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National Gallery

Conservative party donor John Booth appointed chair of London's National Gallery

Philanthropist succeeds Tony Hall, who stepped down following row over Princess Diana interview

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Museums

Guggenheim director Richard Armstrong sets new opening date for long-delayed Abu Dhabi museum

New deputy director Naomi Beckwith says 'we can re-centre where the stories of art are told'

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Art Basel 2021

Unlimited—Art Basel’s section for large works—opens to visitors with a rainbow jacuzzi, a spooning couple and a house made of bread

Curator Giovanni Carmine walks through highlights among the 62 supersized installations presented at the fair

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Exhibitions

France launches Islamic art shows across 18 cities to combat rising Islamophobia

The Louvre-led government initiative aims to shatter clichés and encourage a deeper understanding

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Exhibitions

Impressionist and Modern masterpieces collected by the Morozov brothers finally go on show in Paris

Exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton—including works by artists such as Van Gogh, Gauguin and Matisse—aims to emulate 2016's Shchukin blockbuster

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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

New Academy Museum to tell a more honest Hollywood history

Opening next week, the Los Angeles museum dedicated to the history of cinema will include reimagined displays on diverse stars and “less than proud” moments

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Museums & Heritage

K-Pop superstars BTS help present gift from Korean government to the Metropolitan Museum

The set of five richly coloured lacquer vessels by artist Chung Haecho will go on show in the New York museum this December

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Media & broadcast

Through animation and home videos, three films in Toronto try to retrieve a lost Jewish past

The features Charlotte, Where Is Anne Frank, and Three Minutes – A Lengthening give an afterlife to some of the victims of the Holocaust

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George Floyd

A painting created outside the Minneapolis courthouse during the final moments of the George Floyd murder trial will be put up for auction

MSNBC host Chris Hayes said on air he would buy picture, which was inspired by the Derek Chauvin murder conviction, if it were to ever come up for sale.

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Art market

Young, monied and keen to gamble on art: the super power of Asian collectors

Asian buyers are now the biggest spenders at international auctions and these digitally-native collectors are happy to splurge online

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Books

Book extract | The story behind Van Gogh's portrait of Doctor Gachet's daughter in the Kunstmuseum Basel

In this adapted extract from his new book Van Gogh’s Finale, Martin Bailey examines the portrait of Marguerite Gachet in the Kunstmuseum Basel

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Museums

Is Zurich the new Basel?

With the extension of the Kunsthaus, now Switzerland’s largest art museum, the city has taken a ‘quantum leap’

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A brush with

'I was always fascinated by the paintings of Goya': Philippe Parreno on his new video work at the Beyeler

The French-Algerian artist discusses how Goya’s Black Paintings provided inspiration for his latest piece in Switzerland

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Collector's Eye

Collector's eye: Hans Furer

The Basel-based collector tells us what he's bought and why

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Exhibitions

Basel's Beyeler Foundation scores coup for Goya show

Exhibition dedicated to the Spanish artist opens next month with a display of 75 paintings including a prized painting from Madrid’s Prado museum

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Art Basel 2021

Galerie Nagel Draxler presents ‘Crypto Kiosk’ of NFTs at Art Basel booth

The satellite fair Photo Basel is also offering digital photographic NFTs for sale

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Art Basel

Is Art Basel eyeing up a new fair location?

Art Basel has lent expertise to Art Week Tokyo, but does this indicate further involvement?

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Exhibitions

Pissarro, the ‘hidden leader’ of Impressionism, reassessed at the Kunstmuseum Basel

This major exhibition comprises nearly 200 works by the multicultural artist who remained an outsider in Paris despite his central role in the movement

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Diary of an art historian

'The art in Spain stays mainly off the plane': grim Brexit news from the art buying frontline

I've learned the new politically motivated lessons about art shipping the hard way—so you don't have to

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Books

First monograph on Rana Begum reveals artist's refined language of Minimalist abstraction

Timely new book explores how Begum's approach to her multifaceted work defies any simple categorisation

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Discoveries

Did this mysterious Dutch painter inspire Vermeer?

The story of enigmatic artist Jacobus Vrel will be told in an exhibition scheduled for 2023 and in a book published this month

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Art market

From a cashmere coated console to a leafy Lalanne chair: Design Miami/Basel director chooses her highlights

The fair may be smaller than usual this year but Jennifer Roberts says she has never known the collectible design market to be in such rude health

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Museums & Heritage

The cancelling of the Genoese art loan show Superb Baroque is a sad day for the National Gallery in Washington, DC

Can another museum with a commitment to broaden Americans’ exposure to great art, including pre-contemporary works, take up the show?

