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Artists

The places you can’t go: Ellen Harvey recreates lost places

Her Disappointed Tourist project now includes more than 200 sites submitted by the public

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Acquisitions

Adding to a robust trove, High Museum in Atlanta fields a gift of works by self-taught artists

Local couple donates 47 paintings, drawings and sculptures by Southerners and African Americans

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Obituaries

Contemporary Greek artist Kornelios Grammenos has died, aged 62

The sculptor and painter was known for his disarming Alien and Knight sculptures, installed in Greece and abroad

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Visitor Figures 2020

Who were the most Googled artists in 2020?

Search data from 84 countries last year shows that Leonardo, Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo were among the world's most popular artists

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Art law

US appeals court rules that Warhol’s reliance on a photographer’s portrait image did not constitute ‘fair use’

Decision appears to signal that appropriation artists may have to proceed more cautiously

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Artists

Two non-profits team up to offer $100,000 grants to artists in the San Francisco Bay Area

Annual stipends will benefit creators struggling with an astronomical cost of living in the region, which is facing an artistic exodus

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Resignations

Leon Black, under fire, will reportedly not seek re-election as MoMA’s board chairman

Tumult over his former business ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein brought pressure for him to step down

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Obituaries

Ernesto Mallard, resolute leader of Mexican Op-Art, has died, aged 89

After causing a sensation early in his career in the 1960s, the sculptor and visual artist retreated from the gallery scene, and was only recently re-acknowledged

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Obituaries

Vicente Rojo, Renaissance man of 20th-century Mexican culture, has died, aged 89

The painter, sculpture and graphic designer helped define the Modern style for a generation

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Charity

Lorna Simpson, Rirkrit Tiravanija and other artists donate works to benefit New York charities

The Artists Support initiative will donate 100% of proceeds to local organisations

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The Buck stopped here

The Art Newspaper's women channel Charlotte Perriand for International Women's Day

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Obituaries

Paul Klee’s grandson Alexander Klee, artist and arts patron, dies aged 80

Bern's Zentrum Paul Klee will devote an exhibition to the artist this summer

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Protest art

The artists on the frontline of Myanmar’s deadly protests

Art has played a central role in the country’s civil disobedience movement since its democratically elected government was ousted last month

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Artists

After more than two decades together, artist duo Broomberg and Chanarin commit 'creative suicide'

A "posthumous retrospective" in Barcelona will divide their joint estate

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Obituaries

Teresa Burga, trailblazing Peruvian conceptualist artist, has died, aged 86

Although overlooked by art institutions until only recently, she continued to create work about artificial systems and bureaucracies during a 30-year career in Lima's customs office

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Installations

‘Absurd’, yet 'deadly serious’: Alex Da Corte will create the Met’s next rooftop installation

Sculptural installation will plumb the possibility of hope amid the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic

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Obituaries

Artist Charles McGee, a central figure in Detroit’s art scene, has died, aged 96

Through his community programmes and art spaces, the artist and organiser “profoundly impacted the daily lives” of people in the city

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Censorship

PEN America issues a safety guide for artists facing repression

Non-profit organisation cites a “skyrocketing’’ number of individuals around the globe needing help with on-the-ground strategies or relocation

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Art market

Pandemic prompts New York artists to leave the city in search of more affordable space

Tara Donovan, GaHee Park and artist-owners of Brooklyn's Elijah Wheat Showroom are among those who are leaving in pursuit of nature

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Artists

Joan Mitchell Foundation switches to longer-term support of US artists

Annual $25,000 grants will give way to disbursing $60,000 to individuals over five years, with an emphasis on financial advice

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Mosul

Mosul’s artists, resurgent, speak out on new Google platform

Through videos, audio clips, 3D models of destroyed sites and images of their works, Iraqis describe what they endured and their hopes for the future

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Artists

New website offers lifeline for UK artists struggling during the pandemic

ArtULTRA provides key information on grants, residencies, studio spaces and business matters

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Protest

Pussy Riot members and street artist among thousands detained at Russia's pro-Navalny protests

As demonstrations swept the country last weekend, Tima Radya as well as Masha Alekhina, Victoria Narakhsa, and Lucy Shteyn were held by police

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Obituaries

Barry Le Va, pioneer of Process Art, has died, aged 79

The uncompromising artist turn down many exhibition offers but never veered from his vision for a work

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US politics

Biden's repeal of US travel ban ‘changes the game’ for artists coming from Muslim-majority countries

