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Museums & Heritage

'Think first of the walls!' With its tantalising William Morris creations, Emery Walker's House in London reopens

Home boasts the largest collection of the designer's hand-printed wallpapers as well as a wealth of Arts and Crafts treasures

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Books

Saints and stories: vast book reveals the history of the Renaissance altarpiece

This in-depth survey suggests that the development of Italian church altarpieces can be understood through the themes of "icon" and "narrative"

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Art market

Los Angeles gallery Regen Projects brings on two new directors Bryan Barcena and Stephanie Dudzinski

Both Bryan Barcena and Stephanie Dudzinski have worked with major museums and galleries in the city

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Prizes

What's the point of art prizes?

The trend for awards to be shared among all the shortlisted artists reflects the current political climate, but it might be time to do away with them all together

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Museums & Heritage

Unesco warns that Stonehenge will go on its danger list unless plans to build tunnel beneath it are modified

World Heritage Site status may also be removed from Liverpool's waterfront after excessive development

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Venice

The damnation of Venice: locals are being systematically driven out by officials who are selling off sites for tourism

Venetians are leaving the city in thousands because rents are unaffordable, yet over 11% of social housing stands empty

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Restitution

'There has been a generational shift': Belgian government to collaborate with Democratic Republic of Congo to return colonial-era loot

Bilateral accord to include projects to conserve, research, and store restituted items

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NFTs

Inside the 'world's first NFT residency': two artists, Tinie Tempah, and a mansion on the French Riviera

What happens when a rapper, a painter and an art fair director get together in a swanky hotel to make digital art?

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Diary

New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal—the 'worst place on Earth'—to get an art makeover

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Acquisitions

National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC announces gift of exceptional photographs dating from the 19th to 21st centuries

Stephen G. Stein’s donation includes notable examples of images by Gustave Le Gray, William Eggleston, Brassaï, Robert Frank, Sally Mann and others

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Exhibitions

Retina-bombarding films and complicated stenches: Glasgow International offers us new ways to pay attention

Scotland's largest festival of visual culture takes over sites across the city

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Art market

Back to the beginning: author and art critic Frederic Tuten will have his first solo show in the Hamptons

Tuten was close friends with Roy Lichtenstein, who twenty years ago saw promise in the writer’s sketchbook.

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Object lessons

June auction highlights: from a delicate Degas pastel to a Kandinsky painting once owned by the Guggenheim museum

Our pick of the best objects up for sale in London and New York

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Museums

OCAT Shanghai closes after public outcry over Uglier and Uglier video that ranks women's attractiveness

The work by Song Ta consists of eight hours of secretly shot footage of 5,000 college women

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Public art

Despite widespread opposition, 'sexist' Marilyn Monroe statue installed next to Palm Springs Art Museum

A number of activist groups are still fighting to relocate the statue, considered to be exploitative and sexist, from outside the museum

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Museums

Anti-Shell sleepover protest at London's Science Museum ends with police threatening to arrest demonstrators

Youth climate activists claim that the "museum would rather have kids arrested than drop their polluting sponsors"

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Art market

What happens when artists die without making a will? Dealer fights to save remains of Fred Yates’s estate

French government sold works by the intestate artist for a pittance; now the UK is set to follow suit

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Insta’ gratification

How a crypto and digital art fair is using Instagram to show—and sell—works

CADAF has opened its second online edition but the social media app—paired with QR codes and AR filters—is helping the fair to physically interact with visitors in Paris

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Public art

To see this sculpture, text the owner of a pup named Oh Papa and schedule a viewing

Adam Milner has installed his series of uncommonly intimate public sculptures in everyday locations like a bodega or a tailor’s shop, where they act as catalysts for human connection

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Diary

Faking it—Mona Lisa copy sells for €2.9m

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Mohamed Bourouissa's drug dealer slang to Alvaro Barrington's homage to the late rapper DMX

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Shahzia Sikander at The Morgan to lyrical outdoor installations in Brooklyn by Chloë Bass

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Books

Grand mural projects: a vital chapter in British art history

In her book, Lydia Hamlett unpacks the literary, cultural and political significance of “the animated wall”

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Protest

Brooklyn’s long history of resistance is celebrated on Juneteenth

A series of installations and programmes draw on the Center for Brooklyn History's extensive archive

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Controversies

Royal Academy gift shop will not stock work of artist accused of transphobia

London museum posted an Instagram story explaining reasons for withdrawing items by Jess de Wahls

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Exhibitions

After the South London Gallery’s ‘most challenging year ever’, Christina Quarles paintings and drawings go on show

Solo exhibition is the Los Angeles-based artist’s first in a London institution

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Books

Bronte childhood portraits at stake as UK museums and libraries race to save literary treasures