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Art market

Women in the arts are winning the battle for equal employment—but they haven’t yet won the war

The latest UBS Art Basel report finds that top jobs are finally going to women—even at the mega galleries

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Diary

Drink up—Olafur Eliasson creates new wine-tasting pavilion for Californian vineyard

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The Buck stopped here

Marina Abramovic takes London by storm with a trio of shows

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Mexico

Mexico attempts to halt German auction of Pre-Colombian artefacts

More than 70 works designated as national heritage are due to be sold in Munich on 21 September

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US politics

Percent for art programme to expand into Los Angeles county’s unincorporated areas

A civic ordinance in effect from October sets aside 1% of building projects for arts and culture programmes

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

CCA Derry~Londonderry: a lifeline for artists in isolation on both sides of Ireland's border

The Centre for Contemporary Art filled the lockdown gap with online conversations and social media takeovers

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

Experience Barnsley: a crowdsourced museum in Yorkshire shows how culture can help in the pandemic recovery

The gallery located in the town hall is a true “museum of and for the people”

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

Firstsite: bouncing back from past controversies to become a vital community hub

The Colchester art gallery celebrates its tenth anniversary this year

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

Thackray Museum of Medicine: one of the world’s first mass vaccination hubs documenting Covid-19 history

The Leeds institution is making—and collecting—history

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

Timespan: a remote museum in the Scottish Highlands that support its vulnerable village through Covid

The cultural centre has international ambitions if it wins the £100,000 prize

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

Against all the odds, the UK’s museums are beacons of inspiration

Museum of the Year 2021 celebrates the sector’s triumphs in the face of adversity, says Jenny Waldman, Art Fund director and jury chair for the £100,000 prize

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Exhibitions

Picasso Blue Period blockbuster to finally open in Toronto early October

The show, delayed because of Covid, focuses on three works painted by the “insanely ambitious” artist during a low point in his early career

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Mikhail Piotrovsky

'Putin's been my person since the 90s': ahead of Russia's parliamentary elections, Hermitage director Mikhail Piotrovsky talks politics

The outspoken museum chief is leading the St Petersburg ticket of United Russia, the pro-Putin ruling party, in national parliamentary elections this weekend

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Exhibitions

Must-see institutional shows during Art Basel

From unseen drawings from Kara Walker's personal archives to a fresh take on Camille Pissarro as the leader of the Impressionists

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Adam Pendelton's colossal recaps of the past year at MoMA, to Objects of Common Interest's minimalist designs at the Noguchi Museum

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Art fairs

Real-life Art Basel prepares to return—and steps down from its ivory tower

Arranging the event amid a shifting pandemic has been fraught with risk—but it is a risk worth taking, says global director Marc Spiegler

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Art market

Genevan prosecutor dismisses Dimitry Rybolovev's case against art dealer Yves Bouvier—but feud between the two billionaires is not over yet

Russian art collector had sued for double dealing and will now appeal decision, while Bouvier plans to launch $1bn countersuit for damages—and write a tell-all book

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Museums & Heritage

A sneak peek at France's first cultural venue celebrating stained glass

The Cité du Vitrail will open in the medieval town of Troyes in spring 2022, but preview tours are running this weekend for the European Heritage Days

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Biennials & festivals

At the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the city becomes a community landscape

Projects and site-specific installations have been brought into six neigbourhoods, taking local needs into account

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Adventures with Van Gogh

New Van Gogh discovery: first version of despairing man that was bought for £6—and then hidden away for more than a century

The artist titled the drawing "Worn out" in English because he wanted to work for a London publisher

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Art and health

Healing Arts programme comes to New York with a two-month schedule of events

Artist commissions, expert discussions and film premieres will take place in the city, starting and ending with a pair of symposia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Appointments

'Musée d’Orsay can no longer be a tourist factory': Christophe Leribault named new director of Paris museum

Leribault will oversee a major redevelopment of the Musée d’Orsay over the next decade

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Myanmar

Myanmar’s artists face growing hardship as Covid returns and military tightens grip

As junta strengthens hold over country, the economy crumbles and a brutal new wave of the virus takes its toll, the artistic community is in crisis

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Art market

Ethiopian gallery Addis Fine Art to open space in London

One of the few Black-owned galleries in London, the space will open with a show of Nirit Takele in October as the gallery takes part in Frieze London for the first time

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Heritage

Unesco report reveals extent of Russian threat to Crimean heritage

Since the annexation in 2014, Russia has been persecuting the Tatar population and appropriating monuments

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Artists

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara named an ‘icon’ of 2021 by Time magazine

The Cuban artist and activist is joined on the publication’s list of 100 Most Influential People by Barbara Kruger and Mark Bradford

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Appointments

Nadine Dorries named UK culture secretary

The right-wing politician, who appeared on the TV programme I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, replaces Oliver Dowden

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Superflex

Superflex to send climate-conscious message during 76th United Nations General Assembly in New York

