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Protests

Monuments across the US are toppled, damaged as protests over George Floyd's death continue

Lawmakers mobilise the National Guard to quell destruction while demonstrators deface Confederate memorials and public works emblematic of white supremacy

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Protests

Nelson-Atkins Museum director pledges to re-establish trust after police use campus to stage response to protests

After asking that squad cars leave the grounds, he says police presence caused deep “hurt”

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Nazi loot

US government recommends that the Supreme Court hear German museums’ appeal on Guelph Treasure claim

The solicitor general’s recent filing suggests the Nazis’ looting of Jewish collections in Germany was a domestic rather than international crime

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Protest

Art world presses pause for #BlackOutTuesday

Mixed reactions for the social media campaign, whereby millions are posting black squares in support for the Black Lives Matter movement—but is it reductive?

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coronavirus

Significant art emerged from traumas of the past—will the pandemic prove different?

As the coronavirus crisis stretches on, we look at how artists have captured confinement in recent history and what is being done now

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Antiquities & Archaeology

How Germany’s 4,000-year-old answer to Stonehenge shows that Brexit is 'nonsense'

Pömmelte, sacred site that was used by the ancient Unetice culture, is opening up to tourists

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Museums & Heritage

Amid turbulent US protests, Smithsonian's African American museum opens a conversation about race

Goal of online portal is to spur dialogue about racism and its “corrosive impact”

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Protest art

George Floyd's final words flown across five cities as protests erupt across the US

Artist Jammie Holmes aims to "underline a need for unity" as the country reels from another incident of police brutality

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Diary

Kraftwerk’s Home Computer gets a video makeover for lockdown

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s greatest hits

The artist duo made some of the most important and popular works of the 20th and early 21st century—here are their most memorable

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coronavirus

New outbreak of coronavirus in Seoul has caused the re-closure of its museums, perhaps a sign of things to come

Some art institutions foresee a rolling series of partial lockdowns in future

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Christo

In one of his last interviews, Christo speaks about life in lockdown and wrapping the Arc de Triomphe

The late artist revealed he was too frightened to go out during the pandemic and was "a bit relieved" that his latest project in Paris was delayed

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Obituaries

'A healing machine meant to bring people together': art world figures pay tribute to Christo's vision

Pamm director says Miami island project brought the community together after 1980s race riots

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Diary

Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg look to the future in Louvre Abu Dhabi sci-fi podcast

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racism

The US has a big racism problem and the art world is not helping

A looted Kaws sculpture and museums' silence reveal a predatory not progressive industry as protests flare following the killing of George Floyd

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Obituaries

Christo, who wrapped the Reichstag and installed The Gates in Central Park, has died, aged 84

With his late wife and partner Jeanne-Claude, the artist created monumental interventions on architecture and landscape

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Obituaries

Alice Negley 'Lisa' Dorn, Texas arts philanthropist, has died, aged 69

The granddaughter of Alice Pratt Brown was part of a long line of patrons, and her daughter Fairfax Dorn founded Ballroom Marfa

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coronavirus

Putting our heads together: the three Guggenheim directors size up post-Covid challenges

With museums in Bilbao and Venice poised to reopen, while New York remains in lockdown, Richard Armstrong, Juan Ignacio Vidarte and Karole Vail talk about weathering the financial crisis

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China

Will the loss of Hong Kong’s special trade status and stricter oversight from Beijing end its appeal as Asia’s biggest arts hub?

A new draconian law against protests imposed by Beijing and the end of a more open trade agreement with the US has the city’s arts community worried

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Obituaries

Remembering Germano Celant, champion of Arte Povera and a noted curator, critic and historian on both sides of the Atlantic

Italian impresario was a curator of contemporary art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and artistic director at the Fondazione Prada in Milan

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Museums

French museums reveal plans to re-open in June and July

Louvre is "is working towards a planned reopening on 6 July" with strict rules for social distancing and 70% of the museum open to the public

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Now stuck in Japanese lockdown, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers will not return to UK until next summer

Londoners will have to wait even longer to see the National Gallery’s 60 touring masterpieces

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Diary

From sunrise to sunset, you can now virtually meditate inside Ellsworth Kelly’s Texas fantasia

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Art market

The Green debate: How can the international art market recover sustainably?

