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Books

Bryan Robertson: an engrossing book on a brilliant—but forgotten—maverick curator

This is the first publication about the man who put London's Whitechapel Gallery on the international map, but never gained the recognition he deserved

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Exhibitions

National Gallery hopes Artemisia exhibition will inspire public to 'get through the Covid crisis'

Postponed by the pandemic, the show will reveal Baroque artist's recently discovered intimate letters and "unflinching" paintings

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Museums & Heritage

Centre Pompidou could close for three years for 'essential' renovations

French government also considering option of a seven-year overhaul that would allow the Paris gallery to stay partially open

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Films

Three decades of William Kentridge’s animations go online this week

Goodman Gallery launches video programme today—and you can exclusively watch the premiere of the artist's new film on The Art Newspaper website this Saturday

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US politics

For the arts, there’s only one choice in this election

The Biden-Harris campaign has pledged funding and support for arts and culture as a key policy issue

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US politics

Artists are "Biden the bullet" to support the 2020 Democratic ticket in the lead up to the US election

Pat Steir, Betye Saar and Julie Mehretu are among hundreds of artists donating work to raise funds as the art world rallies to support the Biden-Harris campaign

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Andres Serrano

Donald Trump, the brand: a history of the real estate tycoon turned US president in 1,000 objects

Andres Serrano tells us about his multifaceted portrait of the US president in book form, created from his archive of memorabilia

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Grand Palais

Grand Palais's long-awaited renovation curtailed over soaring costs

Following government intervention, the historic Parisian exhibition space will now undergo a more 'sober restoration'

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Controversies

Philip Guston’s KKK paintings ‘are not asleep—they’re woke’: catalogue contradicts museum statement controversially halting show

Essays from African American artists such as Glenn Ligon and Trenton Doyle Hancock show that issues were being addressed

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Museums & Heritage

Has Putin’s $1.6bn plan to build new cultural centres throughout Russia hit the rocks?

Foundation running the huge project has cut more than 80% of staff, but construction continues

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Book Club

An expert’s guide to Artemisia Gentileschi: five must-read books on the Italian artist

All you ever wanted to know about Artemisia, from the best biographies to a book about her place in early modern feminism—selected by Italian painting specialist Letizia Treves

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Art market

'I'm always amazed, in this business, by how seriously some people take themselves': Stephen Friedman on 25 years as an art dealer

The Canadian came to London as a 22-year-old, fell in love with the city and never left

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Auctions

Los Angeles shows its love for Beirut with online charity art auction

Standout works include a haunting photograph by Rania Matar and an image of Muhammad Ali by French street artist Mr Brainwash

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Art market

Cowan’s auction house returns indigenous war god sculpture to a Zuni Pueblo

The figures, carved by tribal members every winter and left in ceremonial shrines atop a mountain, have regularly been stolen and made their into museums and private collections throughout the US and Europe

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Museums & Heritage

Quebec Culture Minister promises overhaul of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts after independent report cites governance issues

The redacted report suggests major changes, including the creation of an ethics committee or a reduction in the board’s size

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Obituaries

Robert Bechtle, Bay Area photorealist whose work captured the magic of everyday moments, has died, aged 88

The painter created hyper realistic images based on photographs he took in his Bay Area neighbourhood

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From a tribute to Breonna Taylor at Mitchell Innes & Nash to the Public Art Fund's portals placed through Central Park

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From transgressive Tantra at the British Museum to a series of artistic interventions in Brent's libraries

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teamLab

TeamLab to open permanent installation in Shanghai nightclub

It is the latest move by the multimedia collective whose interactive works often attract large crowds

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Museums & Heritage

The only way is ethics: US museums should not neglect provenance research in the funding crisis

Ethical institutional practices such as staff equity and due diligence are essential investments, "not merely a luxury for flush times"

Analysis
Art market

V.S. Gaitonde's £3.4m record-breaking painting leads strong South Asian sales season

Glut of collections have come to auction this month, with strong results for lesser-known Indian Modernists broadening a narrow market