Sotheby’s has postponed auction of extraordinary Honresfield Library as a consortium seeks £15 million to buy it

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Exhibitions

Weathervanes get their second wind in an exhibition at New York's American Folk Art Museum

The ornate devices used for measuring wind direction date back to ancient times, but they have come to be associated with Americana—and Modernist art

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Art market

Sun, sea and Esther Schipper: Berlin gallery pops up in Mallorca and Taipei this summer

This is the first time the Berlin-based gallery will open temporary spaces

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Discovered: American couple buys a picture by Van Gogh’s friend Edmund Brooke for $45 in antiques shop

Vincent was fascinated by his Australian colleague’s links with Japan—and together they painted landscapes in the French village of Auvers-sur-Oise

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Art market

Sotheby's launches sales in Germany—against stiff competition from local auction houses

The opulent Palais Oppenheim in Cologne will host exhibitions and sales from September. Sotheby's says move is due to growing client base in country, not Brexit

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Exhibitions

What’s it been like preparing for fine art degree shows during a global pandemic?

Students from Goldsmiths, Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art reveal the highs and lows of the past year

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Diary

NFTs of a different stripe: Joe Exotic gets into the digital art trend

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Art market

Satellite summer: Lehmann Maupin and Carpenters Workshop Gallery collaborate in Aspen, while Christie’s pays homage to the Hamptons

Galleries and auction houses continue to set up shop with niche exhibitions where their clients spend their vacations

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Art market

Casa Versalles, an initiative envisioned to benefit the Mexican cultural sector, opens second edition in Mexico City

A portion of the proceeds from the selling exhibition will benefit two regional museums, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey and the Zapopan Art Museum

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Prizes

Everyone’s a winner: Artes Mundi 9 prize awarded to all six nominees

Firelei Báez, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Meiro Koizumi, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Prabhakar Pachpute and Carrie Mae Weems each win £10,000 in latest example of award-sharing

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Museums & Heritage

Original 1978 rainbow flag designed by Gilbert Baker acquired by San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society

The banner, thought lost for more than 40 years, was recently authenticated by a vexillographer who had worked with the artist

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Acquisitions

Anti-racism posters, Nike trainers and Kim Kardashian's selfies go on show in Victoria and Albert Museum's new gallery of contemporary design

London institution unveils refurbished Design 1900-Now space for its Rapid Response collection of objects that reveal "truths about how we live"

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Art market

New French art market report finds auction sales dropped 19.5% to $25.5bn in 2020

The Conseil des Ventes Volontaires concludes that China dominates global auctions, accounting for $8.6bn of sales and 35% of the worldwide market

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Media

When makers take the mic: the rise of the artist-hosted podcast

Carrie Mae Weems and Emma Cousin are behind two of the latest podcasts to feature artists in conversation with artists

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Contemporary art

'If you are of the camp that wants to keep the art world an exclusive club, then look away now'

Silos are tight in the arts, but here's how musicians, artists and writers and can work together to bring in new audiences

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Museums & Heritage

Revising a mostly white ‘greatest hits’ narrative, Seattle Art Museum will overhaul its American art galleries

Museum invites three artists to serve as co-authors of collection displays and enlists 10 local experts to help generate inclusive stories

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New York

Black artists and performers take over Fort Greene Park for Juneteenth Jubilee

The Blacksmiths and the Wide Awakes are hosting the programme of live music, performances and art installations in Brooklyn this weekend

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Philanthropy

Over 60 arts and culture groups receive funding from MacKenzie Scott, who is giving away $2.74bn of her Amazon fortune

El Museo del Barrio in New York and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco are among recipients of grants distributed by the ex-wife of billionaire Jeff Bezos

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Diary

Here are Magnus Resch's five simple rules to becoming a successful artist

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Looted art

Looted Maqdala objects—pulled from rural English auction at the last minute—will be returned to Ethiopia

Busby auction house confirms it has "negotiated a settlement" after Ethiopian officials requested the return of items stolen by British troops in a brutal 1868 battle

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Art market

Anonymous peer-to-peer trading platform LiveArt Market launches with $5m of sales already—but how on earth does it work?

