Benjamin Sutton

Benjamin Sutton is the Editor, Americas of The Art Newspaper.


Christie’s website brought down by hackers days before marquee spring auctions

The auction giant’s web address currently redirects to a placeholder page where telephone numbers for its various offices are listed

Benjamin Sutton. With additional reporting by Carlie Porterfield

Donald Trump dines with NFT mega-collectors during break from New York hush-money trial

Between days of testimony by Stormy Daniels, the adult-film star who claims she had sex with Trump in 2006, the former president is meeting NFT collectors at Mar-a-Lago

Bard College plans $10m expansion of Center for Curatorial Studies’ library

The expansion of the influential programme’s library and archives will be named the Keith Haring Wing in recognition of a gift from the artist’s foundation

European court rules Italy can pursue restitution of Getty Museum’s prized Greek bronze

“Victorious Youth”, which was found off the Adriatic coast by Italian fishermen in 1964, has been the subject of an international legal feud for decades

Frieze New York's animal art gives fairgoers paws for thought

From fabulous fish to playful pups, The Shed in Chelsea is crawling with wildlife

'Sometimes missing something creates an opportunity down the road': Pete Scantland on avoiding non-buyer's remorse

The Ohio-based collector and board president at the Columbus Museum of Art talks about finding an unusual spot to place a Carol Bove work and the Louis Fratino that got away

‘I have a John Ahearn female bust in our powder room’: Miyoung Lee on startling her house guests

The vice chair of the Whitney Museum of American Art explains why an early Simone Leigh work would have been a very risky purchase

Meat me in Times Square: artists create giant 65ft-long hot dog sculpture for the New York plaza

Project by Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw is a “tongue-in-cheek tribute to and critique of all that the hot dog has come to symbolise”

The outdoor art not to miss in Manhattan during Frieze New York

From The High Line to Marcus Garvey Park, the borough is buzzing with exciting public works

'It was as if the painting was calling out to me': Kim Manocherian on why collecting means playing the long game

The New York-based collector describes her enduring love affair with Paula Rego’s work and why a Sam Jinks sculpture may not be conducive to a good night’s sleep

Lacma raises nearly $3m and acquires works by Tavares Strachan, Judith Baca, Suzanne Jackson and more

The gifts and acquisitions occurred during the museum’s annual Collectors Committee Weekend

Fifteen exhibitions to see in New York this spring

From a historic Harlem Renaissance show at the Met and MoMA's Joan Jonas retrospective to solo museum debuts for Melissa Cody and Nona Faustine

Prison sentence for climate activist who targeted US National Gallery of Art’s Degas statue

In addition to spending 60 days in prison, Joanna Smith will have to serve 150 hours of community service, ten of which she must spend cleaning graffiti

Crime news

US authorities return 30 antiquities recovered during trafficking investigations to Cambodia and Indonesia

The antiquities, collectively valued at $3m, include a bronze “Shiva Triad” from Cambodia that the dealer Nancy Wiener donated to the Denver Art Museum after failing to find a buyer for it

MFA Boston returns Ancient Egyptian child’s coffin to Swedish museum it disappeared from decades ago

The clay coffin, which the MFA Boston acquired in 1985 with apparently false documentation, has been missing from the Gustavianum, Uppsala University Museum since at least 1970

Getty acquires major Bartolomeo Manfredi genre painting that was previously attributed to Caravaggio

The painting, which was estimated at between $4m and $6m when it was offered at Christie’s in 2022, is now on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum

Art fraudster Inigo Philbrick’s glamorous rise and dramatic fall to become television series

A production company working with HBO has optioned a memoir by Philbrick’s former friend and business partner Orlando Whitfield

US authorities return 38 antiquities to China

Even amid political tensions between the superpowers, officials from both countries emphasised the importance of continued collaboration on antiquities trafficking

Man who sold 145 fraudulent Peter Max paintings sentenced to 14 months in prison

More than 40 people bought what they thought were original paintings by Max, but were in fact prints to which the seller had added paint and signatures

Four Joan Mitchell paintings could collectively bring more than $50m during New York's spring auctions

The four works, spanning nearly 40 years of the Abstract Expressionist’s career, will hit the auction block at Sotheby’s in May

Metropolitan Museum returns ancient Sumerian statue to Iraq

The museum’s latest repatriation comes as it ramps up efforts to audit the provenance of objects in its collection

Major Leonora Carrington painting poised to smash Surrealist’s auction record

The artist’s dazzling, Boschian composition “Les Distractions de Dagobert” is expected to fetch as much as $18m at Sotheby’s in New York next month

Thomas Heatherwick’s controversial Vessel public art piece in New York to reopen

The 150ft-tall, $200m outdoor installation at Manhattan’s Hudson Yards development has been closed since 2021 following a series of suicides


Artists including Nicholas Galanin, Lorraine O’Grady and Park McArthur win Guggenheim Fellowships

The 28 visual artists who are now Guggenheim Fellows will receive between $30,000 and $60,000 to realise specific projects

Basquiat stretcher-bar painting could reach $30m during New York spring auctions

“The Italian Version of Popeye has no Pork in his Diet”, last publicly displayed in 2007, will be offered by Christie’s during its May sales

Leaders of Expo Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art on the Chicago art scene's unique vitality

Tony Karman and Madeleine Grynsztejn discuss the local ecosystem for artists, the importance of collector education and how they support dealers

Alumni’s $10m gift to Carnegie Mellon University will support public art and revamped ICA Pittsburgh

The donors, Tod and Cindy Johnson, met and got married during their time at CMU; they will have a gallery named in their honour

Five museum shows to see in Chicago this spring

From a retrospective of Chicago Imagist Christina Ramberg to a group show of Native American photography and video

Nora Turato projects the art of self-improvement in Chicago

The artist will project a new commission onto the exterior of what was once the world’s biggest building as part of Art on the Mart