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Deaccessioning

Done right, selling museum pieces can work—but probably not with Michelangelos

UK museums may deaccession collection objects with curatorial justification and transparency, but it cannot be treated as a quick financial fix

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Museums & Heritage

Inside The Box: Plymouth’s £48m bid for cultural revival

Pandemic scuppers city’s celebrations of Mayflower anniversary and hopes for tourist crowds—but flagship museum project opens against the odds

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Art market

Art Basel in Hong Kong and Art Central—under one roof in 2021

The two fairs will take place at the same time in the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre in March

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Philip Guston

Critics, scholars—and even museum’s own curator—condemn decision to postpone Philip Guston show over Ku Klux Klan imagery

Move is deemed “cowardly” and “patronising” after joint statement from host museums including National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and London’s Tate Modern

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Gauguin claims credit for Van Gogh’s Sunflowers: the revelations of a rediscovered manuscript

In Avant et Après—just acquired by London's Courtauld Gallery—Gauguin details his tumultuous time with Van Gogh

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Museums & Heritage

Royal Academy of Arts considers selling Michelangelo marble to plug financial hole—and not for the first time

Some academicians argue that instead of cutting almost half of the institution's jobs, it should consider selling the Taddei Tondo—worth several hundred million pounds

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Book Club

Ka-boom! How art history is embracing the comic book genre

Publishers looking for ways to draw in wider audiences to the lives and careers of famous artists are increasingly turning to graphic novels

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Philanthropy

Amid pandemic, foundations marshal $156m to support minority arts organisations in the US

Funds are intended to counter the devastation that the coronavirus has wrought in the national arts landscape

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Politics

Philip Guston drew Richard Nixon's face as a hairy scrotum and phallus—what would he make of President Trump?

The physiognomy of deviousness, greed, ruthless opportunism, risible self-importance and gobsmacking albeit garden variety stupidity provides artists of Guston’s bent and calibre with a virtually bottomless well of imagery

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Video, film & new media

New Jersey artist residency turns their campus into a free drive-in theatre

Gardenship in Kearny Point has been hosting video art exhibitions and film screenings during the pandemic, including the Jean Michel-Basquiat cult classic Downtown 81 this weekend

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Exhibitions

What can we learn from the Salem Witch Trials?

A historical exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum traces the political and religious forces that led to the executions of innocent people

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The Art Newspaper Live

Sign up for our third and final 'New Models for New Times' event on 22 October: Clare McAndrew in conversation with Georgina Adam

In the culminating talk of our latest event series, economist Clare McAndrew and Georgina Adam discuss the future of the art market. Presented in partnership with Cromwell Place

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The Art Newspaper Live

Sign up for our first 'New Models for New Times' event on 8 October: Is the new spirit of collaboration lip-service or game-changing?

Galleries are increasingly teaming up to stay afloat—but for how long? Featuring Pilar Corrias, Caroline Douglas, Sunny Rahbar and Neil Wenman. Presented in partnership with Cromwell Place

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The Art Newspaper Live

Sign up for our second 'New Models for New Times' event on 15 October: Breaking boundaries—local is the new global

Globalisation has shaped the art market we know today, but will the current shift to the local be a help or hindrance to emerging markets in Africa and Asia? Featuring Rachel Lehmann, Sundaram Tagore, Rakeb Sile and Ayo Adenyinka. Presented in partnership with Cromwell Place

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The Art Newspaper Live

The Art Newspaper Live returns! Registration now open for 'New models for new times: Rethinking the art market in a changing world'

Join industry thought leaders like Sunny Rabhar, Ayo Adeyinka and Clare McAndrew in conversation with our art market experts in a three-part series of events beginning 8 October. Presented in partnership with Cromwell Place

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Public art

New public art project in London will show works by Ai Weiwei and Eddie Peake on Europe's largest billboard

The digital art platform CIRCA will commission a new artist every month to create a work that reflects on the year 2020

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Restitution

Police search for Benin Bronze protestor—found guilty of 'threatening behaviour'

Isaiah Ogundele, who demonstrated outside the Museum of London, Docklands for the objects' repatriation, failed to appear at his court hearing earlier this month