Artistic Freedom Initiative group says the new executive order, overturning Trump's controversial rule, also allows artists to visit home “for the first time in years”

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Alphonse Mucha

Art Nouveau pioneer Alphonse Mucha’s Slav Epic finds a home at last—and it’s designed by Thomas Heatherwick

Monumental cycle of 20 paintings will be displayed in the Savarin development in central Prague

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Artists

Hundreds of artists’ studios in Moscow to be bulldozed amid government’s huge renovation plan

Evicted artists say authorities are leaving them out in the cold by failing to provide alternative workshops

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Contemporary art

QAnon: the Italian artists who may have inspired America's most dangerous conspiracy theory

An anonymous left-wing art group known in the 1990s as Luther Blissett are wondering what they have unwittingly helped create

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coronavirus

Culture injection: Coronavirus vaccination centres in Germany are giving patients a dose of art

As exhibitions are cancelled due to the pandemic, local artists are finding creative ways to show their art—and distract patients

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Artists

‘Britain’s most important political artist’ Peter Kennard joins London gallery

Richard Saltoun exhibition will include artist’s earliest works incorporating newspaper images

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Artists

Darya Apakhonchich is first artist labelled 'foreign agent' by new repressive law in Russia

Individuals who receive funding from abroad are subject to strict audits since 30 December

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Catalogue raisonné

First online Max Beckmann catalogue raisonné to go live tomorrow as artist's work enters public domain

Hamburg’s Kunsthalle to publish photographs of 843 paintings for free research tool

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Controversies

Kamel Mennour gallery's representation of Claude Lévêque suspended after allegations of abuse of minors

According to French media reports, a police investigation has been launched into violations dating back to the 1970s

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Brexit

Will new EU lighting rules pull the plug on neon art?

Artists producing neon works may fall foul of stricter EU lighting regulations that come into force this year

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US politics

Storming of US Capitol: art world condemns police hypocrisy in pro-Trump riot

Artists Dread Scott and Glenn Ligon among cultural figures pointing out stark contrast in how law enforcement handled the mob compared with Black Lives Matter protestors

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Art market

Gallery asks collectors to give their discounts back to the artists

Los Angeles-based Commonwealth & Council has launched the Council Fund to help support artists' financial needs with the help of its clients

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Protest art

Barbara Kruger’s 'Your Body is a Battleground' poster appears in Poland as protests flare up over abortion ban

Graphic work was last shown in the country nearly 30 years ago when women’s rights were also under attack

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Artists

Artist sues Los Angeles and the Chinese American Museum for junking his work

Lawsuit demands that court issue an injunction to prevent future dismantling of works of art without artists’ supervision

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Instagram

Auctions, pledges and DMs: creative ways to buy and sell art on Instagram

Alternative sales models are springing up on the social media platform

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Artists

Holiday gift guide 2020: artworks for every budget

From a £14.95 Fuck You 2020 bauble by Jeremy Deller to a £125,000 woodcut by Edvard Munch, we've assembled some our favourite stocking fillers

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Protest

Amid nationwide pro-choice protests, leading Polish artist Joanna Piotrowska donates poignant photo to raise money for women's rights charity

Only one edition out of a 100 are left as donations flood website

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Artists

‘Prison is boring as hell’: Sarah Lucas on isolation and judging art by inmates

The artist speaks about her role in judging the Koestler Awards for art made by UK prisoners and the importance of creativity in confinement

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Artists

A message of hope from David Hockney for Lockdown 2: 'Remember, they can't cancel the autumn either'

UK’s leading artist sends two new images of hope

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Architectural History

New York preservation group launches online mapping tool to champion former haunts of artists and activists

Organisation hopes the city will protect former home of Jackson Pollock and other buildings south of Union Square by designating a new historic district

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Protest art

What's behind the red lightning bolt, the main symbol of Poland's pro-choice marches?

