Dan Duray

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Christo and Smithsonian sued for copyright infringement over Running Fence images

Photographer Gianfranco Gorgoni says copies of his pictures of the California land art project were shown and reproduced without his knowledge

Immigration politics loom large in Pacific Standard Time

Shows about the collapse of borders between North and South America now face a new reality

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Hobby Lobby agrees to pay $3m fine for Iraqi looted artefacts

Thousands of objects were falsely labelled and shipped to the arts-and-crafts company, according to prosecutors

Julia Peyton-Jones to join Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

The former head of the Serpentine will take over as senior global director of the commercial gallery in September

Collector sues Christie’s for cancelling David Hammons sale

Buyer rejects compensation offer for US artist’s body print

Leonardo DiCaprio offers to turn over Basquiat and Picasso works to FBI

Pieces, purchased by individuals involved in a money-laundering investigation, were given to the actor as gifts

Andrea Fraser tracks down museum trustees' political donations

The artist says her project will examine how the US has become a plutocracy

Old Master landscape looted by Nazis comes back on the market

The sale at Sotheby’s comes after a restitution agreement was reached between the heirs of the original owners and the trust of the most recent one

Dealer Perry Rubenstein cuts plea bargain, will serve jail time

He has been sentenced to 180 days in a private facility, and three years of formal probation

Basquiat skull painting sells for record $110.5m at Sotheby's

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa bought the work in New York for almost double the artist's previous record

Christie’s comes out strong with $400m contemporary sale

Larry Gagosian snags top lot, Cy Twombly’s Leda and the Swan, for $52.9m

May sales in New York will test the trade in uncertain times

Trump-inspired post-election “wealth effect” may be waning

Loic Gouzer named co-chairman of Christie’s Americas post-war and contemporary art department

He has made a name for himself with thematic auctions that mix Modern and contemporary works of art

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Sotheby's reports $11.3m loss but praises ‘non-auction growth’ in first quarter earnings call

Tad Smith spun a positive outlook based on proposed tax cuts and a new view of the auction house as a “media company”, pointing to increased web traffic

Artist Andrea Fraser to reveal 2016 campaign donations

The conceptualist's project will expose US institutions’ links to the country’s conservative elite

Schiele’s landmark Danaë comes to auction at Sotheby’s

The mythological work is the artist’s first large-scale figural painting auctioned since 2001

Art collector Steven Cohen gave $1m to Trump inauguration

Other high-net-worth donors include Sheldon Adelson, Steven Wynn, and Henry Kravitz

Texas oil town is enjoying another boom—and this time it’s for art

Since the arrival of a contemporary fair jolted its local collecting scene, Dallas has gone from outpost to hot spot

Film-maker Jonas Mekas to show photographs from his time as a WWII refugee at Documenta 14

Images the Lithuanian-American artist took at displaced persons camps in Germany reflect the current refugee crisis in Europe

US embassy art scheme should survive Trump

Works by US artists such as Mark Bradford and the Starn brothers are still likely to adorn embassies around the world

Independent fair delivers on diversity and quality with early sales

Collectors show they are willing to invest in work that is current—or feels like it—at the iconoclast New York fair

Revamped Armory Show draws praise and crowds

New director juggles commercial success and curatorial merit

Jonas Mekas makes good

Though the Anthology Film Archives gala at Capitale on 2 March was just a few days after the Academy Awards, Jonas Mekas said he hadn’t managed to catch the nominated movies

Spring awakening? A shake-up for New York’s fairs

The city’s prime time for contemporary art gets a new programme, with an emphasis on discovery and depth

Asian buyers helped bolster Sotheby’s revenue in 2016, auction house reveals

Tad Smith gives credit to the Eastern market during fourth quarter earnings call, as well as growing online sales and aggressive recruitment

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Michigan art dealer sentenced to 41 months for running Modern art forgery scheme

Eric Spoutz was charged with selling fake works purportedly by De Kooning, Kline and Mitchell, that netted him $1.45m

In bloom: Klimt’s flower garden to lead Sotheby’s London spring sales

The vibrantly painted landscape is expected to make more than $45m

Christo cancels Over the River project in protest against Trump

After 20 years of planning and spending $15m of his own money, the artist says he has no interest in finishing the project under the current government

Trump’s inauguration: museums lay on alternative events

Many US museums are open free to the public on 20 January as divisive president-elect takes Oath of Office