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Conservation & Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation lists 11 most endangered historic sites in US

Locations range from the Chicago church where Emmett Till’s body was viewed, galvanising the civil rights movement, to a ‘Hall of Waters’ in Missouri

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Diary

Auction in aid of pioneering Hospital Rooms charity goes live from London

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Museums & Heritage

Discover Raphael’s creative process with new state-of-the-art renovation of V&A's Cartoons Court

New 3D imagery reveals secrets of the Renaissance masterpieces as space reopens in time for 500th anniversary of Old Master's death

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Auctions

This $80m Botticelli could be one of the most expensive portraits ever sold at auction

The painting, to be offered at Sotheby's New York in January, is estimated to sell for 100 times more than the owner paid for it in 1982

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Lawsuits

Insurers fight $107m claim for Modigliani paintings seized by Italian police

A US dealer says he is owed millions by insurance brokers for 12 works that were confiscated by authorities from the Palazzo Ducale in 2017 as suspected fakes

Analysis
Protest

Student flash mobs in Thailand target ‘art scene run by elite old men’

Recent demonstrations break a long-held taboo–criticism of the Thai monarchy, an institution which protesters believe is the main obstruction to democracy

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Museums & Heritage

As US blocks TikTok, Italy's Uffizi claims the platform has doubled its number of young visitors

Experts predict that alternative platforms such as Byte App and Dubsmash will now go mainstream and museum's director says it is "ready to jump onto new social media"

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Law

Robert Indiana’s Star of Hope reaches deal with Morgan Art Foundation to end ongoing legal battles

The two organisations will work together to settle the artist’s estate and get his charitable foundation up and running in Maine

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Museums & Heritage

Stone, bronze, glass, pathways: Princeton University Art Museum unveils David Adjaye's design

Pavilions linked by transparent “lenses” will dispense with hierarchies and display renowned collection on a single level

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Acquisitions

American Folk Art Museum announces gift of over 500 works by self-taught artists

Trove donated by collector Audrey B. Heckler includes examples of European Art Brut and works by African-American artists

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Auction houses

Hedge fund manager Alexander Klabin buys stake in Sotheby's financing arm

Now the chairman of Sotheby's Financial Services, Klabin was previously approached to back a competing offer to block last year's buyout of the auction house by Patrick Drahi

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Art market

Class of 2020: five picks from Art Basel's online viewing room (another one)

The latest virtual fair, OVR:2020, limits 100 galleries to showing six works each, all produced this year—we pick our highlights

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Acquisitions

What Beatrix Ruf did next: former Stedelijk director oversees new fund that will donate works to the Netherlands

Dutch entrepreneur Rob Defares has donated €10m to the new initiative

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Exhibitions

‘If they don’t have a story behind them, what’s the use?’ Elijah Pierce's woodcarvings portray America in the 20th century

Images of the Kennedys, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Watergate scandal go on show at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia

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Art crime

Two Manhattan antiquities dealers arrested on charges of fraud

Authorities have accused Erdal Dere and Faisal Khan of running an alleged scheme to swindle buyers by using fake provenances

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Brazil

Court-ordered auction of works from disgraced Brazilian banker's collection prompts new controversy

The Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of São Paulo claims it is owed $3.6m for conserving and storing around 1,600 works repossessed from bankrupt Banco Santos president Edemar Cid Ferreira

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diversity

Rockefeller Brothers Fund plans $1.5m in grants to help New York museums promote diverse artists

Financial aid will help eight institutions “disrupt dominant narratives” and “build back a more equitable culture” after Covid lockdown

Review
Exhibitions

Virtual photography show reveals modern Lebanon's many layers of tragedy

Lebanon Then and Now: Photography from 2006 to 2020 hosted by Washington, DC's Middle East Institute is both timely and prescient

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Politics

Activist groups condemn 'unjust' imprisonment of Sudanese artists including award-winning filmmaker Hajooj Kuka

Human Rights Watch among the organisations criticising the decision by Khartoum court to convict pro-democracy collective that were rehearsing a performance