Buyers and sellers will never know each others identity when transacting through the online site, but its founders say such privacy encourages trust and transparency

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Controversies

'In solidarity with the Palestinian people', photographers withdraw their works from Prix Pictet show in Israel

Prize-nominated artists Shahidul Alam and Gideon Mendel will not show their works at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv

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Art market

'Two cool older boys': Lucian Freud's portrait of David Hockney expected to sell for up to £12m

The work, which took four months to paint in 2002, will be auctioned at Sotheby's this month

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Public art

Vancouver residents launch petition to block Boy Holding a Shark public art ‘monstrosity’

Locals cite concerns about property values, obstructed views of nature and the ethnicity of the artist, but Vancouver Biennial organisers say the work will act as a warning beacon for ocean conservation

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Prizes

New grant programme to benefit Black designers

The initiative includes three $10,000 awards for emerging designers and one $100,000 grant for a Black-owned design business

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Contemporary art

Solange’s Saint Heron dossier project releases interview with Barbara Chase-Riboud

In an excerpt shared with The Art Newspaper, the artist and writer describes how the letters her mother kept made her more ‘visible’ that ever

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Appointments

Raphaela Platow to take over as director of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky

The experienced curator and leader comes from the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, where she grew attendance by 400%

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Books

Magnificence of mosques and their contents revealed in book created by 'dream team' of Saudi and Egyptian museums

Exploration of the Islamic building through its decorations and objects fills a gap in the field

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Art market

Sotheby's to offer Tim Berners-Lee's original code for world wide web as (you guessed it) an NFT

Berners-Lee says NFTs are the "ideal way to package the origins behind the web"

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Public art

'Gormley would have liked it': Man who graffitied sculpture cleared in court of criminal damage

Clasp statue at Newcastle University was defaced in May 2019 and again earlier this year

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Funding

Hackneyed old Hockney: Museums need to be courageous, even in survival mode

This is the moment to ask for fresh ideas and give space to artists more deserving of exposure—so why has the Royal Academy given its main galleries to iPad 'paintings'?

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Stolen art

Interpol launches app to identify stolen art—and it has already been used to discover loot

Spanish police say they used the ID-art programme to successfully spot stolen Roman coins worth €200,000

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Law

Settlement reached over Robert Indiana’s estate—paving way for planned museum in artist's home in Maine

Under the agreement, the Morgan Art Foundation will continue to promote the Pop artist's work in museums and on the market

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Acquisitions

Acquisitions round-up: parts of cut up 16th-century panel reunited after Washington, DC's National Gallery of Art buys missing half

Our pick of the latest gifts and purchases to enter international museum collections

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Statues

'Geffrye must fall': Labour MP Diane Abbott leads protests demanding slaver statue be removed from London museum

Former UK shadow home secretary led protests at the Museum of the Home in Hoxton, which reopened to the public at the weekend

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Diary of an art historian

The UK Ministry of Culture is where politicians' careers go to die—but Oliver Dowden has emerged victorious, thanks to the culture wars

The future integrity of the arts sector will depend on whether institutions are able to stand up to the next culture secretary

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Benin Bronzes

Will the Queen return her Benin bronze? How the African treasure was looted not once, but twice

The 17th-century oba head was plucked from the Nigerian National Museum and given to Elizabeth II as a thank-you gift

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Christo

Date confirmed for Christo wrap of Arc de Triomphe in Paris

The artist's posthumous project was delayed due to Covid-19

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Museums & Heritage

Paris's landmark Hôtel de la Marine opens to visitors—and co-working offices—after four years of restoration

The 550-room palace has undergone a €132m makeover by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux

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Museums

Museum curators battle rise in bug numbers during pandemic with new card game

Staff continue fight against vermin with innovative entertainment

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Exhibitions

Gustave Moreau’s 34 surviving Fables watercolours get a very rare outing

The 19th-century French symbolist's works will go on show at Waddesdon Manor before travelling to Paris

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Films

The Lost Leonardo—a solid sceptical documentary—follows the saga of the Salvator Mundi

The documentary film about the world’s most scrutinised painting, by the Danish director Andreas Koefoed, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday

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Smuggling

New York investigators hand over 27 smuggled art objects valued at $3.8m to Cambodia

Charges are pending against two New York-based antiquities dealers linked to the objects

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Prizes

Queen’s birthday honours: sculptor Phyllida Barlow is made a Dame with awards also for gallerist Sadie Coles and artist Veronica Ryan

Other art world figures recognised include Edmund de Waal and Martin Parr

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Cuba

Ahead of G7, Cuban artist Tania Bruguera addressed the Geneva Summit on Human Rights and Democracy

The activist spoke about her own experiences with state repression and the growing movement for political change in the country

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Memorials

As 'mountains of corpses' wash up on Tunisian shores, artist Rachid Koraichi builds burial site for migrants

Memorial and graveyard designed by Algerian artist will be used to bury the unidentified bodies of those who have tried and failed to cross the sea

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From John Akomfrah's enthralling three-part film to Peter Hujar's nightlife photographs

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Public art

Detroit-area municipality removes ‘offensive’ tile accompanying a controversial mural celebrating the police

The tile, whose imagery has been associated with white supremacy, was created in a workshop sponsored by the Detroit Institute of Art

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Statues

Oxford professors refuse to teach undergraduate students if Cecil Rhodes statue stays in place

Oriel College said it had no plans to “begin the legal process for relocation” of the monument

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Adventures with Van Gogh

A Degas bought by the Van Gogh Museum sparks off an ethical debate: are female nudes OK?