As thousands take to the streets to protest against a near-total ban on abortion, the graphic designer Ola Jasionowska tells us about creating the movement's logo

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Artists

Portrait of Tracey: how Emin's cancer diagnosis hasn't stopped her from being an artistic dynamo

With exhibitions at the Royal Academy and Xavier Hufkens, as well as her return to Margate, the artist is doing more in convalescence than most people manage in full health

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Politics

Artist demands Baku art centre pulls his exhibition for using it as a 'propaganda tool' in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict

Turkish-born Ahmet Ogut says the Yarat Contemporary Art Space refused to take down the exhibition banner with his name appearing next to the Azerbaijani flag

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Museums

Tate suspends curator for publicly criticising its decision to delay Guston show

Mark Godfrey has been disciplined after posting a long statement on his Instagram account describing postponement as "extremely patronising to viewers"

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Biennials & festivals

Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and John Akomfrah among artists condemning Thai state violence against democracy protestors

Almost half of the artists participating in the Bangkok Art Biennale opening this week have expressed "support for the struggle for democracy"

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Prizes

Deana Lawson, photographer of highly staged tableaux, wins the Hugo Boss Prize

The artist, the first photographer anointed, will receive $100,000 and a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim

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Art education

European academies issue joint manifesto to protect freedom of arts

Signatories of the “Berlin Manifesto” include the Académie française and Arts Council England. It has been endorsed by Wim Wenders, Ken Loach and A. L. Kennedy among others

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Art market

Damien Hirst to open huge exhibition of more than 50 early works at Newport Street Gallery

Pickled sharks, medicine cabinets and spot paintings from the artist's own collection will go on show—although none are for sale

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Art market

Paula Rego leaves Marlborough gallery for Victoria Miro

The 85-year-old artist will have a major retrospective at Tate Britain in 2021

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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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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

David Hockney

Caravaggio used a camera? David Hockney's controversial claim reframes narrative of Western art history

In behind-the-scenes footage from an award-winning documentary, the British artist discusses how mirrors and lenses were used by Old Masters to create proto-photographic images

Podcast

Berlin: still a magnet for artists?

Plus, Jadé Fadojutimi on Laura Owens. Sponsored by Christie's

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Artists

Opera as art: the rise of the artist as impresario

Marina Abramovic's opera The Seven Deaths of Maria Callas, which opened to a socially distanced audience in Munich last week, is the latest in a long history of artistic explorations of the art form

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Artists

What songs do contemporary artists listen to while they work? Tune in to our Spotify playlist to find out

From Joni Mitchell to Radiohead and Sun Ra, Michael Armitage, Jenny Saville, Chantal Joffe and Rashid Johnson reveal their favourite tracks

David Hockney

Who is the most famous US artist of the 20th century? David Hockney explains his choice

In behind-the-scenes footage from an award-winning documentary, the British artist talks about the art he believes remains fresh and memorable today

Podcast

Cancelled: should good artists pay for bad behaviour?

Plus, Tavares Strachan on Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty. Sponsored by Christie's

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Obituaries

Siah Armajani, the Iranian-American conceptual artist, has died, aged 81

Artist and exploratory thinker delved into architectural imagery, including revitalised bridges and poetic farm buildings

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Diary

Don't call us, we'll call you: ex-Vodafone chief creates 'Faustian Odyssey'

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Artists

Remembering the beautiful melancholy of Matthew Wong

The astronomical increase in the value of works by the Canadian artist, who died by suicide last year, is driven by morose opportunism

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coronavirus

CoroNation: Ai Weiwei releases lockdown documentary about Wuhan

Film aims to show “surveillance, ideological brainwashing, and brute determination used to control every aspect of society” by China’s leaders

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Artists

Alison Jacques 'removes all trace' of late photographer Saul Fletcher—and calls on art world to follow lead

Respected London gallerist says “it's not ok to continue to promote his work” in wake of Fletcher’s killing of the curator Rebeccah Blum prior to his own suicide

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Politics

Belarus protest work—painted with a police baton—sells for three million rubles

Contemporary artists in the country are reacting to the crisis after allegations of election fraud and police brutality

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Obituaries

Luchita Hurtado, painter who gained greater fame later in life, has died, aged 99

A recurring theme of the artist’s enormous body of work is the cosmic unity of all things

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Insta’ gratification

From self-censorship to activism: artists react to Instagram’s ban on ‘offensive’ art

An online show by gallery 42 Social Club provides invaluable information on the social media platform's draconian filters

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United Kingdom

Bristol creatives fundraise for new boat venue championing black artists

“There has been a stigma around the harbour which needs to be decolonised,” says project co-founder

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Acquisitions

Oregon foundation acquires Judy Chicago print archive

Over 300 works chart the career of a feminist pioneer in revelatory detail

Podcast

A brush with... Jenny Saville

An in-depth podcast conversation on the painter’s big influences, from Michelangelo to Cy Twombly