As calls grow to tackle the coronavirus crisis and climate emergency together, a group of dealers teams together to form the Gallery Climate Coalition

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Art market

Art Basel's September fair thrown into further doubt

In frank letter, organisers scrap Monday deadline for exhibitors as Swiss authorities delay decision on large-scale events until 24 June

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Book of the month

Reviewed: Warhol, A Life as Art by Blake Gopnik

Three Andy Warhol devotees give their take on the near-1000 page biography

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Saudi Arabia

Are Saudi Arabia's big culture plans turning to dust?

As oil prices slump and the pandemic continues to spread, the kingdom's ambitious initiatives are being scaled back

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Art market

Freshly graduated from art school? New online platform aims to help emerging artists sell work amidst pandemic

Inaugural show on Kovet.Art features eight graduates with prices under £10,000

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Diary

Uffizi’s new TikTok account sets masterpieces to soundtracks by Adele and The Weeknd

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Diary

Take pride: Smithsonian livestreams LGBTQ+ history—and the Pet Shop Boys—in YouTube broadcast

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Street art

A 20,000-foot mural in Queens honours doctor who died on the frontline of Covid-19

The monumental street painting by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada is meant to raise awareness of the pandemic’s disproportionate toll on communities of colour

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Museums & Heritage

After Covid-19, museums need to plan ‘must see’ exhibitions instead of blockbusters

The Brooklyn Museum’s director of exhibitions explains how institutions can rethink their offerings going forward

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Three to see

Three artist-led initiatives that are chronicling the coronavirus experience

From printed masks made by Ai Weiwei to art historical masterpieces recreated at home

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Landscape architecture

Board will revisit vote that would allow demolition of site-specific work at National Geographic Society’s home in Washington, DC

Board members say they were unaware that renovation plan would sacrifice Elyn Zimmerman’s installation

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Politics

'Blatant censorship': Polish government issues artists with fines—then withdraws them

Ahead of Poland's ghost election earlier this month, a group of artists carried a 14-metre letter to parliament

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Diary

Top Shanghai nightclub throws post-pandemic party with video art

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Art fairs

No boys allowed: this year’s Chart art fair will only exhibit women artists

Event across five Nordic cities tackles issue of male-dominated art world head on

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Unesco World Heritage Site

Religious sites in Russia and Ukraine hit hard by coronavirus thanks to pilgrims and poor social distancing

Many Unesco World Heritage sites that are also working monasteries have been accused of reacting slowly to the pandemic

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Art market

Code-cracking lot: Second World War Enigma machine on offer at Vienna’s Dorotheum

The Germans believed Enigma was uncrackable; cryptographers at Bletchley Park broke the code, contributing to the Allies’ victory

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coronavirus

Five European museum directors explain their reopening strategies

From capped visitor numbers to surgical gloves and temperature checks, here's how cultural institutions are getting ready to leave lockdown

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Book Shorts

The story of an Irish family’s history and its porcelain service are woven together in this fascinating book

The recovery of a Worcester soft-paste collection sheds light on 18th-century Anglo-Irish culture

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Opioid Crisis

Nan Goldin and Pain are helping opioid crisis victims file claims against Sackler-owned Purdue Pharma

The artist says the coronavirus health crisis “has made life even more difficult" for drug users and recovering addicts

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Book Club

Tribal identity, Tories and Tracey Emin: Grayson Perry reveals (even more) in updated book

Extracts from the expanded monograph include how he was inspired by outsider art and the stresses of building a “Taj Mahal on the River Stour”

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Museums & Heritage

Baltimore Museum of Art diverts $100,000 from cancelled speaker series to help local artists, galleries and audiences

In a fortunate position of financial security, the institution is finding ways to continue its efforts towards accessibility, social justice and equity

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Biennials & festivals

AI you ready for this? Bucharest Biennale to be curated by artificial intelligence called Jarvis

The 2022 edition will exist in virtual reality and use data harvested from universities, galleries and art centres to select artists

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coronavirus

Why I made a mountain of fortune cookies in my little London flat during lockdown—all in the name of art

Biscuit sculptures have sprung up worldwide as part of a global initiative to celebrate the late artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres

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Appointments

'As reassuring as Mr Bean'? London's National Portrait Gallery appointment attracts criticism

Conservative MP Chris Grayling has been named a trustee of the museum

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Exhibitions

London's National Gallery extends Titian and delays Raphael blockbusters amid Covid-19 crisis

The museum is expected to reopen in July or August

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Heritage

Steve Bannon wins first major battle for medieval monastery

Italy retaliates with criminal prosecution of right-wing religious group funded by US President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist

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Book Club

What has the Wallace Collection director Xavier Bray been reading during lockdown?