The Danish art collective will show one work on the façade of the international agency's Manhattan headquarters next week

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Art market

Despite legal crackdowns, unpaid internships are still rife in the art world

Historically marginalised groups are being kept out of an industry that expects people to work for free in order to get a foot in the door

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Prizes

'India is an example of fascism unchecked': Jameel Prize-nominated activist Sofia Karim on her samosa packets of solidarity

The London-based artist's Turbine Bagh project shines light on human rights abuses across South Asia

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Restitution

Looted African works that France has promised to return to Benin will be shown in Paris museum for one last time

The exhibition Benin: the Restitution of 26 Works from the Royal Treasures of Abomey at Musée du quai Branly–Jacques Chirac will be on view for five days in October

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Art market

The rise of Paris: Larry Gagosian opens third gallery in the French capital

US dealer launches new space with giant Alexander Calder sculpture in the Place Vendôme

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Art market

New Miart director Nicola Ricciardi on rebuilding an art fair from scratch as the pandemic rumbles on

Ricciardi was previously artistic director of Turin's OGR art centre which was used as a hospital for Covid-19 patients last year

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NFTs

Dread Scott's NFT 'White Male For Sale', a critique on slavery, to be auctioned off at Christie’s Post-War to Present sale

The work features a 1:10 loop of a business-class white man standing on an auction block

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Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold to get her first New York retrospective at the New Museum in 2022

The exhibition will span six decades and explore Ringgold as both an artist and political activist

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Prizes

James Turrell and Sebastião Salgado among international recipients of £400,000 Japanese art prize

Japan Art Association drew up the all-male winners list for award dubbed ‘Nobel Prize for the Arts’

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The Buck stopped here

Pop goes pastoral: Sarah Lucas and friends take over rural theatre with multilayered group show of female imagery

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Prizes

Sculptor Nairy Baghramian awarded 2022 Nasher Prize

The $100,000 award for sculpture recognises the Berlin-based artist's evocative explorations of the body through sculpture

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Book Club

In Pictures | Behind the scenes of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work wrapping the Arc de Triomphe

A new book looks at the detailed preparations and 60 years of planning behind the work being unveiled in Paris

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Climate Change

'Now is the time': UK artists and galleries unite for climate campaign to mark COP26 conference

Conservation charity WWF and curatorial collective Artwise call on art world to raise funds and awareness for climate action

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Art market

‘Opera is boring’: Marina Abramovic’s cinematic ode to soprano Maria Callas opens in London

Belgrade-born performance artist discusses recasting opera for a younger generation, how the diva label is “dubious” and why sex is better post-menopause

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Exhibitions

From art that's barely there to Alicja Kwade’s heart: what to see at Berlin Art Week

The German capital is awash with exhibitions, performances and events after a quieter edition last year

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Artist interview

Ibrahim Mahama: ‘I use crisis and failure as the primary material in my work’

On the eve of a new London show, the Ghanaian artist discusses how he is turning a disused food silo in his homeland into a cultural centre

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Museums & Heritage

Timothée Chalamet kicks off the Met Gala with a flag-inspired collaboration with street artist JR

The actor debuted a new performance and installation in the Breuer building, before protestors crashed the party at the Costume Institute’s annual celebrity fundraiser

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Peru

Peru’s heritage gets a new $125m home

Museo Nacional del Perú (Muna) boasts a collection of nearly 50,000 Pre- Columbian objects, including repatriated artefacts

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Appointments

Emma Lavigne named chief executive officer of the Pinault Collection

Former head of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris replaces Jean-Jacques Aillagon

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Art market

'A collector in dealer's clothes': Sotheby's to sell the collection of Richard L. Feigen

The sale of the New York dealer, who died earlier this year and was once a vocal critic of auction houses, will feature works from the 14th to 20th centuries

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Funding

British Council—the UK's international organisation for cultural relations—winds down in 20 countries

Covid impact on commercial income has led to cost cutting, organisation says

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NFTs

‘We have no doubt NFTs are art’: after selling tokenised Leonardo, Hermitage plans exhibition of born-digital works

Russian museum will look beyond the market hype to address deeper questions about "the specific possibilities of this medium", says contemporary art curator Dimitri Ozerkov

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Books

Squatters, desert cults and climate protestors: new book surveys the architecture of anarchist settlements

From geodesic domes in South Colorado to the Calais Jungle in Europe, this provocative work studies 60 structures that were built according to values of autonomy, voluntary association, mutual aid and self-organisation

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Exhibitions

Rediscovering the East London Group: the part-time, working-class artists who depicted the capital between the wars

A new show in Southend-on-Sea aims to shine a light on the realist painters who fell into obscurity as tastes changed after the Second World War