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Museums

Paris court case shines a light on growing cosiness between curators, state museums and galleries

Marlborough gallery and a retired Guimet Museum curator are accused of bribery in their promotion of the artist Chu Teh-Chun—but say they broke no rules

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Diary

Down the rabbit hole—V&A brings Alice in Wonderland to life in virtual reality sneak preview

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Discoveries

Sculpture by Arno Breker—one of Hitler’s favourite artists—found buried in Berlin museum garden

Missing for 75 years, the large marble head, one of the artist's best-known works, was uncovered by chance during construction work at Kunsthaus Dahlem

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Museums

Plans for world's biggest Picasso museum in south of France scuppered

Aix-en-Provence city council says that sale fell through after negotiations with artist’s stepdaughter broke down

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Monuments

Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be memorialised with statue in Brooklyn

Governor Andrew Cuomo has suggested a site for the monument of the Supreme Court justice, overlooking the Statue of Liberty

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Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump’s angry tweets recorded in tiny pricks

How one woman’s frustrations inspired an army of needlework artists—and a series of exhibitions

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Feminism

Vancouver painter’s $100 Facebook portraits raise more than $150,000 for residency project

Proto-Riot Grrrl Jean Smith plans to launch space to support international artists

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The Art Car Boot Fair

‘Viral’ online art fair crashes and is postponed after proving too popular

The launch of the first virtual edition of the Art Car Boot Fair was cancelled after users overwhelmed the website

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Funding

New £25m fund aims to help UK museums ‘get back on their feet’

The Garfield Weston foundation is offering grants of up to £2m while Historic England is launching a £7.4m initiative for artist projects that help boost high streets

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Exhibitions

The Big Review: Gauguin and the Impressionists at the Royal Academy of Arts

The London exhibition has many highlights, but viewing this long-planned show is unlike anyone could have envisaged before the coronavirus pandemic

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Museums

Chair of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts steps down as former director sues over unfair dismissal

Michel de la Chenelière is not seeking term renewal as controversy over Nathalie Bondil's departure rumbles on

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Art fairs

Online market place for art continues to grow as new digital fair announced during Frieze week

Daata fair is dedicated to video and digital works and aims to reach collectors who “simply don’t have the patience” to watch films at real-life fairs

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Paul Gauguin

Rediscovered Paul Gauguin manuscript written in his Polynesian hut reveals artist's hidden secrets

Original book with nearly 30 images has been acquired by London's Courtauld Gallery and will go on display next year

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Diary

Cattelan’s notorious banana finds a home at the Guggenheim

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Whitney Museum of American Art

Artists urge the Whitney to review its ethical practices following backlash over cancelled exhibition

An open letter calls for the Whitney to “commit to a year of action—of mobilisation and introspection”

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Biennials & festivals

Rosewater soda and a coronavirus memorial: what to see at the Brent Biennial

From Dawn Mellor's George Michael mural to Rasheed Araeen's anarchic library installation

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Museums

Citing pandemic, V&A and Smithsonian drop plan to co-curate a gallery in London

After cancellation of project for V&A East, the institutions say they still plan to cooperate on an internship programme

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Exhibitions

Japan's leading photography festival comes to Kyoto this weekend

The eighth edition of Kyotographie will include exhibitions in venues ranging from traditional wooden townhouses to shopping arcades

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Jadé Fadojutimi's purposeful paintings at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery to Trevor Paglen's floral AI animations at Pace

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Photography

Photographers fear steep costs and little payment for covering protests

A lack of protections for—and an increase in domestic dangers to—photojournalists is becoming increasingly visible amid the pandemic and political rallies

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Brian Clarke's light-filled stained glass at the Museum of Arts and Design to Dan Herschlein's dark horror movie tropes at JTT gallery

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Openings

Pack your goggles! France to open three underwater sculpture parks this autumn

Visitors will need to swim to see new exhibits submerged off the coast of Corsica, Marseille and Cannes

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Film

A new documentary chronicles the revolutionary power of Mexican artist and activist David Siqueiro's murals

