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Art and social media: do museums need memes?

Plus, artist Rita Keegan on her postponed show and Julia Peyton-Jones on Leonardo. Produced in association with Christie's

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s coalition with the ultra-Orthodox splinter parties threatens the future of Israeli excavation

The state of archaeology in Israel today suggests there are bones of contention

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Law

Italy sues for return of antique pottery which they claim to own under national law because they are objects of archaeological interest.

The US has filed a complaint in a federal district court to determine who owns 230 antiquities produced in ancient Italian pottery workshops

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Exhibitions

The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology provides a revolution in Chinese history

265 works discovered by Chinese archaeologists, mostly over the last twenty-five years, are on loan in an exhibition that shows why the textbooks have had to be rewritten.

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USA

US government intervenes as Israel bombing victims issue lawsuit asking for Iranian antiquities from museums

Iran argues that artefacts housed abroad should have immunity since they originate from a foreign sovereign state

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Musée du Louvre

Louvre curators condemn “collections for rent” schemes ahead of plans to open a branch of the Paris museum in Abu Dhabi

Deal “is about petrodollars and military relations”, says senior member of museum staff

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum considers long term loans of its paintings

Trustees’ chairman would like to rationalise the collection

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Technology

Ancient cities rise again: Introducing virtual archaeology

Technology developed by a California-based firm has made it possible to walk through vanished sites.

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Sweden

Lars Vilks: “Censorship is based on fear, not sensitivities towards ethnic minorities”

The Swedish artist is currently writing a musical about Islam

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Art market

Decorative arts sales shift to Chicago

New York vies with London for nineteenth- and twentieth-century decorative arts sales, but Chicago is coming on quickly

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Art market

Post-1935 decorative arts, mass produced at exclusive prices

A survey of the decorative arts market

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Art market

A rising market: contemporary decorative arts

Is it design, or art, or craft? Who cares. One thing is certain: the British are best at it

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Museums & Heritage

Decorative arts from Art Nouveau and Deco to Werkbund, Bauhaus and Functionalism

Another floor opens up in the Bröhan Museum with its privately formed collection

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Museums & Heritage

A missing chapter in the history of the decorative arts: the Restoration and July Monarchy

Louvre-organised show at the Grand Palais of neglected period of production

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New Museum

New cultural centre opens at Tlatelolco Square, Mexico City

And third Mexican collector loans his art to university

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Collectors

French collectors step up buying at FIAC

Making a making a remarkable return to the contemporary art world

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Private Museums

The Ullens Centre for the Arts will be the first private museum for Chinese and contemporary art in Beijing

...and this is where a Belgian collector will put his art on show

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Art fairs

US collectors attend Art Forum Berlin in force

New German artists have put this fair back on the map

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Art fairs

French collectors boost sales at FIAC, Paris

Billionaire François Pinault bought Chen Zhen and Pistoletto

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Collectors

Top German collector disappoints museums by selling loans

Hans Grothe has sold 700 works to Wella hair-care billionaires for E50 million

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Art market

The art market in Moscow is sustained by the new breed of super-rich businessmen—while their wives have opened a string of commercial galleries

“Most contemporary art collectors today are intellectuals who own their own company”

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Collectors

Mystery of London dealer’s inflated invoices for world’s biggest collector, the head of Qatar's National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage

The Art Newspaper has obtained invoices sent by Oliver Hoare to Sheikh Saud Al-Thani of Qatar, who remains under arrest in Doha as authorities investigate alleged misuse of public funds

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Lawsuits

Collector wins $1.7 million in damages from New York Gallery over violation of lending contract

Jean-Pierre Lehmann was denied “the right of first refusal over everybody”

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National Trust

National Trust wrongly accused of asset-stripping while government fails to keep its word

The Trust is negotiating endowments with the Treasury for five major country houses in its care

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Art exports

Will the V&A buy this £7 million roundel?