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Art education

After UK government slashes arts education funding it is now offering £10m extra cash—for a lucky few institutions

A select group of 16 specialist colleges, including the Royal College of Art and the Courtauld Institute of Art, have been given a lifeline

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Media & broadcast

Hello Kitty, meet Louis Wain: a new film portrays the eccentric life of a cat painter

Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the ill-fated Victorian illustrator who can be thanked—or blamed—for the rise of the feline in popular culture

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Museums & Heritage

Rembrandt blockbuster draws 42,000 visitors to National Gallery of Canada

The response in Ottawa “shows people crave experiencing visual arts in person”, director Sasha Suda says

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Biennials & festivals

Prospect New Orleans to stagger openings and delay gala after Hurricane Ida

The event, launched in response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, has been impacted by another major climate disaster

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Exhibitions

Emerging art exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Rose Nestler's bizarre barre class to fireworks and goldfish cast in resin at Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix

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Art fairs

'Exactly what we needed': Armory Show returns to New York in a new, modern location

Despite travel bans and complications, many galleries from oversees had a presence, giving the first major US fair since the pandemic a truly international tone

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Appointments

Klaus Biesenbach named director of Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie

Hamburger Bahnhof contemporary museum is to be led by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath

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Diary

Is it by the master? Audience delivers verdict on Salvator Mundi at 'The Lost Leonardo' UK premiere

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Art market

The future’s bright: Millennials help art market stage post-pandemic recovery

Art Basel-UBS report reveals that employment has stabilised and gallery sales are up 10% in first half of 2021

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Prizes

Sung Tieu's film on sonic warfare, nausea and the legacy of the Cold War wins 2021 Frieze Artist Award

The Berlin-based artist will have a solo booth with Emalin at the London fair

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Art market

Christie's to sell €5m Chardin painting for the first time in nearly 200 years

Descendants of François Marcille will sell 27 paintings and drawings from his collection in Paris this November, including Woman Drawing Water from a Water Urn

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Thefts

French decorative art stolen from 17-century country home in Sussex—for second time

Police appealing for information after five items, including a pair of Sèvres vases and a clock with a bronze figure of Apollo, were taken from Uppark on the South Downs

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Where was Van Gogh originally buried? We still don’t know

In an extraordinary scene, reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Vincent’s skull was held aloft and moved in 1905

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Restitution

Maqdala treasures looted by British troops returned to Ethiopia in 'largest single restitution'

At the ceremony in London, the Ethiopian ambassador renewed calls for museums to return Maqdala objects

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Prizes

Winner of 25th Deutsche Börse prize announced

Chinese artist Cao Fei's Serpentine exhibition Blueprints recognised as prophesying the effects of the pandemic

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Book Club

‘Caravaggio was a major-league asshole’: the long tradition of scandal in art

According to Noah Charney’s new book, infamy in the art world—be it contrived drama to drum up publicity or genuine artistic rivalry—is as old as art itself

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Art market

Sotheby's wins 'dogfight' to sell $600m art collection of Harry and Linda Macklowe

Auction house will sell the 65 works, including $70m works by Rothko and Giacometti, in two standalone sales in November and next May

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Art market

Photo London returns as 'an act of resistance'

Diverse interpretations of portraiture and themes of isolation and containment loom large at first physical photography fair since the onset of the pandemic

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Johannes Vermeer

First Cupid, now a wine glass? More revelations emerge from restored Vermeer painting in Dresden

Major restoration on Girl reading a Letter at an Open Window shows a large studded goblet later covered by a green curtain

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Art market

Eye of the Collector tries out new fair format in a neo-Gothic setting

The no-stands format of the London event in Two Temple Place is a refreshing change, although some visitors found the lack of labels confusing

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Book Club

Extract | How the colours in ancient Pompeian frescoes ‘spoke’ to Mark Rothko

A new book by the art historian Ben Street attempts to demystify how we look at art and argues for reacting instinctively to what we see

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Art market

Jeff Koons reveals he is making NFTs, details plans for his Pace Gallery shows and remembers his hotel rendezvous with Salvador Dalí

The Balloon Dog sculptor spoke to The Art Newspaper as he announced a new art collaboration with BMW

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Museums

Brussels doctors prescribe museum visits to treat Covid-19 stress

Research “has proven that art can be beneficial for health, both mental and physical,” the city’s head of culture tells a Belgian newspaper

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Book Club

September’s book bag: US land protests, English country houses and a feminist history of photography

Our roundup of the latest art publications

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The Armory Show 2021

When the present does not add up, artists look to the future

Artists' forward-looking visions are at the centre of this year’s Armory Focus section, as well as several exhibitions and projects in New York in the coming year

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September 11

'A thunderstorm of ash and cloud': Artists remember 11 September

On the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, artists reflect on how the event has impacted their work