The controversial pastel stars in a show of new acquisitions at the Amsterdam institution

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Female artists

Sexism by numbers: Guerrilla Girls ask UK public to send in statistics of females nudes vs female artists at local museums

Feminist protest groups' Male Graze project is part of the contemporary art festival Art Night

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Art market

As the Euros kick off, we ask…what has football got to do with art? Quite a lot, actually

The European Super League, an elite alliance betraying football’s roots, was scuppered by fans. These same power structures exist in the art world – so where’s the resistance?

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China

Uyghur tribunal reveals horrific abuses inside Xinjiang detention camps

Museums who partner with China need to know about the violence, says panel investigating alleged crimes against humanity

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Italy

Mussolini family feuds over reopened crypt of fascist Italian dictator

The controversial site has become a pilgrimage for far-right supporters

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Appointments

Museum hiring rebounds? US institutions announce a string of appointments to leadership and curatorial positions

It is still not clear how quickly the lower levels of staff, which were hardest hit by pandemic job losses, will recover

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Museums & Heritage

Robert E. Lee’s former Virginia mansion reopens to the public with an enlightening focus on the enslaved

Arlington House, where wealthy white privilege contrasts with bondage and suffering, has undergone a $12.3m rehabilitation and reinterpretation

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Cézanne's drawings at MoMA to Takashi Murakami curating Outsider art

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Book Club

An expert’s guide to Nam June Paik: five must-read books on the Korean-American artist

All you ever wanted to know about Paik, from a “deep dive” into a single work to the best biography—selected by the curators Rudolf Frieling and Andrea Nitsche-Krupp

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Environment

Sea junk sculptures draw crowds in Canada for World Oceans Day

After popping up in Vancouver, an installation of figures made from trash travels to Toronto and Quebec City

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Book Club

In Pictures | Barkley L. Hendricks unseen photographs gathered in new publication

The US artist’s images are joined by an extract from the book looking at how aspects of his painting and photography overlapped

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Art market

Sotheby's owner Patrick Drahi buys £2.2bn majority stake in BT

The cost-cutting French telecommunications billionaire has formed Altice UK to buy a 12.1% stake in the company

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Book Club

June’s book bag: from Peter Blake’s collages to artists’ solutions to the climate emergency

A roundup of the latest art publications

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Diary

'Mount Recyclemore': ahead of summit, artist builds gigantic electronic waste sculpture of G7 leaders

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Exhibitions

Harrowing film on Japanese war-time atrocities in China is among shortlisted works on show in UK's biggest art prize

Powerful work by Japanese artist Meiro Koizumi is on show alongside five other artists in Cardiff's Artes Mundi award

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Heritage

Amazon's plans to build massive warehouse near Roman aqueduct in south of France cause concern

Locals say the construction will be a "wart" on the way to Pont du Gard, a Unesco world heritage site, and will harm the surrounding environment

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Exhibitions

Visitors invited to row a boat through an apocalyptic underground maze in Tomás Saraceno's latest exhibition

Artist's installation in a water-filled, 19th-century reservoir in Copenhagen has been delayed for a year because of Covid

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Art market

Jobs for the boys…why I'm starting to feel old amid the new art world order

The thrusting land of NFTs and tech nomads favours the young—and has yet to shake off the old ties of nepotism

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Exhibitions

Frank Bowling: ‘My art isn’t about politics, it’s about paint’

As several shows of his work open, the artist talks about the distinctive transatlantic influences on his art, the role of politics, and art for art’s sake

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Book Club

Q&A | What artists wear and why it matters

A new book by the fashion critic Charlie Porter explores how what artists choose to wear can tell us about the multiple roles of clothing in society

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Prizes

Shortlist announced for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s largest art prize

Although nominations were open to artists of all ages for the first time, the finalists are all around the same generation

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Art fairs

Free zine fair brings countercultural publications and composting workshops to New York’s East Village this summer

The fair will include multiple free activities and community garden programs and a wealth of independent local publishers

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Restitution

The Met will return two Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

The Benin Court plaques donated in 1991 with more than 150 other works, have been deaccessioned, while a third object, an Ife Head offered for purchase, will instead be restituted

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Public art

Detroit Institute of Arts under fire for sponsoring mural depicting police officers

Critics says that the subject matter is out of touch with racial justice issues, and artist now regrets creating it

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Lawsuits

Hobby Lobby files $7m lawsuit against former Oxford professor over allegedly stolen papyrus fragments he sold

The crafts chain, which bought them for its Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, says the seller lied about the biblical objects’ provenance