Export license could be extended until November

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Artist interview

Interview with Sean Landers: Appropriating Picasso “because I want to be as great as him”

“I would like to leave a sad, funny, little painting”

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Star exhibit at the Met: the Christopher Dresser album the V&A could not afford

Modern designs at the Met

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Looted art

Top museums in Europe and North America face claims for Dürers looted during World War II

Poland and the Ukraine both want the Lubomirski drawings back

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Letters: Does the V&A still believe in education?

The Association of Art Historians on the National Slide Library's proposed move from London to Leicester

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Nazi loot

Seattle Art Museum sues New York dealers Knoedler

The heirs of Parisian dealer Paul Rosenberg demand the return of a Matisse stolen during World War II

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Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly: The art world’s quiet American

As Ellsworth Kelly comes to London, we look at the exhibition at the Guggenheim and at MoCA

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Art market

French decorative arts apparently recession-proof

The international market absorbs the Polo, Patiño and Johnson collections in one year. Tous les Louis do well but Louis XVI best of all

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Art Basel

A lesson in attending Basel on a budget

Is it possible to attend an event where extravagant expenditure is commonplace without paying for the privilege?

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Exhibitions

Folkestone Triennial returns to the Kentish coast

The town has been slowly blossoming into a hub for art since the establishment of the triennial, and the fourth edition hopes to continue this trend

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Collectors

Three contemporary art collectors to know in Taiwan

Art lovers with international visions

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May 2015

Drowned, beheaded and restored: Napoleon statue returns to museum after 282 days in exile

Conservation treatment may resolve conflicting accounts of monument's history

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March 2015

Turkish president appeals ruling that he must pay damages to artist

Mehmet Aksoy's Monument to Humanity was razed by local council after Recep Tayyip Erdogan called it a "monstrosity"

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Uffizi galleries

Uffizi draws the line at Leonardo loan request for Milan Expo show

Milan’s mayor fails to drag Italian minister of culture into row

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Lawsuits

Barbara Allbritton sues IRS for $40.6m tax refund

The collector is arguing that no transfer of ownership of her collection ever took place

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Otto Dix

Germany's attempt to permanently retain Otto Dix print collection belonging to George Economou fails

Tycoon keeps 500-strong collection after German campaign to include it in national heritage list is thwarted

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Lawsuits

Collector Frank Fertitta discovers his Rothko is a Knoedler fake after reading The Art Newspaper

He is now suing former employees of the gallery

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Exhibitions

MoMA builds a new audience for Latin American architecture

Sixty years after a landmark architectural survey, the New York museum picks up where it left off

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Frida Kahlo

How Frida Kahlo found her Mexican identity in Detroit

Though she distinctly disliked the experience, the Detroit Institute of Arts shows how it shaped her iconic imagery

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Conservation

Vatican begins final work on Raphael rooms

The work may make it possible to identify which parts of the frescoes were painted by Giulio Romano, Raphael’s most trusted apprentice

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Art market

Colombian art scene rebounds after civil war

Western dealers and curators look to the South

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News

New culture war takes root in US as major news outlet censors art

Artists say they are under pressure to tone down their work after Associated Press removes images of controversial pieces

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Exhibitions

Bode museum finally lays bare its war-damaged collection

An exhibition in Berlin surveys the ethical implications of restoring damaged art

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Exhibitions

Four years after going on show in New York, an expanded Alexander McQueen exhibition comes to the V&A

McQueen show refashioned in London

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Obituaries

Leonard Nimoy, photographer, actor, Spock

The man who made the phrase “Live long and prosper” famous was also a dedicated artist and poet

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March 2015

Regulation guidelines are an ‘impossible dream’

Some think the trade was more concerned about the risk of losing sales than its reputation, observed our editor-at-large in 2015

