Benjamin Sutton

Support for controversial Lacma expansion and a new Dred Scott museum: first round of $24.7m US federal culture grants announced

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded 208 grants for projects in most states, Washington, DC, Guam and Canada

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From the last chance to see Etal Adnan at the Guggenheim to a dynamic group exhibition at Nicola Vassell

New US stamp pays tribute to Edmonia Lewis, celebrated Black and Ojibwe sculptor of the 19th century

The new stamp will be unveiled at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which houses what is likely Lewis’s most famous extant work

Researchers train AI to attribute paintings based on detailed brushstroke analysis

A project led by scientists at Case Western Reserve University uses machine learning to identify a distinctive ‘fingerprint’ in each artist’s way of applying paint

US museums close or reduce capacity as Omicron variant causes surge in Covid-19 cases

The Metropolitan Museum will stay opened at reduced capacity, while others like the Yale University Art Gallery and the Baltimore Museum of Art close temporarily

Utah museum acquires works by Japanese American artist Chiura Obata made in internment camp

Obata was incarcerated at the Topaz Relocation Center in Utah during the Second World War; now 35 of his works have been acquired by the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Nelson-Atkins Museum acquires one of the earliest daguerreotype portraits made in the US

The 1840 profile portrait is part of a collection of early photographic works by Henry Fitz Jr. that is joining the Kansas City museum’s holdings

Hundreds call for reckoning with American artist Thomas Eakins’s troubling legacy

Eakins, who is celebrated far and wide in his native Philadelphia, was embroiled in controversy during his lifetime and made disturbing photos of young girls

Sotheby’s owner Patrick Drahi reportedly considering taking auction house public

Drahi bought Sotheby’s less than three years ago, took it private and began implementing a series of cost-cutting measures

Title and travel plans of Simone Leigh’s US pavilion at the Venice Biennale revealed

In addition to her trademark large-scale sculptures, Leigh’s presentation includes a range of scholarly and educational projects on both sides of the Atlantic

Confederate statue at centre of deadly Virginia rally will be melted down to make new monument

The city council in Charlottesville, Virginia, chose to give the controversial work to a local organisation over proposals to relocate it to Texas, California or other distant sites

In pictures: Boca Raton curator Kathleen Goncharov picks her favourite works from Art Basel in Miami Beach

From new discoveries to old friends, our expert eye selects works not to miss at the fair

Benjamin Sutton. Photographs by Eric Thayer

‘Often we consider Blackness as a monolith’: Pérez museum presents global Black identity in all its diversity

Exhibition of features contemporary works by more than 30 artists from Africa and the African diaspora from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection

Lawrence Weiner, conceptual artist known for large and poetic text interventions, has died, aged 79

The artist’s trademark interventions, often consisting of graphic elements and enigmatic phrases, are among the most distinctive bodies of work in contemporary art

Miami Beach residents vote to acquire Farah Al Qasimi works for public art collection

As part of its Legacy Purchase Program, the city purchased two photographs and a wallpaper from the artist’s solo booth with Helena Anrather’s at Art Basel in Miami Beach

Cuban artists shine a light on state repression

Amid calls to boycott the Havana Biennial, artists and dealers are using Miami Art Week as a bullhorn

Benjamin Sutton. with additional reporting by Gareth Harris

Art goes offshore for Stiltsville show

Half Gallery show heads out to Biscayne Bay's celebrated nautical settlement

In pictures: large-scale art comes to life in Meridians at Art Basel in Miami Beach

Curator Magalí Arriola walked us through some of her favourite pieces in the fair sector

Interview by Benjamin Sutton

Naama Tsabar: ‘Shoes are kind of an underdog’

Footwear with metronomes and singing walls are all part of the fun at the artist’s new show

‘Fearless Girl’ sculptor mints NFTs to cover legal fees in rights dispute

A lawsuit between Kristen Visbal and State Street Global Advisors over rights to the viral statue has dragged on for nearly three years

'Jack found a rocking chair for me and we talked about his baby ducks for 45 minutes': rising sculptor Rose B. Simpson joins Jack Shainman Gallery

The signing of the artist, who will continue to be represented by Jessica Silverman in San Francisco, comes at a time of increasing—and overdue—recognition of Indigenous artists within the US art world

Miami Beach artist Charo Oquet wins Bass Museum commission for temporary monument

The commission, the second in the Bass’s ‘New Monuments’ series, will be installed in Collins Park in spring 2022

Macklowe collection auction brings $676.1m, the highest sale total in Sotheby’s history

Bidders from Asia snapped up the sale’s two biggest lots, trophy works by Giacometti and Rothko