"Siqueiros: Walls of Passion" includes voice work by actor Cheech Marin and explores the restoration of the artist's iconic and controversial LA mural "América Tropical"

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Antiquities & Archaeology

High school student leads archaeologists to lost Inca settlement

A local boy pointed out the spot in northwest Argentina where researchers discovered the previously unrecorded site Cerro Quemado

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Art & Technology

Cammie Staros evokes environmentally apocalyptic scenarios on the Lux Art Institute app

An expert view brought to you by our XR Panel of artists and storytellers

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The Buck stopped here

Cartoon constellations and deserted deserts: hop on board Andy Holden's ghost train ride

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Van Gogh exhibitions return—exclusive news all the way up to 2024

From olive groves to peat moors: shows coming up in Dallas, Amsterdam, Detroit, Vienna, Assen, Columbus and Santa Barbara

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Royal Academy of Arts

London’s Royal Academy of Arts plans to slash 40% of jobs

Cuts have been announced as the institution aims to make savings of £8m a year and awaits news on government grant

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Nalini Malani

'The past is being weaponised': Nalini Malani's anti-fascist animations come to the Whitechapel Gallery

Eighty-eight of the artist’s iPad drawings will be projected across the gallery's walls for her first UK solo show

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Art market

Controversy erupts over Fiac cancellation

Paris's major contemporary art fair has been scrapped due to Covid-19 fears, but galleries are divided over whether the decision was wise or "lacking courage"

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Museums

Indian museum celebrating Muslim dynasty renamed after Hindu king

The museum, located in Agra, will show art, jewellery and fashion of the Mughal Empire

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Deaccessioning

Cranach, Courbet and Corot: a closer look at what the Brooklyn Museum is selling off

The institution is deaccessioning its only Cranach and 11 other works to finance care of its collection

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Conservation & Preservation

As the world contends with Covid, World Monuments Fund makes a bet on sustainable tourism

Taking a lesson from how the pandemic dispersed crowds, the organisation selects seven sites for preservation and promotion

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Museum trustees

Groups call for removal of Lacma trustee tied to ‘exploitative’ telecommunications company

Organisations target Tom Gores, whose firm invests in a corporation accused of charging prison inmates “egregious” rates for calls

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Art market

Lisson, Sadie Coles HQ and Stephen Friedman to open (temporarily) on London's Cork Street during Frieze week

In lieu of an October fair, the blue-chip galleries will congregate around the Mayfair street during what would—under normal circumstances—be the London art market's busiest month

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Banksy

Banksy loses trademark battle over his famous Flower Thrower image

The street artist opened a pop-up shop in Croydon last year in a bid to protect his image rights, but was found to have “acted in bad faith”

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Art market

UK High Court ruling could be 'welcome news' for arts organisations denied Covid-19 insurance payout

Judgment this week ruled in favour of the Financial Conduct Authority's test case seeking clarification of policies as many insurers refuse to pay out during the pandemic

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Museums & Heritage

Fotografiska complex in London—world’s ‘largest photography venue’—is dropped

Investment group behind the project blames Brexit and Covid-19

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Museums & Heritage

Activist employee group demands resignations of three Guggenheim leaders

But support for the statement, alleging “oppressive behaviours” by director, chief operating officer and chief curator, is unclear

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Election 2020

Wake up call: artist Hank Willis Thomas wants to spur voter turnout with the Wide Awakes group

Based on the 1860 Wide Awake movement that mobilised against slavery and helped elect Lincoln, the new network of artists and creatives has launched Kickstarter's largest collaboration to date

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The Buck stopped here

The Art Car Boot Fair goes online—with virtual studio visits and a surprise mother-daughter double act

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Mumbai

Street art by ‘India’s Banksy’ defaced by right-wing youth group in Mumbai

Tyler Street Artist had painted the names of pro-government public figures onto a road for a collaborative public shaming project

Analysis
Art market

The fairs are back in town: greater China reopens for business

Art021, West Bund Art & Design Fair and Art Taipei among fairs due to open in the region this autumn despite travel restrictions, shipping woes and Covid-19 fears