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Royal Collection

Victoria and Albert’s etchings to go on show at print fair

London Original Print Fair opens in April

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Exhibitions

What happens when artists step into buyers' shoes: New Barbican exhibition "Magnificent Obsessions" showcases curio owned by the likes of Warhol and Hirst

Cookie jars and seven-legged lambs invite us to consider how distinctive styles emerged from the building blocks of various visual languages

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New Museum

Young artists get their big moment in the Big Apple at the New Museum's Generational Triennial

The New Museum bets on future stars who deal with our digital world

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Christie's

Christie’s buys digital management system

Collectrium is a digital multi-tool for art collection

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Joshua Reynolds

Reynolds' experiments a real headache for conservators

Research project and show explain conservators’ difficulties with his techniques

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Barnett Newman

Menil reveals secrets of Newman’s technique

An eight-year effort to restore a major work by Barnett Newman (1905-70) has shed new light on the artist’s methods.

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Books

Larry Warsh explores buyers’ behaviour in new book

The avid collector is trying to understand why acquiring art can be such a compulsion

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Indonesia

Oei Hong Djien, the controversial collector aiming to build a history of Indonesia’s Modern art

New film shows a scene dogged by lack of institutional support and alleged fakes

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Art market

Art Deco, classic cars and tribal art drive sales in France but growth remains sluggish

Single-owner consignments and a €13.5m portrait by Modigliani help Sotheby’s emerge ahead of its rivals in a stagnating market

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Books

Books: Tiepolo and Modigliani’s journeys to New Jersey

Princeton University Art Museum has produced a catalogue on its Italian Old Master drawings

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Books

Lost libraries and broken Buddhas: war, iconoclasm and social media

The history of cultural destruction as a propaganda tool

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News

Warhol to be studied in medical school

The initiative aims to help doctors improve their observation skills

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Exhibitions

Warhol, Rockwell and Walt Disney to come together in high-profile hyphenated exhibition

The show is due to open in Pittsburgh in spring 2017 before travelling to Stockbridge

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Exhibitions

Warhol "Marilyn" tapestry on show in Oxford for the first time since 1968

This will be the first call for a tapestry by the artist for the Andy Worhal Museum

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Art market

New York family at war in legal dispute over sale of multi-million-dollar Reinhardt

Court told that abstract work said to be of “no value” was resold for up to $10m just months later at Art Basel

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Exhibitions

Artists confront violence across the Middle East in new exhibition opening in Amsterdam

“Fight History” is the second in the "Crisis of History" series on at the Tolhuistuin

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February 2015

Comment: The Tate should take BP’s money—and ask for more

Protests about the gallery’s lack of transparency concerning the energy company's sponsorship miss the point of how big business and the arts interact

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February 2015

Comment: it’s the economy, stupid—and the art market is no longer immune to its vicissitudes

While the 2008 global financial meltdown largely failed to dent sales, in 2015 our editor-at-large warned that the falling oil price experienced at the time could prove much more serious

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Censorship

Censorship debate reignited as banned works go on show in American galleries

Display featuring 45 controversial artists takes on added resonance in wake of Charlie Hebdo attacks

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Institut du Monde Arabe

Renewal in the Arab world to come from women and the young, says French president

Last month’s conference at the Institut du Monde Arabe acquired special meaning after Charlie Hebdo

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Women Artists

Let us now praise famous women : Museums finally find their feminine side

A wave of exhibitions of influential female artists begins this month on both sides of the Atlantic

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Cultural policy

New York leans to the left under mayor’s plans for art

De Blasio focuses on diversity, social value and access for all

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John Singer Sargent

The deeply educated John Singer Sargent

The painter’s portraits of his diverse circle of polymathic friends

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Caravaggio

Books: Caravaggio's diametrically opposed contexts in conflict

Across two books, the master's work is interpreted in divergent, not diverse, ways

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Art market

Recognising Taiwan as a major player in the contemporary art market

Taiwan has more major buyers than its neighbour China, with more than 1,000 voracious collectors