The art historian has been engrossed by a spy biography featuring art world personalities, and is taking his first steps with a book on ancient walking routes

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Acquisitions

A valentine to New York City, in a gift of 130 urban scenes by Chagall, O'Keeffe, Hockney and other artists

Philanthropic couple’s promised donation to New-York Historical Society boosts collection’s 20th-century holdings

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Indigenous art

Kent Monkman issues apology for painting that depicts the 'sexual assault' of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

After outcries against the work on social media, the Cree artist says that the image "failed" in its message to address the victimisation of Indigenous women

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coronavirus

Mixed feelings: what it was like to visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in the wake of Covid-19

Glasstire's editor Brandon Zech shares his personal experience attending the museum's reopening this weekend

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Unions

Workers at Philadelphia Museum of Art seek to unionise

Entreating management to recognise the union voluntarily, employees emphasise goals of equity, diversity and inclusion

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Art & Technology

Extended reality: what future do AR and VR offer the art world?

Potential of new digital technologies comes to the fore as 5G connectivity expands and specialist equipment becomes more user-friendly

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Prizes

Turner prize 2020 is cancelled and replaced with £100,000 fund for artists

Ten £10,000 "Turner Bursaries" to be announced late June

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Obituaries

Adam Henein—the Egyptian sculptor who spent a decade restoring the Great Sphinx—has died, aged 91

Rose Issa, curator and friend of the artist, shares the life story of one of the most important sculptors in the Arab world

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Museums & Heritage

X-appeal: millennial collectors open private museum in Beijing

Founded by Michael Xufu Huang and Theresa Tse, the X Museum opens in the Chinese capital this weekend after Covid-19 delay

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The Buck stopped here

Will it be OK? Mexican artist spray paints giant message on gilded building in southeast England

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Social media

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has gained almost 200,000 social media followers since lockdown began—here's how

We speak to the museum's social media manager Claire Lanier about her digital engagement strategies in the age of Covid-19

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Landscape architecture

National Geographic Society defends disputed plan to remove sculptural installation

Organisation argues that Elyn Zimmerman’s site-specific 1984 work does not deserve protection

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The Buck stopped here

New studio visit platform gives artists creative ways to open up their inner sanctums—and get paid for it

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Museums

London’s Southbank Centre may stay closed until April next year due to massive financial pressure

Arts centre, which includes the Hayward Gallery, has already used up its reserves amid the coronavirus crisis

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Diary

Wear art inspired by the Met Museum—take the #MetMaskChallenge

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Art market

As most of the world's art fairs have been cancelled or postponed, Hong Kong launches a new one

Unscheduled will take place in June in the revamped Central Police Station compound

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Diary

Fancy a trip to Bowes Museum? Charming Barnard Castle caught up in Dominic Cummings lockdown saga

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Conservation & Preservation

‘A resting time for the art’: with museums shut, US conservators seize on strategies to safeguard their collections

Experts embrace a blend of remote monitoring and on-site tours, while marvelling at diminished levels of dust

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Climate Change

Inverleith House reinvents as climate crisis venue in partnership with Serpentine Galleries

Historic Edinburgh gallery will become ‘Climate House’ following £150,000 lifeline funding award from Outset

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Conservation

Getty Conservation Institute helps museums rethink stringent guidelines on conservation

New initiative helps institutions move towards a more tailored and sustainable approach to maintaining collection environments

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Museums & Heritage

Our mission is to be Miami’s art museum—that’s why we spent $145,000 to buy works from local galleries

Franklin Sirmans, the director of the Perez Art Museum Miami, explains the impetus behind the Collectors Council’s largest group acquisition ever

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Book Club

What has the Whitechapel gallery chief Iwona Blazwick been reading during lockdown?

The London-based curator has been perusing publications on science fiction, avant-garde cabarets and all things witchy

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Three to see

Three virtual readings to check out this weekend

From Maurizio Cattelan's Bedtime Stories to Neïl Beloufa's post-capitalist fable featuring camels and foxes

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Books

Donald Judd’s work measured in time and place

Three publications explore the artist’s life through his writings, interviews and places of work

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Obituaries

Emma Amos, figurative painter whose work confronted racism, has died, aged 83

The artist's work dealt head-on with what it meant to be an African American woman amidst the civil rights movement, and she was a member of such collectives as Spiral and the Guerilla Girls

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Sculpture parks

US sculpture parks shift seasonal programming as they grapple with state re-opening mandates

As more states across the US lift lockdown measures, many outdoor art centres are unclear on how to implement and enforce social distancing guidelines