Take it to the top—how US museums are dealing with diversity

Institutions need all hands on deck to redress imbalances in jobs and programming

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Museums

Museums too: what should institutions do when artists are accused of abuse?

As the #MeToo movement grows, US museums find themselves embroiled in ethical dilemmas

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Art fairs

Why the new Tbilisi Art Fair restores pleasure to buying art

It’s affordable, good quality, unspeculative—and the wine is great

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Venice

Venice: a city at a cultural crossroads

As the Venice Architecture Biennale opens, the Venetian journalist Enrico Tantucci analyses culture in the city through the Biennale, historic buildings, the Accademia and the Arsenale

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Art market

Can Tbilisi sustain an art market?

Georgian capital hosted its first art fair last week and new galleries are opening, but it is still early days

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Art market

ARCOlisboa grows, but still needs more international galleries

Third edition of the fair in Portuguese capital reflects Lisbon's expanding art scene and improving economy

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Art fairs

Art Brussels and Art Cologne fairs clashed this year—which came out on top?

Cooperating on messaging while maintaining individual identity proved key to drawing international collectors

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Art market

Art Paris at 20 years struggles to connect with an international audience

With an emphasis on the French scene, the fair walks a fine line between boosterism and parochialism

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TEFAF Maastricht 2018

Latin America's colonial art captivates a new generation

Two touring exhibitions are highlighting the explosion of global interest in viceregal period

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Art Basel Hong Kong 2018

How big is the Picasso 'brand' in China?

Sotheby’s tests the waters with first oil painting at auction in Hong Kong

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Art's Most Popular

The world's most popular exhibition? Ancient sculptures in Tokyo versus Modern masters in Paris

Plus record crowds in US, UK and Australia

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Art's Most Popular

Infographic: how exhibition titles compare, then and now

Can you spot the difference?

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TEFAF Maastricht 2018

The jewel in Tefaf's crown

We speak to a few specialists about the jewellery trade ahead of the fair

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Art Basel Art Market Report

Top flight dealers reap rewards of a growing global art market, Art Basel report says

But the number of galleries opening over the past ten years has plummeted 87%

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Art market

Tradition in flux: the shifting landscape of Tefaf Maastricht

With new exhibitors, two preview days and refreshed floor plan, the grande dame of art and antiques fair is changing, albeit slowly

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TEFAF Maastricht 2018

Tefaf trends: Sweden is in, England is out, but Italy is always in vogue

Melanie Gerlis sets the scene for six specialist collecting categories at this year’s Maastricht fair

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Art market

ADAA's Art Show misses Armory week crowds, but focused displays of challenging works still prove popular

Exhibitors reflect on how art market has changed since the 1980s at 30th edition of New York fair

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Art market

Art Los Angeles Contemporary fair perks up, but is it enough?

The city could use a circuit-making commercial event, but a lack of momentum is holding it back

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Art market

What will 2018 hold for the art market?

Expect more guarantees, an Old Master revival and gallery innovation, says Georgina Adam, art market editor-at-large

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Museums

The top ten museum acquisitions of 2017

We look back at some of most important purchases and donations that entered public collections this year

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American art

Native American artists garner recognition—at last

US and Canadian institutions are rethinking their approach to contemporary indigenous art

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The Year In Review

The year in heritage

Dismantlement and reconstruction

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The Year In Review

The year in Museums

Private money makes its mark

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The Year In Review

The year in art: taking stock of Documenta, the Venice Biennale and Münster Sculpture Projects

Did the grand tour hit the mark?