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Mental health

In wake of murder-suicide, artists speak out over a lack of mental-health provision in the art industry

"A lot of people suffer in silence and behind closed doors," an anonymous artist says following the deaths of Saul Fletcher and Rebeccah Blum

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Disasters & destruction

Beirut's art world mourns widespread death and destruction following explosions

With homes, galleries and studios entirely destroyed, Lebanese artists respond in the aftermath of Tuesday’s carnage

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UK government approves banknote designs featuring ethnic minority pioneers

Founder of advocacy group championing BAME figures says she is “tackling statues, artwork and signage next”

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Monuments

So we’re bringing down statues—but what kind of monuments would we like to see instead?

Perhaps the time has come to remove the plinth and stop celebrating individual heroes

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The Buck stopped here

Four billboards outside Hull, England: art project commemorates sex workers who have died

Collective of former sex workers and the artist duo Henry/Bragg are behind the installation

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Artists

With public programming derailed, Governors Island buildings will be opened to New York artists

Groups invite cultural practitioners to apply for residencies stretching over the next three months

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Hong Kong

Some artists planning to leave Hong Kong in response to new national security law

Concerns over freedom of expression and self-censorship on the rise after introduction of new rules

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Racial injustice

If we want more artists like Khadija Saye, we need to give young BAME people the help they need

Would-be artists from ethnic minorities have it harder than most—which is why a new programme will continue Saye’s inspiring work, says the artist Nicola Green

Podcast

Art and social media: do museums need memes?

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

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Obituaries

Manuel Felguérez, Mexican abstract master, has died, aged 91

The artist broke with tradition in the post-war years and was an early pioneer of film and digital art,

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Art market

How artists are adapting their work to virtual fairs and online viewing rooms

As Art Basel's online viewing room opens, Tracey Emin, Jim Shaw and Avery Singer speak about lockdown and creating for the digital sphere

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coronavirus

Oxford Economics report: an emergency fund for the UK creative sector 'needs to come soon'

It is time for a Creative New Deal amid the coronavirus crisis, says Caroline Norbury the chief executive officer of the Creative Industries Federation

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coronavirus

How beret dare they: survey says artists are the most non-essential workers

Social media backlash prompts clarification from researchers after Singaporean newspaper poll paints artists in poor light

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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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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

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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Artists

Masses of artists rejected by UK government’s self-employment support scheme

Many are turning to benefits and emergency grants to plug some of the deficit

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Artists

Barbara Hepworth's studio in St Ives gains Grade II listing

Former dance hall was bequeathed to the Tate by the sculptor's family

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Africa

Artist Amadou Sanogo plans Bamako arts centre to mentor young talent

Expected to open in 2022, Makoro will house studios for Malian artists under 30, workshops for school children and exhibitions

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Artists

A mail art renaissance is growing in the US—just as the postal service struggles to survive

Letters and packages have been delivered to Americans since 1775. Now, they can receive some public art too

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Michael Craig Martin

'Politicians have failed us': Michael Craig-Martin's thoughts from isolation

The great plagues and wars of the past were followed by dramatic changes in the arts—the same will happen again, says the conceptual artist

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Books

In an ever-mediated world, artists’ books offer an intimate encounter

Where print runs for trade art books have seen steady declines since the 90s, sales of artists’ books have stayed steady or risen—we look at why

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Coronavirus resources

Awards and prizes are being launched to help UK artists during the Covid-19 pandemic—here's how you can apply

Several UK organisations have created new grants or tweaked existing ones because of the coronavirus crisis

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The Buck stopped here

Bob And Roberta Smith’s daily shot of art

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Marcel Duchamp

Was Duchamp’s Fountain a misogynist vaginal pun?

Waldemar Januszczak gives a taste of a forthcoming BBC programme in which he focuses on a little-explored aspect of the artist's controversial work

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Stolen art

Coronavirus might be limiting our travels but one painting is still on the move (somewhere)

Terry Frost's work, which was last seen on a train between London Euston and Crewe, joins a long list of disappearances associated with public transport

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Fundraising

Artist Katie Paterson raises money for domestic abuse victims at risk during coronavirus outbreak

For a charitable donation, the Scottish visual artist is selling 1,000 digital copies of one of her books based on the universe

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Art market

White Cube launches £1.25m Covid-19 fundraiser with Harland Miller

British artist reveals he contracted a mild form of the virus